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Irish Poet Kevin Higgins Visits Basel

Kevin Higgins is a renowned poet, literary critic and workshop facilitator living in Galway. He will be visiting Basel from November 6 through 11, 2013, for diverse teachings and readings.

As a youth, Higgins started out as a political activist in London, fighting for egality and justice from the left of the mainstream. In the 1990s, he settled in Galway where he has become somewhat of a literary activist fighting for the right of everybody to engage in creative writing. A rebel by nature, he revolutionised the literary scene in Galway, not to the delight of all writers and literati. But by now literary Galway would be unthinkable without Kevin Higgins.

Higgins will teach a workshop at the Basel English Seminar. Also he will hold a lecture at the GGG Library Basel West. Further he will extend the Galway tradition of “Kitchen Readings” to the big kitchen of Basel author Esther Murbach, reading some of his poetry.

Schedule of events with Kevin Higgins in November:

  • November 7, 7 pm, Irish Night of Literature and Music at the GGG Stadtbliothek Basel West, Allschwilerstrasse 90, Basel. The evening will start with an apéro and music by Kate Dineen, who teaches vocals at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and who founded the vocal trio White Raven. Lecture by Kevin Higgins about his life and work at 7.30 pm, followed by a friendly get together for questions, discussions and more music.
    Admission 15 Swiss francs
  • Nov 9, 10 am to 4 pm, Writing Workshop at the English Seminar, Nadelberg 6, Basel. Please apply to the following: Roger Bonner, Birsigstrasse 120, mobile 079 303 81 48; email info@roger-bonner.ch .
    Fee 30 Swiss francs
  • Nov 10, 5 pm, Kitchen Reading at the home of Esther Murbach, Lenzgasse 17, 4056 Basel. Please register with esther.murbach@gmx.ch , or by phone: 061 321 25 90.
    15 persons maximum

Voluntary contribution to the cost. Other events with Kevin Higgins might come up short term and will be published on www.esthermurbach.ch.

2 Responses to “Irish Poet Kevin Higgins Visits Basel”

  1. HI, Kevin Higgins…I plan to visit all three sessions in Basel in NOvember. Looking forward to all, especially workshop.

    I have been scribbling lines for many year, although never”studied” poetry, which hasn’t prevented me from enjoying poets from Yeats to Seamus Heaney..(SP?)

    My question: I am puzzled by much “modern” poetry…yes, the “message” often gets through, but often I am not sure whether I m reading “poetry” or inspired prose…and whether it makes any difference.

    Regards, Don Croton

  2. Seems like Kevin Higgins never rests, a truely inspiring character and a brilliant poet.

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