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.


Read some of my work below, ranging from published articles to poetry.

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What’s New

Spring 2021

My pamphlet Whalers, Witches and Gauchos will be published by Nine Pens Press on 30th April 2021.

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.


Pre-order copies of Whalers, Witches and Gauchos can be made here. Orders will be received by the launch date of April 30th.

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An evening of transnational poetry for the launch of Julie Irigaray's poetry pamphlet Whalers, Witches and Gauchos   (30th April 2021, 7pm GMT time)

Join us for an evening of transnational poetry celebrating migration, languages, and multiculturalism 

with readings by poets Maia Elsner, Jennifer Lee Tsai and Alice Hiller.