Announcing the line-up for the 2022 Festival:

LAURIE ANDERSON, ANNE APPLEBAUM, DAVID PUTTNAM, DBC PIERRE, DOLLY ALDERTON, JEREMY IRONS, COLM MEANEY, LEMN SISSAY, SHARON HORGAN, JOHN ILLSELY, MARY ROBINSON, MAX PORTER, NICK BROOMFIELD, COLIN GREENWOOD, PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE, STEVE COOGAN, RUTH WILSON

JUST ADDED: RICHARD FORD, JON RONSON, PATRICK FREYNE, PHILIP KING


ALAN YENTOB, ALEX CLARKE, ANNE ENRIGHT, BEN ANDERSON, BULELANI MFACO, CATHERINE BELTON, CHARLIE GILMOUR, DANNY KELLY, DAN SALADINO,  DYLAN JONES, ED VULLIAMY, ELIZABETH BOYLE, FINN VAN DER AAR, FINTAN O'TOOLE, GABRIELLE WALKER, GILES DULEY, GRAINNE HUMPRHREYS, HAN TIERNAN, ISABEL HILTON, JAMES LEVER, JAMES THORNTON, JAY RAYNER, JEAN HANFF KORELITZ, JOANNE O'RIORDAN, JODY O'NEILL, KERRI NI DOCHARTAIGH, KIRSTY LANG, LENNY ABRAHAMSON, LINDSEY HILSUM, LUKE HARDING, MARGARET MACMILLAN,  MARTIN GOODMAN, MARY FITZGERALD, MAUREEN GAFFNEY, MISHA GLENNY, OLIVER BULLOUGH, OLIVIA O'LEARY, PADDY WOODWORTH, PAT NEVIN, PAUL MULDOON, SHIRLEY ZE YU, RODDY DOYLE, ROISIN INGLE, ROY FOSTER, SALLY HAYDEN, SARAH WATERS, SHON FAYE, SINEAD CUSACK, SINEAD GLEESON, STEPHEN FREARS, TRAVIS ALABANZA


Music From:

CORMAC BEGLEY, LIAM O'CONNOR, MAIJA SOFIA
THIS IS HOW WE FLY (Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Seán Mac Erlaine, Nic Gareiss, Petter Berndalen), 
SCULLION (Sonny Condell, Philip King and Robbie Overson), 
NO STRANGERS HERE (Christine Tobin, Phil Robson, Dan Bodwell, Cora Venus Lunny),
SHY MASCOT (Fiadh Rua Gregg, Eanna Ryder, Keith Tobin, Andy O’Farrell, Jamel Franklin).
JAY RAYNER DUET (Pat Gordon Smith, Jay Rayner)

STAGE PERFORMANCES OR REHEARSED READINGS FROM:

HOW TO BE A DANCER IN SEVENTY TWO THOUSAND EASY LESSONS with Michael Keegan-Dolan and Rachel Poirier
THE DEATH OF FRANCIS BACON with Max Porter
YELLOW with Jody O'Neill
MY NAME IS WHY with Lemn Sissay


The tenth edition of the Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas announced today its line up for the weekend long gathering which takes place June 10th - 12th, focussing on a very international event, following the hiatus of visiting writers for the past two years. In August last year, due in particular to assistance from the Live Performance Support Scheme, an 'Ireland-only' iteration of the festival took place - against all odds, and one of the only literary events to take place in the flesh - which gave Irish writers a chance to meet their readers again. The organisers recognise the need to hear from (and meet) overseas voices once again, and conflict journalism - which has always been an area we have explored, is at the forefront, as are writing for the screen, music lyrics, stage, environmental impact, diversity, health and of course fiction.

Highlights include hearing from musicians Laurie Anderson, John Illsley (Dire Straits), Colin Greenwood (Radiohead), Cormac Begley and Philip King.

Actors and film directors are well represented: Lenny Abrahamson, Ruth Wilson, Stephen Frears, Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Sharon Horgan, Jeremy Irons, Sinead Cusack, Nick Broomfield and David Puttnam.

Investigative or conflict journalists (many coming straight from Ukraine) include: Ben Anderson, Anne Applebaum, Catherine Belton, Luke Harding, Sally Hayden, Oliver Bullough, Mary Fitzgerald, Lindsey Hilsum, Misha Glenny, Patrick Radden Keefe, and Ed Vulliamy.

Heavyweight thinkers such as Margaret MacMillan, Roy Foster, Fintan O'Toole, Mary Robinson, Gabrielle Walker will explore global rights and wrongs.

And some speakers to relish because they will take us wild places: Elizabeth Boyle who mixes medieval history with heavy metal, Dolly Alderton's exhilarating wit and life lessons, Max Porter's portrayal of Francis Bacon, Jay Rayner talking about his last supper (and playing jazz piano), Chelsea and Everton footballer Pat Nevin on being a weirdo, Paul Muldoon's project with Paul McCartney, marine scientist Finn van der Aar's world, the trans world of Travis Alabanza, Han TIernan and Shon Faye, and bad boy of fiction DBC Pierre, a dance-memoir from Michael Keegan Dolan...

We welcome you all back to Borris, and we urge you to come and meet all our speakers in this beautiful corner of Carlow.


WE WILL BE POSTING UP THE DAY-BY-DAY SCHEDULE IN THE COMING FEW DAYS, BUT THESE SPEAKERS WILL BE PRESENT ON FRIDAY 10th JUNE

SPEAKERS: LUKE HARDING, LINDSEY HILSUM, BEN ANDERSON, SALLY HAYDEN, COLM MEANEY, JOHN ILLSELY, GRAINNE HUMPRHREYS, STEPHEN FREARS,SHON FAYE, TRAVIS ALABANZA, RODDY DOYLE, SHIRLEY ZE YU, FINTAN O'TOOLE, ISABEL HILTON, PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE, OLIVER BULLOUGH, LENNY ABRAHAMSON, DAVID PUTTNAM, CATHERINE BELTON, MAX PORTER, MARGARET MACMILLAN

MUSIC FROM CORMAC BEGLEY & LIAM O'CONNOR

STAGE PERFORMANCES FROM MICHAEL KEEGAN DOLAN AND RACHEL POIRIER

Past Programmes