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 19: Sylvia Fein, The Painting Told Me What to Do, 2012

On a trip to Berkeley, California, Molly Gilroy discovered Sylvia Fein’s hypnotic and blazing work, The Painting Told Me What to Do, 2012, an image, which in postcard form, has given her hope during lockdown.

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Tales and Tongues by Selin Genc

Comfortable in her mother tongue, Turkish, Selin Genc wasn’t prepared for how English would creep into her dreams, thoughts and conversations when moving to Scotland. Here, she talks navigating two languages, two worlds and enjoying the magical mixing of both.

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Postcards in Isolation 18: Faith Ringgold, #19 US Postage Stamp Commemorating the Advent of Black Power, 1967

Faith Ringgold’s striking painting, #19 US Postage Stamp, 1967, captures the complexities of the Black Power movement in 60s America and the white supremacist structures African Americans were subject to. But it serves as a metaphor for our times too, writes Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou.

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Sex and Lies by Leïla Slimani, translated by Sophie Lewis – a hard-hitting book that offers hope

In her latest book, Sex and Lies, translated by Sophie Lewis, Leïla Slimani collects the sexual stories of Moroccan women from all walks of life to create a provoking, yet uplifting narrative.

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Postcards in Isolation 17: Lichtenstein, In the Car, 1963

Rebecca Savage reflects on 60s Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein’s In the Car, 1963, a colourful work that reminds her of the pre-corona freedoms we’re no longer able to enjoy fully.

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Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at the Barbican

Frankie Dytor takes a close look at the image of the father in the Barbican Art Gallery’s extended run of their hit show, Masculinities: Liberation through Photography.

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Postcards in Isolation 16: Tyler Mitchell, Untitled – Two Girls Embrace, 2018

Emma Hanson marks the sixteenth Postcard of the series with Tyler Mitchell’s Untitled – Two Girls Embrace, 2018, which she sees as a celebration of black womanhood, Black freedom and looks to the achievability of a Black utopia.

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Life in Languages, Chapter 2: Reading in (as) translation

Translation as a form of reading and the otherness we embrace within ourselves through translated works are explored in Elodie Rose Barnes’ second piece, as part of her Life in Languages series.

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Postcards in Isolation 15: Pixie Colman-Smith, The Hermit, 1909

In the fifteenth Postcard of the series, Anna Kate Blair contemplates Pixie Colman-Smith’s designs for the Rider-Waite tarot deck and pays close attention to the Hermit, a card whose solitary figure resonates with our times.

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The Dinner Party Reloaded 1: The Artists

In the first of her self-conceived series, The Dinner Party Reloaded, a virtual dinner party with selected artists and writers, Susanna Crossman meets Chiara Ambrosio, Lottie Whalen and Jemima Yong to discuss their creative projects, the looseness of time in lockdown, contact and intimacy in our increasingly digital age and the joys of chickpea stew.

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Postcards in Isolation 14: Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare, 1782

Delving into the rich traditions of gothic literature, sentimental fiction and old folk tales, Henry Fuseli’s The Nightmare, 1782, appears from another world. But not so, says Miriam Al Jamil, who recognises in the painting an awareness of human psychology foreshadowing that found in modern psycho-analysis, dream theory and psychiatry.

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Memories of Low Tide by Chantal Thomas, translated by Natasha Lehrer – ‘like reading across a lifetime of language’

Chantal Thomas’ evocatively layered memoir, Memories of Low Tide, relates the complex, shifting relationship she has with her mother and their mutual love for swimming in the sea.

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Postcards in Isolation 13: Rodin, Bust of Camille Claudel, 1884

Reflecting on the life of Camille Claudel through Rodin’s 1884 bronze bust of the artist, Selin Genc considers her own experience of isolation and celebrates her autonomy even in the midst of lockdown.

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Life in Languages, Chapter 1: Origins

In this first instalment of her self-conceived series, Life in Languages, Elodie Rose Barnes considers how texts in translation have made an impact on her life and writing, especially during lockdown, and sees the art of translation as a bridge in the era of physical distancing.

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Postcards in Isolation 12: Georgia O’ Keeffe, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie’s II, 1930

Looking at the New Mexico desert, Georgia O’Keeffe found a new home. In the thirteenth Postcard piece, Emily Garbutt considers O’Keeffe’s vivid, evocative painting, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie’s II, 1930, and asks when she will have the opportunity, post-lockdown, to survey a foreign landscape.

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