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Dryad appoints Cleo Biscombe as Intern for 2022

Dryad Press and Stellenbosch University (SU) are delighted to announce that Cleo Biscombe has been selected to intern with Dryad Press for 6 months for the period Jun-Nov 2022. Cleo is a postgraduate student from Stellenbosch University who has recently completed her MA through the SU department of English Studies. Cleo’s MA submission consists of original short stories that engage existing, as well as alternative approaches to articulating so-called “coloured” experiences in contemporary English literature. She will commence her PhD at SU in 2022/2023 academic year and will focus her writing and research on interrogating shame as a form of residual colonial violence experienced by “coloured female” figures in contemporary South African texts. We take this opportunity to thank everyone who submitted their CV’s for this programme and we congratulate Cleo on her appointment and look forward to working with her at Dryad.

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The Dryad Press/Stellenbosch University Publishing Internship programme is running for 2022

We are excited to announce that the Dryad Press/Stellenbosch Publishing Internship Programme is running again for 2022. Dryad is in the process of interviewing candidates from Stellenbosch University to fulfil the position of intern. This opportunity to intern at Dryad will run for the six month period commencing June – November 2022. Watch out for our announcement of the candidate to be appointed.

Star Reverse: Cover Reveal and Video Trailer!

Dryad Press is excited to reveal the cover for Linda Ann Strang’s new collection Star Reverse, designed by the talented Stephen Symons. In this compelling and daunting collection, Strang applies a wry humour coupled with fine technical skill to debunk commonly held perceptions on an array of topics including gender based violence and physical and mental illness. Sally Ann Murray says that “Strang brings us the strange in poems that venture across mythic, mysterious and material repertoires”. We can’t wait for the launch of this collection in April 2022. Take advantage of our pre-launch special offer and get 25% off your purchase valid until the end of March 2022.




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Announcing Star Reverse, a new collection by Linda Ann Strang

We are proud to announce the publication in April 2022 of Star Reverse, a collection by poet Linda Ann Strang. Our first of two releases in 2022, is a compelling and daunting collection where poetry and all the known demands of writing it are constantly deconstructed. Using a no-nonsense approach devoid of self-pity, Strang applies wry acerbic humour coupled with a fine technical skill to debunk commonly held perceptions on an array of topics including femicide and gender-based violence, physical and mental illness, death, childhood and ageing, sex and sexuality, armed conflict and political violence. It is a complex, brilliant volume of poetry, blending the intellectual with the intuitive and featuring an array of intertexts including fairy tales, the tarot, the Bible, and art in various forms, interwoven with primordial wisdoms and mythology. Watch out for our cover reveal on Tuesday 1 March 2022, followed by the announcement of the launch dates, our video trailer and a Pre-Launch Special Offer!

Linda Ann Strang has a Master’s degree in English Literature and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from Nelson Mandela University where she works in the field of Learning and Teaching Development. She is also the editor-in-chief of Hotazel Review.

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If you have been waiting for the right time to purchase books by our award winning authors Beverly Rycroft and Tony Ullyatt, now is the time to take advantage of our book bundles offering: Purchase Beverly Rycroft’s two collections, missing and A Private Audience and/or Tony Ullyatt’s An Unobtrusive Vice and River Willows: Senryū from Lockdown, and save up to 40% discount on your order. Offer valid for one month only.

Dryad Press was at the McGregor Poetry Festival 19-21 November 2021

Dryad Press poets Brian Walter, Kobus Moolman, Michèle Betty and Simon van Schalkwyk were delighted to read their work at a sold out event at the McGregor Poetry Festival this weekend. We extend our thanks to the organisers of the festival, Patricia Schonstein and Billy Kennedy who displayed such resilience in ensuring that the festival went ahead in person this year despite Covid and we salute them.

Dryad Press is a 2021 GBAS Book Cover Design Finalist

Dryad Press is delighted to announce that our collection, Transcontinental Delay, by Simon van Schalkwyk is a finalist in the Good Book Appreciation Society Book Cover Design Award for 2021. Our designer for this cover is Stephen Symons and we congratulate Stephen and Simon on this accolade. We look forward to the announcement of the winner, which will take place towards the end of November. For a full list of the finalists follow this link:

Book Cover Design Award for 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Dryad Press poet Kobus Moolman has won UWC’s Creative Arts Output Award for his 2020 collection, The Mountain Behind the House.

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Congratulations to the Dryad Press Poets Selected for Publication in 2022!

Dryad Press has made its selections for publication in 2022. Congratulations to P.R. Anderson, Linda Ann Strang and Iyra Maharaj whose compelling manuscripts were selected from among the many submissions received by Dryad Press.

We take this opportunity to welcome Linda, Peter and Iyra into the Dryad Press stable. Their collections will form part of the Dryad Press Living Poets Series, joining award winning poets: Beverly Rycroft, Tony Ullyatt, Sally Ann Murray, Brian Walter, Oliver Findlay Price, Fiona Zerbst, Kobus Moolman and Simon van Schalkwyk.

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The mountain behind the house
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Landscapes of light and loss by Stephen Symons
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Allegories of the everyday by Brian Walter
Otherwise occupied by Sally Ann Murray
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A private audience by Beverly Rycroft
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