The Festival of Writing & Ideas will mark its fifth year in 2016, hoping to bring you a weekend of stimulating dialogue and discourse, gathering together intriguing international minds – historians, novelists, journalists, film-makers, poets, theatre directors, war correspondents, biographers, artists and political commentators – and inviting them to Borris Village for a few days.


At this festival, your curiosity could lead you anywhere from the Syrian frontlines to the lyrics of Pink Floyd. You might find yourself in the company of Booker Prize royalty, or trying to come to terms with ISIS tactics, or global hunger or local sean nos… or simply spending time at a picnic table in the company of the speakers at this intimate event.


The Festival of Writing & Ideas has become known for its casual, friendly atmosphere, and for its extraordinary line up of speakers. It takes place within the magical surroundings of Borris House, the seat of the High Kings of Leinster, situated at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains with the River Barrow meandering by. Spilling out into pubs and halls of this idyllic village, Borris is an event that the curious find inspiring.


In the few years just past this small Carlow village has welcomed Martin Amis, PJ Harvey, Ian McEwanDavid Gilmour, Antony Beevor, Anne Enright, Kevin Barry, Roy Foster, Lisa Hannigan, Michael Cunningham, Andrew O’Hagan, Michael Harding, AC Grayling, Tommy Tiernan, Neil Jordan William Dalrymple, Sebastian Barry, Louis De Bernieres, Mariella Frostrup, Stephen Frears, Donal Ryan, Philomena Lee, Joseph O’Connor, Donal McCullin, Michael Craig Martin, Colm Toibin, Mike Scott, John Banville and many many others.