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5th July 2023. As part of Penzance LitFest, Mary will appear in discussion with Nick Bamford and Richard Curnow on the subject of Adaptation and Collaboration

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In March 2022, scriptwriter, Gabrielle Finnegan adapted Jim Neat as a stage play, retitled My Father's Daughter.

We have a team and are working towards touring Cornish venues in the autumn 2023.

Coming Soon...
Jim Neat Stage Production

We are currently fundraising to create a brand new play, My Father's Daughter, based on the book, Jim Neat, planning to tour Cornish venues in late 2023. 

Sadly this production had to be cancelled 

Charles Cousley Festival 31st August 2022 , Launceston Town Hall - 'Looking In/Looking Out'  

Penzance LitFest July 9th 2022, Morrab Library- Writing with the Mind's Eye. 

North Cornwall Book Festival is back a workshop on poetry and prose, poetry and art. 

Saturday 25th September 2021 

Hypatia Trust, Penzance; *'Everybody is Interesting' Workshop, with artist Alessandra Ausenda.

Friday 27th March; 2021

*This event has been rescheduled as an online workshop event sponsored by Cultivator Cornwall.

For more details click here  Everybody is Interesting Online


Seren Book Launch in Cardiff; First Thursday Event 

Thursday 2nd April, 2020 (details: Seren Books)


Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival; 'Voices From Another Place' Workshop

Sunday 24th May 2020 (details: Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival)


Edinburgh; Workshop with artist Alison Waugh

(details to be announced)


Penzance Litfest; 'Breaking Boundaries' Workshop 

Saturday 4th July 2020 (details: Penzance Literary Festival)

North Cornwall Book Festival; 'Genre-Busting' Workshop with author Cathy Galvin 

Saturday 3rd October 2020. (details: North Cornwall Book Festival) 

St Just Library; Reading from 'Jim Neat' followed by discussion - 'writing your own story'

Thursday 8th October 2020

Mary J. Oliver is appearing in the online Stay at Home Festival 

click: Stay At Home (to see programme)

Scroll down to Thursday 9th April: Mary's time slot is 11am - 12.00. 

Click: HERE to join the programme. It's as simple as that. 


Her reading from Jim Neat will be followed by a Q & A session: how to kickstart your own innovative life writing. Bring your queries and ideas about hybrid memoir writing with you, and add them to the chat box in the right-hand corner of the screen! Easy!  

White Night: Lafrowda, St Just Library, Cornwall, All Night Readathon

Saturday 21st September 2019 from 8 pm onwards

Mary J. Oliver joins other Cornish writers and reads from her debut, Jim Neat, just nine days before its publication 

North Cornwall Book Festival, St Endellion, Cornwall

Saturday 12th October 2019 at 10 am 

Patrick Gale interviews Mary J. Oliver in the Cream of Cornwall event (details:

Penzance Stanza Booklet Launch at Morrab Library, Penzance (

Thursday 17th October, 2019 at 11 am

Mary J. Oliver joins her Stanza group to celebrate the publication of their booklet, Kernow Cornucopia and to read extracts from Jim Neat

Seren Book Launch at Broc Mor, Aberystwyth (

Saturday 2nd November 2019 at 7 pm

Mary J. Oliver and Lynne Hjelmgaard read from their newly published books, Jim Neat and A Second Whisper

Penzance Poetry Parlour with Katrina Naomi (

Thursday 7th November 2019 at 7.30 pm

Mary J. Oliver reading with playwright, poet and storyteller, Anna Murphy

Seren Book Launch in The Poetry Cafe, London (

Monday 11th November 2019 at 7 pm

Mary J. Oliver reading from Jim Neat; with poet Lynne Hjelmgaard reading from A Second Whisper

Poetry Presents, Falmouth University

Monday 25th November 2019 at 6 pm

Mary J. Oliver reading poems from Jim Neat

The Terre Verte Gallery, Altarnun, North Cornwall

Thursday 28th November 2019 from 6 - 8 pm

Mary J. Oliver reading poems from Jim Neat with Cathy Galvin reading from her new pamphlet 'Walking the Coventry Ring Road With Lady Godiva' published by Guillemot Press

Hypatia Trust, Penzance, Cornwall (bookings through Eventbrite)

Friday 29th November 2019 from 10 - 3 pm

Creative Ways of Working With the Past - a drawing and writing workshop with writer Mary J. Oliver and artist Alessandra Ausenda

Hypatia Trust, Penzance, Cornwall (bookings through:

Friday 29th November 2019 from 7 - 9 pm

Everybody is Interesting, an evening of words, images, feminism and music! Join Mary J. Oliver and Alessandra Ausenda in lively discussion 

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