Tony Ullyatt

Tony Ullyatt is an award-winning author, scriptwriter, playwright, literary critic, poet and translator. He was born in Nottingham and educated in the United Kingdom, India, Kenya and South Africa. From 1983 to 2003, he was professor of English at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is currently adjunct professor and part-time lecturer in the English department of the University of Fort Hare in East London, South Africa. Since 1974, when his first poems appeared, his work has been published locally and internationally. He is the author of A Profusion of Choices: An Introduction to the Study of Poems (J.L. Van Schaik, 1994). An Unobtrusive Vice is his debut poetry collection.

Joan Hambidge

Joan Hambidge is a poet, novelist critic and public intellectual. She teaches Afrikaans and Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town and serves on the Council of Stellenbosch University. Her poetry has been the recipient of the Eugène Marais and ATKV prizes. She writes a well-known blog Woorde wat weeg which can be found at

Kambani Ramano

Of Nsenga and Venda descent, Kambani Ramano is a poet and photographer and a global wanderer of sorts. With an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, his poetry is an examination of crisis and faith, and seeks to draw beauty from the ash-heap of life. His work has appeared in New Contrast, Stanzas, SEEN Journal, ITCH, and Poems for Haiti: A South African Anthologyhappier were the victims is his debut poetry collection.

Stephen Symons

Stephen Symons is a practising graphic designer and poet. He holds an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town and is currently completing a PhD in Historical Studies. His poetry, essays and short-fiction have been published in journals, magazines and various anthologies, locally and internationally, including Prufrock, Carapace, Stanzas, New Contrast, New Coin, uHlanga, Aerodrome, Poetry Potion, The Kalahari Review, LitNet, Badilisha Poetry, Wavescape and Patricia Schonstein’s Africa anthology series. His short stories have also appeared in the Short Sharp Stories anthologies (2015, 2016 and 2017), amongst other anthologies and magazines. His unpublished collection, Spioenkop was listed as a semi-finalist for the Hudson Prize for Poetry (US) in 2015. A selection of his poems was selected for an international anthology of contemporary poetry, titled A World Assembly of Poets (2017). Stephen’s debut collection of poetry, Questions for the Sea was published in 2016 by uHlanga Poetry Press and received an honourable mention for The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry in 2017. He lives in Oranjezicht with his wife and two children.

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.