New Year poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre

Starting in January, Galway Arts Centre is offering aspiring poets a choice of three 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 also 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 and his work also appears in the generation-defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets.

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, Turkish, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese. His next collection of poetry, The Ghost in The Lobby, will be published in February 2014.

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. Kevin is also co-organiser of the successful Over The Edge reading series which specialises in promoting new writers.

Each workshop will run for 10 weeks, commencing the week of January 20. The workshops will take place on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm (first class January 21 ); on Thursday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm (first class January 23 ); and on Friday afternoons from 2pm 3.30pm (first class January 24 ).

The Tuesday evening and Friday afternoon workshops are open to both complete beginners as well as those who have been writing for some time. The Thursday afternoon workshop is an advanced poetry workshop, suitable for those who have participated in poetry workshops before or had poems published in magazines. The cost to participants is €110, with a €100 concession rate.

Places must be paid for in advance. To reserve a place contact reception at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street on (091 ) 565886

or email [email protected]


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