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Cape Town LAUNCH of THE CREATIVE ARTS: ON PRACTICE MAKING & MEANING

Thank you so much to Exclusive Books, and especially the indomitable Linda McCullough, for hosting our latest book launch! The venue was packed and we delighted in sharing our newest publication with such a receptive audience. Thank you to our wonderful panellists, Sally Ann Murray, Annel Pieterse, Wamuwi Mbao, Liesl Jobson and Meg Vandermerwe for your refreshing and invigorating perspectives. And to everyone who attended the launch of The Creative Arts: On Practice, Meaning & Making: we are excited for you to enjoy our newest publication.

FORTHCOMING BOOK LAUNCHES: THE CREATIVE ARTS: ON PRACTICE MAKING & MEANING

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear our distinguished panel of authors in discussion in Johannesburg and Cape Town at the following events.

Dryad Press Poetry Collections are Award Winning!

We are delighted to announce that several of our Dryad Press titles have been recognised in two prestigious literary award categories in 2024:

The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) held its 9th Annual Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Book, Creative Collection and Digital Contribution Awards in March 2024. We are delighted to announce that P. R. Anderson’s Night Transit and Michèle Betty’s Dark Horse, were both announced as two of the five finalists in the Non-Fiction Poetry Category. We congratulate all the finalists and the winner and extend our thanks to the NIHSS for the recognition of our books.

The prestigious Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry was announced in the last week of March 2024 and we are delighted to say that once again, Dryad Press titles were announced as two of the five finalists. Linda Ann Strang’s Star Reverse and Michèle Betty’s Dark Horse, were both acknowledged. Once again, we thank the judges and organisers for the recognition given to our publications.

Cover Reveal -The Creative Arts: On Practice, Making & Meaning

Dryad Press is delighted to reveal the cover for our new book, forthcoming in May 2024, The Creative Arts: On Practice, Making & Meaning. This innovative and exciting book features a collection of fifteen essays on the transformative nature of creative arts across a broad spectrum of creative fields including poetry, prose, science fiction, dance, music, podcasting and others. Look out for essays by your favourite South African writers, academics and poets including, Vonani Bila, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, vangile gantsho, Ashraf Jamal, Liesl Jobson, Lliane Loots, Wamuwi Mbao, Kobus Moolman, Stephanus Muller, Sally Ann Murray, Masande Ntshange, Uhuru Phalafala, Annel Pieterse, Meg Vandermerwe and Simon van Schalkwyk. With a compelling foreword by renowned academic Gabeba Baderoon, these essays explore the challenges of producing creative work and offer critical insights that occur when imagination meets discipline.

The art that graces our cover is titled On Humankind i, by the talented Henrietta Scholtz.

Henrietta is a self-taught visual artist and curator, based at Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, Fordsburg, Johannesburg. She has an English Literature degree and an honours degree in Communications Management from VEGA. Henrietta has exhibited in group shows, including the Turbine Art Fair, the National Arts Festival, Sasol New Signatures, Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards and The Centre for the Less Good Idea’s Long Minute. Since 2021, she has been the assistant curator of the SABC Art Collection. On Humankind, the cover art, is a two-part meditation on what it means to be a ‘self’ within a body created by those who have come before. It is an archaeology of the self (both created and creative) within the time-travel of meditation and thought, influenced by the Cradle of Humankind. In Henrietta’s words:

“We are process as we live and breathe everyday within our
bodies, communities and geographies. We are renewing
and regenerating and decaying. From flesh to bone to dust,
we continue the creative process of the physical, historical,
geographical, ancestral and temporal.”

Michele Betty’s Dark Horse is the recipient of the 2023 South African Literary Award for Poetry!

The SALA Awards on 7 November 2023 were an absolutely fabulous affair and Dryad Press is delighted to announce that Michele Betty’s Dark Horse was the winner of the 2023 South African Literary Award for Poetry. Thank you to the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, to wRite associates (especially the dynamic Kanya Mbuzane who worked tirelessly all night) and to the North West University, for an eclectic atmospheric evening interspersed with incredible singing talent and spoken word poetry. It was a night to remember…

iyra e m maharaj is featured in The Post

We are delighted that debut poet, iyra e m maharaj was featured in The Post newspaper on 28 September 2023, ahead of her forthcoming launch on 4 October 2023.

