RTÉ Liveline Top 10 Books of 2015

As part of Joe Duffy’s roundup of the 10 best books of 2015 – as voted by listeners to RTÉ Radio – playwright Peter Sheridan spoke about The Long Gaze Back, an anthology of short stories by Irish women writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson. He singled out Lucy Caldwell’s story ‘Multitudes’ for particular praise. Listen to the excerpt from the programme here.

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Raconteurs and Yarn Spinners

The Irish Short Story at the Small Wonder festival

Deirdre Madden is joined by Lucy Caldwell, Thomas Morris and Donal Ryan at Charleston on 26 September 2015.

This clip is from BBC Arts

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A Multitude of experiences…

Lucy CaldwellLucy Caldwell returns to Belfast this month to read from her debut short story collection about young love and growing up. She tells Jenny Lee about being inspired by Van Morrison’s lyrics and the near-death experience of her baby son that led to her writing close to the heart

(from The Irish News, 10 August, 2015)

BELFAST author Lucy Caldwell returns to her roots for the first reading from her forthcoming short story collection this month. The 34-year-old award-winning writer has used her memories of growing up in the east of the city as a catalyst for the collection, titled Multitudes, which has been 10-years in the making.

As well as a novelist, Caldwell is a much admired playwright whose stage plays – Leaves, Guardians and Notes to Future Self – and radio plays have won awards including the George Devine Award and the BBC Stewart Parker Award.… Read more

The Long Gaze Back

The Long Gaze BackLucy Caldwell’s work is included in “The Long Gaze Back, edited by Sinéad Gleeson, an exhilarating anthology of thirty short stories by some of the most gifted women writers this island has ever produced.

Published on September 10, 2015 the publisher, New Island, says:

“Taken together, the collected works of these writers reveal an enrapturing, unnerving, and piercingly beautiful mosaic of a lively literary landscape. Spanning four centuries, The Long Gaze Back features 8 rare stories from deceased luminaries and forerunners, and 22 new unpublished stories by some of the most talented Irish women writers working today. The anthology presents an inclusive and celebratory portrait of the high calibre of contemporary literature in Ireland.

These stories run the gamut from heartbreaking to humorous, but each leaves a lasting impression. They chart the passions, obligations, trials and tribulations of a variety of vividly-drawn characters with unflinching honesty and relentless compassion.”Read more