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John Patrick McHugh and Rita Ann Higgins
John Patrick McHugh is from Galway. His work has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Banshee, The Tangerine, Winter Papers and Granta. Pure Gold, his debut collection of short stories, is published by New Island Press and 4th Estate.
Rita Ann Higgins was born and lives in Galway. Pathogens Love a Patsy (Pandemic and other Poems 2020) is Rita Ann’s 11 TH book of Poetry. She has published a book of essays and poems Our Killer City in 2019 and a Memoir Hurting God in 2010. (all from salmon) Bloodaxe Books published her next five collections: Sunny Side Plucked(1996); An Awful Racket (2001); Throw in the Vowels: New & Selected Poems (2005); Ireland is Changing Mother (2011), and Tongulish in 2016.
She has written several plays and two screenplays. She has been awarded numerous prizes and awards, among others an honorary professorship in the USA. She is a member of Aosdána.
Rita Ann Higgins’s readings are legendary. Raucous, anarchic, witty and sympathetic, her poems chronicle the lives of the Irish dispossessed in ways that are both provocative and heart-warming.
In 2021 Rita Ann became the People’s Pandemic Poet Laureate for The Brendan
O’Connor Show on RTE Radio 1.
Sponsor: Kevin and Yvonne Mays
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