October Treat – Martin Figura


Martin Figura was born in Liverpool and lives in Norwich.  He is a 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.  His collections include:  The Little Book of Harm (Firewater Press 2000) and Whistle (Arrowhead 2010) which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry in 2010.  His poem Victor won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize that same year.  In 2013 Nasty Little Press published his pamphlet Arthur.

He produced two new books last year:  Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine with Cinnamon Press and Shed with Gatehouse Press and is touring this year with his performances of Dr. Zeeman, the show.  His work has been described  as “profoundly honest and at the same time joyfully entertaining” by the Independent on Sunday.

Martin is chair of Café Writers, Norwich.

Come along to the Vittle and Swig restaurant in Camden Road for another feast of poetry – 7.45 for 8.00pm.

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