First speakers announced and tickets on sale for Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas 2019
November 23, 2018
Weekend passes or day passes for the fabulously eclectic and exceptionally inspiring Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas, which takes place in the village of Borris, Co. Carlow from 7th to 9th of June 2019, are now available alongside the very first inkling of some of those who will be speaking.
Speaking at Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas next year will be English writer and Francophile, Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Julian Barnes. Multi award-winning novelist, essayist and short-story writer, his elegant, witty and playful writing explores serious, poignant and heart-felt themes – the nature of love, particularly its dark side, exploring humankind’s capacity for jealousy, obsession and infidelity alongside the perennial quest for authentic love.
Psychotherapist, writer and agony aunt (and wife of cross-dressing multi-disciplinary artist Grayson Perry) Philippa Perry will bring her uniquely pragmatic and grounded approach to life to Borris; American investigative journalist and author Carl Bernstein who was one of the two original reporters on Watergate when at the Washington Post and is an active political commentator on CNN, will bring his long history of examining the use and abuse of power to the festival too.
Paul Muldoon, James Shapiro, Donal Ryan, Kit de Waal, Lara Marlowe, Lemn Sissay, Shane O’Mara, Philippe Sands, and Sarah Perry are among those who will attend.
There are a limited number of tickets at 2018 price which won’t be there for long. Be an Early Bird.
This event is now sold out. We ask people not to travel down without tickets - we won't have any more on the day. For those who are coming we welcome you to Borris. We have posted here the most up to date programme schedule for each day. Please note that we encourage you to stay after the talks are over each night for our music and performance in the Festival Marquee.
We are pleased to announce the first 12 of our 80 international speakers for the 2020 Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas. The event takes place 10th to 12th June in Borris, Co Carlow.
Fiction is strongly represented with both 2019 Booker Prize winners coming - Canadian Margaret Atwood (The Testaments) and Anglo-Nigerian Bernardine Evaristo (Girl, Woman, Other). They will be in the company of Tessa Hadley (Clever Girl, The Past, Late in the Day); Max Porter (Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Lanny); Pulitzer-winning US author Richard Ford (whose new collection of stories, Sorry For Your Trouble is on the way); Chinese/British novelist and memoirist Xiaolu Guo (I Am China, Once Upon A Time In The East); and international bestselling author and Dun Laoghaire resident Marian Keyes.
Borris is known increasingly for its exploratory programming and revolutionary talks, and among those coming to discuss life's fortunes and misfortunes are historian Antony Beevor (whose work includes Stalingrad, Berlin: the Downfall and Ardennes 1944), Dublin-born BBC presenter and academic Emma Dabiri (author of Don't Touch my Hair), former President and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson (now Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice in Trinity College Dublin and Chair of The Elders), columnist and historian Ben McIntyre, and travel writer and TV programme maker Manchan Magan.
Further speakers will be announced in early 2020.
Weekend tickets - and individual day tickets - are on sale, and there are only a very limited number left. This is not a ploy to cause an unnecessary scramble - we simply want to maintain the intimacy and integrity of the event, so no further tickets will be released. And there are only a few hundred remaining at the time of writing this note.
Tickets can be purchased here
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