About

Alvy Carragher received a First Class Honours in her MA in Writing from The National University of Ireland Galway, where she focused on poetry. She now teaches poetry workshops there as part of the BA connect.

 She was part of the 2016 Poetry Ireland Introduction Series, and represented the series at a reading at the Lincoln Center in New York.

A pushcart nominee, she has been listed for many prizes including: Over the Edge New Writer of the Year, The Gregory O’Donoghue Award, The Cúirt New Writing Prize, Doire Press International Poetry Competition, and the Irish People’s Poetry Prize.

She is a two-time All-Ireland Slam Poetry Finalist, a Slam Sunday Winner, Connaught Slam Champion and a Cúirt Grand Slam Poetry Champion.

She has performed at many festivals throughout the country, and even abroad, including: Cúirt International Literary Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, Lingo Spoken Word Festival, and Imagine Waterford Arts Festival.

Her poems have featured on RTE’s Arena on several occasions. Her work has appeared in various publications including the Guardian, and the Irish Times.


She is also an award-winning blogger, and her blog With All the Finesse of a Badger has been archived by the National Library of Ireland. 

5 comments:

  1. Your stories on here are hilarious, with a haunting hint of melancholia. I guess that is actually an accurate picture of life in general! I found some of your poetry posted on the poethead wordpress page (https://poethead.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/inishturk-and-other-poems-by-alvy-carragher/#like-69376). I thoroughly enjoyed it! You have a refreshingly powerful sense of descriptive imagery. It is not only "seen" in the mind's eye, but, emotionally felt.

    In a world full of poetry hacks loved by legions of ignorant masses, it is inspirational to read GOOD poetry!!

    Michael

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    1. Thank you so much Michael, I think I have found my fair share of wonderful poets online and they make up for the less wonderful verses. But I think anyone that brings any form of poetry to the masses is doing a good service to the world. The more people reading it, at any level, the better. Some poems might just be gateway work to a bigger obsession! I know I like my fair share of questionable work. I'm delighted you find the blog funny and enjoyed the poems. It's always lovely to hear feedback of any sort. Makes it feel a lot less like writing yourself notes to keep you company when you're hiding in the cupboard from the demands of other humans :)

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  2. I was present at your reading in the Books Upstairs cafe last Saturday...and a present I was, a gift from you to me. To say you were inspirational is insufficient. I wish I had the words to describe how your poetry affected me on that morning, why I shed a tear, why you made me smile, why I walked on clouds as I made my way up Grafton Street. A summer in Dublin indeed I thought to myself. To say that I am haunted by your words is also inappropriate. Your words do not frighten me, but enlighten me. I now pledge to find those words that do express my innermost feeling, thoughts and emotions. Perhaps they will remain secret, perhaps not, perhaps inspirational is not too far off after all. Thank you for your gift. Gary .

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    1. Thank you for your words Gary, it means a lot to me that I might have inspired you to use your own. I hope to hear some of them some day if they dance out into the public, even if not. Words have their own kind of magic, and thanks for writing this to me (it makes my heart happy) :)

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    2. Thank you for your words Gary, it means a lot to me that I might have inspired you to use your own. I hope to hear some of them some day if they dance out into the public, even if not. Words have their own kind of magic, and thanks for writing this to me (it makes my heart happy) :)

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