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Anne Chambers

…is author of ten biographies, including the best-selling Grace O’Malley – The Biography of Ireland’s Pirate Queen 1530-1603,  an historical novel and a collection of short stories.

Her latest biography, The Great Leviathan: The Life of Howe Peter Browne, 2 nd Marquess of Sligo, 1788-1845 was published in 2018.

Her books have been translated into many languages and have been the subject of TV and Radio documentaries for Discovery, The Learning Channel, Travel Channel, ABC Australia, BBC, BBC World Service, RTE and Lyric FM.

Anne was short-listed for the Irish Book Awards for her biographies of TK Whitaker in 2014, Eleanor Countess of Desmond in 1987 and for short stories at the 2004 Hennessey Literary Awards.  

In 2018 she was awarded the Wild Atlantic Way Words Festival Hall of Fame Award in recognition of her contribution to Ireland’s literary tradition.

Her play Matriarchs - The Pirate Queen meets the Virgin Queen was staged in Westport Town Theatre in August 2019.

She writes screenplays for film and TV. Her short film Coming Home was broadcast by RTE.

Anne is a member of the Writers Guild of Ireland.


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Painting of Howe Browne (1788 – 1845), 2nd Marquess of Sligo, the Irish Aristocrat.  Source: Unknown author / Public domain

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