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Series 3
Writings, 1970-2011
Boxes 33-53

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of writings by Rita Ann Higgins and others from 1970-2011. Writings by Higgins include poetry, scripts, prose, and notes and notebooks. Poetry by Higgins contains drafts of individual poems as well as proofs and book covers of Higgin's collections, Goddess on the Mervue Bus (1986), Witch in the Bushes (1988), Philomena's Revenge (1993), Sunny Side Plucked (1997), Higher Purchase (1997), An Awful Racket (2001), Throw in the Vowels (2005), Hurting God (2010), Ireland is Changing Mother (2011), and Tongulish (2016). Poetry also contains drafts of uncollected and unpublished poems, as well as some unidentified collections. Scripts contain typescripts of Higgins' stage plays, Face Licker Come Home (1991), God of the Hatch Man (1992), Down All the Roundabouts (1999), The Empty Frame (2008), and The Plastic Bag (2008), and her screenplay The Big Break (2004). Prose consists of drafts of essays, interviews conducted by Higgins and interviews of Higgins, reviews by Higgins, and speeches. Many writings by Higgins, including both poetry and prose, are written in Gaelic. Writings by others includes poetry and prose by Neil Astley, Eva Bourke, Edward Boyne, Anne Kennedy, Joan McBreen, Patsy Murphy, Julia Roddy, and Moya Roddy, as well as poetry by students of workshops taught by Higgins and research papers about Higgins and her poetry.

Arrangement Note

Organized into three subseries: (3.1) Poetry by Higgins, (3.2) Other writings by Higgins, and (3.3) Writings by others

Description of Subseries