Penny Boxall is the author of three poetry collections: Ship of the LineWho 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 the current Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. In 2020-2022 she was the RLF 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 RialtoPOETRY, 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. In August 2022 she held a UNESCO Cities of Literature residency in Tartu, Estonia. She is completing a new poetry collection with support from the Authors’ Foundation.

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  2. I’ve just been introduced to your work via York University’s FutureLearn course ‘How to read a poem’. I found your thoughtful piece that they used really helpful, and I’m planning to enjoy reading more of your work.

  3. Bryn Raven says:

    Your piece on ‘How to read a poem’ was liberating for me. It helped me jump a few hurdles I had shied from. I look forward to looking at poetry as you did. Tee feeling and meaning have been my main focus up till now. I am looking forward to the jump! I am grateful to Uni of York’s Future Learn course for making me aware of you and reading some of your work.

  4. Susan Gordon Saner says:

    I really rnjoyed your very clear Future Learn article. i now hope to discover your poetry. I have loved poetry since a small child, and A Childs Garden of Verses. But i have so much to learn! And learning more in Poetry is a perennial delight always. So thank you,

  5. maggie mclean says:

    Thankyou for what is perhaps the most lucid – and succinct! – article on reading poetry that I have come across. Not only as a reader, but a writer. Wonderful!

  6. Ian Onions says:

    Hi Penny,
    I loved your Future Learn article: I think you absolutely nailed it in respect of explaining what form is and why a poet – as well as the reader – needs it (either to conform or work against it) in order to convey or comprehend the meaning.
    Thank you!

    • Catherine Dunne says:

      Your contribution to Future Learn was very clear and jargon free while still explaining the reason and need for rules and structure in poetry,It has given me an incentive to persevere with the course and also appreciate finished poetry works in particular that they don’t just happen.

  7. David F says:

    Im new at the game of wordplay on reading and writing a poem. Your Future Learn article was very well done and illuminating. Thanks!

  8. Charlie Beaumont says:

    I will explore your work Penny as I have learned about you via the FutureLearn essay you wrote on the form of a poem, which like everyone above I found fascinating. While I do explore the shape and structure of the poem to a degree before I read I have not done so to date in the detailed way you clearly do. I loved your metaphor using sport, really worked for me. Good luck with your writing in the future.

  9. michaelphilipsz says:

    Your Future Learn essay on how to read a poem was like a great poem in itself. Thankyou. You have helped open the door to poetry for me and I look forward to reading some of your own poems next

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  13. mickbunion says:

    I have just read your piece on the meaning of form, within the University of York “How to read a poem” course, and was blown away by it. So mind-opening, and at the end left me with the impression that the piece had left me with the revealing aftertaste you get from a poem in itself – beautiful images and sounds evoked. Thank you for writing that!

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