About Me

Penny Tangey
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Studies and Work

I completed a double degree in Arts/Science with a major in Chemistry and Honours in Indonesian. I then went to work at Museum Victoria. Melbourne Museum was a very nice place to work because I could visit Phar Lap at lunch times.

I am also a researcher for television quiz shows, verifying the questions are correct. I have very limited general knowledge, but I do have Google.

Comedy

I started doing stand-up comedy when I entered Triple J’s Raw Comedy Competition and won the Victorian final. In 2006 I received a Brian Macarthy Memorial Award (Moosehead) for my show, Kathy Smith Goes to Maths Camp.

Writing

In 2006 I moved to Washington DC to be with my partner who moved there for work. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a job so I had a lot of spare time. DC has a lot of interesting museums and galleries and I visited them all, literally. After I spent an afternoon in a museum dedicated to revolutionary musketry I knew I needed to find something else to do. I’d always wanted to write a young adult novel, so I did. Loving Richard Feynman was published by University of Queensland Press in August 2009.

My next book Clara in Washington was published by University of Queensland Press in June 2011. It’s about a girl who has just finished Year 12 and moves to Washington DC, doesn’t have anything to do and then starts hanging out with a group of anarchists. This is not as autobiographical as it sounds.

My third book Stay Well Soon is about a girl who really wants a pony. Then her brother gets sick and she wants a pony even more.

As fast as I can

In 2020 my latest book As fast as I can will be published by University of Queensland Press. It’s about a girl who dreams of going to the Olympics, as a competitor, but doesn’t know what sport she’ll excel at yet.

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