Jenny Hobbs

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Jenny Hobbs (19*-). Novelist, radio personality and writer and freelance journalist.


Born in Durban, schooled in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, did a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Geography at the University of Natal (PMB) and worked as a supply teacher in London for some years before settling on a smallholding near Johannesburg with her family.


She reviewed books for many years and has also written for radio and worked on TV book programmes as compiler, organiser, presenter and interviewer. Her work has been published in most South African newspapers and magazines. For seven years it included the first regular column in South African English starring Blossom Broadbeam, the subject of her first book Darling Blossom (Don Nelson, 1979). From 1978 to 1982 she was Features Editor on Thandi magazine, then part of Bona, and her experiences during those years led to her second book, an illustrated first aid manual in basic English called First Aid for the Family (Southern Book Publishers, in association with the South African Red Cross, 1987).

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

In 198* Darling Blossom was adapted to the stage by Elma Potgieter and staged by Die Bywoners, with Elma Potgieter as performer.

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