The Festival of Writing & Ideas has been extended to incorporate the History Festival of Ireland. The weekend 5th-7th June 2015 will once again be one 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.


This year your curiosity could lead you anywhere – the Syrian frontlines, a rare encounter with the songwriters of Pink Floyd, the sinister world of phone hacking. You might find yourself in the company of Booker Prize royalty, or trying to come to terms with ISIS tactics of kidnap and execution, or perhaps quizzing the real decision-makers in book publishing, getting to know an encyclopedic Grafton Street balladeer, 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.


This year we welcome Ian McEwanDavid Gilmour, Antony Beevor, Anne Enright, Kevin Barry, Rob Doyle, Polly Samson, Roy Foster, Lisa Hannigan, Dylan Haskins, Michael Cunningham, Andrew O’Hagan, Michael Harding, AC Grayling, Colin Barrett, Mary Costello, Tommy Tiernan, Belinda McKeon, Joanne O’Riordan and many more.