Rita Ann Higgins (Ireland) read at the 2016 John Hewitt International Summer School, alongside Grace Wells.
Rita Ann Higgins was born in Galway. Her first five collections were published by Salmon Press: Goddess on the Mervue Bus (1986), Witch in the Bushes (1988), Goddess and Witch (1990), Philomena's Revenge (1992), and Higher Purchase (1996). Bloodaxe Books began publishing her with Sunny Side Plucked (1996: a Poetry Book Society Recommendation), followed by An Awful Racket (2001), and Throw in the Vowels” New & Selected Poems (2005), which marked her 50th birthday, Ireland Is Changing Mother (2011) and Tongulish (2016). In 2010 Salmon published Hurting God: Prose & Poems, followed by Our Killer City: isms, chisms, chasms and chisms: essays and poems (2018). Pathogens Love A Patsy - Pandemic and Other Poems (Salmon, 2020) is available to pre-order.
Her plays include Face Licker Come Home (1991), God of the Hatch Man (1992), Colie Lally Doesn’t Live in a Bucket (1993), Down All the Roundabouts (1999), The Plastic Bag (2008), The Empty Frame (2008) and The Colossal Longing of Julie Connors (2014).
Rita Ann is a member of Aosdána and her awards include several Arts Council grants, the Peadar O’Donnell Award, and National University of Ireland-Galway residencies. She was Galway County's Writer-in-Residence 1987, Writer in Residence at the National University of Ireland, Galway1994-95, and Writer in Residence for Offaly County Council 1998-99. She was Green Honors Professor at Texas Christian University 2000 and was made an Honorary Fellow at Hong Kong Baptist University in Nov 2006.
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