Fiction. Plain-speech poetry.
Award-nominated, plain-speech poetry
Werner Schmidt grew up in Pretoria, and moved to Bloemfontein in 2002. At present he works as startup coach, brand discoverer and creative practitioner – writer and singer-songwriter.
His first novella, Confessions of an alcoholic’s son, was featured in the Vrouekeur magazine, and has been read by 7 500+ readers to date. Published as autobiography, at first, he republished the book as adult fiction, during 2014 and 2017, in English and Afrikaans, as 75 Bucks and 75 Rand (Afrikaans).
Schmidt wrote and performed an interactive children’s play, Flat Anna, the froggie that stood up, in English, Afrikaans (Plat Anna) and Sesotho (Anna Sepatlapatla), the latter performed by Rita Chihawa. The play was accepted for the Free State Arts Festival as one of its first tri-lingual productions.
Flat Anna’s metamorphosis to a work of fiction is underway …
He published Death by Design, first volume of plain speech poetry in the Cage | Stage trilogy, in 2016, with volume two, 29 Chinchillas, published during March, 2017. Both were nominated for the South African Independent Publishers Awards. Volume three is waiting for the right moment.
He has worked as street-side fruit vendor, accountant, lecturer, juvenile bicycle repair guy, auditor, radio DJ (fired after three weeks), waiter, welfare volunteer, primary school story-teller, consultant, general manager, financial manager , miniature golf attendant, corporate communicator, cashier, internal auditor and live performer.