Frances Browne Literary Festival Launch

Category - Special Interest
Date - 13/10/2022 8:00 pm

Join us for the launch of the 2022 Frances Browne Literary Festival.




We welcome poets, authors, musicians and dramatists to celebrate the life and legacy of Frances Browne and kick off our weekend.

Highlights include

• Keynote address by Donegal poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin
• We reveal new work by Frances Browne, presented by author and researcher, Raymond Blair
• Reading of ‘Sarah Leech: Strangers to our Own’ – a new short play about the 19th century Donegal poetess’s encounter with the man who discovered her. Based on real events. Written by Dr. Pauline Holland. Directed by Maggie Hannon. Starring Megan Armitage, Maggie Hannon and Andrew Tinney.
• Presentation of the second annual Frances Browne Award.
• Readings by poets Anne McMasters, and Angeline King, Writer in Residence of Ulster University
• Music by local artists based on the writings of Frances Browne
• Readings of comic Ulster Scots Poetry

The 2022 Frances Browne Festival runs from 14th to 16th October. The festival is centred in Ballybofey-Stranorlar, with events happening across East Donegal. Discover the full festival programme, including creative writing workshops, panel discussions, book launches, family events and much more at

About Frances Browne

Frances Browne, the Blind Poetess of Ulster, is the most important writer ever to emerge from Donegal’s Finn Valley, in the North West of Ireland. Her masterpiece, the children’s storybook “Granny’s Wonderful Chair” was a bestseller all over the world, but she also deserves to be remembered for her unswerving opposition to slavery and all sorts of injustice.

The Annual Frances Browne Literary Festival celebrates the legacy and spirit of Frances Browne. We work to bring not only Frances’s writing and astonishing life story to new generations but to celebrate the works of contemporary and modern writers who continue in her tradition.