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Kate Tempest – Michael Chabon – Joseph O’Neill – Kate Summerscale – Bruce Robinson 
John Banville – Don McCullin – Mariella Frostrup – Viv Albertine 
William Dalrymple 
 Kamila Shamsie – Sara Baume – Rory Stewart – Hyeonseo Lee – Kevin Barry
Deborah Levy – 
Stephen Frears – Simon Callow – Anjan Sundaram –Fintan O’Toole – Lia Mills
Ayelet Waldman – Harry Parker – Claire Kilroy  Luke Harding – Janine Di Giovanni  Iain Overton
 Jason McCue – Danielle McLaughlin – Sinéad Gleeson – Sulaiman Addonia  – Lemn Sissay
 Thomas Morris – Rob Penn – Georgina Harding  Lucy Caldwell – Gavin Corbett – Martin Hayes
 David Power – Conor O’Clery – Olivia O’Leary – Vincent Woods – Sophie Gorman – Rob Doyle
Lisa McInerney  Cait O’Riordan – Claire-Louise Bennett  – Bryan Burroughs – and more to come

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.  In these times of extraordinary humanitarian upheaval across our borders, we are keen to hear as many voices as we can from around the world. Of course, literature and music remain close to our heart, and we hope to have developed a weekend event, that, in its diversity, stands apart from the many excellent literary festivals we have in Ireland.

Now in its fifth year, The Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas (the spoken word strand of Carlow Arts Festival) will bring together fiction writers, historians, journalists, broadcasters, photographers, war correspondents and musicians for a riveting weekend of dialogues and discussion over the weekend of June 10th - 12th. Over 70 speakers will descend on the idyllic agricultural village of Borris, County Carlow, for a three-day gathering designed to inspire positive change.

From grim tales of international warzones to 70s punk-scene anarchy, from Jack the Ripper (via Withnail & I) to a South London rapper’s first novel – yet firmly rooted in the literary world of Pulitzer and Booker royalty – this festival is dense with opportunity, and shot through with cultural curiosities. The festival has become known for its casual, languid atmosphere, and for its extraordinary line-up of speakers. It takes place in the breath-taking grounds of Borris House and spills out into the village around it. 

Weekend & Day Tickets now on sale here. Individual talk tickets will go on sale early April.