• Treasure Each Voice

    Frances Browne Literary Festival

    10 - 13 October 2024

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    Frances Browne (1816 - 1879), the Blind Poetess of Ulster, is the most important writer ever to emerge from Donegal's Finn Valley, in the North West of Ireland. 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.


    The festival is held in October of each year and is unique in featuring Irish, English, and Ulster-Scots. These are widely spoken today in the Finn Valley as they would have been during Frances's lifetime. This situation is unique in Ireland.


    So come and join us as we celebrate with music, poetry, debate, drama, stories and art. A warm Irish welcome waits for you in the Finn Valley.


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