The Leaves Festival 2022 brought the best of Irish writing and music to Laois last week.
The festival to welcomed Booker Prize shortlisted Claire Keegan as its first festival length writer in residence.
Her Booker Prize shortlisted novel Small Things Like These has had an extraordinary public reception since publication.
Claire joined the festival for a public event with novelist and broadcaster Edel Coffey as well as a series of workshops in schools libraries and prison.
Small Things Like These Is also the October One County One Book for Laois.
There was also two screenings of the award winning film An Cailín Ciúin based on Claire Keegan’s story Foster.
The festival also celebrated 40 years of Salmon Publishing with a music and poetry event while it welcomed native poet Pat Boran and chef Rory O’Connell (in conversation with Katy McGuinness).
There was plenty of music too with Harpanno, Alannah Murray and The Messages amongst others.
Another event saw host Ronán Hession in conversation with broadcaster Clare O’Brien and there was also an afternoon open mic event of poetry and music.
The World of Words, a collection of short stories by new Irish writers that is the culmination of a creative writing journey started almost a year ago in the aftermath of lockdown, was also launched.
Check out some great pictures from the events below:
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