Galway’s arts community is finding new ways to keep the cultural spirit alive in our current crisis, with local writer Kevin Higgins taking his much loved poetry workshops online this May.
The poetry workshops which usually take place at Galway Arts Centre can’t go ahead in their usual format due to the pandemic and the social restrictions in place to fight it.
But to facilitate the arts loving community in Galway and beyond, who could use a distraction now more than ever, three different sets of classes will take place online this May.
The three different sets of classes will run for ten weeks starting from the week of Monday, May 11.
The different sets of classes will take place on Tuesday evenings from 7pm – 8:30pm, Thursday afternoons from 2pm – 4pm, and Friday afternoons from 2pm – 3:30pm.
Kevin is a well known local poet whose works have been translated into Greek, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese & Portuguese.
His first collection, The Boy With No Face, was published by Salmon Poetry and shortlisted for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet.
In total he has published six collections of poetry with Salmon, most recently Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital which came out last June.
In 2016 The Stinging Fly magazine described Kevin as “likely the most read living poet in Ireland.”
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 work it can be.
The workshop will be contacted via private Facebook group and group email in the usual friendly supportive manner that have made Kevin’s regular poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre so popular.
Full details of precisely how the workshop will function online will be explained to participants during the first session.
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 class 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.
to reserve a place in these workshops go to the Over the Edge website.