Described by Collette Sheridan as ‘the people’s poet’, Rita Ann Higgins has published eleven books of poetry. These include Tongulish, Ireland Is Changing Mother and Throw in the Vowels: New & Selected Poems, all from Bloodaxe.

In 2010 Salmon published her controversial memoir, Hurting God (Part essay Part Rhyme). Rita is also a playwright with a number of plays to her name, including The Plastic Bag, The Empty Frame (about the incarceration of Hanna Greally) and The Colossal Longing of Julie Connors. She has recently written two short films in Irish.

The Galway-based writer’s many awards include a Peadar O’Donnell Award and several Arts Council bursaries. She is a member of Aosdána.