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Sylvia Schlettwein

Sylvia Schlettwein was born on 16 November 1975 in Omaruru/ Namibia. She grew up in Stellenbosch/ South Africa, Katima Mulilo/ Namibia and Windhoek/ Namibia. Sylvia holds a BA-Degree in German and French of the University of Cape Town. In 2000 she went to Stuttgart/ Germany where she continued to study German and French Language and Literature at the University of Stuttgart and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lettres et Sciences Humaines in Lyon/ France. After completing her Master’s degree in June 2002, she returned to Windhoek in 2003 where she now teaches German, English, Afrikaans and French to adults and children in her own language centre, the Language Studio.

Sylvia writes short fiction and poetry in English, German and Afrikaans. She received a Highly Commended Award in the 2010 Commonwealth Short Story competition for her story “Framing the Nation”. She was selected for and attended the 2011 FEMRITE Residency for Afican Women Writers in Kampala/ Uganda. In July 2012 her short stories were published in the collection “Bullies, Beasts and Beauties”. Sylvia lives, loves and works in Windhoek where she is involved in various literary projects. She is currently working on her first novel and her current work features on her publisher’s (Wordweaver Publishing House) on www.worweaverpublishing.com. Find her on facebook under Sylvia Schlettwein.

Short Stories:
Bullies, Beasts and Beauties (Anthology of short stories with Isabella Morris, Wordweaver 2012)
Mother of the Beast In: Summoning the Rains (Femrite 2012)
Blutsbrüder (Felsgraffiti 2011)
Blood Brothers
(Bleeding Words 2, 2011)
To own a bed In: The Bed Book of Short Stories (Modjaji 2010)
Framing the Nation
In: Commonwealth Short Stories 2010 (CBA 2010) Highly Commended Award
Vision 2010 in Suburbia
(Felsgraffiti 2010) Felsgraffiti Literary Award
Windhoeker Wahrheit
(Felsgraffiti 2008)

Poetry:
Warten In: Ich häufe weiter Sehnsucht an (Jokers 2011) Highly Commended Award
Lied vom Roten Geröll
(Felsgraffiti 2009) Felsgraffiti Special Poetry Prize
Wüstenspaziergang
(Felsgraffiti 2008)

Essays:
Ja, well, no fein (Perspektiven 2011)
Wasserkochen à la Ingo Schultze
(Felsgraffiti, Windhoek 2010)

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