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.

Find out more via https://jen-thorpe.com.

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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."

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