Poetry. SPACE INHABITED BY ECHOES is a frank and poignant collection of autobiographical poems that transport the reader across two continents, and the vast internal shifts that accompany love, loss and translocation. Part I tracks the author's relationships, their tentative beginnings, the blooming and withering of love, the shifts between different emotional landscapes. Part II deals with the shocks and adjustments involved in emigrating to a foreign country in order to be with the person you love. After moving from South Africa to Brazil, Jennings describes with great honesty the impact this has on her new marriage and her own heart — significant in this era of migration, when many face these challenges. Part III shows the gradual shifts the author makes as she reaches out into her new environment, taking comfort and inspiration from the flora and fauna around her. And Part IV revisits family ties back in South Africa, as the author contemplates those who shaped her: her mother, grandfather, a ghost twin, and deals with the surprise of a newly discovered relative.
Karen Jennings was born in Cape Town in 1982. She has Master's degrees in both English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Karen's stories and poetry have been published in journals across the globe, in countries as diverse as Nigeria, Australia and Greece. In 2010 her short story "From Dark" won the Africa Region prize in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition. "Mia and the Shark" won the English section of the Maskew Miller Longman short story competition in 2009 and is now studied in schools. Her debut novel Finding Soutbek was published by Holland Park Press in 2012, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature 2013. Her short story collection Away from the Dead was published by Holland Park Press in 2014. Travels with My Father, an autobiographical novel, was published by Holland Park Press in 2016.Author City: Cape Town SAF