Dryad Press’s re-launch of missing underlines the value of a collection that, in Finuala Dowling’s words, “covers the archetypal journey from sickness and near-death to transformation and hope … — though rich in deftly crafted images, the poems are profoundly inviting, readable, memorable”.
Beverly Rycroft’s debut poetry collection, Missing, won the 2012 Ingrid Jonker award. She was also awarded the Thomas Pringle Prize for best poem in a journal (2013) and won second place in the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Competition (2011). Her poetry has appeared in most local publications and has been anthologised in school and university textbooks, most recently in the South African Century of South African Poetry (Jonathan Ball, 2018). She has read at a number of South African literary festivals as well as the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in the United Kingdom. Beverly is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand. A qualified teacher, she has taught at schools, in industry, and at a teachers’ training college. Rycroft is the author of a novel, A Slim, Green Silence (Umuzi, 2015) and a second poetry collection, A Private Audience (Dryad Press, 2017).