Ollie O’Neill is a poet and writer from London, currently based in Brighton. She is the former UK Youth Slam Champion, and Barbican Young Poet alumni. She has read at venues such as The Institute of Contemporary Art, Soho Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Cheltenham Literature Festival and many more.
In 2020, her debut full length collection What We Are Given was published by Write Bloody UK. In 2019, her debut pamphlet Ways of Coping was published by Out-Spoken Press.
"O’Neill travels with us along dark tributaries of the heart, a cartographer of love and loss. Hers is an assured narrative voice, questing both the personal and the political. Her work is uncompromising and powerful, fusing sensuous language with arresting imagery"
- Joelle Taylor, Award winning poet & playwright
"What We are Given is that rare thing, a poetry book that is both personal and global. O'Neill pulls back the curtain enough to show us her world while deftly revealing our own. This is poetry for late nights and early mornings, poems to return to in bliss and loss, poetry to tell a friend about. Ollie O'Neill has shown here why we'll all be sharing her words for years to come."
- Aaron Kent, Editor of Broken Sleep Books