Lucy E.M. Black

Inspired by the people, place and things around her, Lucy’ writing life is about bearing witness to stories and people she believes are significant. A former educator, Lucy is the author of four books with a fifth on its way. Her short stories have been published in Britain, Ireland, USA and Canada in literary journals and magazines. She lives in Port Perry, Ontario, the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island, First Nations.

Class Lessons: Stories of Vulnerable Youth

Today’s schools are meant to be all things to all people, but can they be? Schools are responsible for socialization, skills development and knowledge acquisition which take place within an institution serving disparate student populations.

Unfortunately, school success is not experienced by all students, especially those for whom chaotic home lives are overwhelming.


The Brickworks

In 1879, the Tay Bridge disaster in Scotland was a shocking event of international significance. The Brickworks starts with the collapse of the Tay Bridge and the repercussions of the catastrophe.

The manuscript demonstrates the contemporaneous sense of globalization and possibility that took place at the turn of the twentieth century. Central to the work is a cautionary tale about the effects of industrialization on both the landscape and the lives of those for whom it initially held such potential.


The Marzipan Fruit Basket

The stories in this collection are unified by a sense of dislocation. In each of the pieces, there is an underlying element of disturbance and disharmony. Resolution threads its way through the narratives while the characters struggle to navigate conscious choices and come to terms with new realities.


Eleanor Courtown

The story of a young woman of privilege. When her cousin marries and sails for Canada in the 1870s, Eleanor determines to follow. Having left home in secret, she soon has reason to regret her decision. Friendless in a strange new country, both women fall victim to a brutality that threatens to destroy them.


Stella’s Carpet

Exploring the intergenerational consequences of trauma, including those of a Holocaust survivor and a woman imprisoned during the Iranian Revolution, Stella’s Carpet weaves together the lives of those stepping outside the shadows of their own harrowing histories to make decisions about how they will choose to live.

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“Lucy Black arrives into the world of Can Lit with this compilation of beautifully written short stories that speak to the heart-felt intimacies of both her characters and her readers.”

—Donna Morrissey, author of The Fortunate Brother