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.