oakley’s first poetry collection is launched Sunday 4 March.

oakley is a poet, playwright, writer and performer from the West Midlands and the former Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate (2017)

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A successful book launch Sunday 4 March, 4pm, in Drummonds Bar at The Swan With Two Nicks saw more people than expected as the snow was still heavy in many areas. Thank you to all who attended. The book was available and oakley performed his poetry accompanied by other powerful voices.

in the dark times is available directly from Black Pear Press at £6 per copy plus P&P.

For UK customers: buy-now-paypal

For non-UK customers: buy-now-paypal

Should you wish to purchase multiple copies please email ps@blackpear.net and advise the number of copies you’d like; a PayPal link will be issued specifically for you.

“oakley’s considered words speak beautifully of the belligerence that has become our everyday. It is epic in its ache and soothing in its soulfulness.”

Sabrina Mahfouz

“truthful, damning, cathartic. 

oakley’s collection speaks of the rotting mulch we live in, hoping for new shoots to sprout.”


“a precious work holding an energy that makes the reader exhale in awe between each poem; oakley is really something.” 

—Caleb Femi—Young People’s Laureate for London