Woman of the Year Award

Lucy was named one of the Women of the Year 2012 in the sixth Belfast Telegraph awards ceremony. Lucy picked up her her beautiful Belleek trophy as Woman of the Year In The Arts Award 2012 at a glitzy award ceremony and gala dinner on Wednesday 5th December at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Belfast. The awards recognise the outstanding talents of the women of Northern Ireland.

Commenting on her award Lucy said “I’d like to thank especially the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for their support over the past year. Their wonderful generosity and the strength of their belief in my work helped to make this year my most intensive and creative yet. This feels like a very rich and exciting time for the arts in Northern Ireland, and it’s wonderful beyond words to feel a part of it, and to have the backing of such a dedicated and … Read more

BBC International Short Story Award 2012

bbc-short-storyLucy’s story “Escape Routes” was shortlisted for the BBC International Short Story Award 2012 which celebrates the best of contemporary British short fiction and is one of the most prestigious for a single short story. Clive Anderson chairs the judging panel this year which consists of novelists Anjali Joseph and Ross Raisin, novelist and Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, Michèle Roberts, and Editor of Readings, BBC Radio, Di Speirs. Each of the ten shortlisted stories was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 .

“Escape Routes”, set in Belfast in the 1990s, is told from the point of view of a child, whose friend and baby sitter mysteriously goes missing. Delivered with the touching innocence of a child oblivious but not unaffected by the ideological and political strife plaguing Northern Ireland in the 1990s, the story is an oblique examination of a besieged Belfast. On … Read more

Arts Council Northern Ireland grant

grantLucy Caldwell was the 2012 recipient of a Major Individual Artist Award granted by the Arts Council Northern Ireland.

As part of The Brussels Platform Lucy and author David Park took centre stage at the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels to read extracts from their most recent novels The Light of Amsterdam (David Park) and The Meeting Point (Lucy Caldwell). The authors read their work in front of an international audience, including MEPs and the opinion-formers amongst EU representatives in Brussels.

The Brussels Platform is the result of collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels. Launched in September 2011 the programme runs until June 2012 and will represent musicians, writers, dancers, theatre practitioners and visual artists giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents at a series of ten monthly events at the prestigious headquarters of the NI … Read more

Lucy wins Dylan Thomas Prize

Lucy Caldwell has won the 2011 Dylan Thomas Prize for her novel “The Meeting Point”. Judges described the novel as “a beautifully written and mature reflection on identity, loyalty and belief in a complex world”,

Speaking at the presentation ceremony in the late Welsh poet’s home city of Swansea, Lucy said Wales had played a major role in getting her career up and running. “In many ways my career started here. My very first play was premiered in Chapter arts centre in Cardiff.”

The founder of the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize, Prof Peter Stead, said: “The Meeting Point is a lyrical modern day parable set in Bahrain depicting the crises in the faith and marriage of an Irish woman and her relationship with a troubled Muslim teenager. It is a beautifully written and mature reflection on identity, loyalty and belief in a complex world. We have no doubt … Read more

Rooney Prize 2011

Lucy Caldwell had been awarded The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for 2011, in recognition of her achievement and outstanding promise as a novelist and dramatist. The announcement was made by the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast at a reception in the Residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to Ireland on October 25th 2011 Previous winners of the Rooney Prize include Bernard Farrell, Neil Jordan, Frank McGuinness, Deirdre Madden and Anne Enright.

Commenting on the significance of Lucy’s work Dr Brown said she addresses difficult personal issues in complex cultural settings with a rare combination of sensitivity and acute intelligence. (more information)… Read more

Avenues of Eternal Peace

avenues“Avenues of Eternal Peace” – the Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4, on 4 June 2009 – focused on the horrific events in Tienanmen Square twenty years ago. Student couple Kai-Liang and Chang Li join the Tiananmen Square protests, where their passions and ideas are put to the ultimate test.

Avenues of Eternal Peace was chosen as a ‘Pick of the Week’ on Radio 4.… Read more

Notes to Future Self

Scene from Notes To Future Self“Judy’s my mom. It’s an understatement to say she’s a bit of a hippy. I mean who else but a New Ager calls their baby ‘Philosophy Rainbow’? I try to go by ‘Sophie’.”

Sophie and Calliope have never been to school. Their mum ran away from home when she was seventeen to join the New Age movement and the girls have been raised in Goa, San Francisco and Morroco at a series of ashrams, communes and impromptu raves.

Then one day Sophie gets ill and the family has to return to Birmingham. Sophie and Calliope are introduced to a strange new world where meditation and tree-hugging are replaced with Maths homework and television. They’re also introduced to Daphne: the grandmother that the girls have never met. And it’s against this bewildering new backdrop – the normality she’s always longed for – that Sophie must come to terms with her own … Read more