“Penny is re-inventing the language of dissent, delivering verbal taser-barbs to the left and right, and causing apoplexy among the old men in cardigans who run the British blogosphere.” – Paul Mason, BBC Newsnight
Laurie Penny is, in no particular order: a journalist, an author, a feminist, a Londoner, a reprobate, an activist, a hedonist, twenty-five years old, a drinker of too much tea and a reformed smoker. She was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing in 2010. She is a regular writer for the New Statesman, the Guardian and the Independent, and has contributed to The Nation, Al-Jazeera, Alternet, Red Pepper and the Evening Standard. She is the author of Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism (2011) and Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent (2011) She makes regular speaking, radio and television appearances, has presented Channel 4’s Dispatches and been on the panel of the BBC’s Any Questions and Young Voter’s Question Time.