Writing and Music

in Laois


The Leaves Festival 2023 brings the best of Irish writing and music to County Laois in November. We are delighted to welcome Aingeala Flannery, as Leaves Festival Writer-in-Residence.

Aingeala’s book, ‘The Amusements’, was selected in 2023, as the Leaves Festival One-County-One-Book. Aingeala looks forward to meeting people of all ages for conversations and workshops at the public and closed events she will embark upon. We are delighted that the recently opened Portlaoise Library will be a new venue for all to enjoy during the Leaves Festival.

The Leaves Festival is a great opportunity to hear from contemporary writers, enjoy the art of conversation and listen to musicians.

Thank you to the Festival Team who have worked hard to bring the Leaves Festival to

Thank you also to the volunteers who join us during the festival.

Bain taineamh as an bhféile, más cuairteoir don chéad uair thú nó cuairteoir rialta chuig an bhféile thú.

M. Ní Chonaill
Laois Arts Officer



Aingeala Flannery

Author in Residence

John Banville

Andrea Carter

Alex Clark

Ultan Conlon

Cathal Crowley

Molly Donnery

John Drennan

Anne Enright

Emily Hourican

Ann-Marie Kelly

Henrietta McKervey

Michelle Mulcahy

Colin O’ Mahoney

Donal Ryan

Thomas Carolan

Leaves Festival of Writing and Music

Choose from a fantastic line up of events


The Festival runs in various locations across County Laois.

For events at Dunamaise Arts Centre & St. Peters Church of Ireland book online or call 057 866 3355.

For events at Laois Libraries, contact the Library branch. Contact details are on each event listing.

For more information on the Leaves Festival and the Laois Arts Programme contact The Arts Office tel.: 057 866 4033/13 email: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie


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