Poetry Competition Shorlists Announced

· Poetry Competition

We are delighted to announce the shortlists for the 2023 Frances Browne Multilingual Poetry Competition.

Congratulations to all the poets who have made these final lists. Each category was highly competitive and each poem that made the shortlist had to work hard to earn its place. The winning poems will be announced at our Poetry Competition Awards Evening on Friday 13th October at 8pm in Kee’s Hotel, Stranorlar.

The awards evening is one of the highlights of our Festival. Poets writing in all three languages read their original works alongside each other. It’s truly unique. We hope that everyone who entered this year will join us at this free event. We request that you reserve your seat, as space is limited.

This year we’re particularly looking forward to welcoming Ulster Scots writing group ‘Sheddas on tha Page’. Introduced by Anne Mc Master, their tutor, renowned poet and friend of the Festival they will share some of their new work with us, fresh from their recent performance at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast.

Good luck to all our poets and we hope to see you shortly in Ballybofey-Stranorlar!


Chalk, Anne McMaster, Co Derry

Gowan-Like, Caroline Johnstone, Ayrshire

Postlude, Glen Wilson, Co Armagh

Sheddas, David Atkinson, Co. Londonderry

Sweetay Monae, Niall Iósaf Ó Gallochobhair, Co Donegal

Tha Deeds, Glen Wilson, Co Armagh

Tha Watch-Hoose Atap Tha Cliff, Angela Graham, Co Antrim

The Back Medda, Fionnuala McNicholl, Co. Derry

The Wumman Who Birthed Seaborn, Angeline Kelly, Co. Antrim


Atlantach, Caitriona Lane, Co Galway

Cnoc an Bhogha, Niall Iósaf Ó Gallochobhair, Co. Dhún an nGall

Comaoin, Anna Colhoun, Co. Dhún an nGall

Haiku, Cuimhní Cinn, Paddy Donoghue, Donegal

Fear Raice, Ailbhe Nic Giolla Bhrighde, Co na Gaillimhe

Foighid, Realtan Ni Leannain, Dublin

Iníon, Eibhlís Carcione, Cork

Tiomna an Chrainn Daortha, Anna Colhoun, Co. Dhún an nGall


Condy’s Field, Ciaran Cunningham, Co Donegal

Disguises, Deirdre Hines, Co Donegal

Dust, Anne Rainey, Co. Antrim

God’s Garden, A.M. Cousins, Co Wexford

Hawthorn, Catherine Kay, Co Donegal

My Grandfather, Seamus McDermott, Co Donegal

Pat Mac, Paul Hoare, Co. Donegal

Taking the Gloves, Paul Hennessy, Co Wexford

The Barber, Douglas Bartlett, Londonderry

Those Graveyard Sundays, Deirdre Hines, Co Donegal

Travelling Dresses, Anne Rainey, Co. Antrim,