Jen Thorpe

Feminist Writer and Researcher

"I'm a grassroots kinda girl,� Jen Thorpe will tell you, refl ecting on her proudest achievement � a collaborative women's writing project called "My First Time� , which went digital in February this year. "I was thinking how the significant moments in a woman's life are experienced as some sort of crisis. But there was very little space anywhere for women to talk about these. So every two weeks I invite submissions on a particular theme and the stories go up on the blog. "The stories I receive are powerful. Once the blog picks up, I plan to take writing workshops to places like Khayelitsha and rural areas in the Cape, where women's voices are almost never heard in the mainstream.� Thorpe also works as a researcher and database administrator for Rape Crisis Cape Town, an NGO that offers counselling and court support to rape survivors in the Mother City. � Lionel Faull

Lunch spot: Caveau at The Mill, Newlands, Cape Town Blog Website : www.1sttime2010.wordpress.com