“EARTH-CIRCUIT is an anthology of surrealist poetry, crafted into three sec­tions: creation, death and evolution. The author, Iyra EM Maharaj, 30, said the poems spoke to re-imagined ideas of religion, God and gender.
The book will be launched on Octo­ber 4 at The Book Shoppe in Plumstead, Cape Town.
Maharaj matriculated in 2011 from Sastri College in Durban, and was the recipient of the Francis and Jessica Brett­Young Memorial Prize in 2012…”

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POETRY LAUNCH IN CAPE TOWN of earth-circuit by iyra e m maharaj

Dryad Press is delighted to announce its forthcoming publication for October 2023, earth-circuit by iyra e m maharaj. In this collection, our debut poet transports us to a dreamscape where surreal imagination gives rise to an abundant range of ideas, experiences and images that prompt a new view on familiar and naturalised norms. These poems are strangely vital encounters of dream life and reconsidered waking that come to life, creating a powerful mythology of woman as energy, embracing an elemental witchy power. iyra will be in conversation with publisher and poet Michèle Betty. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear our poet discuss and read from this innovative and exciting collection!

 

Date: Wednesday, 4 October
Venue: The Bookshoppe, 3 Arts Village, 260 Main Road, Plumstead, Cape Town
Time: 18: 30 for 19:00
RSVP: ray@thebookshoppe.co.za
Contact: Ray van Wyk

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FORTHCOMING IN OCTOBER 2023

“….what you never knew you knew.” – Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

Dryad Press is delighted to announce its, forthcoming publication for October 2023, earth-circuit by iyra e m maharaj. In this collection, our debut poet transports us to a dreamscape where surreal imagination gives rise to an abundant range of ideas, experiences and images that prompts a new view on familiar and naturalised norms. The poems are strangely vital encounters of dream life and reconsidered waking that come to life, creating a powerful mythology of woman as energy, embracing an elemental witchy power.

Look out for our announcement of the launch dates which will be in October in Cape Town, and take advantage of our pre-launch special offer: purchase any two Dryad Press collections one of which is earth-circuit and receive 40% discount on your order.

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DRYAD PRESS IS COMING TO JOBURG

Dryad Press is delighted to announce that we are finally coming to Johannesburg. We invite you to join us at Love Books for an evening of poetry, snacks and wine as we celebrate the combined launch of P. R. Anderson’s, Night Transit and Michèle Betty’s Dark Horse. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear these poets read from their new collections.

RSVP to Kate Rogan at Love Books on kate@lovebooks.co.za, as this event will fill up quickly! We encourage you to continue to support small independent press publishing in South Africa by purchasing our books. Take advantage of our Pre-Order Special Offer (only available online at the Dryad website): purchase Night Transit and Dark Horse, and receive a 40% discount on your purchase.

 

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P R ANDERSON IS IN STELLENBOSCH

To all our Stellenbosch based readers, don’t miss this opportunity to catch P R Anderson in discussion with Michèle Betty and hear a reading by this poet from his talked about collection, Night Transit, released earlier this year.

“Saying the Unsaid and Unsayable”

Venue: Yellow Molteno room at the English Department, Stellenbosch University

Date: 3 August, 12:00-13:00

DRYAD APPOINTS ASHLEY ALLARD AS INTERN FOR 2023

It is that time of year again and Dryad Press and Stellenbosch University are delighted to announce that Ashley Allard has been selected to intern with Dryad Press for 6 months for the period July-Dec 2023. Ashley is currently completing her honours degree in English at Stellenbosch University. Her honours research topic explores the contemporary vision of the ‘ideal feminine’ through an analysis of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s critically acclaimed show ‘Fleabag’.

Ashley is the co-editor of a youth magazine named Moyé, which focusses on uplifting young South African creatives and their work. She is also a journalist writing for the Stellenbosch News and was the first runner-up for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award in 2022. She plans on completing a master’s degree and continuing her writing and professional endeavours in the years to come. We take this opportunity to thank everyone who submitted their CV’s for this programme. We congratulate Ashley on her appointment and look forward to working with her at Dryad.

