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.


In conversation with award-winning writer, Jessica Andrews: ‘Self-belief, and feeling like your story matters, even if it doesn’t seem literary to you, is so important.’

Winner of the Portico Prize 2020 for her debut novel Saltwater, writer Jessica Andrews talks to our arts contributor Rebecca Clark about her journey into writing, the joy of podcasts, the importance of space in relation to creativity, representation in the arts for working class northern writers and much more.

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Postcards from Isolation: Claude Cahun, Self-Portrait (as weight trainer), 1927

During these times of self-isolation and remote learning, visual art can still be a source of inspiration. Here, Rochelle Roberts reflects on Claude Cahun’s notable work, Self-Portrait (as weight trainer).

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An Italian Serenade: three books about strength in the face of adversity

As Covid-19 brings Europe into lockdown, Julia Bagguley recommends three books, inspired by Italian history, which reveal the humanity and courage of individuals in a time of crisis.

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Here to make trouble: Alice Procter’s The Whole Picture: The colonial story of the art in our museums and why we need to talk about it

In Alice Procter’s new book, The Whole Picture, Sumaya Kassim finds a smart, accessible and brilliantly structured work that encourages readers to go beyond the grand architecture of cultural institutions and see the problematic colonial histories behind them.

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Stories to Stockpile: Books to soothe, inspire & entertain during self-isolation

In these difficult, uncertain times, we’re turning to books for consolation, comfort and creative inspiration. Here are our writers’ suggestions for reading during self-isolation.

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The end to moonshine revels? How our obsession with light is destroying life on the planet.

How many star constellations do you know? And if you know any, can you see them in the city where most of us live? Environment editor Florence Hazrat talks to light-researcher Dr Annette Krop-Benesch on the impending loss of our night sky, and what we can do about it.

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Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at the Barbican Art Gallery

Over 50 international artists are exhibited in the Barbican’s exciting new show documenting the development, construction, performance and questioning of masculinity from the 1960s until now.

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British Surrealism at Dulwich Picture Gallery

After viewing Dulwich Picture Gallery’s latest exhibition, British Surrealism, Jennifer Brough reflects on one of the west’s most disruptive art movements, its elitism, and how women surrealists are gradually being given the space they deserve.

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‘A personal god’ and ‘Lilies’ by Elodie Rose Barnes

In these two hauntingly evocative poems, Elodie Rose Barnes captures the sensuous, creative spirit of night and the tumultuous relationships of Djuna Barnes and Thelma Wood, Natalie Barney and Renée Vivien.

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The chains that bind us: Amak Mahmoodian and Angelica Mesiti at the Arnolfini, Bristol

Amak Mahmoodian’s Zanjir and Angelica Mesiti’s Assembly explore themes of identity, unity and collective togetherness across space and time at the Arnolfini.

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Non-binary / Natasha Sturgis / HINGED Dance Co at The Place

The Place’s innovative dance festival, Resolution 2020, offers three works which explore the construction and performativity of gender, as well as the mental health issues facing young people today.

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It’s time to stop talking about “national security”.

Militarized nationalism, devoid of history and context, relentless in its push for American hegemony, is completely inconsistent with progressive values, argues our contributor Genevieve Riccoboni.

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Caryl Churchill’s Far Away at the Donmar Warehouse

Carol Churchill dips into dystopian territory with this short, chilling and atmospheric revival of Far Away.

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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch’s Bluebeard at Sadler’s Wells

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch revive one of the late choreographer’s original and most startling works. In Bluebeard, relationships between men and women are laid bare in all their ugliness and beauty.

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The Visit at the National Theatre

The National Theatre presents a new adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s revenge thriller, The Visit, by Tony Kushner, which investigates just how far one would go for money in an age of consumerism and capitalism.

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Open Your Eyes: Linderism at Kettle’s Yard

With a major retrospective of Linder’s work opening at Kettle’s Yard, Julia Bagguley reflects on the life, art and legacy of one of Britain’s most overlooked feminist artists and performers of the punk era.

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