The festival this year has been extended to include the Friday - a ‘non-fiction Friday’ which will incorporate the History Festival of Ireland. 5th-7th June 2015 will be a weekend 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 & Ideas has become known for its casual, friendly atmosphere, and for its extraordinary line up of speakers – with the beautiful setting of Borris House (and the spectacular village it calls home) in the Barrow Valley.


In 2015 we welcome Ian McEwan, Antony Beevor, Ann EnrightKevin Barry, Rob DoylePolly SamsonRoy FosterLisa Hanningan, Dylan Haskins, Michael Cunningham, Andrew O’Hagan, Michael Harding, AC Grayling, Colin Barrett, Mary Costello, Belinda McKeon, Joanne O’Riordan and many more of the finest clocks ticking today.


This year we will be offering boutique camping and some unusual accommodation options around the estate.


At present, only the full weekend tickets are on sale, but by the start of March we will release limited day tickets, and in April we will release tickets to individual talks.