Welcome to the website of the poet Olivia Byard

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Olivia Byard has published two books of poetry and her third, The Wilding Eye - New and Selected Poems, will be published by The Worple Press in 2015. Her first book, From a Benediction from Peterloo Poets, was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1998. Her second poetry collection, Strange Horses, published October, 2011, was cited by The Telegraph as one of the best new collections in January 2012, and has collected further excellent reviews.

Her work has also been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies both in Britain and abroad. She works in Oxford as a creative writing tutor.


Follow this link to see and hear Olivia reading from her work.


The embroideries which appear on many of the pages of this website are by Olivia Byard.