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Julie Irigaray

Writer. Teacher. Researcher.

Welcome to my website. As an author who lived in four different countries, I aim to create a better understanding of the world and our place in it —  a mission which has cast me in many different roles: writer, teacher and researcher.

I am a Creative Writing Tutor and I earned a PhD in English Literature from The University of Huddersfield. You can find out about my publications, experience, research, awards, and more on this website.

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What's New

Summer 2024

I am writing an article on Arthur Rimbaud's vision of the poet as a seer for the next issue of Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal.

Under the Radar has published my poem 'Generation Y' in their latest issue.

My poem 'Family Founding Myth' appeared in Southword issue 46

My poem 'The Englishman in the Attic' was on the initial longlist of The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2024.

I am teaching a course on poetry and cinema with City Lit: Poetry and the Moving Image (21/07/24).


I am preparing three book chapters by the end of this year: two on Sylvia Plath's transnationalism, and one on poetic inspiration as seen by Charles Baudelaire and Arthur Rimbaud.

Whalers, Witches and Gauchos

My poetry pamphlet Whalers, Witches and Gauchos was published by Nine Pens Press last April.

Whalers, Witches and Gauchos explores narratives of displacement, the way we navigate between countries and cultures, and how where we come from makes us who we are. Using my Basque ancestors as a point of reference – these same whalers, witches and gauchos who travelled to the other side of the world or were persecuted – I conjure up my memories of living in the Basque Country, France, Ireland, Italy and the UK. This pamphlet depicts what it is to migrate between places and languages seeking homes that can both sustain us and allow us to grow.

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