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SARAH BRITTEN is a South African author, communication strategist, speaker and artist. She studied Drama at the University of Witwatersrand before going on to complete a PhD in the department of Applied English Language Studies at the same institution. The subject of her dissertation was the role of advertising in national identity in post-apartheid South Africa. She was born in Johannesburg and apart from a stint in Australia, has lived there all her life.
Britten’s writing career started at the age of 17, when a piece on buying a Matric dance dress was published in the now defunct Style magazine. Since then, she has written for a variety of publications, including Strategic Marketing, Marie Claire, City Press iMag, Sunday Times Lifestyle, the Mail&Guardian, the Sunday Times and O, the Oprah Magazine.
Britten has authored two youth novels: The Worst Year of My Life – So Far (2000) and Welcome to the Martin Tudhope Show (2002). She was awarded the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature: silver for both books, in 2000 and 2002 respectively.
The author of three non-fiction books titled The Art of the South African Insult (2006), McBride of Frankenmanto: The Return of the South African Insult (2007) and More South African Insults (2009), Britten gathered the material for her collection of South African insults during the research she conducted for her academic work. She states, “... insults are also markers of collective identity… I wanted to understand what makes us who we are...”
Besides writing, Britten is also one of very few artists who paints with lipstick. She will be holding her second solo art exhibition in Braamfontein at the end of March this year.
More South African Insults, 2009, 30° South Publishers
McBride of Frankenmanto: The Return of the South African Insult, 2007, 30° South Publishers
The Art of the South African Insult, 2006, 30° South Publishers
Welcome to the Martin Tudhope Show, 2002, Tafelberg
The Worst Year of My Life – So Far, 2000, Tafelberg