ILX10: Lucy Holland

Meet Lucy Holland, a rising star of UK writing.

Lucy Holland is the author of The Times bestselling Sistersong, which was a finalist for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award and the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2022. Her second historical fantasy novel, Song of the Huntress, is published by Pan Macmillan in 2024. As Lucy Hounsom, she wrote the Worldmaker Trilogy. She worked twelve years in corporate account sales for Waterstones Booksellers before becoming a full-time author. Lucy co-hosts the intersectional feminist podcast ‘Breaking the Glass Slipper’, which won Best Audio in the 2019 British Fantasy Awards. She lives in Devon.

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ILX 10: Rising Stars of UK Writing

The ILX10 is NCW’s selection of ten exciting, dynamic, and thought-provoking early-career writers based in the UK whose work has the powerful potential to speak to and engage with global literary audiences. It forms part of a three-year programme called the International Literature Exchange.

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Sistersong gave us a beguiling blend of Dark Ages history, strong heroines and magic. She’s gone and done it again, but even better. Captivating.’ — A Daily Mail 2024 Book to Watch

‘Lucy Holland’s lyrical prose and powerful storytelling will lure you in’ — Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne, on Sistersong

‘(A) gripping and magically mythic tale of love and hatred, loyalty and betrayal’ — Daily Mail

‘Original and wrenching, this take on the Wild Hunt is as dark, and wild and beautiful as love itself. Lucy Holland’s skill is even sharper than it was in Sistersong—It won’t be long before you fall in love’ — C.L. Clarke, author of the Magic of the Lost trilogy, on Song of the

Writers I admire

Patricia A. McKillip, Ursula K. Le Guin, Alan Garner

How do feminism and mythology overlap in your writing?

I have always been drawn to the blurred boundary between history and myth. Not only is this liminal space fertile imaginative ground, but it offers us a chance to interrogate the dominant social narrative that governs the way women – and marginalised identities – are traditionally seen. 

Myth is a kind of deep truth. It is people grappling to understand the complex reality in which we find ourselves. Because of this, it will always have a place in our stories. I use its structures and motifs to push beyond the accepted roles women have historically been assigned. Rather than force a modern interpretation of feminism onto my characters, I aim to give them agency within their environments.

My feminism is, above all, intersectional. Re-examining the mythological epics not only gives us new tales within familiar frameworks, but enables us to hear the hitherto silenced voices of those who have always been there, but who may not have had the chance to tell their stories.

The International Literature Exchange is a programme from National Centre for Writing, supported by the British Council and Arts Council England.


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