Lucy Caldwell Supports #SaveCultureNI
Award-winning novelist and playwright 'dismayed' to hear of popular arts website's imminent closure, and rues the loss of 'an invaluable resource'
Award-winning novelist and playwright Lucy Caldwell has given her support to the #SaveCultureNI campaign, after the Arts Council of Northern Ireland withdrew funding for Northern Ireland's most popular arts website.
'I am dismayed to learn that the Culture NI website faces sudden and imminent closure,' said Caldwell, who won the Dylan Thomas Prize for her second novel, The Meeting Point, in 2011.
'I use the website multiple times a week, especially if I'm not in Belfast, to keep up with everything that's happening in Northern Ireland across the arts.
'Culture NI is an invaluable resource. It is not just a listings magazine, it's also a real treasure trove of material, interviews, reviews and opinion pieces, with fledgling artists and our most established arts practitioners.
'If it closes, I and many others, both in Northern Ireland and beyond, will feel – and be – that little bit less connected.
'I am grateful for the support that Culture NI has shown me, from the very beginnings of my career and regularly since, and I hope that enough people speak publicly to make a difference to the ACNI decision.'
Help save Culture NI by telling the Arts Council of Northern Ireland why you love the website using this online form. An email will be automatically sent to the Arts Council and the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure.
In 2012, Caldwell was the recipient of a Major Individual Artists award from the Arts Council, and in 2013 her most recent book, All The Beggars Riding, was the focus of the Arts Council's One City One Book reading initiative in 2013.