here’s a lot of truth to the old say, everyone’s a poet, they just don’t know it.
Well, Frances Browner knows it, and she’s not afraid to let the rest of the world know it too.
Having being lured into a life of rhyme after attending poetry classes in Dun Laoghaire with the renowned Colm Keegan. Another course run by Galway poet Kevin Higgins sealed the deal, and Frances had soon formed Poets Abroad, with a grand, raucous and mildly riotous July 2016 launch in Dublin’s Books Upstairs.
From there, it’s been a hop, skip and a strophe through readings in Barcelona, Holland, Florida, Cork, Pearse Library, and, a little closer to home,The Hot Spot last June.
Young Frances is clearly serious about her spreading the good word, having also been a founder of the local Café Writers, who managed to convince our local train station back in 2016 to frame and display five fine short stories. They’re still there today.
So, it’s perhaps none too surprising that the lady behind the new monthly open mic night at Mrs Robinson’s is one Frances Ignatius Horatio Bartholomew Browner. Wittily called Poets Parlour, this 7.30pm gathering of poets and writers will take place every third Thursday of the month, Frances being busy every other Wednesday with Scriobh Arís down around the corner, in Greystones Cancer Support’s Hillside Place HQ.
Man, poets. And pints. It can only be a matter of time before Greystones has a barred bard.
To find out how her latest poetic adventure came together, and just what naughty rhyme got her into the finals of Bring Your Limericks To Limerick, we caught up with young Ms Browner at Mrs Robinson’s this evening…
You can catch Poets Parlour every third Thursday at Mrs Robinson’s from 7.30pm to 9pm.
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