Poet Focus: Beverly Rycroft


What is your current profession? How do you juggle your work and your writing?
I was a teacher, but now I write. I find early mornings best, and write for up to three hours.


With which person, living or dead, would you most like to have a conversation?
Emily Dickinson. If she’d deign to come out of her room.


What is the most compelling lesson you have learned thus far from the Covid-19 pandemic?
A reminder that lack of distraction, quiet and solitude are blissful . They can be self-generated after Covid.


Which poets are you currently reading or who inspire you?

  • Louise Gluck
  • Wislawa Szymborska
  • Les Murray


What writing project are you currently working on and where can we go to see some new work?
I’m currently completing my second novel. After that I hope to post new poems on my website.



  • Read as many and as varied a selection of as you can
  • Switch everything off and go for a walk, hang up the washing, give your brain time to wander


Books/Movies/Series/Social Media Feeds You Are Reading Or Following During Lockdown

Series: Babylon; BerlinTheatre streaming; Cyprus Avenue; A Streetcar named Desire
Books: John Kennedy Toole – A Confederacy of Dunces; Toni Morrison – Beloved; Anna Karenina on audio tape

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Published Books

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

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