Sylvia Vetta 

"Freelance Writer on Art, Antiques & History" 

writingSylvia Vetta left teaching for the antiques trade becoming Director of Oxford Antiques Centre, nicknamed by her as The Jam Factory.(1988 to1998.) She traded at prestigious fairs under the name Vetta Decorative Arts.  

She began freelance writing and broadcasting (locally) on antiques, in 1998. Every month since, she has had features in the award winning supplement of the Oxford Times, Oxfordshire Limited Edition. She writes regularly in Weekend and for some antiques magazines on a wide range of subjects including art and history.  

She is best known for her castaway features in which she asks “Which work of art, object or book would you like washed up on the beach of Oxtopia”  She has sent seventy inspirational people to her desert island. Among them are Shami Chakrabarti, Colin Dexter, Bettany Hughes, Brian Aldiss, Sister Francis Domenica ( the founder of the first children’s hospice), Ray Foulk  (the founder of the Isle of Wight Festival−Britain’s Woodstock), Sir Roger and Lady Moyra Bannister, Peggy Seeger, Michael Rosen, Colin Greenwood of Radiohead and Marios Papadopoulos of The Oxford Philomusica. Her castaways are modest about their achievements. When she asked the artist and sculptor John Buckley to email a poster from an early exhibition he replied “Was that in the year we (MAG) won the Nobel Prize?” Fifty of the features can be found in Oxford Castaways illustrated by Weimin He, artist in residence at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. 

After being awarded the Diploma in Creative Writing @ Oxford University Continuing Education, she has written a novel titled Little Winter Paints the Stars. The manuscript looking for a publisher is mostly set in China against the background of real events between 1960-1993 and particularly featuring The Stars Art Movement (1979), the first contemporary art movement after Mao died. When The Stars artists’ illegal Western inspired exhibition was closed down by the police, they marched to Tiananmen Square demanding artistic freedom.  

Sylvia is also working with occasional First Tuesday member Polly Biswas Gladwin  and film producer Victor Glynn ( who taught her screen writing) on The Shakespeare in Oxford Project. As Chairman of the Friends of Kennington Library she organizes popular cabaret style gala evenings with well-known guest writers. She is also interested in development issues and has been Chair of Kennington Overseas Aid for 16 years. Fellow First Tuesday regular Philip Hind made this film for KOA starring Peggy Seeger.

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