Olivia Byard’s third book of poetry, The Wilding Eye, New and Selected Poems, was published by The Worple Press in April 2015, and in June 2015 was made a New Statesman recommended read. The New Statesman said of the book in their accompanying review:

‘At times impassioned, at times, frail, Byard’s verse memorably locates our positon in the world’.


A generous selection of poems from both of Olivia Byard’s first two collections, From a Benediction, (Peterloo Poets, 1997) and Strange Horses, (Flambard 2011) appear at the back of the book updated and arranged to complement.


You can order this book from a local bookshop, (or stockists Foyle’s or Blackwell’s in the UK), or from Barnes and Noble in the US.  Alternatively, you can click the link here and order the book directly from the publisher, Worple Press.

Welcome to the website of the poet, Olivia Byard



Click here to hear Olivia read a selection of poems from this latest and comprehensive book.  You can read a selection here.


Click here to access right away Olivia Byard’s Back Pages where she comments on social issues, and contributes reviews, useful recommendations and information, news and coming events.


Note: the embroideries appearing on the pages of this website were all made by Olivia Byard.

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