Schmidt Happens

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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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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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29 chinchillas, Volume 2 of the cage | stage trilogy

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Two thirds of the trilogy …

cage | stage – Volume II, 29 chinchillas –

a title born from a trip to an exotic animal farm,

takes the reader in a second story-orbit around the author’s ‘little universe’, promising flowing, clear, plain speech poetry.

Schmidt expresses his sensibility through conversational, straight-talking free verse. He has been dubbed a ‘universal paterjester’, whatever that means.

His voice rings familiar, in whimsical, ironic tones, as he further explores his love of
the embrace of opposites
being in-between
humour in dark places
word play all day
and so on.

Dancing between his telescope and microscope, he embraces

the magnitude of his dreams and the realities of every day.

An observing, external voice regularly intervenes to help the poet achieve this feat.

When the author becomes trapped in a navel-gazing bubble, a trickster appears with stars in his teeth and a needle in his hand.

Mundane magic of kitchen lights. Fearful fun of daily creativity, with children. Morning walks and the neighbourhood’s bird man. Holiday photographs and data dilemmas. On living with wild energy. Blowing bubbles with a 3-year-old. Contemplating a creative behind the big story – facing limitations. Diversity within national identity. The fear of seekers finding masters.

Enjoy another lucky packet filled with poetic surprise.

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