Martin is poet, teacher, retired army major, qualified accountant (winner of the 1976 RAPC Apprentice College Accounting Prize), Randy Newman fan and photographer; but mostly a poet. He is married to the poet and artist Helen Ivory.
He's managed to produce two new books this year: Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine with Cinnamon Press and Shed with Gatehouse Press. He promises not to publish another book for some time. Details of all his books can be found on the books page on his website.
This Spring (2016) He's been having fun showcasing Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine the show about the region and at the London Roundhouse. It has gone very well and in 2017 they’ll be touring it all over the place. The show is a different beast to the book and there’s more about it here.
Dr Zeeman the show is (loosely speaking) a sequel to from his previous show. Whistle. Whistle received two major Arts Council Lottery Fund Awards in 2010, was shortlisted for Ted Hughes Prize for New Work in Poetry , won the 2013 Saboteur Best Spoken Word Show Award. The poem Victor from the book and show won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize in 201. He performed over sixty times, including a weeks run at the London Roundhouse, a full Edinburgh Fringe run and a British Council tour of India.
He is also chair of Café Writers and comperes it with varying degrees of incompetence in Norwich every month.
He's taught poetry & photography (sometimes both at once) and performance to students from reception classes, MA Groups, support groups, prisoners, excluded pupils and all sorts of other people. In 2016, he started work on a project in North Norfolk with people who love with mental health conditions – it is a truly inspiring transformative project ..
A few years back He bagged an MA, with Distinction, in ‘Writing the Visual’ from the then Norwich School of Art & Design, studying under Andrea Holland and George Szirtes.