Penny Flanagan is a writer and musician.

She is the author of three novels.

  • Changing the Sky – Hodder Headline, 1993 – (‘Older readers’ children’s fiction)
  • Sing to Me – Penguin, 1998 – (adult fiction)
  • Surviving Hal – Puncher & Wattmann, 2019 (adult fiction)

Hal cover

Praise for Surviving Hal:

“A gripping and entertaining novel about marriage, a toxic in-law and a spectacularly dysfunctional destination wedding from hell.”

Richard Glover, ABC 702

“A substantial comedy of manners.” 

Kerryn Goldsworthy, The Sydney Morning Herald

Surviving Hal is available to order here

Penny is a regular contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald and various other websites including, News.com.au, kidspot.com.au, babyology and Choice.com.au.

As a musician, Penny was originally one half of critically acclaimed folk-pop duo, Club Hoy and then a solo performer. Her music from both iterations was widely broadcast on the Triple J network.

She currently tours with her sister, comedian Kitty Flanagan, providing original music for Kitty’s popular stand-up shows.

You can view Penny Flanagan’s press folio here

Penny spoke to Sarah Macdonald about ‘Surviving Hal’ on ABC Nightlife, 7/6/19.