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Monday, July 12, 2021

Autumn Beginners & Intermediate Online Creative Writing Classes via Galway Technical Institute BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW


Creative Writing for Beginners with Kevin Higgins takes place one evening per week (Monday) from 7-9.30pm (8 weeks) with a mid-term break. It commences on Monday, September 13th, 2021. Advance booking is essential. Places cost €120. Kevin Higgins will provide writing exercises for, and give gentle critical feedback to, those interested in trying their hand at writing stories, poems, or memoir.

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Intermediate Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars takes place one evening per week (Wednesday) from 7-9.30pm (8 weeks) with a mid-term break. It commences on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021. Advance booking is essential. Places cost €120. This class is suitable for those who’ve participated in creative writing classes before or begun to have work published in magazines. Flexible exercises and work-shopping of assignments, together with the study of the works of published writers, will help each class member to find their own writing voice.

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Both classes will be conducted via Zoom in the usual friendly supportive manner that have made Kevin and Susan’s regular in-person creative writing classes at Galway Technical Institute so popular. Participants shouldn't worry about the technology! Full details of precisely how the workshop will function online will be explained to participants during the first session.

For further information contact Galway Technical Institute, Father Griffin Road, Galway, phone 091-581342 or email or see 


Starting in September, Galway Arts Centre is offering aspiring poets a choice of three online poetry workshops, all facilitated by poet Kevin Higgins, whose best-selling first collection, The Boy With No Face, published by Salmon Poetry, was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet. Kevin’s second collection of poems, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in 2008 by Salmon Poetry and his poetry is discussed in The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry. His third collection Frightening New Furniture was published in 2010 by Salmon. His work also appears in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed Neil Astley, Bloodaxe April 2014).  A collection of Kevin’s essays and book reviews, Mentioning The War, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2012. Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German, Serbian, Russian, & Portuguese. In 2014 Kevin's poetry was the subject of a paper 'The Case of Kevin Higgins, or, 'The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire' presented by David Wheatley at a Symposium on Satire at the University of Aberdeen.  He was Satirist-in-Residence at the Bogman’s Cannon (2015-16). '2016 - The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins' was published by NuaScéalta in 2016; a pamphlet of Kevin’s political poems The Minister For Poetry Has Decreed was published, also in 2016, by the Culture Matters imprint of the UK based Manifesto Press. His poems have been praised by, among others, Tony Blair’s biographer John Rentoul, Observer columnist Nick Cohen, historian Ruth Dudley Edwards, and Sunday Independent columnist Gene Kerrigan; have been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Times (UK), The Independent, The Daily Mirror, Hot Press magazine and on Tonight With Vincent Browne; and read aloud by the film director Ken Loach at a political meeting in London. In 2016 The Stinging Fly magazine described Kevin as "likely the most read living poet in Ireland." He has published six collections of poetry with Salmon, including Song of  Songs 2.0: New & Selected Poems (2017).  Kevin has read his work 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, Massachusetts, USA (2013),  Amherst, Massachusetts, USA (2013), & New Mexico, USA (2018). Kevin’s most recent poetry collection, Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital, was published by Salmon Poetry (June 2019); one of the poems from which feature in A Galway Epiphany, the final instalment of Ken Bruen’s Jack Taylor series of novels. His poems have been broadcast on RTE Radio, Lyric FM, and BBC Radio 4. His book The Colour Yellow & The Number 19: Negative Thoughts That Helped One Man Mostly Retain His Sanity During 2020 was published in November by Nuascealta. Kevin’s sixth full poetry collection, Ecstatic, will be published next March by Salmon.

Each week Kevin will give participants a poetry writing exercise for the following week and will offer each participant constructive suggestions as to how her or his poem can become the best possible poem it can be.

Kevin is an experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. One of his workshop participants at Galway Arts Centre won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry, two have won the Cúirt New Writing Prize, and yet another the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam, while several have published collections of their poems; two being shortlisted for the Shine-Strong Award for Best First Collection of poems. In 2013 a group of his students set up the poetry newspaper Skylight 47, which publishes new poems, reviews of poetry books and opinion pieces about poetry related matters. Kevin teaches poetry on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme and is Creative Writing Director for the NUI Galway Summer School. Kevin is also co-organiser of the successful Over The Edge reading series which specialises in promoting new writers.

