Penny Flanagan

Penny Flanagan is a Sydney-based writer and musician. She started out her creative life as an independent singer-songwriter: first as one half of the ‘90s folk-pop duo, Club Hoy (Not Like That) and then as a solo artist. Her JJJ turntable hit, ‘Lap it Up’ came in at Number 58 in the 1994 JJJ Hottest 100.

Penny is also the published author of three books: the children’s novel and librarian favourite, ‘Changing The Sky,’ (1993, Hodder and Stoughton), adult fiction, ‘Sing To Me’ (1998, Penguin) and most recently ‘Surviving Hal’ (2019, Puncher & Wattmann)

Her short stories have been published in Meanjin, Picador New Writing, Imago and Penguin Summer Stories.

Penny is a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald, where her funny opinion pieces have made her an audience favourite. She is also a regular contributor to,, and various NewsCorp websites where her unique voice has seen her carve out a niche all her own.

Penny Flanagan Writer/musician