Charlotte Oliver’s poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies including Black Bough, Icefloe, Dreamcatcher, Green Teeth, Spelt, Neurological, One Hand Clapping, Poetry Pea and The Storms. She won 2nd prize in Indigo Dreams Autumn Poetry Competition 2022, Runner-up in the 2022 Wirral Poetry Festival Prize, Commended in Lord Whisky Poetry Competition 2022 and 2023, and Highly Commended in the Patricia Eschen Poetry Prize 2022. She was shortlisted in the Yeovil Literary Prize 2023 and her poem ‘Unboxed’ was chosen by Candlestick Press for inclusion in their ‘Christmas Walks for Rosy Cheeks’. Charlotte was lyricist for ‘The Dark Store’, an Arts Council-funded radio ballad and was an Ilkley Literature Festival ‘New Northern Poet, 2023.

Charlotte regularly leads poetry writing workshops. She works with both primary and secondary schools and a number of community groups including home-schoolers, MIND and Carers Plus, as well as running family drop-in sessions.

Of her debut publication, How To Be A Dressing Gown (Dreich), poet Clare Shaw wrote, ‘The chapbook lured me in with its calmness and certainty – punctuated with poems of breathtaking power.’


  • Rise Up!, York, November 2024
  • Poetry workshop leader at 10th anniversary Underneath the Stars Festival, August 2024
  • Summer Reading Challenge launch for the National Literacy Trust, July 2024
  • Commissioned poet for Words in the Landscape poetry trail at Sutton Bank Visitors’ Centre, North Yorkshire
  • Front Row, BBC Radio 4, May 2024 Listen here.
  • Festival Poet for Big Ideas by the Sea festival 2024, Scarborough
  • Poet in Residence (2024) at South Ciff Gardens, Scarborough
  • Lead Artist (Scarbororough area) for Spoken Word Power, a project bringing poetry into schools (with Eastside Arts, The National Literacy Trust and Arcade)
  • Arts Council England funded for ‘The Dark Store’, a radio ballad highlighting hidden labour written with composer Sarah Dew, premiered at South Square Arts Centre, West Yorkshire, Summer 2022
  • Saturday Poet Laureate for BBC Radio York
  • Commissioned poet for BBC Radio York’s Make a Difference campaign

Recent/Upcoming Readings:

  • Poetry and Music in the Gardens, South Cliff Gardens, August & September 2024
  • Clerkenwell ARTSlab at the Betsy Trotwood, Clerkenwell, London, June 2024
  • All About Anne! Poetry event remembering Anne Bronte, May 2024
  • Guest Poet at Women of Words, Hull, May 2024
  • Henry Normal support, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, April 2024
  • Candlestick Press Christmas Walks for Rosy Cheeks Launch, November 2023
  • Finding the Words, York October 2023
  • Poetry and Music in the Gardens, South Cliff Gardens, August & September 2023
  • Luke Wright support, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, May 2023


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Watercolour and ink, 2021