Latest Laois Event: Celebration of Literature and Music at the Leaves Festival 2023

Latest Laois Event: Celebration of Literature and Music at the Leaves Festival 2023

This Week – Celebrate Literature and Music at the Leaves Festival 2023 across Laois from Nov 8th – 11th

This week marks a celebration of creativity and culture within County Laois, as numerous local venues open their doors to a fusion of writing and music events. From November 8th to 11th, Laois blossoms with creativity, set against the rich canvas of the autumn season. This annual festival, cherished for its eclectic blend of award-winning talents and local literary talent, promises a diverse array of workshops, performances, and events designed to inspire. Join us as we revel in the arts, right here in the heart of Laois.

The Leaves Festival is thrilled to welcome Aingeala Flannery, the award-winning author of ‘The Amusements,’ as its writer in residence. Aingeala’s novel, not only a critical success, has also garnered the prestigious John McGahern Prize and the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award. As part of the festival, ‘The Amusements’ has been chosen for the One-County-One-Book initiative, aiming to connect readers across Laois.

With an agenda packed full of workshops, readings, and live performances, the Leaves Festival ensures a worthwhile experience for literature enthusiasts and music lovers alike. Esteemed author Anne Enright, a Man Booker Prize winner, will engage in a conversation alongside Aingeala, with acclaimed journalist Alex Clark steering the dialogue.

The festival’s richness is further enhanced by a crime writing evening featuring John Banville and Andrea Carter in the atmospheric setting of St. Peter’s Church of Ireland in Portlaoise, a special evening with Donal Ryan and Ultan Conlon, and an appearance by the bestselling novelist Emily Hourican, with her latest work ‘An Invitation to the Kennedys.’

In addition to the literary events, music will flow through the various venues with performances by Ultan Conlon, Cathal Crowley, Molly Donnery, and Michelle Mulcahy. The festival also introduces an innovative comic book writing workshop with Colin O’Mahony across two events and a spoken word and music event that celebrates the theme of ‘Stand By Me’, hosted by local Ann Marie Kelly. 

The Leaves Festival is more than just an event; it’s a celebration of culture, creativity, and community across the county. Set against the picturesque backdrop of various Laois locations, the festival invites everyone – readers, writers, music enthusiasts, and curious minds – to come together.

Get Your Tickets Today!

Don’t miss out on this literary and musical event. There is a range of free and paid events so please register your interest. Secure your tickets now by visiting or Tickets are also available directly from the Dunamaise Box Office at 057 866 3355. For events at Laois Libraries, please contact the respective Library branch.

Follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for real-time updates and join the conversation using #LeavesFestival2023. Let’s celebrate the power of words and music together at the Leaves Festival in Co. Laois this November!