EVENT: The Frances Browne Literary Festival

In light of the tragedy in Cresslough the 2022 Frances Browne Literary Festival has been postponed until further notice. Deepest sympathy is extended to all affected by the tragedy.


Celebrating the life and literary legacy of Frances Browne

Ballybofey-Stranorlar Co. Donegal, Ireland

13th to 16th October 2022

Frances Browne is the most important writer ever to emerge from Donegal’s Finn Valley, in the North West of Ireland.

The Finn Valley area is Ireland’s most important district in linguistic terms. All three of Ireland’s traditional languages, Irish, English, and Ulster-Scots are widely spoken in the Finn Valley. This situation is unique in Ireland.

Frances Browne’s most famous poem, “Songs of our land,” is a reflection on language, and how the soul of a nation is encapsulated in its literary outputs. She wrote prolifically in all formats. She was as much at home with an essay, an article, or a novel as she was with her great fortes, poetry and childrens’ writing. 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. The festival works 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.

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