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Ms Sarah Penny
Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Gaskell Building 131


Sarah Penny teaches Creative Writing at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. She is module co-ordinator for both Special Project and Minor Project (the independent writing projects for final year undergraduates) and welcomes PhD applications that reflect her particular research interests.



Current Work: The Bundu Bashers – a children’s wildlife series (2011) The Lies We Shared – a murder-mystery set in Zimbabwe during the Mugabe land appropriations and Kenya during the multiparty elections (Penguin South Africa, 2002) The Whiteness Of Bones – an autobiographical travel narrative about a journey through East and Central Africa (Penguin South Africa, 2002) The Beneficiaries – the story of a young woman who grows up in a rural boarding school during apartheid set against the backdrop of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Penguin South Africa, 1997)   SHORT STORIES AND ANTHOLOGY CONTRIBUTIONS I Am A Transnational (included in Should I Stay Or Should I Go – published by Two Dogs, 2010)       Waiting (included in 180 Degrees: New Fiction by South African women writers (Oshun Books, 2005)   Casualties (included in Scores, 1999)

ACADEMIC  “A Literary Vox Pop” Journal of Postcolonial Writing (a study of the reception of South African novel in the British market), 2005   MEDIA ARTICLESIncludes publication in: Britain: Guardian Unlimited/ TNT Magazine/ North West Magazine South Africa: GQ Magazine/Oprah Magazine/Leadership Magazine/Femina Magazine/The Sunday Independent/The Big Issue/The Mail and Guardian/The Cape Times/Varsity