Belfast-born Lucy Caldwell was shortlisted for the inaugural International Dylan Thomas Prize in 2006 for her debut novel, Where They Were Missed, and won the award in 2011 for her second novel, The Meeting Point.
She has since written a third novel, several stage plays and radio dramas and, most recently, two collections of short stories, Multitudes (2016) and Intimacies (2020) as well as editing the critically-acclaimed anthology Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (2019).
She was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Synopsis - 'The Meeting Point'
When Euan and Ruth set off with their young daughter to live in Bahrain, it is meant to be an experience and adventure they will cherish. But on the night they arrive, Ruth discovers the truth behind the missionary work Euan has planned and feels her world start to crumble. Far from home, and with events spiralling towards war in nearby Iraq, she starts to question her faith - in Euan, in their marriage and in all she has held dear.
With Euan so often away, she is confined to their guarded compound with her neighbours and, in particular, Noor, a troubled teenager recently returned to Bahrain to live with her father. Confronted by temptations and doubt, each must make choices that could change all of their lives for ever.
Compelling, passionate and deeply resonant, The Meeting Point is a novel about idealism and innocence, about the unexpected turns life can take and the dangers and chances that await us.
Lucy Caldwell - 2011 Winner
In this episode, Cultural Institute intern Ashish Dwivedi talks to award-winning writer Lucy Caldwell.