The Long Gaze Back

The Long Gaze BackLucy Caldwell’s work is included in “The Long Gaze Back, edited by Sinéad Gleeson, an exhilarating anthology of thirty short stories by some of the most gifted women writers this island has ever produced.

Published on September 10, 2015 the publisher, New Island, says:

“Taken together, the collected works of these writers reveal an enrapturing, unnerving, and piercingly beautiful mosaic of a lively literary landscape. Spanning four centuries, The Long Gaze Back features 8 rare stories from deceased luminaries and forerunners, and 22 new unpublished stories by some of the most talented Irish women writers working today. The anthology presents an inclusive and celebratory portrait of the high calibre of contemporary literature in Ireland.

These stories run the gamut from heartbreaking to humorous, but each leaves a lasting impression. They chart the passions, obligations, trials and tribulations of a variety of vividly-drawn characters with unflinching honesty and relentless compassion.”Read more

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

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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“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