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The Blind Poetess of Ulster: The Life and Work of Frances Browne

November 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The Blind Poetess of Ulster: The Life and Work of Frances Browne with Raymond Blair

Frances Browne (1816-1879) a native of Stranorlar, County Donegal, despite being struck blind by smallpox at a very young age, managed to carve out a literary career for herself that took her to both Edinburgh and London and led her to be known in her own lifetime as the ‘blind poetess of Ulster’. In addition to poetry, she also composed many short stories and essays and is best remembered for her frequently reprinted book of fantasy stories for children titled, ‘Granny’s Wonderful Chair and its Tales of Fairy Times’. Largely forgotten about for much of the 20th century, there has a been a marked renewal of interest in her life and work in recent years both at a local level in County Donegal and also at an academic level. This talk will give an overview of her life and literary output with special attention being given to her Ulster-Scots compositions.

About Raymond Blair: Raymond Blair studied History at Trinity College Dublin which deepened his fascination with Irish history and, in particular, the interaction between landlords and tenants in 19th century Ireland. He subsequently went on to study Theology at the Reformed Theological College in Belfast and served as Pastor in Galway for over 20 years. Raymond is the author of ‘The Best of Frances Browne: Poems, Stories and Essays by the Blind Genius of Stranorlar’.

Admission Free / Light refreshments provided Booking essential. Please contact or T: 028 71 376 579


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