About Alvy Carragher


Alvy Carragher is an Irish poet and author, based in Toronto. She has published two books, as well as numerous articles, blogs and poetry featured across a wide range of publications such as The Irish Times, The Guardian, The Poetry Ireland Review, Poethead, and The Galway Review.

Her debut collection of poetry "Falling in love with broken things" was published in 2016 by Salmon Poetry. Chicken House Books published her first novel "The Cantankerous Molly Darling" in June 2019. It received positive reviews and coverage across both Irish and UK media. The audio version was released in 2020. 

A Pushcart nominee, her second collection "The Men I Keep Under My Bed" is forthcoming with Salmon Poetry (2021). As a performance poet, she has won numerous slams and was featured at events like Electric Picnic, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, RTE’s Arena and Cúirt International Literary Festival. She represented Poetry Ireland, as the delegate for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series in 2016, at a reading in the Lincoln Center, NYC.  

She received first-class honours in her MA of Writing from NUIG where she focused on poetry under the tutelage of Eva Bourke. Alvy subsequently spent a year mentoring the 4th year undergrad poetry workshops. She has also given an advanced poetry-workshop at the Irish Writers' Centre and spent a year teaching English in Korea. She loves to teach, focusing on nurturing the creative spirit, fostering both a reading and writing habit, and helping young writers establish their own voices and make meaningful progress towards publication. 


Alvy has also won multiple national awards for her early writing as both the illustrator and writer for With All the Finesse of a Badger; a blog-based on the haphazard nature of growing up in rural Ireland. It was also archived by the National Library of Ireland. In addition, she penned the satirical diary of Silvia Heaney and spent a year as the first Poetry Editor for Headstuff.org, where she focused on promoting new and established poets, creating a sense of community among her team of contributors, and making Irish poetry more accessible. 

A former member of Dublin Writers' Forum and Vancouver's Shut Up and Write Meet Ups, Alvy finds that creative communities are an invaluable support system for all writers. She currently lives in Toronto, where she is working on poetry and fiction. 

You can read about Alvy's approach to both her published books, below. 

1. ‘I try to take what is broken and make it into something beautiful’. 

2. 'I gave up on living in Dublin. It felt like I’d been fighting the city for ages'.

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