Rita Ann Higgins

Rita Ann Higgins was born in 1955 in Galway, Ireland.

She has published nine collections of poetry. Her first five collections Goddess on the Mervue Bus (1986), Witch in the Bushes (1988), Goddess and Witch (1990), Philomena’s Revenge (1992) and Higher Purchase (1996) were published by Salmon Publishing.  Bloodaxe Books published her next four collections Sunny Side Plucked (1996), An Awful Racket (2001), Throw in the Vowels: New & Selected Poems in May 2005 (to mark her 50th birthday) and Ireland is Changing Mother (2011). Salmon published a memoir in prose and poetry Hurting God, part essay, part rhyme in 2010.

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 Big Break 2004 (screenplay) The Empty Frame (inspired by Hanna Greally, 2008), THE PLASTIC BAG (play for radio 2008).

She has edited Out the Clara Road: The Offaly Anthology (1999), Word and Image: a collection of poems from Sunderland Women’s Centre and Washington Bridge Centre in 2000. She co edited ‘FIZZ’ Poetry of resistance and challenge, an anthology written by young people, in 2004.

She was Galway County’s Writer-in-Residence in 1987, Writer in Residence at the National University of Ireland, Galway, in 1994-95, Writer in Residence for Offaly County Council in 1998-99. She was Green Honors Professor at Texas Christian University, in October 2000. Other awards include a Peadar O’Donnell Award in 1989, several Arts Council bursaries Sunny Side Plucked’ received a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She was made an honorary fellow at Hong Kong Baptist University Nov 2006.

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