Penny Simpson began her career as an intern at Cosmopolitan magazine. She later switched to newspapers to write about the arts, winning the inaugural Barclays/TMA Theatre Critic of the Year for reviews about Welsh theatre in the early 1990s. Her journalistic assignments included visits to countries of the former Yugoslavia at the start and end of the 1990s war, experiences which helped shape her second novel The Deer Wedding, which has just been published by Alcemi. (www.deerwedding.com)
Penny seriously began writing fiction after receiving a New Writers Bursary from Arts Council Wales. Since then, she has won the 2007 Rhys Davies Short Story Competition and been the recipient of a Hawthornden Fellowship. Penny’s short fiction has been published in anthologies published by Bloomsbury, Virago, Tindal Street Press and Dalkey Archive Press amongst others. She has also had short stories published in a variety of magazines, from the Sunday Express to the new style bible GREY. DOGdays, her debut collection of short fiction, was published in 2003. The Banquet of Esther Rosenbaum was her first novel. She received a Travel Bursary from the Arts Council of Wales to research the book, set in Berlin, Munich and Augsburg. She combines her writing with her full-time job as Head of Media at Welsh National Opera.
In 2011, she hopes to create a new website in tumblr, re-draft her third novel and make her debut at Edinburgh Book Festival. Follow her progress on Twitter @tobscribe.