The workshops will all commence the week of Monday September 20th. They will be conducted via Zoom in the usual friendly supportive manner that have made Kevin's regular in-person poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre so popular. Participants shouldn't worry about the technology! Full details of precisely how the workshop will function online will be explained to participants during the first session.

They will take place on Tuesday evenings, 7-8.30pm (first class Tuesday, September 21st); on Thursday afternoons, 2-4pm (first class Thursday, September 23rd) and on Friday afternoons, 2-3.30pm (first class Friday, September 24th).

The Tuesday evening and Friday afternoon workshops are open to both complete beginners as well as those who’ve been writing for some time. The Thursday afternoon workshop is an Advanced Poetry Workshop, suitable for those who’ve participated in poetry workshops before or had poems published in magazines. The cost to participants is €110.

Places must be paid for in advance. To reserve a place contact reception at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091 565886, email, or go to

Sunday, July 04, 2021

Launch of Everyday Epiphanies by Mary Lee

Mary Lee

You are invited to the LAUNCH of Mary Lee’s second collection of poetry Everyday Epiphanies on Friday, July 23rd at 7pm (local Galway/Ireland time GMT +1.00). The book will be launched by Kevin Higgins.  

Join the Zoom Meeting at

Meeting ID: 738 901 3549

Be sure and buy your copy of Everyday Epiphanies in good time so you have it for the launch. Get your copy for the bargain price of €13.50 (including postage) from Mary Lee via PayPal

You can also get your copy direct from Kelsay Books here


Praise for Everyday Epiphanies:

“You cannot isolate eros from agape, the sensual Creation from the embodied human spirit. But it takes a life of scars and starlight to learn this by heart. Loss and discovery, the lively and the lethal, shadow and suntrap, are always intermingled in these verses. Seepage is everything. Our first of Spring is still the English Winter, and the Fall is still a harvest festival.  Here, then, are hymns to a hyphenated world, as in Lee's lovely Nativity poem, 'Mary' ”

Aidan Mathews, award-winning poet, novelist and radio producer, RTÉ.

“This book of poems expresses Christian spirituality in a far more intimate and revealing way than is possible from pulpit or rostrum. Each poem calls us to stop, consider and see the beauty and sacredness of everyone and everything around us.”

Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, RSC, well know social justice campaigner, social innovator and author.

Mary Lee’s poems have been published nationally and internationally: Skylight 47; Crannóg; Orbis; The Poet’s Quest for God (Anthology, Eyewear Publishing, UK); The Anglican Theological Review; The 2018 Poiema Series (Anthology); Poems for Patience Competition; The Linnet’s Wings; The Galway Review 4; The Furrow; Dodging the Rain; Presence: A Journal of Spiritual Directors International; Proust (Collection 2); Adam, Eve & the Riders of the Apolcalypse (Wipf& Stock anthology); A New Ulster website; The Wild Word Website; The Galway Review Website. Her work has been broadcast on RTE Radio 1, A Living Word, and her poems have been cited at liturgies and retreats. Her debut poetry collection, Bloom, was published by Rejoice Publications, (an imprint of Matthew James Publishing Ltd), November, 2016. Everyday Epiphanies is published by Kelsay Books (USA).

Originally from a farm on the shores of Lough Corrib, North Galway, Mary lives in Galway. She has taught at second level in Roscommon, and subsequently worked in the areas of community development and pastoral catechesis in Athlone. The struggles of those she encountered in her work situations led her to train as a psychotherapist, and to establish Vita House Family Centre, Roscommon, where she was Director of Services for twenty years. Mary has always had an interest in poetry. On moving to Galway she joined Kevin Higgins’s Thursday workshops which she has attended for many years. Mary combines writing with her voluntary work in the areas of leadership and psychotherapy. She writes poetry as an expression of gratitude for the myriad experiences and revelatory moments in nature and in social, church and community circles.