A versatile, witty and candid writer, Penny Pepper’s memoir, First in the World Somewhere charts an extraordinary life in the indie-punk music scene from Thatcher’s brutal 80s to Blair’s empty Brit Pop 90s. As a poet, she performs across the UK and once further afield, in New York.
Her first poetry collection, Come Home Alive, is published by Burning Eye Books. In September 2014 her one-woman spoken word show, Lost in Spaces, premiered at Soho Theatre before touring the UK. She wrote the taboo-breaking book Desires Reborn in 2012 and in 2013 she won a Creative Futures Literary Award. She also won an Erotic Oscar in 1999, almost met Jeremy Paxman while on Channel 4’s Brexit Debate and once had a Christmas card from Morrissey. She writes regularly for the Guardian and guests on BBC TV & Radio.
”A force of nature and a voice like no other… brilliantly funny, brilliantly frank and brilliantly political” – Liz Carr, actor (Silent Witness), comedian and activist.
“Penny Pepper’s work is a virtuoso display of invention, wit and courage. It’s thought-provoking and funny and moving and makes us see the world differently” – Margaret Drabble, novelist, biographer, critic.