The sixth edition of The Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas takes place June 9th to 11th.

Each year we bring together writers, historians, journalists, broadcasters, photographers, war correspondents and musicians for a riveting weekend of dialogues and discussions. Over 60 speakers will descend on the idyllic agricultural village of Borris, County Carlow for a three-day gathering designed to inspire positive change. And a few hundred lucky people will come to hear them talk, will meet them and share time with them.

The first twenty of our invited guests have now been announced, and include novelists Sebastian Barry, Eimear McBride, Colm Toibin, Edmund White, Elske Rahill, John Boyne, Joanna Trollope, Eileen Battersby, The Wire creator David Simon, historians Margaret MacMillan, Turtle Bunbury, Artemis Cooper and Lucy Hughes Hallett, and the inspiring minds of Michael Harding, Geoff Dyer, Angela Scanlon, Andy Middleton, Eithne Shortall, Fintan O'Toole, Olivia O'Leary, Garett Carr and the great ad-man John Hegarty.

Weekend and Day tickets are currently on sale. Individual talk tickets will go on sale in April.

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2017 Festival Dates Announced
Dates for Festival of Writing & Ideas 2017 are June 9th - 11th. 2017 tickets will go on sale early November.
Photos from 2016 Festival
Have a look at some highlights from our 2016 festival!

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What People Have Said...


"Borris is one of the friendliest, most stimulating literary festivals in the world" — Ian McEwan

"Good company in a beautiful setting. You could meet anyone at Borris, and often do" — Anne Enright

"You are sitting right next to the authors, there's no division. In every which way it's just perfect" — Mariella Frostrup

"The Borris festival is pure magic. It's a special time in a special place" — Fintan O'Toole

"Your favourite author is likely to walk off the stage and sit down beside you for the next talk" — The Irish Times



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