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.


The Sea Needs No Ornament/ El mar no necesita ornamento: in conversation with translators Loretta Collins Klobah and Maria Grau Perejoan

Elodie Rose Barnes explores the epic English and Spanish poetry anthology, The Sea Needs No Ornament / El mar no necesita ornamento, and talks to its translators, Loretta Collins Klobah and Maria Grau Perejoan, about the translation process, empowering women writers from the Caribbean and the literary history behind the poems.

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How I Write: on poetry, grief, and inspiration

Susan Wilson explores the creative space of poetry, writing through grief and loss, poetry as identity, and words as ‘the hope in brilliant darkness of a flame’.

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‘Kindling healing’ and other poems by Kashiana Singh

Kashiana Singh’s tightly knit poems, ‘Kindling healing’ and ‘The night spills’, explore night and day in all their haunting nuance and mesmerising movement.

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Tomorrow They Won’t Dare To Murder Us by Joseph Andras & translated by Simon Leser

Rym Kechacha reviews Joseph Andras’ powerful novel, Tomorrow They Won’t Dare To Murder Us, and considers the impact of colonial violence and fights for independence around the world today.

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‘The Best Years of Your Life?’ by Dorothy Reddin

For Dorothy Reddin, lockdown has shown that life is too short and precious to surround yourself with toxic friendships. Here she talks about her time at university and how she came to reevaluate her circle of friends.

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Diary of a Film by Niven Govinden – a ‘skin to eye’ portrait of queer love, cinema and la dolce vita

Niven Govinden’s latest novel, Diary of a Film, is a love letter to the art of cinema, a sensuous portrayal of the relationships occurring behind the camera as well as on-screen.

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Hymn by Lolita Chakrabarti at the Almeida Theatre

Lolita Chakrabarti’s play, Hymn, is a heartfelt and sensitive exploration of family, male friendship and the power of music.

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Road Trip by Marvin Thompson – the start of a long and beautiful journey

Multiple voices, viewpoints and experiences combine to make Marvin Thompson’s poetry collection, Road Trip, a powerful, sensitive and unforgettable read, writes our contributor, Shameera Nair Lin.

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‘Dance – Alone – Together: Relational Presence in Post-Proximity Days’ by Georgia Gardner

In her film, artist Georgia Gardner reflects on her experience of learning and participating in movement workshops via Zoom, and how the transition from physical space to a virtual one creates new selves and connections.

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Languages Are Good For Us: exploring the restless soul of language

In her new book Languages Are Good For Us, Sophie Hardach traces the rich, creative threads of language history, from the earliest clay records to today.

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Chauvo-Feminism: men, women, and feminism in the aftermath of #MeToo

Sam Mills explores the rise of the ‘chauvo-feminist’ and asks, while women have been focusing on empowerment, have some men simply changed tactics?

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Cats Are Trash Human Beings: But Maybe Feminists Are Too

For decades womxn have felt unrepresented by liberal feminism and its lack of intersectionality. In her new book, Cats Are Trash: But Maybe Feminists Are Too, Majella Mark seeks to entertain, encourage and educate readers on the history and potentiality of feminism.

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Lucifer Over London: (re)discovering the city through new eyes

Nine international artists, all of whom have adopted London as their home, share their experiences in this exciting new anthology.

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly in League with the Night at Tate Britain

Before the second lockdown Toni Roberts saw Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s show Fly in League with the Night at Tate Britain. Here, she recalls vibrant paintings alive with stories, brilliant studies of people, and human relationships that transcend the canvas’ edges.

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Interview with publisher and translator Denise Rose Hansen: ‘Reading parochially would be too much to bear’

Elodie Rose Barnes talks to Lolli Editions founder Denise Rose Hansen about work in translation, reading across borders, the novel as art, & publishing during lockdown.

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‘Friendship of a Different Order’ by Sammy Weaver

During her daily walks, Sammy Weaver has found connection with birds, bats and lichen. Here, she considers how Covid-19 allows for friendship and kinship with those who are ‘more-than-human’.

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Strangers by Rebecca Tamás – a pertinent exploration of the eco-political landscape

Rebecca Tamás’ essay collection, Strangers, is an ambitious, moving exploration of the human place in the natural world.

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‘The Immortal Charlie Parker’ by Michèle Saint-Michel

Artist Michèle Saint-Michel fuses poetry and music with news reportage in her powerful audio piece, The Immortal Charlie Parker. In it, she recounts her experience of reconnecting with a childhood friend during the early stages of the pandemic.

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‘The Language of Grief’ by Alizah Hashmi

When her friend experienced the loss of a loved one, Alizah Hashmi was unsure how best to console her. In this personal essay, she reflects on how her friend’s loss helped her to realise that grief is unquantifiable, “infinite” and often comes without words.

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