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Borris Village, at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains, plays host for the fifth year to one of the most unusual and intimate festivals in the country. Festival of Writing & Ideas promises a weekend of stimulating dialogue and discourse, gathering together intriguing minds from all over the world and inviting them to spend a few days in the rural hinterland of Co. Carlow. Many are writers, but artists, film-makers, political commentators, musicians, architects - and regular people who have experienced the extraordinary - also grace the stage of Borris.

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Martin Amis & Chrissie Hynde
We are delighted to welcome back Martin Amis to our festival, who joined us last in 2013 and for her first visit, Chrissie Hynde, founding member of The Pretenders.
Announced: Michael Chabon, Joseph O'Neill, Kate Tempest & More
This year the theme of the festival is crossing frontiers and it is taking us in an altogether new direction. We have speakers from India, Eritrea, Pakistan, USA, Wales, Ethiopia, North Korea, Israel and England.
Announced - An Evening with Martin Hayes & David Power Friday June 10th
  An Evening with Martin Hayes & David Power Friday June 10th   Two masters of the tradition, fiddler Martin Hayes and piper David Power, come to Borris with music to make the heavens...
Simon Callow Reads Seamus Heaney
Simon Callow presents Seamus Heaney's Aeneid Book VI, introduced by Catherine Heaney, and accompanied by uillean piper David Power.
Introducing Boutique Camping
For 2016, Festival of Writing & Ideas is introducing boutique camping. Our partners LPM Bohemia offer luxury camping options at many festivals around Ireland including Electric Picnic, Body & Soul and Sea Sessions.
Festival Dates June 10th-12th 2016
The dates of next year's Festival of Writing & Ideas are 10th, 11th, and 12th of June. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for upcoming announcements.

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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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