Frances Molloy, or Ann Brady, grew up in Dungiven, County Londonderry. She entered a convent as a novice and trained to be a nun. She participated in the Peoples’ Democracy parade that was attacked at Burntollet Bridge in January 1970.
She achieved recognition for her first novel, No Mate For the Magpie, which was published by Virago. Molloy was recognised as a fresh new voice not just for her distinctive good humoured feminism but for her use of the Derry accent and her transliteration of the regional patois.
Her short stories are collected as Women Are the Scourge of the Earth: Collected Short Stories (Belfast, White Row Press, 1998)
She died in 1991.