Starting in May, Galway Arts Centre is offering aspiring poets a choice of three poetry workshops, all facilitated by poet Kevin Higgins, whose fourth collection of poetry, ‘The Ghost in the Lobby’, has just been published by Salmon.
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 poem it can be.
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.
In 2013 a group of his students set up the poetry newspaper Skylight 47, which publishes new poems, reviews of poetry books and opinion pieces about poetry related matters. Kevin is also co-organiser of the successful Over the Edge reading series, which specialises in promoting new writers.
Each workshop will run for eight weeks, commencing the week of 12 May. They will take place on Tuesday evenings, from 7pm-8.30pm (first class 13 May); on Thursday afternoons, from 2pm-4pm (first class 15 May) and on Friday afternoons, from 2pm-3.30pm (first class 16 May).
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 workshop 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 €90, with an €80 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.