SOLD OUT LAUNCH OF P. R ANDERSON’S NIGHT TRANSIT

Last night saw a packed turnout for the launch of P. R. Anderson’s, Night Transit. We were delighted to sell out of books and extend our thanks to Exclusive Books for facilitating the evening and to Simon Van Schalkwyk who provided a platform for a compelling and engaging discussion and reading. Look out for our announcement about forthcoming readings by P. R. Anderson, which will be hosted at UCT and in Johannesburg at venues to be announced.

The launch of P. R. Anderson’s Night Transit:

We are excited to announce the details regarding the launch of P. R. Anderson’s Night Transit. This is a rare opportunity to hear Anderson in conversation with poet, academic and literary critic Simon van Schalkwyk (Senior Lecturer Wits University). RSVP quickly to secure you seat. Take advantage of our Pre-Order Special Offer: purchase any two Dryad Press titles, one of which is Night Transit, and receive an amazing 40% discount on your purchase! This offer available online only and is for a limited period so grab your books in the next 2 weeks.

 

Launch details:

Date: Thursday, 20 April 2023
Venue: Exclusive Books, Cavendish Square, Cape Town
Time: 17:30 for 18:00
RSVP: events@exclusivebooks.co.za

We can’t wait to see you there!

VIDEO TRAILER RELEASE: NIGHT TRANSIT, BY P. R. ANDERSON:

Enjoy our video trailer for the new collection forthcoming from Dryad Press, Night Transit, by P. R. Anderson. We extend our thanks to the talented Jade Morgan of Jade Designs who curated and designed this stunning trailer. Look out next week for the announcement of our launch date in April, and don’t miss the opportunity to hear a renowned South African poet read from his new collection.

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COVER REVEAL, NIGHT TRANSIT, P. R. ANDERSON

We are excited to share the cover of Dryad Press’s first publication for 2023, Night Transit, by P. R. Anderson. Anderson experiences the world with clear and original eyes and this new collection is not be missed! A huge shout out to the talented architect and artist Hanien Conradie, whose gorgeous ecological artworks, Die Hart van Dagbreek and Tankwa Dawn (both ochre on canvas 115cm x 85cm), grace the front and back covers. Hanien’s art explores the human relationship with the land through painting, performance and poetry and as such, has a unique ability to reflect Anderson’s thematic content. Be surprised by Conradie’s additional artwork, which appears in interleaves throughout the new collection and contact us if you would like to be in touch with this gifted artist to view her new work. Thanks also to cover designer Stephen Symons, who never fails to produce compelling cover design work for Dryad Press and to Nandipha Mntambo for her meaningful endorsement.

Look out for our video trailer to be launched next Thursday followed by details of the Night Transit book launch. Jump onto our social media sites to take part in our celebratory GIVEAWAY! The person with the most shares of our cover between today and our post next Thursday, will receive a free copy of Night Transit! We will announce the winner with the release of the video trailer next Thursday 9 March 2023.

Poetry Reading by Kobus Moolman in Riebeeck Kasteel

The mountain behind the house

Join us for a reading by Kobus Moolman from his recent volume of poetry “The Mountain Behind the House”. He will be joined by David Wickham with percussion and sound effects.

Date: 18 February 2023
Venue: Hoofstraat Conceptual, 52 Hoofstraat, Riebeeck Kasteel
Time: 19:00

CAPE TOWN BOOK LAUNCH OF DARK HORSE

The Cape Town launch of Michèle Betty’s book was held at Exclusive Books, Cavendish Square. Loadshedding meant we started in atmospheric light. But our friends at EB, were unphased and innovative and we thank Linda McCullough and her team for their generous drinks and snacks and for access to this beautiful venue for reading poetry.

New Book Release: Dark Horse, by Michèle Betty

Join us on 20 October for the launch of Michéle Betty’s second volume of poetry, Dark Horse. Michéle will be in conversation with academic, literary critic and poet, Joan Hambidge.

Cape Town:
Date: Thursday, October 2022
Venue: Exclusive Books, Cavendish Square
Time: 17: 30 for 18:00
RSVP: events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Take advantage of our Pre-Launch Special Offer. If you order two Dryad poetry books, one of which is Dark Horse, you will receive a 25% discount on your order. Make use of this limited special offer by clicking here:

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Dark Horse Cover Announcement and book trailer:

Dryad Press is excited to reveal the cover for Michèle Betty’s new collection Dark Horse. The striking image used on the cover is “Mondays” and we acknowledge and thank artist Elize de Beer for allowing us to use the image on the cover. We invite you to enjoy the video trailer artfully curated by Luca Hart of Valk Studios.

