Killing Time

allirelandLucy Caldwell’s short story “Killing Time”, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada & Europe) 2014 has just been published in the anthology “All Over Ireland”, edited by Deirdre Madden. Max Liu, in the Independent, wrote:

“The bar is set high for the fifth instalment in Faber & Faber’s new Irish short stories series, not only by the standard of previous volumes… All Over Ireland (Faber, £9.99) features contributions from new and established writers, from Andrew Fox, whose first collection appeared earlier this year, to Colm Tóibín’s “The Journey to Galway”, a powerful meditation on grief and Irish history. Other standouts include “Killing Time”, Lucy Caldwell’s story of a child who may or may not have taken an overdose of painkillers, Mary Morrissy’s “Emergency” and Selina Guinness’ “The Weather Project”.

The collection’s editor Deidre Madden notes that “emigration features in several of the stories” as authors take us to … Read more

Des vies parallèles

vies_parallelesLucy’s novel, All The Beggars Riding has been translated into French and published as Des vies parallèles (Parallel Lives) by feux croisés who previously published Meeting Point.

Reviews for Des vies parallèles:

“Lucy Caldwell captures the ambiguity of relationships, can perfectly describe an encounter and depicts lost opportunities. She works with infinite care.”
Le Figaro

“Lucy Caldwell manages to convey the story and all the inherent hestitations so brilliantly it is as though the reader is witnessing the novel being written…”
Libération

“Lucy Caldwell amazes by her ability to create and develop characters that are powerfully realised, complex and moving. She avoids sentimentality, writing with a genuine emotion that goes straight to the heart.”
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Quicksands

quicksandsLucy Caldwell’s new radio play “Quicksands”, a drama about the slippery and shifting notions of truth and memory was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on December 8. Though no longer available on BBC iPlayer more information can be found here..

A young married couple, Tessa and James, hire a caravan for a week’s holiday on the wind-swept Northern Irish coast with their two young children. It’s make-or-break for their relationship: James is in love with someone else and wants a separation. Clambering over the sand dunes on the beach Tessa and the children get into difficulties and find themselves trapped in quicksand.

When James realises what is happening to his family he turns and leaves them, running away. James insists he was running for help, but Tessa believes, has always believed, that James turned his back on his family and intended to leave them for dead. But just who … Read more

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.

RTE’s Arena … Read more

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