Mad as it is, Jen Thorpe’s second novel ‘The Fall’ is packed with insight on activism, journalism, politicos and people. It has its roots in the Rhodes and Fees Must Fall movements of 2015 that shook the University of Cape Town to its red roof tops, but it skirmishes into a homestead in KwaZulu Natal and the extraordinary collection of weird and wonderful animals acquired by South Africa’s high-heeled, lovelorn and truly awful first female president. And this from a dedicated feminist writer! How? why? Find out more.
Putting her beliefs into action Lesley herself has written and published over 90 books – some of which have won and been nominated for awards including the Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and Hans Christian Anderson Awards. Born in Scotland and based now in South Africa, all her stories are set in Africa, from picture books for the very young, to teen novels YA, and notably for readers for whom English is a second, third, or even fourth language. But most importantly she’s passing on the skill, because Lesley TEACHES writing – for adults, and for children. In her Writing Life courses, also one of the co-founders of the Children s Book Network. But it’s often assumed writing for children is so much easier than writing for adults – so, is it?