The poems in Dark Horse are disruptive, even disturbing. The collection engages with myths and taboos surrounding self-harm, consequent journeys to unfamiliar, sometimes foreign places, and tackles aspects of spiritual awareness and loss. Dark Horse offers a powerful distillation of experience and imagination that will be invaluable reading  for any person who knows someone who has taken their own life.
Watch our social media and website for details of the launch in October 2022.

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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.

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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Click here to watch the book trailer for Star Reverse:

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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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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR BOOK BUNDLES SPECIAL

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.

All Dryad Press titles are available on our website or from better bookstores countrywide.

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DRYAD PRESS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF CHRIS MANN’S PALIMPSESTS

PalimpsestsDuring March 2021, Dryad Press mourned the passing of poet extraordinaire, Chris Mann. We are, however, proud to be launching Chris’s final poetry collection, completed just a few weeks before his passing. Join us at on 24 July 2021 to celebrate this incredible talent, poet and friend of poetry.

You will be able to attend launches of Palimpsests in both Cape Town and at the McGregor Poetry Festival in McGregor. Details are as follows:

Cape Town Launch

 

Classics scholar Michael Lambert who wrote the insightful Preface to the collection, will present the launch, and Harry Owen, friend and colleague, will read Chris’s poems.

McGregor Poetry Festival:
Watch our social media sites for confirmation of the exact date, time and venue for this event.

DRYAD PRESS ANNOUNCES MASTERCLASSES FOR ITS 2021 SUBMISSION SHORTLIST

Dryad Press is delighted to offer all poets on the 2021 Submission Shortlist an opportunity to attend a Masterclass with either Finuala Dowling or Simon van Schalkwyk. Click here to read more about each Masterclass:

 

Finuala Dowling Masterclass    Simon van Schalkwyk Masterclass

 

Our shortlist (in no particular order) includes the following poets: Phelelani Makhanya, David Schmidt, Kirby Mania, Chariklia Martalas, David Copeland, Amy Blanchard, Emily Buchanan, Stephen Devereux, Kerry Hammerton, Wendy Woodward, Alexander Murie, Brian Walter, Tony Ullyatt, Julien de Wette, Janet Remmington, Shaun de Waal, Staurt Payne, Adré Marshall, Graham Dukas, Moira Lovell, Harry Owen, Louella Sullivan, Oliver Findlay Price, Mari de Beer, Liz Trew and Silke Heiss.

Our 3 selections for publication in 2022 are not mentioned on the shortlist. Look out for the announcement regarding their collections coming soon.

Transcontinental Delay was number 1 on the Exclusive Books bestseller list!

CAPE TOWN BOOK LAUNCH OF TRANSCONTINENTAL DELAY

Thank you Exclusive Books for hosting a fascinating conversation between Wamuwi Mboa and Simon van Schalkwyk on Transcontinental Delay.

JOHANNESBURG BOOK LAUNCH OF TRANSCONTINENTAL DELAY

The Johannesburg launch of Simon van Schalkwyk’s book was held outside on a warm balmy Johannesburg evening. Thanks to the team at David Krut, to Chris Thurman and to the poet for his moving reading. We look forward to Cape Town next week.

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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 (Fully Booked) and Cape Town (Fully Booked).

Johannesburg:
Date: Thursday, 11 March 2021
Venue: David Krut Projects
Address: 151 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg
Time: 17: 30 for 18:00
RSVP: books@davidkrut.com
Contact: Annabel Williams
Simon will be in conversation with literary critic and Associate Professor Chris Thurman (Wits University)

Cape Town:
Date: Thursday, 18 March 2021
Venue: Exclusive Books, Cavendish Square
Time: 17: 30 for 18:00
RSVP: events@exclusivebooks.co.za
Contact: Linda McCoullough
Simon will be in conversation with Dr Wamuwi Mbao (Stellenbosch University)

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!

 

JRB INTERVIEW WITH SIMON

 

We encourage you to continue to support small independent press publishing in South Africa by purchasing our books. Take advantage of our Pre-Launch Special Offer (available online only at the Dryad website). If you order two Dryad poetry books, one of which is Transcontinental Delay, you will receive a 20% discount on your order. Make use of this limited special offer by clicking our link above.

