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Friday, October 11, 2013

Open Writing Workshop with Kevin Higgins @ University Hospital Galway


Poet; Kevin Higgins will be in UHG THIS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2nd from 12noon to 2pm for an open workshop. The workshop will take place on the second floor in the Lecture room between St. Pius’ and St. Nicholas’ ward.

All staff, patients and visitors to UHG are welcome to drop in to the session anytime during the two hours. Kevin will give participants creative writing exercises to get them writing. People who have written something already and would like feedback or advice are welcome to bring in their poems or stories. 

The workshops will take place fortnightly on Wednesday October 2nd, Wednesday October 16th, Wednesday October 30th, Wednesday November 13th, Wednesday November 27th & Wednesday, December 11th

Kevin Higgins was born in London in 1967, and grew up in Galway City where he still lives. He is co-organiser of the highly successful Over The Edge literary events. He facilitates  poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre; teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute and on the Brothers of Charity Away With Words creative writing programme for people with disabilities. He is also Writer-in-Residence at Merlin Park Hospital and the poetry critic of the Galway Advertiser. He was a founding co-editor of The Burning Bush literary magazine. His first collection of poems The Boy With No Face was published by Salmon in February 2005 and was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award. His second collection, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in March 2008 by Salmon. One of the poems from Time Gentlemen, Please, ‘My Militant Tendency’, featured in the Forward Book of Poetry 2009.  His work also features in the anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010). Frightening New Furniture is his third collection of poems and was published in 2010 by Salmon Poetry. Kevin has read his work at most of the major literary festivals in Ireland and at Arts Council and Culture Ireland supported poetry events in Kansas City, USA (2006), Los Angeles, USA (2007), London, UK (2007), New York, USA (2008), Athens, Greece (2008); St. Louis, USA (2008), Chicago, USA (2009), Denver, USA (2010), Washington D.C (2011), Huntington, West Virginia, USA (2011), Geelong, Australia (2011), Canberra, Australia (2011), St. Louis, USA (2013), Boston, USA (2013) & Amherst, Massachusetts (2013). Mentioning The War, a collection of his essays and reviews was published in April 2012 by Salmon.  Mentioning The War has been described by Clare Daly T.D. as “a really good and provocative read. It will jolt you; it will certainly touch you; make you laugh; maybe make you snarl a little bit as well, depending on where you come from or what your background is.” Kevin’s fourth collection of poetry, The Ghost In The Lobby, will be published by Salmon Poetry in early 2014.

For further details contact

Margaret Flannery

Arts Director

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust

Galway University Hospitals

Newcastle Road

Galway

Tel: +353 (0)91 544979