Penny Boxall is the author of three poetry collections: Ship of the Line, Who Goes There? (Valley Press, 2018) and, with woodblock artist Naoko Matsubara, In Praise of Hands (Ashmolean Museum, 2020). She won the 2016 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, the Mslexia/PBS Women’s Poetry Competition 2018, and a 2019 Northern Writers’ Award.
In 2019 she was Visiting Research Fellow in the Creative Arts at Merton College, Oxford. She is currently the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of York.
Penny also writes children’s fiction, and her work was shortlisted for the Hachette Children’s Novel Award 2020. She is the recipient of a 2021 grant from Arts Council England for the development of her novel. She is represented by Christabel McKinley at David Higham Associates.
She holds an MA with distinction in Creative Writing (Poetry) from UEA, and has had work featured in The Rialto, POETRY, The Sunday Times, The North, Magma, Mslexia, The Dark Horse and Gutter, amongst other places. She has held residencies and fellowships at Gladstone’s Library, Hawthornden Castle, Cove Park, and the Chateau de Lavigny, Switzerland. She is completing a new poetry collection with support from the Authors’ Foundation.