HIGGINS, RITA ANN.
Rita Ann Higgins papers, 1968-2011

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/bchhq


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Higgins, Rita Ann.
Title: Rita Ann Higgins papers, 1968-2011
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1194
Extent: 35 linear feet (69 boxes), 4 oversized papers boxes (OP), AV Masters: 1 linear foot (1 box), and born digital material: .25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:Papers of Irish poet Rita Ann Higgins including correspondence, personal papers, writings, printed material, and audiovisual material.
Language:Materials primarily in English with significant portions in Irish Gaelic.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to unprocessed born digital materials in this collection. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to unprocessed born digital materials.

Series 1: Per donor request, select correspondence from Christopher (Christy) Higgins is restricted in his lifetime.

Series 2: Per donor request, financial and medical records are restricted until 2037.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Special restrictions apply: Researchers may not quote from letters to Rita Ann Higgins from Eva Bourke without the permission of Higgins.

Source

Purchase, 2011.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Rita Ann Higgins papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Arranged and described at the folder level by Haylee Harrell, Ingrid Meintjes, and Sarah Quigley, 2017.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Rita Ann Higgins was born in Galway, Ireland, in 1955. She married Christopher Higgins in 1973, and the couple have two daughters, Jennifer and Heather. In 1977, she contracted tuberculosis and was confined to a sanitarium during which she began to write poetry. Higgins has published ten volumes of poetry: Goddess on the Mervue Bus (1986), Witch in the Bushes (1988), Goddess and Witch (1990), Philomena's Revenge (1992), Higher Purchase (1996), Sunny Side Plucked (1996), An Awful Racket (2001), Throw in the Vowels: New & Selected Poems (2005), Ireland Is Changing Mother (2011), and Tongulish (2016). She also published an autobiographical volume of essays and poetry in 2010, Hurting God, which caused some controvery in her family. After reading an advance copy, Higgins' brother Joe threatened to sue if an essay about him and their mother was not changed. Higgins removed the offending passages, the book was published in its edited form, and the publisher, Salmon Poetry, was forced to pulp nearly 900 copies of the original printing. Higgins has written numerous stage plays and screenplays. She was writer in residence for Galway County (1987); the National University of Ireland, Galway (1994-1995); and Offaly County Council (1998-1999). She was named Green Honors Professor at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) in October 2000 and has been an honorary fellow of Hong Kong Baptist University since 2006. She regularly teaches poetry writing workshops and is a member of Aosdána, an Irish association of artists. While writer in residence at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Higgins received two diplomas, one in the Irish Language and one in Women's Studies. She has been outspoken on political issues in Ireland such as women's rights and the treatment of Traveller communities.

Rita Ann Higgins was born in Galway, Ireland, in 1955. She married Christopher Higgins in 1973, and the couple have two daughters, Jennifer and Heather. In 1977, she contracted tuberculosis and was confined to a sanitarium during which she began to write poetry. Higgins has published ten volumes of poetry: Goddess on the Mervue Bus (1986), Witch in the Bushes (1988), Goddess and Witch (1990), Philomena's Revenge (1992), Higher Purchase (1996), Sunny Side Plucked (1996), An Awful Racket (2001), Throw in the Vowels: New & Selected Poems (2005), Ireland Is Changing Mother (2011), and Tongulish (2016). She also published an autobiographical volume of essays and poetry in 2010, Hurting God, which caused some controvery in her family. After reading an advance copy, Higgins' brother Joe threatened to sue if an essay about him and their mother was not changed. Higgins removed the offending passages, the book was published in its edited form, and the publisher, Salmon Poetry, was forced to pulp nearly 900 copies of the original printing. Higgins has written numerous stage plays and screenplays. She was writer in residence for Galway County (1987); the National University of Ireland, Galway (1994-1995); and Offaly County Council (1998-1999). She was named Green Honors Professor at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) in October 2000 and has been an honorary fellow of Hong Kong Baptist University since 2006. She regularly teaches poetry writing workshops and is a member of Aosdána, an Irish association of artists. While writer in residence at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Higgins received two diplomas, one in the Irish Language and one in Women's Studies. She has been outspoken on political issues in Ireland such as women's rights and the treatment of Traveller communities.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Rita Ann Higgins from 1968-2011 and includes correspondence, personal papers, writings, printed material, and audiovisual material. Correspondence is both personal and professional and contains letters from Neil Astley, Paul Durcan, Gráinne Healy, Anne Kennedy, Ted McNulty, Vivienne Plumb, Alison Leslie Gold, and Eva Bourke, as well as letters regarding her participation in Aosdána and the Cúirt literary festival. There are also numerous letters from Higgins' husband, Christopher (Christy), her daughters, Heather and Jennifer, and her niece, Carmel. Personal papers contain financial records, photographs, travel documents, academic records, journals, day planners, planning calendars, and materials documenting Higgins' political activities. Writings consist of poetry, prose, scripts, and notes and notebooks by Higgins, as well as poetry and prose by writers such as Neil Astley, Eva Bourke, Anne Kennedy, Joan McBreen, Patsy Murphy, Julia Roddy, and Moya Roddy. Printed material includes fliers, programs, brochures, posters, and other promotional material relating to Higgins' work and interests such as health and wellness and Irish politics. Audiovisual material contains sound and video recordings of interviews with and poetry readings by Rita Ann Higgins, as well as readings by other poets and recordings relating to Irish news and politics.

Arrangement Note

Organized into five series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Personal papers, (3) Writings, (4) Printed material, and (5) Audiovisual material.


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