Borris House & Village, Carlow

June 8th - 10th 2018



Taking place over the weekend of 8th to 10th June, the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas is delighted to announce a new three year sponsorship agreement with The Doyle Collection, the Irish family-owned luxury international hotel Group  (The Westbury in Dublin, The Bloomsbury in London and The Dupont Circle in Washington, among others). 


We are also pleased to announce the first few speakers confirmed to attend the June Festival:


Award winning writers: Donna TarttMargaret AtwoodRachel KushnerAlan HollinghurstPatrick McGrathKit de Waal, Elizabeth Strout and Hanan Al-ShaykhBob Geldof will give the inaugural Doyle Collection Annual Interview.   Historians Ben MacIntyreRoy Foster and Margaret MacMillan join us in exploring some contemporary global issues.


Music is everywhere – Led Zeppelin’s John Paul JonesGuy Pratt (guitarist with David Gilmour, The Smiths etc), Viv Albertine (The Slits), Dylan Jones (GQ Editor, The Bowie Years), and Iarla Ó Lionáird  (The Gloaming). David Dawson will give a talk illustrated by his highly personal photographs of Lucian Freud.  Humour comes in the form of the wonderful Deirdre O’KaneAlison Spittle, Francesca Martinez, and Spitting Image and Not the Nine O’Clock News creators Sean Hardie and John Lloyd (also the brains behind QI)


And that is less than half of our speakers, so sign up below to hear further announcements. Day tickets are on sale. In early April, we will release limited tickets to individual talks.



€39 Friday Ticket
€67 Saturday Ticket
€57 Sunday Ticket

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