The Leaves Literary Festival takes place this week, celebrating the diverse rich talent in today’s literary, film and music scene.
The festival was officially launched last week at County Hall by Minister Charlie Flanagan, who praised the diverse range of events taking place. He spoke of the importance of continued support to cultural and artistic events in the county and remarked on the importance of local authorities taking the lead in such events.
On Friday November 11, Roundwood House will host an intimate evening of music and spoken work, with writers Peter Fallon, Vona Groarke Eoin McNamee and music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire. It will take place in the surroundings of the newly opened library.
On Saturday November 12 all the events will take place in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. The morning will start with a poetry workshop hosted by Mary O Donnell.
The afternoon will have book launch by local writer Arthur Broomfield’s new collection of poetry entitled ‘Cold Coffee at Emo Court’, followed by an open mic competition.
Visitors from across the country will compete for the title of the most compelling performer. The award for this is a week’s residency in the Laois Arthouse.
The Saturday evening event in the Dunamaise Arts Centre is a crime fiction night, hosted by Radio 1 presenter of Arena, Seán Rocks. It features Louise Phillips, Niamh O Connor, Andrea Carter and visiting Norwegian writer Thomas Enger. Saxophonist Rachel Clancy will play music specially created for the event .
Children’s events include readings by Oisin McGann in the Dunamaise Arts Centre and Dave Rudden at the Portarlington and Montmellick Libraries.
The Dunamaise Arts Centre are programming a selection of Irish interest film and theatre, including In the Heart of the Sea and Minding Frankie, an adaptation for stage of a story by the late Maeve Binchy by Peter Sheridan.
The festival concludes with a classical concert hosted by Music Network in St Peter’s Church of Ireland featuring Anneleen Lenaerts on harp and Dionysis Grammenos on clarinet.
Tickets and information are available from the Dunamaise Arts Centre on 057 8663355 and from the Laois Arts Office on www.laois.ie and 057 8664033.