Hello, I am Werner Schmidt
I write Fiction
We love stories because we are stories. Enjoy my works of adult fiction and book me for a story-telling performance, with my Grand Daddy djembe drum leading the way. Click to learn more …
and Plain-speech Poetry
I try to paint poems that evoke all seven senses, while using everyday language. Poetry doesn’t have to be obscure, the origin of the word points to the verb create, which provides lovely opportunities to us. Click to eat from my Poe Tree …
Werner Schmidt (live since ’75) grew up in Pretoria, and moved to Bloemfontein during 2002. He coaches and writes in English and Afrikaans, and performs songs & stories in these languages.
His first novella, Confessions of an alcoholic’s son, was featured in the Vrouekeur magazine, and read by 7 500+ readers. 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). Author of corporate brands and brand stories.
Schmidt wrote an interactive children’s play, Flat Anna, the froggie that stood up, in English, Afrikaans (Plat Anna) and Sesotho (Anna Sepatlapatla). The play was accepted for the Free State Arts Festival in 2014, as one of its first tri-lingual productions. Flat Anna’s metamorphosis to a children’s book may still happen, before Werner croaks …
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. Volume three, the last garden bird, is waiting for the right moment …
Werner also Creates
- Business Coaching Conversations at 123CY Business and Life Strategy, and
- Music & Story Performances at WFM.
He has worked as street-side fruit vendor, accountant, lecturer, 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.