Lucy Caldwell Profile
Lucy Caldwell is an Irish Author who does playwrights and novels and is a proud member of the Royal Society of Literature (RSL). She is also the winner of the 2021 BBC National Short Story Award.
Lucy Caldwell Age
Caldwell was born in the year 1981, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is therefore 42 years old as of 2022.
Lucy Caldwell Height
Caldwell stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 5 inches tall.
Lucy Caldwell Family
Caldwell was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland to her loving and caring parents. When her mother was doing a trace in the family’s genealogy, she discovered that her great-great-grandfather emigrated from Briston. The great-great-grandfather left behind a pregnant wife, and seven children and was never heard from again. She, however, manages to keep more information regarding her family away from the limelight. We will update this information once more information is available to the public.
Lucy Caldwell Husband
Information about Lucy’s dating life is not known for she has managed to keep her personal life away from the limelight. It is therefore not known if Lucy is engaged to someone or whether she is married. It is also not known if she has any children.
Lucy Caldwell’s Net Worth
Caldwell has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million which she has earned through her successful career as an Author.
Lucy Caldwell Education
Caldwell attended Harvard University where she obtained an A.B., in British and American History and Literature. While there, she was an Editor and Columnist. Asides from this, she was a member of the Harvard Crimson Editorial Board.
Lucy Caldwell Career
Caldwell happens to be an Irish playwright and novelist who won the 2021 BBC National Short Story Award. She described her birth as one of the darkest and most turbulent years of the Troubles: the year the hunger strikes began. This was when a few months Bobby Sands and nine others died and when things seemed to be spiraling irrevocably out of control.
Caldwell attended Strathearn School before later joining Queens College, Cambridge. There, she graduated with a First Class Degree and then went on to join Goldsmiths College, London. Later on, she left the city she had always considered “boring, introverted” in the year 1999 and declared that she loves the city and does love the streets and is proud to be there.
Back in the month of June 2004, her first short play, The River was performed at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and subsequently the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This play won her the PMA Most Promising Playwright Award. Asides from this, she spent time as a writer-on-attachment to the National Theatre in the year 2005.
Later on, her full-length play, Leaves, won the 2006 George Devine Award, the 2007 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the BBC Stewart Parker Award. Back in the year 2007, the play was produced by the Druid Theatre Company and directed by Garry Hynes. This play premiered in Galway before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre.
Later on, her second full-length play, Guardians, premiered at the 2009 HighTide Festival in Halesworth. While reviewing the production, critic Michael Billington wrote that writing with real power about lost love moved her. Her book, Notes to Future Self was produced at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in March 2011. It was directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and was described in The Stage as “Brave, beautiful, and quite extraordinary.”
Her first novel, Where They Were Missed, set in Belfast and County Donegal was published in the month of February 2006. This was book was short-listed for the 2006 Dylan Thomas Prize. Asides from this, it was described by Vofue as “a debut reminiscent of Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden and Trezza Azzopardi’s The Hiding Place.
Later on, her second novel, The Meeting Point, centered around a young Irish missionary couple who journeyed to Bahrain, was published in the month of February 2011 by Faber. Later on, it was described by the Sunday Times as “Compelling, passionate and deeply resonant” and by the Guardian as “haunting, compulsively readable.”
Lucy’s radio play, Girl From Mars, broadcast by BBC Radio 4 in the year 2008, won the Irish Playwrights’ and Screenwriters’ Guld Award(“ZeBBie”) for Best Radio Play and the BBC’s Richard Imison Award for the Best script by a writer new to radio. In the verdict, the judges said that the book is a gripping and powerful depiction of the effect on a family when one sibling went missing. Asides from this, the judge stated that the beautifully-told story begins when a body is found and the remaining daughter returns to be with her family while they await identification.
Back in the year 2012, she was the recipient of a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Asides from this, her novel, All the Beggars Riding, was published in the year 2013 and was shortlisted for both the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award and Short Story Award for “All the People Were Mean and Bad.”
These Days by Lucy Caldwell
Caldwell is the author of the novel, These Days which can be found on Amazon. In the story, Belfast has escaped the worst of the war. In the next two months, she stated that it is going to be destroyed from above so that people will say in horror, My God, Belfast is finished. Then, she stated that many would not make it through, and no one who does will remain unchanged.
After the lives of sisters Emma and Udrey, one is engaged to be married, and the other is in a secret relationship with another woman. This was as they try to survive the horrors of the four nights of the bombing which were the Belfast Blitz. The Book is a timeless and heart-breaking novel about living under duress, about family, and about how we try to stay true to ourselves. The book was published by Faber & Faber in the month of March 2022.
Intimacies Lucy Caldwell
The book, Intimacies, exquisitely charts the steps and missteps of young women trying to find their place in the world. This range from a Belfast student ordering illegal drugs online to end an unwanted pregnancy to a young mother’s brush with mortality. The book also covers stories that range from a Christmas Eve walking the city center’s streets when everything seems possible to a night flight from Canada which could change a life irrevocably. She states that these are stories of love, loss, and exile of new beginnings and lives lived away from “home.”
While taking into the lives of other women who could be guiding lights from Monica Lewinsky to Caroline Norton to Sinéad O’Connor, she states that intimacies offers keenly felt and subtly revealing insights into the heartbreak and hope of modern life.
Caldwell Awards and honors
- 2006 George Devine Award for Leaves
- 2007: Susan Smith Blackburn Award for Leaves
- 2011: Dylan Thomas Prize for The Meeting Point
- 2013: Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award (shortlisted) for All the Beggars Riding
- 2018: Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in its “40 Under 40” initiative.
- 2021: BBC National Short Story Award for “All the People Were Mean and Bad”.
- 2009: Irish Playwrights’ and Screenwriters’ Guild Award for Girl From Mars
- 2009: Richard Imison Award for Girl From Mars
- 2011: Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.
Lucy Caldwell Novels & Plays
- Where They Were Missed (Faber, 2005)
- The Meeting Point (Faber, 2011)
- Multitudes: eleven stories (Faber, 2016)
- These Days (Faber, 2022)
- All the Beggars Riding (Faber, 2013)
Lucy Stage Plays
- Notes to Future Self (2011) at Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company
- Hier Soir, Demain Soir (2012), commissioned by the Comédie de Valence, for Festival Ambivalence(s)
- Leaves (2007); Chapel Lane, Galway, transferring to the Royal Court (Upstairs), London
- Carnival (2008) produced by Kabosh at Edinburgh Festival Spiegeltent
- The Luthier (2009) Origin Theatre Company as part of the New York 1st Irish Festival
- Guardians (2009)
Lucy Caldwell Radio Plays
- Girl from Mars (2008) on BBC Radio 4
- Avenues of Eternal Peace (2009) on BBC Radio 4
- The Watcher on the Wall (2013) on BBC Radio 4