Ultramarine — Lucy Weldon
with a foreword by Lorian Hemingway
Exquisite and emotionally astute prose … one is moved to weep
In eleven beautifully observed stories, told with intelligent and textured prose, we travel far and wide to disparate places and distinctive cultures.
Whether the protagonists are dealing with migration or climate change, acts of terrorism or the intricacies of family relationships, each story turns on a moment that touches the human condition, connecting us to a single encounter.
With a finger on the political and cultural pulse, Ultramarine is a generous, finely-tuned collection for the times we live in.
Lucy Weldon’s stories are always sparky, witty, precisely detailed and urgently topical, just as her characters are courageously passionate and curious about the contemporary world in all its glorious and ominous complexity. Like a seismograph Ultramarine slyly registers rumblings along international fault lines – without ever forgetting to acknowledge the primacy of love.
Weldon uses the backdrop of several nations to tell the stories of multiple characters facing challenges that are as intricate as the countries she finds them in. These stories are as delicate as the countries and continents the author finds them in; the challenges in these characters lives, whether it be war, relationships or loss, Weldon carefully opens whilst capturing them with international insight.
Akeem Balogun, author of The Storm, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award 2021.
Weldon’s collection amazes with the range of places to which it takes us. From story to story, we are moving fast over great global distances but ultimately each piece pulls us to that single place common to them all, the heart. Weldon writes with great care and respect for her diverse characters. There is intimacy across vast spaces as well as those inevitable human distances and disconnections.
Adnan Mahmutović, author of How to Fare Well and Stay Fair (Salt Publishing 2012), and At the Feet of Mothers (Cinnamon Press 2020).
Lucy Weldon’s fiction is inspired by her many years living and working in different countries across Europe and Asia as well as Australia. From migration to climate change to acts of terrorism and political unrest, she writes about some of the 21st century’s defining topics.
Born in Hong Kong, Lucy went on to obtain a BA Hons degree in Spanish and a Masters in Responsible Business Practice and Sustainability. She is a published nonfiction author and has worked as an international freelance journalist. A number of Lucy’s short stories have been short and longlisted in writing competitions around the world.
Ultramarine is Lucy’s debut short story collection.
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