Elspeth Penny is a writer with many theatre, film, TV, short story and theatre performances, publications and broadcast accolades.

Elspeth’s recent relevant artistic work includes an ACE-funded project: ‘Silva Lining’s
Care Plan’. Rehearsed script readings were held in Bristol and Nottingham with live ‘cello, as well as comedic and puppetry elements. In addition, two verbatim commissioned short plays were performed at medical conferences, and are being translated for a Danish conference.

Accolades include: BBC Doctors, ‘The Owl’ (Bristol Old Vic); a ‘Broadcast Development Award’ from the Wellcome Trust to develop a tv series and creating the multi-platform world: ‘How 2 be a Teenager’.

Elspeth has taught widely, including MA writers at UEA; leading an MA module in Narrative for NUA and a playwriting course for Crediton Arts Centre. She was a Script Factory trained reader for Screen East.

She has also led many innovative participatory writing projects of excellent artistic quality for 19 years, with international recognition. This includes a research collaboration with Bristol University’s ‘Life of Breath’ Project (Wellcome Trust funded) for which the team won the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)’s Health Humanities Medal Inspiration Award. She co-wrote and published two papers about this work between 2018-19.