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Frances Browne Literary Festival

Ballybofey & Stranorlar,Ballybofey

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13th - 16th October 2022, Ballybofey & Stranorlar

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.

Ranging across poetry, prose, music, spoken word, theatre, talks, masterclasses, family events, exhibitions and workshops for children and teenagers, the festival is all about encouraging local and international literary talent in Irish, English and Ulster Scots. The Festival's inspiration is Frances Browne who was, at one time, the best known writer of fairy tales in the British Isles and much of the world, said a spokesperson for The Frances Browne Festival Committee.

The festival also builds on the publication of Treasure Each Voice by the Fiach Arts Circle. Edited by Dr Pauline Holland, who is also on the committee, the work includes a section by Frances Browne.

Frances Browne deserves to be remembered, not just as a poet of exceptional ability, but as a remarkable storyteller. Despite formidable obstacles posed by geographical isolation, a modest social background, gender disadvantage and severe disability, she courageously carved out a literary career for herself, she said.

2022 Frances Browne Multilingual Poetry Competition - now open for entries

ONE OF the highlights of the Ballybofey and Stranorlar based 2022 Frances Browne Literary Festival - 13th to 16th October, the 2022 Frances Browne Multilingual Poetry Competition, is now open for entries.

Poems, on any theme, in English Language, Irish Language and Ulster Scots Language are accepted. Each category has three prizes: 1st Prize - €250, 2nd Prize - €150 and 3rd Prize - €100.

"Following the success of our 2021 competition with a large number of entries from all over the world and many outstanding poems, we are excited about seeing the new work that this year’s competition will generate and celebrate,” said Celine McGlynn, Chairperson of the Frances Browne Literary Festival.

Poets may enter the competition online, or by filling the entry form which can be downloaded from www.francesbrowneliteraryfestival.com

Entries must be submitted by midnight on Friday 24th June, 2022.

This event is supported by Donegal County Council, Arts Council Ireland, Finn Valley Voice, Balybofey Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce, Balor Arts Centre and An Grianán Theatre.


Starts Thursday 13 October 2022
Ends Sunday 16 October 2022
Type Festival and Events


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