Michèle Betty

Michèle Betty is the poetry editor of New Contrast:  The South African Literary Journal and the founder of Dryad Press (Pty) Ltd, a bespoke poetry publishing company dedicated to the promotion and publication of poetry in South Africa.  She has a BA LLB from the University of Witwatersrand and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town.  Her poems have appeared in journals both in South Africa and abroad, including Stanzas, Aerodrome, the Sol Plaatjie European Union Anthology, The Atlanta Review and the Live Canon International Poetry Anthology 2017.  Her debut collection Metaphysical Balm was published in March 2017.

Beverly Rycroft

Beverly Rycroft was born in the eastern Cape and is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand. A qualified teacher, she taught widely at various schools before turning full-time to writing and journalism. Her debut poetry collection, missing, won the 2012 Ingrid Jonker award and in 2013, she was awarded the Thomas Pringle Prize for best poem in a journal. Her first novel, A Slim, Green Silence, was published by Umuzi in 2015.  A Private Audience is Rycroft’s long-awaited second collection and presents readers with a deeply moving and intimate account of the terminal illness of her father.