He has published the best selling memoir The Home Place, the short story collection Departures, and the novel Death and Plenty. He has written extensively about his home area for RTÉ"s Sunday Miscellany and the Doc on One: Number Meadows in Manhattan, Even the Walls Were Sweatin’, The Closing of the Gaiety Cinema in Carrick-on-Shannon and Practical Rooms and Pre-Fabs. He co-wrote the original screenplay for the feature film Black Ice, which premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013.
Early and Working Brian Leyden grew up in the coal mining valley of Arigna, a place and a way of life memorialised in his writing.
He was educated in Drumshanbo Vocational School (1978) and graduated from Sligo RTC with a Diploma in Fine Art (1983). Since working his way through college with the Sligo VEC & Arts Council of Ireland funded Murals in Schools Scheme, he has worked continuously in the arts, including the positions of Writer in Residence with Leitrim and Sligo Libraries, mentoring for the National University of Ireland Galway Bachelor in Creative Writing program, and the Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Master of Fine Arts Irish Residential program
Reading tours include Ireland and its Diaspora Writers & Musician’s Tour of Germany (1996), Newport Festival Rhode Island, United States of America, and The Irish Writers" Centre Peregrine Readings (2010). His libretto for the short opera Humpty Dumpty by Ian Wilson premiered at the Lancaster International Concert Series at Lancaster University, England in 2010.