Penny Hanley holds a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra (2009). She has taught creative writing and editing and is now a freelance writer and editor. As well as having had non-fiction and a novel (Full House, Simon and Schuster, 1993) published, eighteen of Penny’s short stories have appeared in national and international journals, and two stories were short-listed for prizes. Her latest book, Creative Lives: personal papers of Australian writers and artists, was published by the National Library in 2009. She lives in the inner north of Canberra with her family, two cats and three chooks.