A doctor, an author, and a mother, Kopano Matlwa has accomplished an enormous amount at a young age. Matlwa was named as one of South Africa’s game changers in a recent project, 21 Icons, celebrating young South African talent, inspired by the life of Nelson Mandela. She took the South African literary world by storm when, in 2007, at only 21, she won the European Union Literary Award for her bestselling debut novel Coconut and was joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa in 2010. Spilt Milk, an allegory of love lost between black and white South Africa, followed in 2010, and was long-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. Matlwa is also winner of Aspen Ideas Award for medical innovation and is currently reading for a DPhil in Population Health at the University of Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. Period Pain is her third novel.