Stef Penney

in Edinburgh, The United Kingdom
January 01, 1969



Stef Penney grew up in the Scottish capital and turned to film-making after a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Bristol University. She made three short films before studying Film and TV at Bournemouth College of Art, and on graduation was selected for the Carlton Television New Writers Scheme. She has also written and directed two short films; a BBC 10 x 10 starring Anna Friel and a Film Council Digital Short in 2002 starring Lucy Russell.

She won the 2006 Costa Book Awards with her debut novel The Tenderness of Wolves which is set in Canada in the 1860s. As Stef Penney suffered from agoraphobia at the time of writing this novel, she did all the research in the libraries of London and never visited Canada.


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“Clearly the secret of a variation on the general principle of banging your head against a wall, and then stopping.”
Stef Penney, The Tenderness of Wolves

“ just goes to show you can't leave anything behind. You bring it all with you, whether you want to or not.”
Stef Penney, The Tenderness of Wolves

“I despise this weakness in myself--this endless one-sided conversation that takes the place of action...”
Stef Penney, The Tenderness of Wolves



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