The weekend of 5th-7th June 2015 has been set aside for next year’s festival, and promises to bring together some of the most intriguing international minds – novelists, journalists, film-makers, poets, theatre directors, war correspondents, biographers, artists and political commentators – for a weekend of stimulating dialogue and discussion. Borris Festival has become known for its languid and laid-back feel, and for its extraordinary line up of speakers.
In the three years since we began, guests have included Mariella Frostrup, Deborah Levy, Martin Amis, Eimear McBride, Damian Barr, Ruth Padel, Cathy Davey, Roy Foster, Audrey Magee, Gerard Byrne, Dylan Haskins, Patrick McGrath, Lisa Hannigan, Sebastian Barry, Louis de Bernieres, Hugo Hamilton, Declan Walsh, Kevin Myers, Jason McCue, William Dalrymple, Donal Ryan, Giles Duley, Olivia O’Leary, John Banville, Stephen Frears, Paul Murray, Mikel Murfi, Pat McCabe, Michael Craig Martin, Don McCullin, PJ Harvey, Joe O’Connor, Ben Anderson, Anne Enright, Fintan O’Toole, Ben Okri, Dorothy Cross, Liam O Maonlai, Lenny Abrahamson, Craig Brown, AC Grayling and Mike Scott.
Plans are being laid to collaborate with The History Festival of Ireland on a ‘non-fiction Friday’ this year in the Barrow Valley village. Watch this space for announcements before Christmas. And Friday night is expected to become an integral part of the festival, which this year will offer boutique camping and luxury vintage caravan sleeping – as well as a number of houseboats on the Barrow.
First speakers names will be announced in late November, and weekend tickets released at the same time.