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DEATH OF SYLVIA OSBORNE (article first published : 2007-02-26)

The South African Writers Circle has announced the sad news of the death of Sylvia Osborne, a member of long-standing who was an encouraging judge, critic and proof reader. The following is the tribute written by Janet Nicholson.

“She had an extensive knowledge on a wide range of subjects and was a guest team member on the SABC radio programme Test The Team which was hosted by Dewar McCormack. She also appeared n the BBC television programme The Specialist.

“More recently Sylvia spent much of her time doing what she liked most – travelling. On her return she wrote about her travels, always managing to rewrite the articles for maximum sales and in this way subsidising further trips.

“One of the most valuable lessons I learned from Sylvia was to find ways to re-use previously published articles by re-working, up-dating or giving them a new slant. Sylvia had articles ready for all occasions and anniversaries and would regularly dust them off for a new market.

Those of us who benefited from Sylvia’s valuable advice will appreciate the extent of her loss to the Writers’ Circle.”




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