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Announcing Simon van Schalkwyk’s, Transcontinental Delay

Dryad Press is proud to announce the new debut collection in the Dryad Press Living Poets Series, by Simon Van Schalkwyk, Transcontinental Delay. We will be holding launches in both Johannesburg and Cape Town.

There will be strict adherence to Covid protocols: every person must wear a mask; screening and social distancing applies; each venue can only hold 50% of its capacity, which means there will be limited seating. RSVP quickly to secure your spot and if you are subsequently unable to attend, please cancel timeously so that anyone on the waiting list will have the opportunity to attend. For those of you who cannot join us for the event in-store, we will be offering a live screening of the Cape Town launch on the Exclusive Books Facebook page. So join us there!



“Over so many millennia, so many cultures, humans have reached into pre-existing nature and made art: to celebrate, to drive off evil, to nourish memory, to conjure the desired visitation”
– Adrienne Rich, “What If?”

Dryad Press is pleased to announce the dates for its 2021 open manuscript submission period, being 1 March 2021 – 31 March 2021. This submission period will be in respect of manuscripts to be published in respect of the 2022 publication list. Please ensure that you read our Submission Guidelines carefully and do not submit your manuscripts outside of the allocated period.


Submissions Guidelines


To every poet who is courageous enough to submit work, we thank you in advance for considering Dryad Press as an avenue for the possible publication of your work. We are looking forward to reading your manuscripts!


Dryad Press has made its selections for publication in 2021. Congratulations to Simon van SchalkwykChris Mann and Michèle Betty whose compelling manuscripts were selected from among the many submissions received by Dryad Press.

We take this opportunity to welcome Simon and Chris into the Dryad Press stable. Their collections together with Michèle’s, 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 and Kobus Moolman. All Dryad Press titles are available on our website or from better bookstores countrywide. Visit our Author’s Page to read more about these poets.

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Poetry is Live Again: Join us for the Launch of Kobus Moolman’s New Collection, The Mountain Behind the House

Date: Thursday 12 November 2020 at 17:30 at Exclusive Books, Cavendish

For many of us, online launches have been the way forward during the Covid pandemic. Now that we have reached Phase One, Exclusive Books are offering Dryad Press and its patrons the opportunity to host an instore launch. There will, however, be strict protocols: every person must wear a mask; there will be social distancing; screening will occur before entering the store; and the venue can only hold 50% of its capacity. This means that we can only seat 30 people for the launch. Please RSVP immediately to secure your spot and if you are subsequently unable to attend, it is important that you cancel timeously so that anyone on the waiting list will have the opportunity to attend. We are all adjusting to the new way of working alongside this pandemic. But it is exciting and a privilege to be able to hear poetry read live again.

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Sally Ann Murray nominated for a 2020 South African Literary Award for her Dryad Press collection, Otherwise Occupied.

Dryad Press is proud to announce that Sally Ann Murray has been nominated for a South African Literary Award (Poetry) for her 2019 Dryad Press collection, Otherwise Occupied. We take this opportunity to thank wRite Associates and the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture for sponsoring the awards and for proceeding with them in the face of the Covid pandemic. Winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on 7 November 2020. Good luck to all nominees! For further details of the nominations, visit the SALA website at:


“Some fool called marriage an epitaph in the end.
How little some people know. Sometimes, a table may serve
as well for laying out a body, as for spreading a feast,…”

Sally Ann Murray ‘Afterward’ from Otherwise Occupied (Dryad Press, 2019)

River Willows: Senryū from Lockdown, by Tony Ullyatt

Dryad Press is proud to be releasing this sublime poetry handbook by the winner of the 2019 South African Literary Award for poetry, Tony Ullyatt. These moving senryū were written by the poet during the lockdown that followed the Covid-19 pandemic – one for each day. Made more poignant by the untimely passing of the poet’s wife during this time, these poems are haunting in their significance and insight. At only R150, this handbook is a must. Shop for your copy by clicking below.


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The Dryad Press Poetry Notebook is now available!

These poetry notebooks are now available and make for a stunning gift for both the literary and art lovers among you. They comprise:

  • a hand stitched and bound A5 notebook, made by artist Elize de Beer.  Watch Elize de Beer hand stitching our notebooks;
  • CLAS signature cream coloured thread;
  • 48 pages unlined Munken Pure 120gsm paper (suitable for writing and drawing in any media);
  • 10 pages of Dryad Press poems by Dryad poets on tracing paper inserts;
  • Price: R180 per notebook.

Shop for your notebook now, while stocks last!