2021 OPEN MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS

“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 ANNOUNCES ITS FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS FOR 2021

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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THE LAUNCH OF KOBUS MOOLMAN’S THE MOUNTAIN BEHIND THE HOUSE WAS A MOVING TRIBUTE TO AN EXCEPTIONAL POET

Thank you to everyone who attended the launch of The Mountain Behind the House last night at Exclusive Books. Our final launch of the year was indeed a memorable one. Despite limited numbers (due to Covid requirements) and social distancing requirements, our snacks in little neat individual boxes and our chairs socially distanced, it was a special night. For the first time ever (and not without a few initial teething problems on our side), we had a live screening to the Dryad Press and Exclusive Books facebooks pages and we had a large online literary community join us from all over South Africa, which was a delight. Pick up your copy of The Mountain Behind the House in our online bookstore, from Exclusive Books or at better bookstores near you. Congratulations to our competition winners, Nadia and Musa Khanyile (who each won a copy of Tony Ullyatt’s River Willows) and to Shaun Clamp who won the beautiful Dryad Press Box Set. Our online giveaways went earlier in the week to Celine Solomons and Romania Maseko.

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.

We are delighted to be able to confirm that talented musician Francis Christie will be playing a half hour set from 17.30 to 18:00 so we encourage you come early to listen to his skilful musicality and enjoy a glass of wine and some snacks.

Finally, please continue to support small independent press publishing in South Africa by purchasing our books. Take advantage of our Pre-Order Special Offer (available online only at the Dryad website from now until just before the launch). If you order any two Dryad poetry books (excludes the Dryad Press Poetry Notebook), one of which is The Mountain Behind the House, you will receive a 20% discount on your order. Click on our bookstore link to take advantage of this limited special offer.

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: sala.org.za

 

“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;
  • 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 www.southafricanbookfair.co.za 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
business@dryadpress.co.za

Warren Jeremy Rourke
warren.rourke@worldartsagency.co.za
www.worldartsagency.co.za

The launch of Fiona Zerbst’s In Praise of Hotel Rooms

We had over 100 people join us online for the digital launch of Fiona Zerbst’s In Praise of Hotel Rooms. Thank you everyone for embarking on this exciting journey with us.

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: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/

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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The launch of catalien was a night to remember!

Thank you to the large crowd who attended the launch of catalien last night at Exclusive Books. Our first launch of the year was a memorable one. Oliver’s poems, engaging as they do with the disparate and often disturbing character of the human/animal relationship, are, in this time of coronavirus, more relevant than ever. Pick up a copy of catalien in our online bookstore or at better bookstores near you. Congratulations to our competition winner, Joanne Hichens, who won a complimentary copy of catalien.

For a full transcript of the fascinating interview between Oliver Findlay Price and Joan Hambidge, click here.

Dryad Press poets Sally Ann Murray, Joan Hambidge 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.

9 March 2020 at 15:30 Adam Small Seminar Room: Join Beverly Rycroft in conversation with Bibi Slippers on how her Dryad Press collections, A Private Audience and missing are woven from a personal space and time.

11 March 2020 at 15:30 Adam Small Seminar Room: Sally Ann Murray‘s collection Otherwise Occupied was published by Dryad Press in 2019 to outstanding reviews. Take this unique opportunity to hear the Chair of English at Stellenbosch University, in conversation with Joan Hambidge (literary critic, reviewer and Hofmeyr Chair in Afrikaans at the University of Cape Town) discuss her collection and read from her poems.

Announcing the Launch of Oliver Findlay Price’s catalien

Dryad Press, in association with Exclusive Books, is proud to announce the new collection in the Dryad Press Living Poets Series by Oliver Findlay price, catalien.

This unique debut collection of poems engages with the Surrealist notion of a rebus – a puzzle device that combines images to depict a new word and which requires unexpected creative conjunctions that confuse then delight when the puzzle is resolved. The collection harnesses a liberal range of human emotions combined with a deceptively charming wickedness. In amongst a terrain of cats, fish, birds, dolphins, lizards and snakes, Findlay Price deftly draws the reader into his idiosyncratic world.

