Penny Hanley

I have a BA (Hons) from ANU and a PhD from Uni. of Canberra. I’ve published film criticism, book reviews, commentaries on HSC Advanced English, and ten short stories. My novel, Full House, a comedy about an artist’s model, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1993. In 1997 I gained a writer’s fellowship at Varuna to work on my second novel. Then I won a NSW Writers’ Centre mentorship with the wonderful writer, Rosie Scott. In 2002, with the aid of an ACT Government grant, I gained another three week fellowship at Varuna. The two novels that were partly written at Varuna have not yet found a publisher. However, in my non-fiction book, Creative Lives: personal papers of Australian writers and artists (2009), I was glad to include a chapter on Eleanor Dark. This was one of my favourite chapters to write. I’ve tutored in English Literature, the short story, and Australian Literature, at ANU, and taught Creative Writing at the Centre for Continuing Education, ANU, but I’m mainly a freelance writer and editor. I live in Canberra’s inner north with my family, two cats and three chooks.