The Leaves Festival 8-11 November 2023

The Leaves Festival 2023 brings the best of Irish writing and music to Co Laois this November.

The festival is very excited to welcome Aingeala Flannery as its writer in residence. Her novel The Amusements was the winner of the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award at Listowel Writer’s Week this year and more recently was awarded the John McGahern Prize. Aingeala will be visiting schools, libraries AND in Portlaoise Prison. Her public event this year will be with Anne Enright – both interviewed by journalist Alex Clark.

The Amusements is also the Leaves Festival One County One Book for Laois.

This year’s festival will also host

  • Bestselling novelist Emily Hourican who has just published An Invitation to the Kennedys
  • Award winning novelist Donal Ryan with singer songwriter musician Ultan Conlon
  • A crime writing evening with John Banville and Andrea Carter.
  • Screen Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret?
  • A comic book writing workshop with Colin O’Mahony
  • A spoken word event celebrating the theme of Stand By Me
  • Musicians Ultan Conlon, Cathal Crowley, Molly Donnery and Michelle Mulcahy

Jennifer Moore, Laois Arts Office; David O’Hara, Head of Planning LCC; Angela McEvoy, Director of Arts, Heritage and Planning LCC; Cathaoirleach of LCC Paschal McEvoy; Author Aingeala Flannery and Muireann Ní Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer at the launch of the Leaves Festival of Writing & Music to be held 8-11 November 2023.
Picture: Alf Harvey

Please join us 8th-11th November 2023.

For tickets or to check out the full programme of events see or  . Tickets can also be booked directly from Dunamaise Box Office, Tel: 057 8663355.

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

Further details from Muireann Ní Chonaill, Arts Officer, Laois County Council on 0578664000/

For all media enquiries. Please contact Cormac Kinsella on 086 8199874/

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