“Sri Lanka is rated the 4th most dangerous place in the world for journalists, higher even than Afghanistan. The new peace in Sri Lanka has come at a high cost to freedom of expression and the human rights of its citizens.”
She is a writer, journalist and editor with a background in human rights, literature and theatre. For over 20 years she worked with the English Centre of PEN, the international association of writers, and was Director of its Writers in Prison Committee from 1991 to 2006. Lucy co-edited the PEN anthology, Another Sky (Profile Books, 2007). The Good Tourist, her book about human rights and ethical travel, was published by Arcadia Books in 2008. She writes a monthly column in the Literary Review about persecuted writers and journalists, reviews books, theatre and film and contributes to various publications in the UK and abroad, including The Guardian, The Independent, Independent on Sunday, Words without Borders and Tribune magazine. Lucy is a trustee of the JMK Award for theatre directors and a creative writing mentor for the Write to Life Programme at Freedom from Torture (formerly the Medical Foundation). She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.