26th February 2021 - (The Modernist Review, UK)
Julie Irigaray presents a fascinating review of Amanda Golden’s book Annotating Modernism: Marginalia and Pedagogy from Virginia Woolf to the Confessional Poets, which examines the teaching habits of Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Anne Sexton and John Berryman.
14th September 2017 - (Mslexia, UK)
Megan Beech is known for her reputation as a feminist poet, and though this second collection returns to her primary interest, it also tackles the belittled theme of mental health issues.
8th August 2017 - (The University Times, Ireland)
Julie Irigaray reviews her homeland’s best experiences, from sport’s strong sensations to châteaux with character, festive nights and gourmet ideas.
23rd December 2016 - (The University Times, Ireland)
For someone who was born in a country where Christmas isn’t universally celebrated, our attitude to the holiday is flawed.
Nepotism, Populism and Conservatism: the Real Challenges of the French Presidential Elections
04th April 2017 - (The University Times, Ireland - in print)
As populism rises around the world, the French presidential elections crystallise the fear of another success for the far-right. With the spectre of radical Islamism in the background, Julie Irigaray gathers testimonies, questioning whether this is not just a smokescreen hiding what has been dividing French society for 15 years.
15th March 2017 - (The University Times, Ireland)
Yesterday the centre played host to a memorable evening of songs in translation, with traditional Russian ballads performed alongside a Spanish opera and the Rolling Stones in German.
Reflections of A Citizen of Nowhere
05th March 2017 - (College Green, Ireland - in print)
The title of this article was inspired by Theresa May’s extreme claim at the October 2016 Conservative Party conference: “If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere.” The question of identity is one I ponder frequently without being able to answer it in relation to myself.
04th November 2016 - (The University Times, Ireland)
Smith spoke of her love of Oscar Wilde, as well as her belief in the power of people to effect social change.
Why You Have (Almost) Never Heard of the Nobel Prize Before
01st November 2016 - (The University Times, Ireland - in print)
The 2016 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature caused a significant deal of commotion. Going by some of the responses around the world, the least one can say is that the legitimacy – and even credibility – of the Nobel Prize committee is once again being questioned.