The backdrop for many of these events is the Dunamaise Arts Centre in the centre of Portlaoise. Once the town prison this beautifully restored building is now a vibrant Arts Centre.
The 18th century St Peter’s Church is one of the highlights of the architectural heritage of Portlaoise. The acoustics in this magnificent church lends itself perfectly to music and the spoken word. This is the ideal setting to listen to Irish legend John Sheehan, sean nos signer Sibéal Ní Chasaide and prose by Niamh Boyce.
Ballintubbert Gardens and House, home to Sebastian Shaw and Cecil Day Lewis is steeped in literature, poetry, stories, music and food.