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Rita Ann Higgins and Con ‘Fada’ Ó Drisceoil
Poetry Reading and Songs with Rita Ann Higgins and Con ‘Fada’ Ó Drisceoil
Rita Ann Higgins has published 11 books of poetry, including Tongulish, Ireland Is Changing Mother, and Throw in the Vowels: New & Selected Poems, all from Bloodaxe. In 2010, Salmon published her controversial memoir, Hurting God – Part Essay Part Rhyme. 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. She has recently written two short films in Irish. The Galway-based writer’s many awards include a Peadar O’Donnell Award and several Arts Council bursaries. She is a member of Aosdána. She was described by Colette Sheridan in the Irish Examiner as ‘the people’s poet’.
Con ‘Fada’ Ó Drisceoil is a songwriter and accordion player from Cork. He has written comic songs on a wide range of subjects, including canine castration, Shakespearean tragedy, unwelcome percussionists, and the wildlife of County Clare. In 2006 he published The Spoons Murder and Other Mysteries, a book and CD of his songs. In 2009 he was awarded Gradam Ceoil TG4 for his songs. His new songbook/CD is called Hunting the Hair and Other Pursuits, and tells of savage cats, anti-baldness quests, hypochondria, drunken deer, and many similarly heroic topics.