Penelope Shuttle

Standard Name: Shuttle, Penelope
Birth Name: Penelope Diane Shuttle
Married Name: Penelope Redgrove
PS is primarily a poet, still active in the twenty-first century, though she has also published five novels. Her work engages closely with the female body: its power, its capacities, and the fear and unease it has traditionally aroused. She is probably still best-known for The Wise Wound, published jointly with her partner Peter Redgrove in 1978, a feminist treatise on menstruation and images of menstruation.


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Material Conditions of Writing Muriel Spark
MS began her career as a novelist in illness and under financial stress. In 1954, Macmillan , who were looking for promising new writers, invited her to write a novel. Although ill and unable to...
Publishing Judith Kazantzis
JK has written interesting prefatory material for some of her own poetry publications. Her short fiction has appeared in such journals as Encounter, Critical Quarterly, the London Magazine, Aquarius, and her...
Textual Features Carol Ann Duffy
Many poems here feature women answering back to canonical male voices: Liz Lochhead to Donne , Jenny Joseph to W. S. Gilbert , U. A. Fanthorpe to Walt Whitman , Wendy Cope to A. E. Housman
Textual Features Liz Lochhead
Lochhead's self-consciously theatrical Count Dracula provides his female victims with an outlet for their repressed sexual desire; the play implies that women's confining roles in late Victorian society are far more harmful than the vampire's...
Textual Features Ruth Padel
RP takes the journey as the most central of all poetic images. The first part of her book is a guide to reading poetry, divided under headings of which many include the words journey,...
Textual Features Anne Stevenson
Despite the strong emotion expressed in some of these poems, AS later remembered the volume as setting free her gift for irony.
Stevenson, Anne. Between the Iceberg and the Ship. University of Michigan Press.
The final poem, A Legacy, On my Fiftieth Birthday, is written...
Textual Features Michelene Wandor
Textual Production Ruth Fainlight
Asked about contemporary poets who interest her, RF named two Americans (Gjertrud Schnackenberg and Anne Carson ), and in England (which she was defining rather loosely) Penelope Shuttle and Sarah Maguire , followed by...


By early November 1973: Experimental novelist B. S. Johnson prefaced...

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By early November 1973

Experimental novelist B. S. Johnson prefaced his short-story volume Aren't You Rather Young To Be Writing Your Memoirs? with a polemical critique listing only sixteen serious contemporary British writers.

May 2007: A new literary magazine was launched in Britain,...

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May 2007

A new literary magazine was launched in Britain, entitled The Warwick Review.

20 June to 7 July 2016: British poets Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke,...

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Shuttle, Penelope. A Leaf Out of His Book. Carcanet, 1999.
Shuttle, Penelope. Adventures with My Horse. Oxford University Press, 1988.
Shuttle, Penelope, and Peter Redgrove. Alchemy for Women: personal transformation through dreams and the female cycle. Rider, 1995.
Shuttle, Penelope. All the Usual Hours of Sleeping. Calder and Boyars, 1969.
Shuttle, Penelope. “New Writing. Earth Songs”. Mslexia, No. 65, pp. 27-8.
Shuttle, Penelope. Nostalgia Neurosis & Other Poems. Saint Albert’s Press, 1968.
Shuttle, Penelope. Rainsplitter in the Zodiac Garden. Marion Boyars, 1977.
Shuttle, Penelope. Redgrove’s Wife. Bloodaxe, 2006.
Shuttle, Penelope. Sandgrain and Hourglass. Bloodaxe Books, 2010.
Shuttle, Penelope. Selected Poems, 1980-1996. Oxford University Press, 1998.
Shuttle, Penelope. “Sixth Billion Baby”. Mslexia, No. 16, p. 37.
Shuttle, Penelope. Taxing the Rain. Oxford University Press, 1992.
Shuttle, Penelope. The Child-Stealer. Oxford University Press, 1983.
Shuttle, Penelope. “The Dialogue of Gender”. On Gender and Writing, edited by Michelene Wandor, Pandora Press, 1983, pp. 141-7.
Redgrove, Peter, and Penelope Shuttle. The Glass Cottage : a Nautical Romance. Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1976.
Redgrove, Peter, and Penelope Shuttle. The Hermaphrodite Album. Fuller d’Arch Smith, 1973.
Shuttle, Penelope. The Lion from Rio. Oxford University Press, 1986.
Shuttle, Penelope. The Mirror of the Giant. M. Boyars, 1980.
Shuttle, Penelope. The Orchard Upstairs. Oxford University Press, 1980.
Redgrove, Peter, and Penelope Shuttle. The Terrors of Dr. Treviles: A Romance. Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1974.
Shuttle, Penelope. “The View from the Window”. Times Literary Supplement, No. 3782, p. 932.
Shuttle, Penelope, and Peter Redgrove. The Wise Wound: Menstruation and Everywoman. Victor Gollancz, 1978.
Shuttle, Penelope. Unsent. Bloodaxe Books, 2012.
Shuttle, Penelope. Wailing Monkey Embracing a Tree. Calder and Boyars, 1973.
Shuttle, Penelope. Will you Walk a little Faster?. Bloodaxe, 2017.