Festival of Writing & Ideas

While various vaccines promise hope for our chances of bringing something to fruition in 2021, it will not be in June. 

We have enjoyed digital sisterhood with our Winter and Spring Series of online talks, which are all available still on www.springseries.ie.

As regards this Summer, and the chances of a festival in Borris: we have the agility to spring to action on the weekend of 20 – 22 August, if circumstances permit, but we think that it will only become clear if this is possible at the start of July.

Otherwise it will be 10 – 12 June 2022.

To everyone that held onto their tickets, we stand by our promise: a full refund is available any time for anyone who does not want their tickets transferred to the 2021 (or 2022) dates.

If you have held on to your ticket purchased for 2020 or 2021, it will remain valid for the next Borris Festival. If you simply want your money back, please follow the instructions on Eventbrite using your ticket number, and if this, for some reason, is not working for you, email [email protected] with your ticket number and we will arrange the refund. And don’t worry, we are not going anywhere.


When it exists again, The Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas is a weekend of stimulating dialogue and discourse, gathering together intriguing minds from all over the world. Many are writers; but artists, film-makers, musicians, people who have experienced the extraordinary, or indeed people who simply wish to change the way we do things, are there too.

We look forward to welcoming those who have been before to Borris, and equally those who have heard it might well be worth surrendering a sunny weekend for. We invite you to come and spend a few days in the company of our inspiring speakers in the magnificent surroundings of Borris Village, situated at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains with the River Barrow meandering by.

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