Laurie Penny

23 Sep, 2015 by

Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny came to prominence via her blog, Penny Red, where her clever, provocative takes on feminism and politics made her the youngest person to be short-listed for the prestigious Orwell Prize. She’s gone on to write for The Guardian, The Independent, the New Statesmen; present specials on the BBC; publish four books, and of course, continue to write at Penny Red.

In her latest collection, Unspeakable Things, Laurie examines the state of the modern world through the lens of her own life, and asks some questions you won’t find in the average op-ed piece. Is the idea that women can have it all simply a capitalist sales pitch gone awry? How are men oppressed by patriarchy? Are we in a sexual counter-revolution? What does it mean to love and lust in a society that can’t even talk clearly about sexuality? And where do we go from here?

When Laurie was in town for the Brisbane Writers Festival she came into the studio to talk to Sky Kirkham about feminism, love, and other unspeakable things. Originally broadcast 17/09/15. Unspeakable Things is out through Bloomsbury.

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