Independent columnist Laurie Penny is leaving the paper after nine months to rejoin The New Statesman as contributing editor.
Penny joined The Independent earlier this year after being offered a full-time job as reporter and columnist but will return to the New Statesman at the beginning of November to write a column for the magazine and a weekly blog for NewStatesman.com.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to work with the Independent over the past nine months, but I am delighted to be rejoining the New Statesman as Contributing Editor. The decision to leave the Independent was a difficult one but this new role offers me a chance to move my writing in a new direction. I am extremely excited to be back at my old stable.”
New Statesman editor Jason Cowley added::
“I’m delighted Laurie is coming back to the NS. She is one of the outstanding talents of her generation and I’ve missed her voice. She will write a column for the magazine and a weekly blog.”