Leaves Festival Programme


The Leaves Festival programme 2020 includes reading by literary greats, workshops, music, and conversations.

Wed, 6th Nov
Venue: Dunamaise Arts Centre
midsummer nights dream
3:30 pm & 5:00 pm
In Between Silence: Where We Really Exist

A film by the artist Stano where writers tell their personal stories. Followed by a Q & A session between Stano and Dermot Bolger

Acclaimed during its recent New York run as a ground-breaking theatrical production, In Between Silence: Where We Really Exist, is a collection of stories of personal significance to the storytellers. The storytellers include some of Ireland’s finest writers like Anne Enright, Roddy Doyle, Joseph O’Connor and Paula Meehan along with less well known voices who all have equally moving personal testimonies to share about the human condition. Ranging in location from Portrane Asylum to the Australian outback, these stories convey a vast range of human emotions.

Sat, 9th Nov
Venue: Dunamaise Arts Centre
WRITING WORKSHOP with Christine Dwyer Hickey
10:30 am & 1:00 pm
WRITING WORKSHOP with Hilary Fannin

A workshop for all levels conducted by novelist, playwright and journalist, Hilary Fannin.

Venue: Dunamase Arts Centre
8:00 pm
The Weight of Love: When All is Said

Dermot Bolger curates a night of readings and conversation with Hilary Fanning and Anne Griffin, two authors whose recent debut novels have been greeted with great acclaim.

Sat, 7th Nov
Venue: Dunamaise Arts Centre
Three Irish Voices
8:00 pm
Tales we Tell Ourselves in Isolation

Carlo Gébler’s new book is a retelling of a selection of stories told by young men and men to lift their spirits as they sheltered from a pandemic in a remote Italian villa in the 14th Century. As Gébler writes, “suffering in a pandemic may rob us of our humanity but fiction is one way we can get it back. All the tale-tellers can do in the midst of calamity is to make something, preferably of beauty, which could be of value to their spirits.

Marianne Lee’s superb debut novel reveals rich and fascinating life of Ireland’s first female botanist who achieved retrospective fame by discovering new species of plants while forced to live in isolation in West Cork in the 19th Century.

With music from the acclaimed piper David Power, this examination of the power of the human imagination in lockdown promises to be a unique and special evening.


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