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PE Book Launch: I’m the Girl Who Was Raped by Michelle Hattingh

I'm the Girl Who Was RapedMichelle HattinghFogarty’s and Modjaji Books invite you to the Port Elizabeth launch of I’m the Girl Who Was Raped, a memoir by Michelle Hattingh. The author comes from Port Elizabeth, so she is back in her home town talking about her incredibly courageous book.

“Compelling, clear and beautiful writing on such a necessary topic. She shatters rape myths on every page.” Jen Thorpe, gender activist and author of The Peculiars.

“Many people think middle class women are magically immune to rape or that if they are raped their easy access to the resources they need will be everything they need to recover completely. A book that discusses the cross cutting nature of the pain all women must feel when a man rapes them can only be welcomed in a time when communities across South Africa struggle with high rape rates.” Kathleen Dey of Rape Crisis

More about the book:
That morning, Michelle presented her Psychology honours thesis on men’s perceptions of rape. She started her presentation like this, “A woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read …” On that same evening, she goes to a party to celebrate attaining her degree. She and a friend go to the beach; the friend has something she wants to discuss. They are both robbed, assaulted and raped. Within minutes of getting help, Michelle realises she’ll never be herself again. She’s now “the girl who was raped.”

This book is Michelle’s fight to be herself again. Of the taint she feels, despite the support and resources at her disposal as the loved child of a successful middle-class family. Of the fall-out to friendships, job, identity. It’s Michelle’s brave way of standing up for the women in South Africa who are raped every day.

About the author:

Michelle Hattingh was born in South Africa in 1988. She attended school in Port Elizabeth and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Stellenbosch University. She went on to do her Honours in Psychology at Cape Town University and now lives in Cape Town. Michelle works as senior online content producer at Marie Claire SA. Her work has been published in Elle SA, Marie Claire SA and Mail & Guardian. I’m the Girl Who Was Raped is her first book.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 12 May 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: GFI Gallery, 30 Park Drive, Central, Port Elizabeth
  • Guest Speaker: Emily Buchanan
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine and snacks
  • RSVP: Fogarty’s,, 041 368 1425

I'm the Girl Who Was Raped
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London Book Fair here we come

Invisible EarthquakeYesterday, I got an email from Jane Henshall at the British Council, letting me know that Malika Ndlovu, author ofInvisble Earthquake has been chosen by the SA Focus Steering Committee to participate in the London Book Fair next year. This follows closely on the heels of hearing that Modjaji Books received one of the 10 places for smaller, independent publishers. All of this is enormously thrilling, and underlies my sense that it was right to start Modjaji Books; there is a place for a small press focusing on the writing of Southern African women.

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Interview with Malika Ndlovu, author of Invisible Earthquake

Invisible Earthquake

Makhosazan Xaba, author of Tongues of their mothers, interviews Malika Ndlovu about how it was to publish Invisible Earthquake, her poetic memoir about her experience of stillbirth. The interview appears in the November 2009 eidtion of the South African Labour Bulletin. Xaba is a poet, she has had two collections published already. She regularly interviews creative South African women for the SALB.

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Invisible Earthquake in the news

Invisible EarthquakeMalika Ndlovu and her new book, Invisible Earthquake – a mother’s journal through stillbirth, got a lot of media coverage this past weekend.

First came the excerpt and short review in Parent, thanks to Adele Hamilton, and then came the Editor’s Choice pick in the Cape Town community newspaper The Tatler. Chantel Erfort’s carrot: “Invisible Earthquake handles the subject matter of still birth sensitively both in content and packaging, and I recommend this to anyone who is looking for healing or insight into the path that can lead there.”

On Friday Tanya Farber’s interview with Malika is a full half page of the Cape Argus, much of the piece is Farber quoting Malika and summing up by saying that the book is “courageous”.

And then on Saturday, Tyrone August also in a half page interview with Ndlovu in The Weekender talks about Invisible Earthquake and her play, Sister Breyani which is on at The Baxter now this May. Malika tells August that the book is a way of remembering her daughter, of rendering her visible and is a “tribute to my daughter, my only daughter… We were blessed to have her, even for that short time.”

Malika and I are delighted with the positive attention the book is getting.
Interview with Malika about Invisible Earthquake and her play, Sister Breyani at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.Interview with Malika Ndlovu. Cape Argus, May 1, 2009 by Tanya Farber.

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