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Lucy Caldwell

UK flag (b.1982)

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1982. She won the Peggy Ramsay Award for playwriting and has recently been selected to be a playwright in residence at the National Theatre. She now lives in London.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical
   Multitudes (2016)
   Resist (2019) (with Julia Bell, Bidisha, SJ Bradley, Jude Brown, Steve Chambers, Martin Edwards, Uschi Gatward, Luan Goldie, Gaia Holmes, Nikita Lalwani, Zoe Lambert, Irfan Master, Kamila Shamsie and Eley Wil)
   Intimacies (2021)
   The BBC National Short Story Award 2021 (2021) (with Rory Gleeson, Georgina Harding, Danny Rhodes and Richard Smyth)
Anthologies edited
Lucy Caldwell recommends
A Line Made By Walking (2017)
Sara Baume
"Unflinching, at times uncomfortable, and always utterly compelling, A Line Made By Walking is among the best accounts of grief, loneliness and depression that I have ever read."
The Vogue (2018)
Eoin McNamee
"Told in Eoin McNamee's trademark terse and melancholy prose, as salt-pitted and bleach-boned as the landscape it describes, The Vogue is an eerie, intense, haunted and haunting tale, with an air of chilling loneliness that seems to seep from the pages and into the very room in which you read it."
The Fire Starters (2019)
Jan Carson
"Shimmering with wit, simmering with an incandescent rage, shot through with a seam of wild magic, The Fire Starters is a powerful, disturbing portrait of East Belfast and its people and its hope for the future. I won’t be the only reader to proclaim that, in the best way possible, Jan Carson is on fire."
Bent (2020)
Joe Thomas
"A wildly stylish and hugely entertaining read, Bent brings the worlds of sixties Soho and Nazi-occupied Italy thrillingly to life. It’s taut, evocative and laugh-out-loud funny – and, like its anti-hero, Challenor, slick, pacy and just crooked enough to keep you guessing, right up until its gut-punch of an ending."
Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love (2021)
Huma Qureshi
"Huma Qureshi writes the inarticulable distances between mothers and daughters, the consuming ache of longing for someone not yet kissed, the invisible, irreparable breaches in friendships or between lovers, with such pitch-perfect precision, such lightness of touch. These are stories of fierce clarity and tenderness - I loved them."
Trespasses (2022)
Louise Kennedy
"I hardly have words for how viscerally this book affected me, how much it moved me. Pitch-perfect in its evocation of its time and place, unflinching in the rawness of its longing, Trespasses is an extraordinary read - it will break your heart."

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