Aidan Higgins, Irish writer, Died at 88


Aidan Higgins was born on March 3, 1927, in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland and died on December 27, 2015.

He was an Irish writer.

Higgins attended local schools and Clongowes Wood College, a private boarding school.

Aidan was a writer of short stories, travel pieces, radio drama and novels.

In the 50’s Higgins worked in Dublin as a copywriter for the Domas Advertising Agency.

He then moved to London to work as a laborer for about two years.

He was married Jill Damaris Anders, in 1955, he then moved to Southern Spain, South Africa, Berlin and Rhodesia.

In the 60’s he worked as scriptwriter for Filmlets, which was an advertising firm in Johannesburg.

All his traveling prepared him for his writing, including his three autobiographies, Donkey’s Years (1996), Dog Days (1998) and The Whole Hog (2000).

Among his published works are Langrishe, Go Down (1966), Balcony of Europe (1972) and a more recent biographical work Dog Days (1998).

Higgins writing can be described as non-conventional foreign settings and a stream of consciousness narrative mode.

A majority of his early fiction is autobiographical “like slug trails, all the fiction happened.”

He wrote novels include widely acclaimed “Bornholm Night Ferry” and “Lions of the Grunwald”.

Aidan was awarded the Felo de Se – Somin Trust Award, 1963, Langrishe, Go Down – James Tait Black Memorial Prize, 1967, DAAD scholarship of Berlin, 1969, American Irish Foundation grant, 1977 and the D.D.L., National University of Ireland, 2001.

Aidan Higgins passed away at 88 yrs old.