2020 Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas

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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