Penny Newell

Penny Newell


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Penny Newell is a poet and doctoral researcher based as King's College London, where she teaches literary criticism and cultural studies across the departments of English, Comparative Literature and Culture, Media and Creative Industries. Her doctoral project explored the conceptual history of clouds, extending from Ancient Greece to the cloud computing industries. Her academic articles have featured inPerformance Research (Routledge/Taylor & Francis), Excursions(Sussex University) and Platform (Royal Holloway), with an article forthcoming in Cultural Politics (Duke University Press) and a book chapter entitled 'The Meta-Poetics of Creative Labour' forthcoming inThe Handbook for Creativity at Work (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018).

Her poetry and literary criticism has featured in The TLSThe Cardiff ReviewAlien Mouth, The Still Point Journal and Letterpress Poets Anthology (Palewell Press, 2015), amongst others. She has been the recipient of several national writing commissions, working with organisations and institutions such as Tate Britain, Somerset House, The Courtauld Institute, BBC Radio York and this is tomorrow: Contemporary Art Magazine. She is currently writing on commission for Lakes Ignite 2018 festival, as a recipient of Arts Council England funding.

Penny is currently a reader for Frontier Poetry, where she is reviewing submissions to their 'New Voices' category. In her professional service at King's, she co-founded the King's English Department Blog and Research with Reach: Valuing Ideas Beyond the Academe. She is a member of the Queer@Kings research network, and in 2014-16 co-convenor of City-Centric: Interdisciplinary Urban Studies reading group, with a focus on gender and sexuality.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Philosophy, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2013

Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Literature, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2012

English Research, Doctor of Philosophy, Tearing and Forming: A Conceptual History of Clouds, King's College London

Jan 2014Jan 2018

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, Syracuse University London



  • PN0080 Criticism
  • literary studies
  • computational media
  • decolonising the ecology
  • critical theory
  • gender and sexuality
  • critical race studies
  • Marx
  • text and materiality
  • archival studies
  • PN0441 Literary History
  • nineteenth century
  • information and society
  • classical literary theory
  • continental thought
  • nineteenth-century orientalism
  • history of literature and science
  • HB Economic Theory
  • digital cultures
  • digital humanities
  • outsourced labour
  • global environmental politics


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