What’s On Guide

From ancient festivals in the Slieve Bloom Mountains to modern day merry-making, Laois has enjoyed a party more than most for thousands of years. With over 60 events happening each month , you are most definitely invited to celebrate with us.
And from major international music weekends to local fiestas covering everything from scarecrows and storytelling, to drama and literature, you’re sure to find your tribe. For the outdoor enthusiast there’s weekly guided walks, runs and cycles. Come join us as we celebrate the length and breadth of the county – morning, noon, and night…

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Watching Them Fly: Debut Voices – Louise Nealon & Sheila Armstrong with Selina Guinness – Leaves Festival

6th November @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Her 2021 debut Snowflake has received brilliant reviews for Louise Nealon. Element Pictures acquired the novel’s film and screen rights. Sheila Armstrong’s debut short story collection How to Gut a Fish will be published by Bloomsbury in 2022. These friends will talk about what provokes them to write, what draws them to a subject, the importance and value of peer support, getting work published and about other writers they value. They will also read from their work and bring with them what best represents them at this stage in their writing lives.


6th November
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dunamaise Arts Centre