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About Elspeth


Letter writing is amazing...

Handwritten letters create, change and map our relationships with ourselves, parents, siblings, friends, teachers, passions, loves. They outlast us; they can smell of perfume or our houses and even contain our DNA.

Elspeth Penny: Arts and Writing Tutor CV

2015-18                     Creative Writing workshops for WESIL, West of England Centre for Inclusive Living at the Arnolfini in Bristol and Healthy Living Centre in Weston Super Mare.

I recently ran a workshop for 75 people for Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group funded project ‘Emotion Coaching'. Also, for a group of 15 senior adults, all over 70, I am currently Arts and Health Specialist for Nailsea Town Council, running an ipad training course called “Letter to my Grandchildren in photos”, using storytelling techniques.

2014 -15                  “Scent” creator  – a writing project to celebrate and reinvent the hand written letter. Workshops with adults and children around North Somerset, Wales and London (including a Tedx talk) at schools and festivals. Frequent appearances live on BBC Radio Bristol, Somerset and Devon as ‘writing advisor’. Ran 'Creative Sparkle', a course for artists wanting renewed inspiration and community. 

Pen In Pubs tutor for writing workshops with Theatre Orchard.

Workshop leader for ‘Discovering Black Down Project’ for Somerset community groups eg Scouts: linking three periods of time -  stone age, the present, and  the future by writing letters to the future using materials of the past. See: and other blog posts.

2012-13                  Resident writer and tutor for the Buller Square Project, Crediton.

2005-6                  Playwriting and Directing tutor at Crediton Arts Centre, culminating in nine plays being performed in front of sell out audiences.

2004                  Developing Creative Practice With Young People, a six month programme for practitioners and teachers originated by Creative Partnerships Norfolk, Arts Council England East and Creative Arts East, in collaboration with ArtsEdEast.
Practical residency project at Costessey Primary School, in collaboration with artist Lys Flowerday on the theme of caves.

2007-12                  Workshops in curiosity and creativity at The Piggeries, Ashridge Farm, Sandford, Devon with primary children and adults, funded by The Rural Payments Agency.


MyFactfiles – Tiverton Youth Centre, video making with disadvantaged teenagers, funded by Mediabox

Playwright mentor for forteen-year-olds in North Walsham School, a Creative Partnerships project. The plays were directed by Menagerie Theatre Company and performed at the school.

Leader of new MA module in Narrative for two years.

Script Reader for Screen East, Norwich and a “Presentation” trainer. Norwich School of Art and Design: Team member for setting up new MA in Animation and Soundscape, and leader of MA module in Narrative. I also ran my own Narrative module for to BA students in the animation department.

2000                   Bring Alive your Writing workshops for Eastern Playwrights (using theatre exercises to play with ideas and text). First year devised production Heads and Tales: Director.
Bring Alive your Writing workshops for MA in Scriptwriting, MA in Text and Production, MA Theatre Direction and MA Theatre and Development.

 1999-‘01                  University of East Anglia:
Teaching BA students in Theory and Practice of Drama (yr. 2).
Working through movement (MA Text and Production).
Directing (yr. 1 and 2).
Physical Theatre (yr. 1).

1995                  After show school workshops for London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). Directing homeless teenagers in London in an improvised play.

“Elspeth is extremely astute and she took to graduate teaching very well, contributing original research and material for the students, and demanding high creative standards to match her own. She is a successful script writer and has a very broad reach in terms of the nature of material that she can invent and transform.”
Suzie Hanna: Professor of Animation Education at Norwich University of the Arts

“Thanks so much for the Scent event, it was really relaxing and nurturing.” 

“Ms Penny! I have to tell y​ou that I have included your story telling activities, we did that morning in Wales, in a scheme of work here and they have been fabulously effective in highlighting more creative approaches to writing. The other teachers can't get enough of it. Thank you so much. I also did a presentation on creativity in writing recently and included these ideas."
​Jannita Head of English, a Hong Kong secondary school

“Your Scent event was intriguing, and brilliant!”
Clare, 63




Elspeth Penny studied Anthropology and Theology at Cambridge and completed an MA in Theatre Directing at UEA. She started her career as a radio journalist at BBC Radio Bristol, has written for TV, created work for theatre, short story collections and made documentary; she has her own cross-platform ideas creation company - 2BU Productions. She is an experienced creative workshop facilitator, having run her own MA module in Narrative at Norwich University of the Arts, and taught children and adults of all levels. Elspeth is also a communications specialist.

Scent letters are super special scentsational artefacts.

Artefact n. 1 something made or given shape by man, such as a tool or a work of art, esp. an object of archaeological interest. Collins English Dictionary