Join us at Exclusive Books, Cavendish in Claremont, Cape Town on Thursday, 5 March 2020 at 18:00 for 18:30 to hear Oliver Findlay Price in conversation with critic and poet Joan Hambidge, read from his work.

We look forward to sharing this exciting new collection with you!

Brian Walter’s reading at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

Thank you to everyone who attended Brian Walter’s reading at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum on Sunday. And to Dan Wylie for facilitating the discussion and to the Friends of the Museum for making all the arrangements. A wonderful morning was had by all.

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. Ullyatt was awarded the prize jointly with poets Ayande Billie and Nathan Trantraal. We take this opportunity to thank SALA and all the organisers for this generous recognition and for the awards evening enjoyed by all who attended.

Brian Walter will be in conversation with Dan Wylie at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in Port Elizabeth

Well-known poet from the Eastern Cape, Brian Walter, will be in conversation with literary critic and poet Dan Wylie on his new collection Allegories of the Everyday. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Brian read from and discuss his work.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum: This event is a collaboration with the Friends of the Art Museum in the Nelson Mandela Metropole. They are an inspirational organisation that seeks to develop, enhance, preserve and celebrate the museum and who seek to create a vibrant arts, culture and heritage community in Nelson Mandela Bay. The event will coincide with the monthly Art in the Park Event so you will be able to enjoy a vibrant morning of poetry and art.

For more information click here.

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. If you submitted a manuscript, we thank you for having the courage to put your work out there. If you did not make it, do not lose heart and consider submitting new work in our 2020 open submission period. Watch our website and social media platforms for information regarding this.

In the meantime, take inspiration from the three new poets that we welcome into the Dryad Press stable and whose collections will form part of the Dryad Press Living Poets Series, joining Michèle Betty, Beverly Rycroft, Tony Ullyatt, Stephen Symons, Sally Ann Murray and Brian Walter, whose collections were published in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Congratulations to our prize nominated poet!

This October, Tony Ullyatt’s collection, An Unobtrusive Vice has been nominated for one of South Africa’s most prestigious literary awards, A South African Literary Award (SALA) in the Poetry category. Tony published this debut collection with Dryad Press in February 2018. We wish him congratulations and the best of luck for the forthcoming announcement.

“Crouched among the last surviving pieces
of my life’s wreck, I see chemistry,
some wizard’s formula which releases
the wayward life from its grim history.”

– Tony Ullyatt, ‘Like Icarus’

Brian Walter and the Helenvale poets read at the Alliance Francaise Festival of Poetry

Brian Walter will read from his collection Allegories of the Everyday. The reading will focus on poems about Helenvale and the reading will include new work read by the Helenvale poets. Join us for this exciting and ground breaking reading.

Brian Walter travels to France with the Helenvale Poets

Dryad Press poet Brian Walter will be travelling to France with the Helenvale poets whom he mentors. We are proud of the invaluable work Brian does in this under privileged local community and will keep you updated on the progress of this team of young poets.

Dryad Press was at the McGregor Poetry Festival 23-25 August 2019

Thank you Poetry in McGregor for a fantastic weekend of poetry.

Dryad Press is at the McGregor Poetry Festival 23-25 August 2019

Dryad Press poets, Joan Hambidge, Sally Ann Murray, Brian Walter and Michèle Betty read at this year’s McGregor Poetry Festival.

Click here for details of the 3 events

News from the launch of Brian Walter’s Allegories of the Everyday


A big thank you to Exclusive Books and to everyone who attended the launch of Brian Walter’s, Allegories of the Everyday. It was a packed reading and interview thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. We have posted some pictures and two videos of Brian reading his poems for you to enjoy.

Read Joan Hambidge’s fascinating interview with Brian Walter here

 

Announcing the Launch of Brian Walter’s Allegories of the Everyday

Dryad Press, in association with Exclusive Books, is proud to announce the new collection in the Dryad Press Living Poets Series by Brian Walter, Allegories of the Everyday.


Walter is a previous winner of the Ingrid Jonker Prize for poetry. In this extraordinary collection of poems, he reflects on daily moments drawn from the ordinary – a hovering kestrel, the activities of wasps or crabs, the death of a wildcat, to construct the stations of a journey that shape into a deeper, human story.

