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The Leaves Festival programme 2020 has been adapted to become Leaves On Air; a new adapted programme reflecting our current circumstances. As the safety of audiences, festival guests and staff is of the utmost importance and in respect of recent Level 5 restrictions, the decision was made to broadcast Leaves instead and present all events in the form of Podcasts on www.leavesfestival.ie . Through these podcasts, Leaves On Air will continue to celebrate writing and music and encourage people to enjoy contemporary Irish writers, the art of conversation and wonderful music, from the comfort of home.

 

Wed, 4th Nov
Venue: Streamed online
FREE
Leaves on Air Podcast Episode 1

Episode 1: The Weight of Love: Hilary Fannin in conversation with Dermot Bolger

This programme of authors’ readings and interviews will be available for FREE, as audio downloads for a limited time period from leavesfestival.ie via the DunamaiseOnAir  Podcast channel.

Hilary Fannin worked as an actor throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Her first play was staged at London’s Bush Theatre and since then she has written numerous stage and radio plays. She was joint writer-in-association at the Abbey Theatre for its centenary year, 2004. She is co-creator and mentor of a playwriting course run by Fighting Words in association with the Abbey Theatre. Her acclaimed memoir Hopscotch was published by Doubleday in 2015. She began writing forThe Irish Times in 2004 and currently writes a weekly column for that paper. She was named Columnist of the Year at the 2019 News Brands Ireland Journalism Awards. Her debut novel, The Weight of Love, was published by Penguin Random House this year.

This episode begins with a poem called “Leaves” written for the the festival by Dermot Bolger and is followed by a whistle tune called “Chicago” played by David Power. www.davidpowerup.com

Leaves Festival of Writing & Music 2020: ‘Leaves on Air’
Funded by the Arts Office, Laois County Council  
Produced & Presented by Dunamaise Arts Centre
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Dunamaise Arts Centre gratefully acknowledges funding from Laois County Council and The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Thu, 5th Nov
Venue: Streamed online
FREE
Leaves on Air Podcast Episode 2

Episode 2: When All is Said: Anne Griffin  in conversation with Dermot Bolger

This programme of authors’ readings and interviews will be available for FREE, as audio downloads for a limited time period from leavesfestival.ie via the DunamaiseOnAir Podcast channel.

ANNE GRIFFIN IN CONVERSATION WITH DERMOT BOLGER

Born in Dublin, Anne Griffin now lives in Mullingar. In 2019 her debut novel When All Is Said was an Irish No. 1 bestseller when published by Sceptre. It has now been published in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and is being translated into sixteen languages. Described by John Banville as “a rare jewel”, by Donal Ryan as “a hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel” and by Graham Norton as “beautifully observed, masterful storytelling”, When All is Saidwon the Newcomer of the Year Irish Book Awards, 2019.

Featuring music by David Power

Leaves Festival of Writing & Music 2020: ‘Leaves on Air’
Funded by the Arts Office, Laois County Council  
Produced & Presented by Dunamaise Arts Centre
www.leavesfestival.ie | Facebook  | Twitter| Instagram
www.dunamaise.ie|Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Dunamaise Arts Centre gratefully acknowledges funding from Laois County Council and The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Fri, 6th Nov
Venue: Online
FREE
Leaves on Air Podcast Episode 3

Episode 3: A Quiet Tide: Marianne Lee in conversation with Dermot Bolger

This programme of authors’ readings and interviews will be available for FREE, as audio downloads for a limited time period from leavesfestival.ie via the DunamaiseOnAir Podcast channel.

Marianne Lee grew up in Tullamore, Co. Offaly and now lives in Dublin with her husband. She has a degree in Visual Communications from the National College and Art and Design and an MPhil in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin. She works as a designer and copywriter, and has published a selection of poetry and self-recorded an album. Her debut novel, ‘A Quiet Tide’, a fictionalised account of the life of Ellen Hutchins, Ireland’s first female botanist, who collected and discovered rare spies of plants while working in isolation in West Cork, was published in 2020 by New Island.

With Music by David Power

Leaves Festival of Writing & Music 2020: ‘Leaves on Air’
Funded by the Arts Office, Laois County Council  
Produced & Presented by Dunamaise Arts Centre
www.leavesfestival.ie | Facebook  | Twitter| Instagram
www.dunamaise.ie|Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Dunamaise Arts Centre gratefully acknowledges funding from Laois County Council and The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Sat, 7th Nov
Venue: Zoom
12:00 pm
Writing Workshop for Children – with Portlaoise Library
For ages 8-12 years /  Booking required by email to laoislibrary@laoiscoco.ie
Portlaoise branch library is hosting a children’s creative writing workshop via zoom with author Maeve Devoy.
Maeve is the author of the Tell Tale Collection. She travels all over Ireland, interviewing ordinary people and collecting their stories, while hosting creative writing workshops for children. Her second collection of stories is due to be released in the new year.
This workshop will take children on an imaginary journey to MAD space, where the year is 3005 and life as we know it, is utterly changed. There are hover cars and spaceships, hotels on Venus and restaurants on the moon. There is even life on planets that we never knew existed before. The children will be tasked with building their own world and characters, before they must save MAD space from the meteorite shooting straight toward it. Will they be able to protect their planet, their people and their purpose?
Venue: Online
FREE
Leaves on Air Podcast Episode 4

Episode 4: Tales We Tell Ourselves: Carlo Gebler in conversation with Dermot Bolger

This programme of authors’ readings and interviews will be available for FREE, as audio downloads for a limited time period from leavesfestival.ie via the DunamaiseOnAir Podcast channel.

Carlo Géblerwas born in Dublin in 1954.  His most recent books from New Island, include The Wing Orderly’s Tales– a collection of stories told by a prison orderly; The Projectionist– a biography of his father, Ernest Gébler, and The Innocent of Falkland Road, a novel set in the 1960s London of his childhood. His response to the ongoing pandemic has been to re-tell twenty-eight tales from Boccaccio’s Decameron, in a new book, Tales We Tell Ourselves, published in October 2020.A member of Aosdána, he is married with five children and has lived in Enniskillen since 1989.

The Leaves on Air podcast series is curated and presented by the poet and novelist, Dermot Bolger.  Exploring the power of the human imagination in lockdown, we hope you will enjoy readings  from critically acclaimed and bestselling authors Hilary Fanning, Anne Griffin, Carlo Gébler and Marianne Lee in conversation with Dermot Bolger with music by piper, David Power.

Leaves Festival of Writing & Music 2020: ‘Leaves on Air’
Funded by the Arts Office, Laois County Council  
Produced & Presented by Dunamaise Arts Centre
www.leavesfestival.ie | Facebook  | Twitter| Instagram
www.dunamaise.ie|Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Dunamaise Arts Centre gratefully acknowledges funding from Laois County Council and The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

 

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