Penny Newell is a writer and poet based in Bradford.
Penny Newell is based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She is the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award and as a New Creative North recently completed a radio commission funded by ACE and BBC Arts.
Her writing has featured in various journals, such as Poetry Review, Under the Radar, The London Magazine, 3:AM, Lambda Literary, and The Portland Review (Pushcart Prize 2019 nominated). She teaches creative writing at Leeds Arts University.
For b-side festival 2022
Climbing a sea cliff is one of the most unusual and magical ways to get to know an island like Portland. In focussed moments of heightened fear or composure, rock, sea, land, and sky take on new meaning and significance. Poetry Ledge is an experiment to bring poetry and climbing together, allowing people to write their own poetry inspired by their experience of the world-famous cliffs of Portland.
Guided by a qualified climbing instructor, the public will abseil to a portaledge. A portaledge is a technical piece of equipment normally reserved for epic multi-day climbs where climbers need to spend the night on a vertical rockface. On this portaledge, award-winning poet Penny Newell will be running one-on-one poetry workshops. Each person will leave the ledge with a new piece of their own writing.
You can write as little or as much as you like. It doesn’t matter if you are afraid of heights or an avid climber, a practicing poet or new to writing, Poetry Ledge is not about adrenaline-seeking nor about writing a masterpiece, it is an experiment to see what happens if we try to write about, in and through the feeling and focus of being on a sea cliff.