Rita Ann Higgins, described by Colette Sheridan as the people’s poet, has published ten books of poetry. These include Tongulish, Ireland Is Changing Mother and Throw in the Vowels: New & Selected Poems, all from Bloodaxe. She is also a playwright with a number of plays to her name, including The Plastic Bag, The Empty Frame and The Colossal Longing of Julie Connors. The Galway-based writer’s many awards include a Peadar O’Donnell Award and several Arts Council bursaries. She is also a member of Aosdána.
Rita Ann Higgins' appearance at StAnza 2018 is supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain