(National Poetry Day)

Forthcoming dates:

  • Publication date for Martyn’s new poetry collection called The Lovely Disciplines (Seren Books , 2017) is 31st July 2017. The London launch reading will be on Monday 18th September at the newly refurbished Poetry Café at 22 Betterton Street.  Come for a drink at 7pm and a reading from the book at 7.30pm.
  • During 2017, Guillemot Press will publish, O. at the Edge of the Gorge, Martyn’s new sequence of 14 linked sonnets.
  • Martyn will be reading from The Lovely Disciplines (Seren Books , 2017) on Wednesday 20th September 2017 at the Ouse Muse reading series, organised by Ian McEwen in Bedford.
  • Martyn will be giving a talk about the poetry of Edward Thomas at Palmers Green Library N13 4EY at 2.30pm on Saturday 30th September 2017 (for National Poetry Day)
  • Martyn will be reading (briefly at around 6.30pm) on Sunday 1st October 2017 with many other poets in a Poem-a-Thon in support of the Enfield Refugee Welcome fund, at the Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road, EN2 6DS.
  • Martyn will be reading at 7.30pm on Saturday 7th October with Mona Arshi, Julian Stannard, Caroline Gilfillan and Rishi Dastidar at the Discovery Centre, Winchester (‘UK-India Festival of Words’)
  • Martyn will be appearing at the 2017 Torbay Festival of Poetry on Saturday 21st October 2017.
  • Martyn will be reading translated work, mostly from Daodejing, at Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution on Sunday 22nd October. With Tim Ades. Details tbc.
  • Martyn will be reading from The Lovely Disciplines (Seren Books , 2017) on Monday 20th November 2017 at Toppings Bookshop, Bath.
  • Martyn will be leading an ekphrastic writing workshop at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and at the Richard Jefferies Museum and giving a reading on Sunday 11th March 2018.
  • Martyn will be reading new work on Monday 19th March 2018 at The Brioche Café, 238 West End Lane, London NW6 1LG – details tbc
  • Martyn will be reading new poems at the Palmers Green Poetry on 21st April 2018


Previous Reading/Event dates:.

  • reading at the launch of Magma magazine, LRB Bookshop, 6.30pm, Friday 24th March 2017.
  • a workshop on the Bruegel exhibition at the Holburne Museum, Bath on 25th February 2017.
  • has been teaching sessions for Poetry School on metrical verse 24/31 October + 7th November. See his blogs about this here.
  • reading new and older work at a South Bank Poetry reading at Torriano Meeting House in London at 7.30pm on Sunday 27th November 2016
  • reading with the Palmers Green Poetry Society Stanza Group on 2nd November at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London, WC2H 8LG – further details here.
  • discussing the challenges of translation at the Bloomsbury Festival Pop-Up Literary Festival with Chris Campbell, Literary Manager, Royal Court Theatre and Gregory Thompson, Creative Entrepreneur in Residence, UCL at 11.15 on Sunday 23rd October in the Churchill Room, Goodenough College, London House, Mecklenburgh Square, London
  • reading from Daodejing (with a reader of the original Chinese text) at The Beehive Poets in Bradford, 8.30pm on 10th October 2016reading on National Poetry Day, 6th October 2016 at Palmers Green Library, Broomfield Lane, London N13 4EY with Katherine Gallagher, and Myra Schneider
  • reading from Sonnets to Orpheus and discussing the inspiration of the Orpheus figure with Michael Glover, Anne Wroe, Marius Kociejowski plus music at Omnibus Arts Centre, 1 Clapham Common Northside SW4 OQW at 7.30pm Monday 5th September
  • discussing A Hatfield Mass with Jacqueline Saphra’s Poetry School writing group on Wednesday 6th July 2016 at The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London.
  • at Buzzwords in Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham at 8pm on Sunday 24th July 2016
  • at Enfield Poets, Dugdale Theatre on Saturday 4th June 2016
  • at Ware Poets , Ware, Herts – 8pm on Friday June 3rd 2016
  • at Words and Ears, 7.30pm Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire on Thursday 26th May 2016
  • BOOK LAUNCH: Martyn’s new versions of Laozi’s Daodejing on Tuesday 19 April 2016, 7pm at ENITHARMON 10 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL
  • at the Albion Beatnik Bookshop, Oxford, with Olivia Byard. 7.30pm Friday January 15th 2016.
  • at the StAnza International Poetry Festival @ St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, 2-6th March 2016
  • judging and reading at the 2016 Teignmouth Poetry Competition, closing date 31st January 2016 with results to be announced at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival on Sunday 20th March 2016. Martyn will read from his own work, present the competition winners and run a workshop during the Festival in March 2016. Festival Website.