Oliver Mantell is a poet and arts audience consultant, based in Sheffield.

Publications (Poetry):

  • Holding Pattern
  • Urban Forest (also edited)
  • Contributor to 154 – Live Canon (responses to Shakespeare’s sonnets)
  • Live Canon 2015 Anthology (shortlisted for the 2014 Live Canon International Poetry Competition)
  • The Lincoln Record

Publications (Other):

  • Hooked: Engaging People with Literature (ed. with Haidee Bell)
  • The Yorkshire Word (regional literature newsletter)
  • Reviews in The North, Acumen, The Leeds Guide, digyorkshire.com
  • Evidence Review about Reading, for Arts Council England (forthcoming)
  • Literature Audience Report, The Audience Agency (forthcoming)


Oliver has read at a variety of events, including:

  • Antics Upstairs @ the Red Deer, Sheffield
  • Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield
  • Moral Panic, Sheffield
  • Bukowski’s, Sheffield
  • Sharrow Festival, Sheffield
  • Poetry at the Heart, Leeds
  • Poetry at the Beehive, Bradford
  • Jericho Poets, Oxford
  • Turl St Arts Festival, Oxford


  • Urban Forest: a poetry pamphlet and walk in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield featuring fourteen local poets writing in response to trees.
  • Leeds Leider Festival: libretto for a new composition by Evan Kassof (‘Lullaby for an Unborn Child’).
  • Poet in residence, Sharrow Festival