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ENNISTYMON is set to become a book town once again this weekend.

On August 27th and 28th, the North Clare town will see every available space taken over by booksellers and writers.

Now in its eleventh year, the festival which has recorded strong crowds in the past, expects to once again draw booksellers and booklovers from all across Ireland.

On offer at stalls and shops will be new, used and antiquarian books, fiction and nonfiction, for all age groups, including rare Clare items, GAA histories, children’s books, and literary and light reads. Writers will talk about their work at the launches across the weekend.

At venues throughout Ennistymon, bookshops will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Jayne Shor will facilitate a wordscaping workshop at Ennistymon library from 10:30 to 12:30 on Saturday in what will be a guided exploration in gathering ideas and thoughts from our environs, to shape, craft and sculpt into short poems and prose.

At 2pm on Saturday in the garden of Salmon Bookshop, Eddie Lenihan will talk about ‘The Man in the Big House. This will be followed by Peadar King, Jessie Lendennie, Sarah Clancy and Michael McGaughan discussing The Art of Place: People and Landscapes of County Clare.

Salmon Bookshop’s Garden is the setting once again on Sunday at 2pm for the launch of Sue Hubbard’s Swimming to Albania, and readings by Salmon poets.

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