Rita Ann Higgins - Author and playwright

Rita Ann Higgins - Author and playwright

Rita Ann Higgins

Rita Ann Higgins, described by Colette Sheridan as the people’s poet, has published eleven books of poetry. These include Tongulish, Ireland Is Changing Mother and Throw in the Vowels: New & Selected Poems, all from Bloodaxe.

She is also a playwright with a number of plays to her name, including The Plastic Bag, The Empty Frame (about the incarceration of Hanna Greally) and The Colossal Longing of Julie Connors.

The Galway-based writer’s many awards include a Peadar O’Donnell Award and several Arts Council bursaries. She is also a member of Aosdána.


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