ABOUT

Ollie O’Neill is a poet and writer from London. In 2013 she won the UK’s National Youth Slam Championship, and she is a Barbican Young Poet alumni. She has since gone on to read at venues such as The Institute of Contemporary Art, Soho Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Cheltenham Literature Festival and many more. 

 

In 2019, her debut pamphlet Ways of Coping was published by Out-Spoken Press. In 2020, her debut full length collection What We Are Given will be published by Write Bloody UK. 

 

"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

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