Kevin Higgins, one of the most famous poets in Ireland, has died


Galway Arts Community heartbroken as ‘legend of all trades’ who went ‘over the edge’ Kevin Higgins sadly dies.


He was one of the most read poets in Ireland among his long list of talents.



The Galway Arts Community has been left heartbroken as Kevin Higgins, one of the most famous poets in Ireland, has died.

Kevin was born in London in 1967, but spent most of his life in the town of the Tribes where not only he became a popular poet, but also a creative writing teacher, a literary events organiser, and a critic.

Kevin and his talent will be deeply missed in Galway as tributes in his honour have been flowing on social media.

Popular Facebook page ‘The Arts in Galway’ – which aims to promote the arts in and for Galway – was among the first ones to pay tribute to Kevin, who they remember as a passionate and outstanding artist with a “gentle presence”.

They wrote: “So sorry to learn of the passing of the passionate poet Kevin Higgins. He was a skilled satirist, a deft wordsmith, a romantic with real powers of evocation, a gentle presence too.

“He was an outstanding tutor, mentor and guide who opened up creative writing for countless delighted voices; his work in arts and health was truly remarkable, especially in Merlin Park Hospital where he was an innovative and beloved artist in residence.

“Curated and programmed with his life partner Susan Millar Du Mars his enduring and unmissable ‘Over the Edge’ literature evenings in Galway City Library joyfully wove together established and emerging talents for twenty wonderful years. Deepest sympathy to Susan: together Susan and Kevin were a sensational team who inspired Galway to write more and better than ever before. Galway will miss him.”

Galway Arts Centre was also left devastated as they expressed their deepest sympathies to Kevin’s family.

They said: “We at Galway Arts Centre, are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of poet, writer and friend Kevin Higgins. Kevin, along with his partner Susan Millar Du Mars have inspired generations of Galway writers through their initiative “Over the Edge” and through the extremely popular classes in writing that he ran in Galway Arts Centre for many years. Our deepest sympathies go to his family and friends.”

And Galway will not be the same again as residents were also saddened by his passing as many shared fond memories of him.

One said: “Sorry to hear of the passing of Kevin, he was a great writer of poetry and writing Sincere Condolence to Kevin family and friends. May he Rest in Peace”.

Another one wrote: “Incredibly saddened to hear this news. Kevin was a true gentleman, with a huge depth of sincerity and kindness for all he met. Always so supportive and encouraging. Sincere sympathies to his loved ones, and friends. Rest in Peace, Kevin.”

A third one added: “I had some wonderful nights at those Literature evenings. RIP Kevin, and my condolences to Susan.”

 

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