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

With the help of technology, this month we are bringing First Thursday to you virtually via Zoom! Joining us live will be Mary J. Oliver reading from her new book Jim Neat: The Case of a Young Man Down on His Luck (Seren 2019) and Lynne Hjelmgaard reading from latest poetry collection A Second Whisper (Seren 2019) . Amy will also be joining us live from the USA. Following the readings we will host our usual open mic so keep an eye out on the day for details of how to sign up. Below are all the details you need to join us. We ask that you please mute your videos once joined to reduce...