Three City US Tour

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Lucy will be joining Jan Carson and Michelle Gallen for a series of events in the United States entitled ‘A New Chapter: Women Writing Northern Ireland Now’

This ambitious 3-city touris  in partnership with Columbia University, NYU, Georgetown and Villanova, supported by Northern Ireland Bureau.

The tour, presented as part of the Consulate’s commemorations of the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, will see the writers in conversation at Columbia University with Caoilinn Hughes and Stephanie McCurry on Monday November 27, at Villanova University on Tuesday November 28, and at an event at Georgetown University in partnership with Solas Nua on Wednesday November 29.

Dates & Venues

Mon November 27: Columbia University’s Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities will be hosting the 3 authors for a conversation from 6:15 to 8 pm in the Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall, Journalism School. The link to the event registration page can be found here.

Tues November 28: The Villanova Center for Irish Studies will be running a literary panel discussion and readings about women’s rights and sectarian division in Northern Ireland with Lucy Caldwell, Jan Carson, and Michelle Gallen at 6 pm in the Mullen Center’s Topper Theater. This event is co-sponsored by the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership and supported by various departments within Villanova and St. Joseph University’s Irish Studies program. The link to the event registration page can be found here.

Wed November 29: Georgetown University will be hosting a readings and conversation event at 6 pm in the ICC Auditorium at Georgetown University’s Intercultural Center. The link to the event registration page and directions can be found here.

Lucy Caldwell & Agnieszka Pokojska: ‘Fiction’ in Polish

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Lucy Caldwell reads a very special, as-yet unpublished short story, called ‘Fiction’. This episode is celebrating her long-awaited second collection of short stories, Intimacies, which is out in the UK and Ireland on May 6th, 2021. Lucy is joined by Agnieszka Pokojska, a former Literature Ireland bursary recipient, who reads her translation into Polish.


“Multitudes” at The Strand Arts Centre

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“Beautifully crafted, and so finely balanced that she holds the reader right up against the tender humanity of her characters.” – Eimear McBride

The Strand is delighted to welcome the novelist and playwright, Lucy Caldwell, who hails from East Belfast, to launch her latest publication and first collection of shorts ‘Multitudes’. Glenn Patterson, another local literary talent, will be in conversation with Lucy, before she reads from the title short.

Lucy is an established and celebrated young novelist and playwright of our time. Her accolades to date include receiving the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and being shortlisted as Irish Novelist of the Year in 2013, as well as receiving the George Devine Award and the Imison Award for her stage and radio plays. She often draws on her own Belfast up-bringing to inform her work and Multitudes is no exception.

Multitudes’ eleven stories take you from Belfast to London and back, exploring the many facets of growing up – the pain and the heartache, the tenderness and the joy, the fleeting and the formative – or ‘the drunkenness of things being various’. Stories of longing and belonging, they culminate with the heart-wrenching and unforgettable title story.

I don’t know what it is I’m going to do but I’m going to do something. I’m going to be someone. I am! I’m sick of just being me. I’m going to be someone else. Someone better. I’m going to make a difference.


Chekhov’s masterpiece from 1900 is reset in 1990s Belfast by award-winning novelist and playwright Lucy Caldwell. Three sisters – Orla, Marianne and Erin – dream of a better tomorrow, perhaps even starting a new life in America. All three are dissatisfied with their lots in life for different reasons, but finding the resolve to make the life changes that will bring real happiness is hard. Can they break free, or will they be condemned to a life of unfulfilled ambition?

I don’t know what it is I’m going to do but I’m going to do something. I’m going to be someone. I am! I’m sick of just being me. I’m going to be someone else. Someone better. I’m going to make a difference.

Lucy Calwell’s reimagining of Checkov’s “Three Sisters” premieres at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast from October 15  to November 12.

Tickets can be pre-booked now at the Lyric’s website.

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Talking Statues

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broad_familyLucy Caldwell is among the celebrated writers commissioned to contribute to “Talking Statues”, a project in which celebrated actors and writers unite to give voice to statues across London and Manchester from August 19th

35 statues across London and Manchester will begin telling tales of the past through the voices of recognisable British actors and words from our best writers.

To hear the talking statues, visitors need to swipe their smartphones over signs beneath the statues to access the monologues.

Playing some of our most notable characters from history are Dominic West, as Achilles in Hyde Park; Jeremy Paxman as John Wilkes in Fetter Lane; Prunella Scales, as Queen Victoria in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens; and Patrick Stewart as the voice of the unknown soldier at Paddington Station. The statues are being brought to life as part of a project by Sing London, a non-profit arts organisation, with the intention of purely lifting the nation’s spirits.

Lucy has written a monologue for Xavier Corberó’s group scultpture The Broad Family located in Exchange Square, London in which she captures the voice of the little girl in the group of figures, a little girl who loves playing Statues, in which she follow human passers by. She dares you to join her game.

Maisie-WilliamsBest known for her role in Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams, who voices the little girl, said of Lucy’s monologue: “I loved the way the text captures the mind of a young girl. From a young age, I wondered what my teddy-bears were saying while I was away and this project encapsulates that feeling.”

For more information about the “Talking Statues” Project, visit the website at:

More information about Sing London, which produces city wide events in which the wider public can engage, can be found on their website.