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Young UNAM author and playwright to launch own novel on Trauma

Young UNAM author and playwright to launch own novel on Trauma

Award-winning playwright, Jenny Kandenge will launch her first novel titled Trauma, which addresses burning social issues, at the College of the Arts in Windhoek on Wednesday 11 October.

Targeting sexual abuse, teenage pregnancies, gender violence, depression, teenage relationships and transactional relationships, Trauma is based on the modern-day experiences of teenage girls.

The novel evolves around the lives of four girls who are in their final high school year and how each of them had to put up a face to the outside world, while fighting their emotional battles and internal turmoil. The book, which is endorsed by LifeLine/Childline, comes at a time when the broader Namibian community is opening up to the reality of mental illness and thus will be educational to young adults, especially those who need to learn how to deal with their own personal traumatic experiences.

Kandenge is a final year media studies and drama student at the University of Namibia. She is also a playwright, director and actress in the theatre and performing arena. Recently she won the award for Best Script in Theatre at the National Theatre and Film awards 2017.

Trauma took the young writer eight years to complete and will be available in Windhoek as a hard copy edition and online on Amazon.

Tickets to the book launch are available for N$250 which includes a signed copy of the book to be provided at the launch. Tickets can be ordered via email at [email protected] .



About The Author

Donald Matthys

Donald Matthys has been part of the media fraternity since 2015. He has been working at the Namibia Economist for the past three years mainly covering business, tourism and agriculture. Donald occasionally refers to himself as a theatre maker and has staged two theatre plays so far. Follow him on twitter at @zuleitmatthys

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