Welcome to Lucy Writers, an online platform devoted to showcasing the writing of women and non-binary creatives.

Lucy Writers is an online platform showcasing the very best writing and art work from women and non-binary creatives all over the world. In collaboration with Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, the platform brings together Lucy students, alumnae and fellows, as well as creatives from outside the college community. Lucy Writers welcomes submissions from women and non-binary writers irrespective of whether they’re an established or new-to-the-writing-desk writer. We want to hear from you; let Lucy Writers be the space, room and home for your words.


‘Three Wise Women’ by Irenosen Okojie

In her latest work of creative non-fiction, award-winning author Irenosen Okojie explores the rich legacy of hope and life handed down through her mother and grandmother. In hauntingly beautiful prose, Okojie reflects on how past events can offer light and healing in present times of difficulty.

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Postcards in Isolation 7: Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot III, 2009

Toni Roberts discusses how Mona Hatoum’s radiant red sculpture, Hot Spot III, 2009, has become a relevant work of art during her time in lockdown and a metaphor for our cage-like existence.

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‘Three Notes to Blue Jays’ and other poems by Zilka Joseph

In her two poems, ‘Three Notes to Blue Jays’ and ‘So Much’, Zilka Joseph’s words take flight when describing the dazzling brilliance of a Blue Jay and Hummingbird in the open spaces of Michigan.

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Postcards in Isolation 6: Barbara Hepworth, Spring, 1965

Emma West discovered Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture, Spring, 1965, at the beginning of what would become a pilgrimage of the sculptor’s work around the UK. Here, she reflects on Hepworth’s sculptures in situ, the importance of touch and having hope for life after lockdown.

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Seeing Science in the Stars: Constance Naden’s sonnets and the night sky

When nineteenth-century scientist, philosopher and poet, Constance Naden, contemplated the night sky, she saw a universe full of vitality. Here, Clare Stainthorp, reflects on Naden’s sonnets and the starry cosmos that inspired them.

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‘Under the 400-Year-Old Ponderosa Pine’ and other poems by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s poems offer a solitary space for readers to meditate on nature’s quiet truths, a locus in which to reorientate the self and speak in a new language of trees, birds, waterfalls and winding valleys.

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All About Sarah by Pauline Delabroy-Allard – a powerful tale of all-consuming love

Pauline Delabroy-Allard’s debut novel, All About Sarah, is a brilliantly haunting story about an intense and passionate love affair between two women, writes Elodie Rose Barnes.

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Postcards in Isolation 5: Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray, 1939

On removing a postcard of Frida Kahlo from her wall, Rachel Ashenden began to reflect on past loves, the feelings postcards evoke and the liberation one can feel, even in lockdown, towards old relationships.

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‘This is Lime, this is Gul Mohar, this is Mountain laurel’ by Usha Akella

Our Poetry editor, Usha Akella, recalls her time studying for an MSt. in Creative Writing at Cambridge and considers how the flora and fauna of the city inspired her writing and helped her navigate and connect with a new place.

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Postcards in Isolation 4: Dorothea Tanning, Birthday, 1942

For the fourth piece in her continued series, Rochelle Roberts reflects on Dorothea Tanning’s monumental and transformative self-portrait, Birthday, 1942, and considers the prospect of the end to coronavirus.

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‘The Go-Get-Gone’ by Judy Darley

Amanda is out for the night with her new school mate, Lea. But when her so-called friends – an assortment of symptoms from her Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) – turn up, she finds it hard to determine who and what is real.

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Streaming in the Time of Covid-19: Curated Recommendations

As the internet will have no doubt reminded you, staying at home and catching up on some Netflix is now officially *heroic*. Here’s an eclectic mix of streaming recommendations from our contributors.

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‘Twelve Verses to Make You Rot’: Ultimate Dancer’s Hevi Metle at the BALTIC, Gateshead

Gwen Dupré responds to Ultimate Dancer’s Hevi Metle, a durational sonic performance of six hours, six minutes and six seconds which draws on a feminist approach to alchemy.

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Postcards in Isolation 3: Eileen Agar, Angel of Anarchy, 1936-40

In her third piece from a self-conceived series, Rochelle Roberts reflects on Eileen Agar’s Angel of Anarchy, 1936-40, a striking and evocative object that embodies current feelings of sadness, inaccessibility and loneliness.

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In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado – a genre-defying page turner

Carmen Maria Machado’s genre-bending memoir, In the Dream House, is a clever and poignant exploration of an abusive relationship, one that ranges from Star Trek and film noir to debates of LGBTQ+ rights in the US.

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