BEVERLY RYCROFT’s debut poetry collection, missing
, won the 2012 Ingrid Jonker award for a South African debut poetry collection. missing
(Modjaji Books) is the story of severe illness, recovery and hope.
Beverly is a graduate of the University of Cape Town (UCT) and The University of the Witwatersrand. A qualified teacher, she has written for both local and international magazines, including The Lancet
. Her poems have appeared in Carapace, New Coin, scrutiny2, New Contrast
and the anthology Difficult to Explain.
Her poems have also been anthologised in school text- books and the New Century of South African Poetry (3rd Edition).
She has performed readings of her work in Cape Town, Hermanus, The Franschoek Literary Festival, East London and Johannesburg, many of them with the poet Finuala Dowling. In November 2014 she read at Aldeburgh poetry festival in the UK.
Her first novel, A Slim, Green Silence
was published by Umuzi in 2015
Her second collection A Private Audience
was published by Dryad press in 2017.
Beverly lives in Cape Town.