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Join Dryad Press and Exclusive Books, Cavendish for a reading by poets from the Dryad Press Living Poets Series

Join us at 18h00 for 18h30 on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at Exclusive Books, Cavendish to hear poets Beverly Rycroft, Michèle Betty and Stephen Symons read from their collections both featured and forthcoming in the Dryad Press Living Poets Series.

If you are a poet, come a little early to add your name to read at the OPEN MIC SESSION!


Thank you to everyone who attended the launch of Tony Ullyatt’s An Unobtrusive Vice.  The illuminating interviews by Joan Hambidge and the insightful readings by Tony Ullyatt, contributed toward two special events.


Dryad Press is delighted to announce the launch of Prof Tony Ullyatt’s debut collection, An Unobtrusive Vice on 20 & 21 February 2018.

“Tony Ullyatt is that rare thing: a poet’s poet, but at the same time utterly accessible. His poems are deliciously dense, his images rich and sharp, and his tone ironical lightly seasoned with humour. Poetry itself is his unobtrusive vice.”– Johann de Lange

Join us  to hear renowned poet and critic Joan Hambidge in conversation with Tony Ullyatt on:

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 at David Krut Projects, Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town at 18.00 for 18.30. RSVP to elize@davidkrut.com.


Wednesday, 21 February 2018 at Haas Collective, 19 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town at 18h00 for 18h30. RSVP to francois@haascollective.com and emma@haascollective.com.


Launch of David Griessel’s, The Little Book of Mystery

Michèle Betty will be the opening speaker at the launch of David Griessel’s new exhibition. Join us for an evening celebrating the complementary nature of art and literature.

Beverly Rycroft’s, A Private Audience

Thank you to everyone who attended the two launches for Beverly Rycroft’s collection, A Private Audience. The evenings were well attended (full!) and a great success and the interviews by Joan Hambidge and Finuala Dowling brought fascinating insights into the life and work of this masterful poet.

Launch details for Beverly Rycroft’s, A Private Audience

The McGregor Poetry Festival 2017

The McGregor Poetry Festival is taking place from 24-27 August 2017.  See their website http://mcgregorpoetryfestival.co.za/2017-programme/ for a detailed programme.  Listen to Michèle Betty and Kobus Moolman read new poetry on 26 August 2017 and attend Michèle Betty’s workshop on 27 August 2017 on how to optimise your submissions to literary journals for acceptance.

Live Canon International Poetry Competition 2017

Live Canon International Poetry Competition: Michèle Betty’s poem, in the misperception of my life, has been long listed for the Live Canon International Poetry Prize 2017. Follow this link for the shortlist, which is to be announced on 18 August 2017: www.livecanon.co.uk/poetry-competition . Michèle’s poem will feature in the coming 2017 anthology, which will be available online on the Live Canon website.

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Forthcoming Publication

Publication of Unearthed

Dryad Press is pleased to announce the launch of Unearthed:  A Selection of the Best Poems Published in 2016  on Thursday, 29 June 2017The anthology is edited by Joan Hambidge and Michèle Betty.  The following poets will be in conversation with Joan Hambidge and will read from their work:  Stephen Symons, Juanita Louw, Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese and Helen Moffett.

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Publication of Metaphysical Balm

Metaphysical Balm was launched at David Krut Projects in Newlands on 23 March 2017. Here is the interview between the author and renowned poet, critic and writer Joan Hambidge, which was conducted at the launch. It provides many insights into the collection that the reader will find interesting and informative in the context of many of the sub texts contained in the collection.

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