The festival next year has been extended to include the Friday and this will be a ‘non-fiction Friday’. The dates of 5th-7th June 2015 has been set aside. Once again the weekend will be one of stimulating dialogue and discussion, gathering together intriguing international minds – historians, novelists, journalists, film-makers, poets, theatre directors, war correspondents, biographers, artists and political commentators. The Festival of Writing and Ideas has become known for its casual, friendly atmosphere, and for its extraordinary line up of speakers –and the beautiful setting of Borris House (and the spectacular village) in the Barrow Valley.


In the three years since the festival started, guests have included  Martin Amis, Don McCullin, Anne Enright, John Banville, Roy Foster, Mariella Frostrup, Sebastian Barry, Deborah Levy, Eimear McBride, William Dalrymple, Damian Barr, Ruth Padel, Cathy Davey, Audrey Magee, Gerard Byrne, Dylan Haskins, Patrick McGrath, Lisa Hannigan, Louis de Bernieres, Hugo Hamilton,  Declan Walsh, Kevin Myers, Jason McCue, Donal Ryan, Giles Duley, Olivia O’Leary,  Stephen Frears, Paul Murray, Mikel Murfi, Pat McCabe, Michael Craig Martin,  Joe O’Connor, Ben Anderson, Fintan O’Toole, Ben Okri, Dorothy Cross, Liam O Maonlai, Lenny Abrahamson, Craig Brown, AC Grayling and Mike Scott.


The History Festival of Ireland will now be incorporated within a ‘non-fiction Friday’ this year, with Friday night becoming an integral part of the festival. This year we will be offering boutique camping and some unusual accommodation options around the estate.