Beta Life on BBC and Belfast Noir on RTE

mariella frostrupBeta Life: Stories from an A-Life Future (published by Comma Press) was one of Mariella Frostrup’s topics on Open Book on BBC Radio 4 on December 12, while “Belfast Noir”, a collection of dark, bleak, brooding stories celebrating Lucy’s home city, to which she contributed the story “Poison” was discussed by Seán Rocks on RTE’s flagship arts programme Arena.

The stories in Beta Life focus on how humans will change in the way they interact with technology, the roles they adopt in an increasingly ‘intelligent’ environment, and how we interface with each other.. The anthology brings together scientists and authors, working in pairs, to imagine what life (and A-Life) will look like in the year 2070.

Open Book is available on BBC iPlayer, you can listen to the episode here. or download the programme as a podcast here. The section on Beta Life begins at 11:50.

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Short fiction – Blanc et Noir

beta-life Two new stories by Lucy Caldwell have been commissioned to appear in very different anthologies, both published in November 2014.

Beta Life

Beta Life: Stories from an A-Life Future (published by Comma Press) is a collection of speculative fiction imagining possible worlds in which artificial intelligence (A-Life), material evolution and swarm intelligence diverge and disperse into a balanced ecosystem of humans and robotic objects. These fictions focus on how humans will change in the way they interact with technology, the roles they adopt in an increasingly ‘intelligent’ environment, and how we interface with each other.. The anthology brings together scientists and authors, working in pairs, to imagine what life (and A-Life) will look like in the year 2070. Every kind of technology is imagined: from lie-detection glasses to military swarmbots, brain-interfacing implants to synthetically ‘grown’ skyscrapers, revolution-inciting computer games to synthetically engineered haute cuisine. All artificial life is here

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Talking Statues

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 … Read more

Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Commonwealth Short Story PrizeLucy Caldwell has been named Regional Winner, Canada & Europe for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story Killing Time.

The prize provides a platform for writers from the 53 countries of the Commonwealth to share unpublished work with a wider audience.

The five regional winners (Africa, Asia, Canada & Europe, Caribbean, Pacific) will now move forward to the next round and the overall winner will be announced in Kampala, Uganda, on 13 June to coincide with a series of Commonwealth Writers initiatives in East Africa.

Killing Time is the story of ayoung girl just turned thirteen who tries to take her own life. She swallows down as many paracetamol and baby aspirin tablets as she can and goes downstairs to have dinner with her family. That evening, and in the days that follow, she waits for something to happen, caught between the equally terrifying possibilities that … Read more

Le point de rencontre

9782259219761Lucy’s novel The Meeting Point was translated as Le point de rencontre

À la frontière de deux mondes, l’Occident et l’Orient, à la croisée de deux chemins, le mensonge et la fidélité, une femme, Ruth, jeune mariée et jeune mère, mise à l’épreuve par l’inconnu et le danger, doit choisir son camp.

C’est l’heure du grand départ. Ruth n’a jamais quitté le cocon familial ni son doux confort occidental. Mais Euan, son mari, a trouvé un poste au Bahreïn. Une nouvelle aventure qu’ils vont vivre en famille, avec leur bébé. Une fois installée dans leur ghetto pour expatriés, Ruth déchante. Car l’inconnu se trouve, en fait, sous son propre toit. Son mari n’est pas celui qu’elle croyait. Il les a emmenés dans ce pays pour accomplir une mission dangereuse, pour lui, et pour eux. Bouleversée et isolée, Ruth essaie de se concentrer sur sa petite fille. Mais le voisinage avec … Read more

Irish Novel of the Year – Shortlist

All The Beggars Riding book coverAll The Beggars Riding is among the 5 shortlisted titles for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2013, which was announced on April 17at Dublin’s Mansion House by Kerry Group’s Aoife O’Brien. The €15,000 award is the largest monetary prize for fiction available solely to Irish authors. Previous winners of the award include Christine Dwyer Hickey, Anne Enright, Neil Jordan, John Banville, Joseph O’Neill, Roddy Doyle, Sebastian Barry and John McGahern.

The chair of the jury, Robert McCrum said “After an intensive selection process, shared throughout this spring with my distinguished associate Rita Ann Higgins, I am delighted to announce these 5 fine writers for the shortlist of a most important Irish literary prize. It has been such an honour to make a contribution to this part of Listowel Writers’ Week, and I look forward to working with Rita Ann in picking the winner. It’s going … Read more

Belfast’s One City One Book 2013

One City One Book 2013“You are standing, face upturned to the window, breathing in the sun. I can see you, almost: if I close my eyes I can almost see you. A Thursday morning in May, 1972”.
All the Beggars Riding, a novel by Lucy Caldwell – Belfast choice for One City One Book Belfast 2013

The people of Belfast are being encouraged to get reading with One City One Book which returns to the city this May. All the Beggars Riding, the latest novel by Belfast born author Lucy Caldwell, has been selected as Belfast’s second ‘One City One Book’ read and will be the focus of this Arts Council initiative to develop the art of reading and promote Belfast’s rich creativity. Narrated by Lara, nearing forty and nursing her dying mother,the chosen book is the heartbreaking portrait of a woman confronting her past.
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