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Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981 and is the author of four novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, and two collections of short stories: Multitudes (Faber, 2016) and Intimacies (Faber, 2021). Her most recent novel, These Days was published by Faber in March 2022.  She is also the editor of Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2019).

Awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the George Devine Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Imison Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Irish Writers’ and Screenwriters’ Guild Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Award (Canada & Europe), the Edge Hill Short Story Prize Readers’ Choice Award, a Fiction Uncovered Award, a K. Blundell Trust Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  In 2021 she won the BBC National Short Story Award with her story “All the People Were Mean and Bad”.

Lucy is a former RLF Fellow, a Visiting Fellow at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018. She is a Patron of the Belfast Book Festival, of Fighting Words NI and of the Niamh Louise Foundation, and a Mentor for the inaugural Play It Forward scheme.

Her website is www.lucycaldwell.com and she tweets @beingvarious