Join us at Exclusive Books, Cavendish in Claremont, Cape Town on Wednesday, 7 August 2019 at 18:00 for 18:30 to hear Brian Walter in conversation with critic and poet Joan Hambidge, read from his work.

We look forward to sharing this exciting new collection with you!

Date:  Wednesday, 7 August
Poet: Brian Walter
Collection: Allegories of the everyday
Venue: Exclusive Books, Cavendish
Time: 18:30

Sally Ann Murray Book Reading

Join us at The The Bookshoppe, Tokai on Monday 15 July 2019, to hear Sally Ann Murray read from her new collection Otherwise Occupied.


Date:  Monday, 15 July
Poet: Sally Anne Murray
Collection: Otherwise Occupied
Venue: The Bookshoppe, Tokai
Time: 19:30

For anyone who missed Beverly Rycroft’s incredible talk on CapeTalk, and would like to listen to the interview and discussion regarding breast cancer, as well as hear Bev reading some of her poetry, go to this link:

http://www.capetalk.co.za/podcasts/127/afternoons-with-pippa-hudson/

Re-Launch of Beverly Rycroft’s missing

Beverly Rycroft will be in discussion with Pippa Hudson of CapeTalk, on the re-launch of her debut collection, missing.

Dryad Press is proud to announce the re-launch of Beverly Rycroft’s debut poetry collection, missing. Beverly will be in discussion with Pippa Hudson (of CapeTalk) and Dr Rika Pienaar (Oncologist) on Tuesday, 4 June 2019, 14:00-15:00, on CapeTalk radio. Tune in on 567AM or to join the studio audience at the CapeTalk Green Point Studios.

To be part of the studio audience at CapeTalk, please email comments@capetalk.co.za with the heading: Cancer- Bev Rycroft 4 June in the subject line.

Reading of Sally Ann Murray’s Otherwise Occupied

For those who couldn’t make Sally Ann Murray’s brilliant reading at the Tokai Book Shoppe last night, watch these videos of her reciting “Lady Gaga’s superbowl performance divides America” and “Sample questions for a senatorial quorum”.

Dryad Press, in association with Exclusive Books, is proud to present this serious, often playful, sometimes outrageous volume of poetry by Sally Ann Murray, Chair of the English Department at Stellenbosch University.

Murray draws inspiration from contemporary women’s experimental poetics, inflecting poetry’s familiar inner speech with the sounds and shapes of found materials and engaging cultural noise. In Otherwise Occupied, the poem becomes otherwise under innovative necessity and performative exploration.

Join us to hear poet and critic Joan Hambidge in conversation with Sally Ann Murray on: Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at Exclusive Books, Cavendish, Claremont, Cape Town at 17.30. The acoustic band, GRAVEL ROAD, will be playing LIVE from 17:30 so join us for a glass of wine and a canapé before the interview and reading begins.

We look forward to sharing this landmark
collection with you!

Thank you to everyone who supported the launch of Sally Ann Murray’s, Otherwise Occupied. Thanks also to Exclusive Books for hosting such a successful evening. So great to see a packed bookstore!

DRYAD PRESS IS AT THE US WOORDFEES STELLENBOSCH, CAPE TOWN

Dryad Press is excited to announce that Joan Hambidge will be at the University of Stellenbosch Woordfees, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 at 14:00.

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Joan Hambidge’s collection of translations, The Coroner’s Wife (Dryad Press, 2017), is a selection of poems in translation chosen from across Hambidge’s more than 25 poetry collections. The translations are by established poets such as Johann de Lange, Charl J.F. Cilliers, Jo Nel and Douglas Reid Skinner.
Join Louise Viljoen in conversation with Joan the poet and Douglas Reid Skinner the translator, poet and editor, about the nuances and complexities of translation. Joan and Douglas will read excerpts from the The Coroner’s Wife, in Afrikaans and English respectively.
The US Woordfees provides poets, authors and literature lovers alike with a unique opportunity to celebrate their craft. Seats will sell out fast, so book your tickets early online at www.woordfees.co.za to avoid disappointment.

Thanks to Elmari Rautenbach and the organisers at the US Woordfees for such an enjoyable event.

Open submission period in April 2019

Dryad Press is pleased to confirm that it has made its selections for publication in 2019. Watch this space for an announcement regarding forthcoming publications in 2019! Dryad will also be accepting submissions for original collections of poetry from South African poets, or poets living in South Africa.

