Polly Samson and David Gilmour: will discuss the creative process and how they collaborate on writing lyrics. Photograph:  David M Benett/Getty Images

The Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas is only four years old, but today hosts a notable literary exclusive. The first public interview invo(...)

Lyricist: “It’s lovely to collaborate with him . . . but I’m aware that he asks me because he hates writing lyrics,” Polly Samson says of her husband, David Gilmour. Photograph: Sarah Lee

The family history of the author Polly Samson is a novel in itself, a generation-spanning epic that makes Wild Swans seem like a bedtime story. In the(...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

Hugo Jellett (left) and Turtle Bunbury. Photograph: Eric Luke

Hugo Jellett is director of Carlow Arts Festival and its sister events, The Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas and the History Festival of (...)

Bloomsday, June 16th

January Out to Lunch 2-26 From Eamon Dunphy to Edna O’Brien, this Belfast festival has an eclectic line-up of music, spoken word and comed(...)

Ben Okri autographs his work

It’s a special festival when audience venues are an atmospheric family chapel, a charming light-filled ballroom overlooking fields with sheep, and a “(...)