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 Unreliable Translator’, an extract from Jen Calleja’s novel, The Islets

Jen Calleja’s novel, The Islets, is a timely and daring exploration of xenophobia, cultural exploitation, historical suppression and amnesia, and the politics of literary translation. In this preview, ‘The Unreliable Translator’, the main character, Hester Heller, interviews a renowned translator, uncovering more about his work than she intended.

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Interview with acclaimed writer, translator & musician, Jen Calleja

Writer, translator and musician, Jen Calleja, talks to Elodie Rose Barnes about her journey into translation, working on the Booker International shortlisted novel The Pine Islands, her PhD and fairy tale-inspired pamphlet, Goblins.

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Rosie Garland’s What Girls Do In The Dark

In Rosie Garland’s enchanting new collection of poetry, What Girls Do In The Dark, we’re invited to take a leap into the unknown, embrace darkness in all its forms, and encounter girls who morph and burn brightly.

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Postcards in Isolation 28: Somaya Critchlow and Dorothea Tanning’s Interior with Sudden Joy, 1951

In the final postcard of her series, Rochelle Roberts reflects on the last few months since the first lockdown, and finds comfort and hope in the artwork of Somaya Critchlow and Dorothea Tanning’s Interior with Sudden Joy, 1951.

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Minor Detail by Adania Shibli, translated by Elisabeth Jaquette – a chilling account of state violence and its erasure

Misleading in size and the simplicity of its prose, Adania Shibli’s Minor Detail is brutal in its exploration of political violence towards women and the normalisation and erasure of this when it comes to national memorialisation, writes Selin Genc.

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Homemade: DIY Film-making in a Post-Pandemic World

Homemade sees 17 acclaimed and upcoming filmmakers from around the world respond to the pandemic and quarantine experience during the first few months of lockdown.

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Alice McCabe, Fieldworks at the Glass Cloud Gallery

Alice McCabe’s beautiful tapestries weave millet, flowers, paper and wire together as a timely reminder of our dependency on nature and its residual energy to heal, writes Miriam Al Jamil.

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Unorthodox – a sensitive retelling of one woman’s journey of self-discovery

Unorthodox tells the story of Esther Shapiro and her struggle to live life on her terms, away from the ultra orthodox Jewish community she was born into. But, says Maryam Ahmad, the mini-series casts a compassionate eye, not just on Esther, but all the characters involved.

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Chapter 3: The Art of Translating a Life

In her third chapter of the series, Elodie Rose Barnes walks the streets of Paris trying to uncover fragments of Djuna Barnes’ relationship with Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and her attempt to write a biography of the Dada artist’s life.

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Women of the Night: Chapter 2, Nocturnal Mothering

Looking at the work of photographer Ana Casas Broda, poet Muriel Rukeyser and musician Sherri Dupree-Bemis, Toni Roberts considers night from the perspectives of mothers, reflecting on their nocturnal experiences and reveries.

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Postcards in Isolation 27: Duane Michals, Paradise Regained, 1968

When the world went into lockdown, nature appeared to take over, with seabirds settling in Venice and deers roaming Japan’s empty streets. Here, in the penultimate postcard of the series, Georgia Good explores nature’s return in Duane Michals’ famous work, Paradise Regained, 1968.

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‘Gold Top’ by Rym Kechacha

In this beautiful creative non-fiction piece, ‘Gold Top’, Rym Kechacha uses Remedios Varo’s painting, Celestial Pablum, to explore her own experiences of breastfeeding her baby daughter through the night.

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Postcards in Isolation 26: Edward Burne-Jones, Love Among the Ruins, 1870-73

In Edward Burne-Jones’ Love Among the Ruins, 1870-73, Christina Makri sees human love and nature survive the collapse of the world, and argues that we, too, will find comfort in the chaos of the pandemic.

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An English Reflection on “Bahasa Menunjukkan Bangsa”

Musing on the meaning of a Malay proverb, Amy Hamizah asks whether the use of English in Brunei is a form of cultural imperialism or simply a marker of the educated younger generation.

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Aubrey Beardsley at Tate Britain

The eccentric, grotesque and awe-inspiring legacy of Aubrey Beardsley is celebrated in Tate Britain’s largest exhibition of his drawings in 50 years.

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