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Leaves Literary Festival 2016

The 2016 Laois Leaves Festival celebrates the diverse rich talent in today’s literary, film and music scene.

9th November to 13th November 2016

An intimate evening of readings and music at the recently opened Library of Civilisation in Roundwood House, Mountrath features Peter Fallon and Vona Groarke of Gallery Press, joined by former Laois-Writer-in-Residence, Eoin McNamee and Musician, Colm Mac an Iomaire. This event will be chaired by Seamus Hosey and commences at 8.00pm on Friday 11th Nov.

The Dunamaise Arts Centre is the venue for Saturday’s events. Mary Ó Donnell conducts a Poetry Workshop. Arthur Broomfield’s collection of poetry, “Cold Coffee at Emo Court” will be launched. This is followed by an Open Mic Event. A one week’s residency at the Laois Arthouse apartment will be awarded to the most compelling presentation at the Open Mic event. The book launch and Open Mic commence at 3.00pm and admission is free.

The crime fiction night at the Dunamaise Arts Centre is much anticipated and features writers Louise Phillips, Niamh O Connor, Andrea Carter and visiting Norwegian, Thomas Enger. Music is by Rachel Clancy and the evening is chaired by Sean Rocks presenter of Arena, Radio 1. This commences at 8.00pm.

Children and young people’s events include a visit by Oisín McGann and Dave Rudden. The scheduled film is In the Heart of the Sea which is inspired by Melville’s great novel Moby Dick. Theatre includes a family love story, called, “Minding Frankie”, by Maeve Binchy and a classical music concert in the Church of Ireland, Portlaoise featuring Anneleen Lenearts(Harp) and Dionysis Grammenos(Clarinet).

Welcome to the Laois Leaves Festival and we look forward to sharing some of the magic that is in store.

Booking Box Office: 056 8663355 or online at www.dunamaise.ie
 

Film@BirrTheatre – The Florida Project
We are in the low-rent penumbra that surrounds Disney World. Cheap motels with aping names like the Futureland Inn – painted purple, pink and pistachio – host meaner tourists, resting drifters and poor mothers like the unstoppable Halley (Bria Vinaite).
Time: 27th February 2018 at 8:00 pm
Mike Denver

Time: 23rd February 2018 at 8:00 pm
Film@BirrTheatre – In The Name of Peace
In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America is a compelling feature documentary, narrated by Liam Neeson, with dramatic footage from the conflict in Northern Ireland and stirring accounts by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as US Congressmen and Senators.
Time: 20th February 2018 at 8:00 pm
Keith Barry
Time: 16th February 2018 at 8:00 pm


Tullamore Musical Society Presents:- Sister Act
Time: 10th February at 8:00 pm to 16th February 2018
Film@BirrTheatre – Rosalie Blum
Rosalie Blum is a quirky, cockles-warming adaptation of the eponymous graphic-novel trilogy by French artist Camille Jourdy. Debuting writer-director Julien Rappeneau follows Jourdy’s lead and also plays around with narrative structure and audience expectations to keep an
Time: 13th February 2018 at 8:00 pm


Tullamore Musical Society Presents:- Sister Act
Time: 10th February at 8:00 pm to 16th February 2018
Jim Reeves Celebration Starring Al Grant

Time: 11th February 2018 at 8:00 pm


Tullamore Musical Society Presents:- Sister Act
Time: 10th February at 8:00 pm to 16th February 2018
Tullamore Musical Society Presents:- Sister Act
Time: 10th February at 8:00 pm to 16th February 2018
Tim Edey
Tim Edey
Time: 9th February 2018 at 8:00 pm
Birr Stage Guild: The Producers
Time: 1st February at 8:00 pm to 3rd February 2018
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