My name is Jen. I’m a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. I was born in South Africa and I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I have always believed in the power of writing, and in women. I believe in feminism like good catholics believe in the pope.
After attending a ten-day long writers workshop in Uganda (hosted by the AWDF and FEMRITE) I realised that I wanted and needed to read more writing from African women writers. I was inspired by the writers who attended and facilitated the workshop (read more about these women here – they will blow your mind).
I needed it because it was in line with my feminist principles to hear women’s stories from women. I needed it because my education had centred around famous books written by famous (mostly white) men. I needed it because I want to learn more about the African continent through the eyes of other African women like myself.
In our goodbyes in Uganda, I promised that I wasn’t going to read any fiction written by anyone except for African women for a year.
I began this project on 1 September 2014, and the official project will end on 31 August 2015. However, I know that after this year, I probably won’t need or want to read anything but African women’s fiction ever again.
On this blog I’ll be posting reviews of African women’s fiction, profiling African women writers, and sharing opportunities for writing for women on the African continent. I’ll be sharing some of my writing and reflecting on how my writing practice is going. I also hope to provide a space for African women writers to connect, to share material, and to learn from one another. I might not post new content every day, but I hope I will post it often.
If you’re an African women writer, and would like to be profiled, or would like to send your book to be read, get in touch in the comments section below.