Julie Irigaray is a French Basque poet who teaches creative writing. Her début poetry pamphlet Whalers, Witches and Gauchos was published by Nine Pens in 2021. Her poems have appeared internationally (USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, Ireland, Italy, Singapore and South Korea), including The Rialto, Ambit and Magma. She was commended in the 2020 Ambit Magazine Poetry Prize; and selected as one of the 50 Best New British and Irish Poets 2018 (Eyewear Publishing), among other prizes.
Julie earned a PhD in English Literature from The University of Huddersfield. Her research focuses on Sylvia Plath’s complex relationship with England and her transnational identity as an American writer with strong European connections. Her thesis is going to be the first book-length study dedicated to Plath and transnationalism.
Her experiences abroad in Italy, Ireland, the UK and France aroused her interest in languages, identity and multicultural backgrounds. She is motivated by the works of artists who engage with these themes. She is also passionate about history, a recurrent subject of her writing.
Julie is proud to be part of Voicing our Silences, a collective of poets who write about different or difficult material and aim at raising awareness about these issues.