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Dryad Press is delighted to be at the SA Book Fair 11-13 September 2020

Dryad Press was the lucky recipient of a subsidy awarded by the South African Book Development Council to attend the SA Book Fair from 11-13 September 2020. Given the effects of the Covid pandemic, the event organisers have had the foresight to move the entire Fair online. Go to for a full events programme, where you can attend an exciting array of lectures, launches and readings. And shop online for Dryad Press books using the Special Book Fair Offer at our online store.

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We take this opportunity to thank the South African Book Development Council who have provided recipients of the subsidy with a series of invaluable workshops that Dryad has been able to attend on an array of subjects like Digital Marketing, E-Book Conversion, Cover Designs and the Complexities of Bookselling. For a small business like ourselves, this recognition and investment in the future of our business is encouraging.

A collaboration between Dryad Press and the World Arts Agency

Dryad Press and World Arts Agency are proud to announce a collaboration in terms of which World Arts Agency will represent Dryad Press poets in respect of the sale of foreign publishing rights.

For further information contact:
Michèle Betty

Warren Jeremy Rourke

The Dryad Press/Stellenbosch University Publishing Internship Programme

Dryad Press (Dryad) is excited to announce the formal launch of a student internship programme first piloted in 2019. The initiative is a collaboration with Stellenbosch University’s (SU) English Department and offers a student from the department the opportunity to experience the multi-dimensional world of publishing, under the mentorship of Dryad’s founder, Michèle Betty.


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Dryad Press is delighted to be launching the new collection by Fiona Zerbst, In Praise of Hotel Rooms

In collaboration with Exclusive Books, Dryad is excited to be hosting its first online launch. Fiona will be in conversation with writer and head of Creative Writing at the University of Pretoria, David Medalie. Register to join us on Thursday, 9 July 2020 at 18:00 by using this link:

Once you register, and on the day of the launch, Exclusive Books will email you a link to join the event. It really is that easy!

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Dryad Press is offering readers a Special Offer on purchases of two books or more

We are all being encouraged to employ social distancing and work and stay at home. While this is seemingly completely frustrating, it compels a necessary slowing down. To help you pass the time, Dryad Press would like to announce a Special Offer on purchases:

Buy any two Dryad Press poetry collections and receive a third collection free. Due to the Covid pandemic, we are no longer using the postal service for domestic deliveries and are now delivering all our orders per courier. As is the case with Dryad, our courier company is duly registered and authorised to operate during lockdown and has implemented all the necessary protocols for safe delivery of your items. A small courier delivery fee will be added to your order but it includes a door to door local courier service, which means you do not have to leave your home to get your hands on your books. We hope the Dryad Press poets can bring some comfort during this uncertain time.

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Poets Sally Ann Murray  and Beverly Rycroft are at the US Woordfees 9-15 March 2020!

Dryad Press is excited to announce that its poets Joan Hambidge, Sally Ann Murray and Beverly Rycroft will be appearing at the Toyota University of Stellenbosch Woordfees 2020.

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Join us at Exclusive Books, Cavendish on Thursday, 5 March 2020, for the launch of this idiosyncratic debut collection).

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Tony Ullyatt wins the SALA for An Unobtrusive Vice!

Congratulations to Tony Ullyatt who was awarded a South African Literary Award (SALA) in the Poetry Category for 2019 for his collection, An Unobtrusive Vice.

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Buy a Dryad Press Box Set, Volume II – the perfect Xmas gift!

Our box set includes 4 poetry collections: Allegories of the Everyday, by Brian Walter; Otherwise Occupied, by Sally Ann Murray, missing, by Beverly Rycroft; and Metaphysical Balm, by Michèle Betty.

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Announcing the Dryad Press Poets Selected for Publication in 2020

Dryad Press has made its selections for publication in 2020! Congratulations to Kobus Moolman, Fiona Zerbst, and Oliver Findlay Price whose evocative and inspiring manuscripts were selected from among the many submissions received by Dryad Press in the 2019 open submission period.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Poetry launch: Transcontinental Delay – Johannesburg

    Mar 11 @ 17:30 - 19:00
  2. Poetry launch: Transcontinental Delay – Cape Town

    Mar 18 @ 17:30 - 19:00
  3. Simon van Schalkwyk: online Reading at Off the Wall

    Apr 12 @ 19:30 - 20:30
  4. Chris Mann: online Reading at Off the Wall

    Aug 2 @ 19:30 - 20:30
  5. Michèle Betty: online Reading at Off the Wall

    Nov 8 @ 19:30 - 20:30

Published Books

catalien by Oliver Findlay Price
missing by Beverly Rycroft
Landscapes of light and loss by Stephen Symons
An Unobtrusive Vice by Tony Ullyatt
Allegories of the everyday by Brian Walter
Otherwise occupied by Sally Ann Murray
The coroner’s wife by Joan Hambidge
A private audience by Beverly Rycroft
Metaphysical Balm by Michéle Betty

Titles Available Internationally



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