Louis MacNeice Memorial Lecture

Macniece-lectureThe BBC Louis MacNeice Memorial Lecture seeks to acknowledge the impact and continuing relevance of Louis MacNeice’s work as a poet, BBC programme-maker, critic and author and explores current themes within the arts and broadcasting.

The 2014 lecture, given by Professor Jonathan Allison (who edited the MacNeice letters for Faber and Faber) had additional dramatized sequences by Lucy Caldwell. The focus of the lecture was the wartime period in MacNeice’s career and offered insights which his writing and correspondence provides into his work, relationship and views.

The event took place Thursday 04 December, 7.00pm, at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast… Read more

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

“Through the Wardrobe” & “Poison”

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis, a new short story, “Through the Wardrobe”, was commissioned by the BBC. An edited version was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 24th November at 7.45pm.

You can watch and listen to Lucy reading the story in its entirety at the Word Factory here

Belfast Noir

belfast noirMeanwhile, another new short story, “Poison”, will be published in Akashic’s prestigious ‘City Noir’ series in spring 2014.

The collection will feature the cream of Northern Ireland’s fiction writing community as well as crime writers from further afield who happen to have a Belfast connection. among them Glenn Patterson, Eoin McNamee, Garbhan Downey & Lee Child.

More details about the anthology, edited by Adrian McKinty and Stuart Neville, can be found hereRead more