A. S. [Anthea] Penne of Sechelt writes fiction and creative nonfiction. She received her MFA from UBC's Creative Writing Dept in 1995 and has attended various workshops, notably Banff Center for the Arts and the Iowa Writers Workshop. Old Stones: The Biography of a Family is the story of her search for family roots. She teaches English literature and literature in translation and she previously has facilitated Youth Writes, a creative writing workshop for the Festival of Written Arts in Sechelt, B.C. The quest for self-understanding in various characters percolates through the short stories in Penne's first fiction collection, Reckoning (Turnstone 2008), her follow-up to her search for family roots in Old Stones: The Biography of a Family (2003).

A.S. Penne's play Coming Back had its premiere at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse in November, 2015. It's about the effects of war on three generations of family. While speaking with several mothers in 2005, Penne heard their fears about sons being deployed overseas to Afghanistan. These discussions brought back memories of living with her father, a WW II veteran who brought the war home with him. Coming Back addresses the effects of damage done to the families of veterans; those wives, husbands and children who have to find their own way through the battles re-enacted at home.

DATE OF BIRTH: 17 October 1951



AWARDS: 2000 WMA Finalist; 1999 Prairie Fire Creative Nonfiction contest winner; 1996 & 1994 Ian St. James Awards (UK) winner; 1994 Writers Digest (USA) winner; 1993 Honourable Mention, Norma Epstein CrWr Comp. (University College, Toronto)


Old Stones: The Biography of a Family (TouchWood, 2003).

Reckoning (Turnstone 2008). Short stories. 978-0-88801-337-8

[BCBW 2008] "Fiction"