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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

Spring 2024

My poem "The Spanish Maids" was featured on the BBC Radio 4's programme The Poetry Detective, on the theme of poetry and care.

I wrote an article on the subject of writing about place as an outsider for the next issue The Alchemy Spoon. My poem 'The Border Speaks' will also be published in this issue.

Under the Radar will publish my poem 'Generation Y' this spring.

Two of my poems will be published by The Madrid Review on 31st May.

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

I am teaching several courses at City Lit in 2024: Poetry Workshop: Intensive (16/04/24 - 21/05/24) and Poetry and the Moving Image (21/07/24).


I am preparing two academic articles: one on Sylvia Plath's transnationalism, and another one on Plath's translations from French.

This spring, I'm travelling between London, Belgium, Paris, and northern France to research my first nonfiction book which will combine memoir and travelogue.

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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