Leaves Festival

The Leaves Festival 2023 brings the best of Irish writing and music to Co. Laois this November. The festival is delighted to welcome Aingeala Flannery as its festival writer in residence. Aingeala’s book ‘The Amusements’, has been selected as Leaves Festival One-County-One-Book. Aingeala looks forward to meeting people of all ages for conversations at the public and closed events and workshops she will embark upon.

Please join us 8th – 11th November.

Now in it’s 16th year the Leaves Festival of Writing and Music continues to grow from strength to strength and is becoming a firm fixture on the literary circuit. The festival celebrates writing and music in the beautiful setting of various locations across Laois. Leaves is the festival to enjoy contemporary writers, the art of conversation, musicians, film and theatre.


Presented by Laois Arts Office, Laois Libraries and the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

Leaves Festival 2023, is brought to you by Laois Arts Office, Laois Libraries and Dunamaise Arts Centre and funded by Laois County Council, the Arts Council and Creative Ireland Laois.



The featured backdrop for this festival is the Dunamaise Arts Centre in the centre of Portlaoise. Once the town prison, this beautifully restored building is now a multi-disciplinary arts centre. Comprising a 240 seat theatre, cinema, gallery and cafe in the heart of Portlaoise, Dunamaise proudly plays host to the best of local, national and international arts events, to support the development of visual and performing artists and to be a creative and cultural hub for the wider community.

The event will also feature various workshops and readings across Laois Library locations.


"One County One Book"

The One County One Book Programme chooses a book that all of Laois would read through the month of October. Book clubs, other groups, schools and individuals all read the book and are encouraged to discuss and share the book over the course of the month.

The book chosen is The Amusements by Aingeala Flannery.



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