Jen Thorpe

Jen Thorpe is a feminist writer and researcher based in Cape Town, South Africa. Thorpe published her first novel, The peculiars, with Penguin South Africa in 2016. It was long-listed for the Etisalat Prize for Literature (2016) and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize (2017) [Barry Ronge Fiction Prize] Her second novel, The fall, will be published by Kwela in 2020.

Thorpe has edited three collections of feminist essays – My first time: Stories of sex and sexuality from women like you (Modjaji, 2012), Feminism is: South Africans speak their truth (Kwela, 2018) and Living while feminist (Kwela, 2020). Thorpe has published poetry, flash fiction and short stories on a number of online publishing platforms, including Itch, Brittle Paper, Aerodrome, Saraba magazine, BooksLive and Poetry Potion. She has completed writing residencies in Uganda, the USA and France.

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The fall: an interview with Jen Thorpe

Cliffordene Norton, Jen Thorpe Books and writers 2020-07-24

"I think the way we think about and talk about protests and why they happen has the ability to shape our receptiveness to listening, and I wanted to explore this idea in The fall."

Living while feminist – an interview

Cliffordene Norton, Jen Thorpe Books and writers 2020-04-28

"I think that there is always more room to explore a feminist life, and so I wanted to do that. In particular, I was interested in why so few pieces in Feminism is touched on the body and on what it meant to live in the world physically as a feminist, so I hoped to get more of those in this collection."