“It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.”- Terry Pratchett
Official bio says:
Laurie Penny is a journalist, blogger, author and commentator from London. She is a columnist and reporter for The Independent and has written for The New Statesman, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon and many others. She is a contributing editor at The New Inquiry. Her blog was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing in 2010, and she was nominated for Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 2012. Her first book, Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism, was published in 2011 by Zer0 books, and her second book, Penny Red: Notes from a New Age of Dissent, was shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Prize for radical publishing in 2012.
Untucked version says:
Writer, journalist, sister, human being. Interested in politics, protest, feminism, new media, Gen Y, pop culture, literature, geekery, social justice and the frontiers of human possibility, amongst many other things. Always out hunting for a story, a decent cup of tea and a place to plug in my laptop. Often gives the impression of being one of those girls your mother warned you about. Secretly a desperate optimist, because people are, when you get down to it, pretty amazing.
When I’m brave, I’m a journalist, an author, a feminist, a nerd, a troublemaker, a tea-drinker and a gentlewoman. When I’m not so brave, I hide in my bedroom reading webcomics and talking to friends on the internet until I feel better. Born in London in 1986, survived school relatively intact, and now living out of a small red suitcase somewhere in the world where rent is cheap, young men are cheaper and there’s always a free wireless connection.
All I ever wanted was to change the world and write for a living. My parents have not yet given up hope that I will someday get a real job.
Here are some interviews with me: