Julie Irigaray

Writer. Poet. Teacher.

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, poet, and teacher.


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.

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.

Maia Elsner was born in London to Mexican and Polish-Jewish parents, and began writing poetry in Massachusetts, USA. Her debut collection, Overrun by Wild Boars, is forthcoming with flipped eye in Summer 2021. Recently, her work has appeared in The Maine Review, Tinderbox and Poetry Ireland, and in Crossing Lines: an anthology of Immigrant Poetry (Broken Sleep Books, 2021). Currently, she is working on a poetry-film collaboration and on translating Latin American poetry into English. Twitter: @Maia_Elsner

Jennifer Lee Tsai is a poet, editor and critic. She was born in Bebington and grew up in Liverpool. Jennifer is a fellow of The Complete Works, a Ledbury Poetry Critic and Contributing Editor to Ambit. Her work is published in the Bloodaxe anthology Ten: Poets of the New Generation (2017) and her debut poetry pamphlet is Kismet (ignitionpress, 2019).

Jennifer was awarded a 2019 AHRC scholarship to undertake doctoral research in Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool. She is the winner of a Northern Writers Award for Poetry 2020.

Find Jennifer on Instagram: @JenniferLeeTsai, Twitter:@JenniferLeeTsai

Alice Hiller is a poet, critic and activist from London and Dieppe, working to change awareness around sexual abuse in childhood and support people in 'voicing our silences'; her debut, Bird of Winter is published by Pavilion in 2020 and has been named the PBS Summer Special Commendation. Calling up landscapes and relationships which sustain, as well as the injuries done, Hiller's poems witness a crime to which millions around the world are subjected – and ask how we may find our ways towards healing. Hiller has reviewed for the TLS, Poetry Review, Poetry London and harana poetry amongst others, and runs a free workshop to support poets 'saying the difficult thing' in their work.

Read more at : alicehiller.info - www.voicingoursilences.com - Twitter: @alice_hiller

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