“With its bittersweet evocations of a father feared in childhood and nursed in old age, whose character teeters dangerously between Minotaur and King Lear, Beverly Rycroft ‘s, A Private Audience is remarkable for its lithe feats of metaphor, its imaginative recall, its satisfying score settling and, ultimately, its tender song of a woman (wife, mother, daughter) who has come through.” – Finuala Dowling
Beverly Rycroft was born in the eastern Cape. She 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 poetry has appeared in most local publications and has been anthologised in school textbooks. Her debut poetry collection, missing, won the 2012 Ingrid Jonker award. 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 her second poetry collection.