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Whitegate native set for literary return

Denis Sampson

Denis Sampson

Whitegate born author Denis Sampson is returning to his native County to participate in the Ennis Book Club Festival 2015 from March 6th-8th.

The East Clare man will speak about his new memoir of growing up in East Clare and living in Canada, A Migrant Heart, which was published in September 2014.

Supported by Clare County Council, The Arts Council and Clare County Library, the three-day programme of festival events is expected to attract an estimated 3,000 Book Club members and literary enthusiasts from all over Ireland, Europe and North America.

Sampson, who is a cousin of Tuamgraney writer Edna O’Brien, will join a host of renowned contributors including Man Booker Prize nominee Niall Williams, former politician Des O’Malley, Eason Novel of the Year winner Mary Costello, short story writer Colin Barrett and crime novelist Val McDermid.

After studying and working in Dublin, Sampson went to Montreal for further studies and then had a career there as a teacher. He has devoted a major part of his work to John McGahern while his biography of the Irish-Canadian-American novelist Brian Moore was a bestseller in Canada.

Apart from scholarly work, he has written features and reviews for Irish and Canadian newspapers, and personal essays for literary journals. In recent years he completed a memoir, A Migrant Heart, which came out in Canada in 2014 and has just appeared in Ireland and the UK.  The Found Voice: Writers’ Beginnings is due out from Oxford University Press later this year.

Tickets for the Ennis Book Club Festival are now on sale at Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare, and from Further details on the Ennis Book Club Festival 2015 are available from Alternatively email



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