Please take note of the following important information:

Submissions will be open from 1 April to 30 April 2019. 

Manuscripts must be predominantly written in English or Afrikaans, or a combination of those languages. Every manuscript will be read, and all will be considered for publication.

We ask for smaller collections of poetry of between 50-60 pages. Most books published by Dryad Press contain approximately 40 poems and we recommend that you submit manuscripts that do not substantially exceed this in length.

We recommend that you obtain and read collections of poetry previously published by Dryad Press. Our collections are available online at www.dryadpress.co.za, at most Exclusive Books stores and at better bookstores nationwide. This will assist you in gaining an understanding of the type of poetry that we publish.

Successful manuscripts will be published in the manner and format that Dryad Press deems appropriate.

Manuscripts containing poems previously published in magazines, anthologies, journals, or online will be accepted, as long as each previously-published poem is acknowledged in the manuscript. Manuscripts that have already been published previously – including self-publishing – will not be accepted.

We accept manuscripts from writers of any experience, whether they have published a collection of poetry before or not. We do, however, strongly recommend that you obtain the advice and assistance of a trusted colleague or friend (preferably experienced in the collation of literary collections) prior to submitting your work. Manuscripts that have been carefully compiled and thought out tend to stand out and have a better chance of success.

Guidelines for submissions

Dryad Press poets are coming to Johannesburg in November 2018!

Dryad Press launches a new publication in October 2018.

Dryad Press is delighted to be publishing Stephen Symons’s second collection, Landscapes of Light and Loss. Join us at Exclusive Books for the launch!

David Krut and Dryad Press

Listen to a podcast of David Krut in conversation with Michèle Betty on the long collaboration between the two companies and on the complexities of being a poet, publisher and editor.

Podcast: Editor and poet, Michèle Betty

Dryad Press is delighted to be attending the Vrystaat Kunstefees in July 2018

Come join us on Thursday, 12 July at 13:00 for the Bloemfontein launch of Tony Ullyatt’s debut poetry collection, An Unobtrusive Vice. Tony Ullyatt will be in conversation with renowned poet and writer Kobus Moolman.

DRYAD PRESS LAUNCHES JOAN HAMBIDGE’S, THE CORONER’S WIFE

Dryad Press invites you to the launch of Joan Hambidge’s, The Coroner’s Wife:
Date: Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Venue: David Krut Projects
Address: Montebello Design Centre, Newlands Avenue, Newlands
Time: 18:00 for 18.30
Interview: Joan Hambidge will be in conversation with publisher, Michèle Betty

DRYAD PRESS AT THE FRANSCHHOEK LITERARY FESTIVAL, 18-20 MAY 2018

Dryad Press is excited to announce that poets from the Dryad Press Living Poets Series will be reading from their work at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Join Tony Ullyatt and Michèle Betty at 14:00 on Saturday, 19 May 2018 for a reading and discussion titled, The Threshold Between and then stay to listen to Beverly Rycroft read with poets Karin Schimke and Kerry Hammerton, at their reading, They f*ck you up your Mum and Dad.

The Franschhoek Literary Festival provides poets, authors and literature lovers alike with a unique opportunity to celebrate their craft. As the venues are cosy, seats will sell out fast, so book your tickets early online at www.flf.co.za to avoid disappointment.

PHOTOS OF THE EXCLUSIVE BOOKS POETRY SESSION

Thanks to Exclusive Books for hosting such a successful reading.

Thanks also to Nielen Prinsloo, Emma Rycroft and their band for providing such excellent music beforehand and to Stephen Symons, Michèle Betty and Beverly Rycroft whose readings were so engaging and to everyone who supported the event and were bold enough to read at the open mic session afterwards. Watch this space for the next Dryad Press reading at Exclusive Books!

EXCLUSIVE BOOKS POETRY SESSION – 28 MARCH 2018

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!

TONY ULLYATT – AN UNOBTRUSIVE VICE

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.

LAUNCH DETAILS – AN UNOBTRUSIVE VICE

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.

OR

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.

JOIN BEVERLY RYCROFT FOR A READING OF POEMS FROM A PRIVATE AUDIENCE:

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.

Click here for more details

 

 

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.

Click here for more details.

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