Mary J. Oliver

Mary J. Oliver trained in the visual arts before switching to writing full time ten years ago. Her poems have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies in the UK and US. Competitions won include those judged by Paul Muldoon and Ruth Padel. Her first book, Jim Neat: The Case of a Young Man Down on His Luck, was published by Seren in 2019.  In 2017, the original manuscript of Jim Neat was awarded 2nd prize in the New Welsh Writing Memoir Award. Five of the poems from it have been set to music for piano by the composer Judith Bailey. Oliver edits Piccolina, a poetry newsletter promoting live-poetry events in Cornwall, UK, and is chair of the Poetry Society’s Penzance Stanza Group. 


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Author Events

Thursday 2nd April, 19:30

Celebrate new poetry and fiction at April's First Thursday at Chapter Arts centre, Cardiff. This month's event features Lynne Hjelmgaard reading from her latest poetry collection A Second Whisper (Seren 2019) and Mary J. Oliver who will read from her debut collection, Jim Neat: The Case of a Young Man Down on His Luck (Seren 2019).  Doors open 7:30pm.  Followed by our usual open mic. Entry is £3 on the door.