Welcome to the website of the poet Olivia Byard

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The Wilding Eye, New and Selected Poems - out now

is Olivia Byard's third book of poetry and was published in April 2015 by The Worple Press. 

Further details and sample poems from the book can be found by clicking here


Click here to go to a recording of Olivia reading a selection from the book.


Click here to go to the reviews page for The Wilding EyeThe Wilding Eye is a New Statesman recommended read (June 12 - 18 issue, 2015).


You can find out more on The Worple Press website and order copies by clicking here.


Olivia has published two previous books.  Her first, 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.