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Fancy some flash fiction, fresh music or plain speech poetry? How about adult fiction or fiction for youth, including children? Corporate entertainment through story and song?

My main avenues of action, these days, are singer-songwriter, story-teller, MC, comedian, entertainment consultant, publicist, promoter, writer, poet, dramatist, facilitator. Or 'complete fool', depending on who you ask.

Feel free to walk through my website - hopping, skipping and jumping are expressly allowed. May the top menu be your guiding light.

I am privileged to grow songs & books of poetry, fiction (for adults & children) towards publication and gigs. As a thoroughbred clown without a circus, I persistently pursue a variety of interests.

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Werner, wearing other jackets & apparel.

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About Schmidt

Werner Schmidt (live since '75) grew up in Pretoria, and moved to Bloemfontein during 2002. He writes in English and Afrikaans, and performs his songs & stories in these languages.

Singer-songwriter, story-teller, MC, comedian, entertainment consultant, publicist, promoter, writer, poet, dramatist, facilitator. Or a complete fool, depending on who you ask.

He has worked as accountant, lecturer, bicycle repair guy, auditor, radio DJ (fired after three weeks), waiter, welfare volunteer, primary school story-teller, consultant, financial manager, general manager, miniature golf attendant, corporate communicator, street-side fruit vendor, cashier, internal auditor and live performer.

His first novella, Confessions of an alcoholic's son (2011), 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. Publications due out during 2017 are a novella and novel about Nathan Brown, man under pressure ...

Schmidt wrote an interactive children's play, Flat Anna, the froggie that stood up, in 2012, which he included in a children's activity book (ages 4 to 10 years) and DVD. He published the book 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 will take place during the short to medium term. New children's fiction planned for this period, include a story about a boy, waking up with something strange ...

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, and volume three, the last garden bird, due out by end-of-year, 2017.
The rest of Schmidt's 2017/18 publication program comprises

a novella, introducing Nathan Brown to readers, followed by a novel, in a series about this man under pressure,

two music albums, the first in English and the second in Afrikaans,

two, or maybe three universal children's stories aka children's stories for everyone.

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Nests In The Clouds Launch At Gallery On Leviseur

Nests In The Clouds launch at Gallery on Leviseur

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Oh, what a night it was!

A warm winter’s evening. Gallery on Leviseur filled up with guests, welcome drinks and the vibrations of expectation. Muzic2create’s Petro and John created a soothing jazziness in the background until Corneli van den Berg from Audeamus Studios eloquently opened proceedings. Maritsa Barlow rendered a vote of gratitude on behalf of herself and fellow artists Hester Hattingh, Hanlie Kotze and Mariaan Kotze (all images of artwork copyright of the artists, by the way). Muzic2create started up again, with guests buzzily admiring the eclectic mix of art on display … completing the Nests In The Clouds launch at Gallery on Leviseur.

A full house …

… at 59 Plenty meant Edward, Neil and the rest of the restaurant team ran a few marathons. The kitchen’s dinner-ready-bell almost rang like an up-tempo cellphone ring tone. Muzic2create finished their first set of piano and bass creaminess. Something completely different, Seleke AM, part of SeWeZe Live Music, took to the stage, crooning his Afro Soul sounds – echoing the diversity of the visual art on display.

Chef Patso’s delectable Slow-cooked Winter Beef Stew …

… sold out in a flash, rivers of Merlot flowing freely to accompany its spicy heartiness. The rest of 59 Plenty’s diverse menu kept nourishing the bubbling crowd until closing time. After Seleke, Werner FM, part 2 of SeWeZe (minus voice, thank you, throat infection!) and John BB Smit embarked on a guitar and bass battle / jamming session around the music of Werner FM. ZeBroz75, comprising Seleke and Werner, added djembe and maracas to their music, before Muzic2create completed the musical offering for what was indeed a memorable evening.

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Nests In The Clouds launch at Gallery on Leviseur

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