Mary J. Oliver has a background in the visual arts. Her first book, Jim Neat, The Case of a Young Man Down on His Luck was published by Seren 2019. It’s a collection of poems, archival material and photographs, a distillation of 10 years’ of research into the mysterious life of her father. She was raised in Cornwall, moved to the west coast of Scotland where she raised her daughters; has now returned with her husband to the Western tip Cornwall, where she ‘loves to belong to be’ .
She enjoys editing Piccolina, a newsletter which focuses on promoting Cornish poets and live poetry events in Cornwall, but since Lockdown, has widened its remit to promoting poets and online poetry events anywhere.