The local bookshop said
they’d take one for now.
It stood thinly on the shelf
between all of Eliot
all of Heaney.
Nasty Little Press 2010 £5
Arthur was born between the wars, three weeks premature. On the 28th April 1923 to be precise, while his father was watching his beloved West Ham lose two nil to Bolton Wanderers in the first Wembley FA Cup Final. Arthur loved his parents and he loved buses and boats. He grew up to be quite an odd, but happy boy. The Second World War broke out when he was sixteen years old and changed his life.
“A rare gift, his photographer’s eye and poet’s ear tell his story with candour, restraint, and perfect detail,…..”Gillian Clarke
Arrowhead Press 2010 £10
You can get it from PBS or Amazon, but please buy from publishers here if possible, or from me at a reading.
And there’s a show, see the Whistle page. Victor from it won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize in 2010.
People have been really kind about this book; please check out the reviews page.
Boring the Arse Off Young People
Nasty Little Press 2010 £5
I took a break from writing funny stuff for the five years Whistle took. It was great to be back writing stuff to make people laugh.
“I like Martin Figura’s work very much, He’s talented.”
A Happen Publication 2007 £4
A nice little catalogue of my exhibition of project in Dunstable. There’s an essay of mine in it that I’m quite proud of. Pictures and more detail here.
You can buy it from me.
Eggbox Publishing 2005 £5
You can still get these from Eggbox or me. It’s got some nice stuff in it, and the title poem and another couple are re-published in Boring the Arse off Young People. I was beginning to write ‘seriously’ and dearie me, there are a couple of clunkers that make me cringe and some run of the mill stuff – my fault, not Eggbox’s. I should point out lots of people liked it and it sold really well. I’ll stick some of the good ones on my Poem page from time to time.
The Little Book of Harm
Firewater Press 2002 £4
My first outpourings as a poet full of fun stuff best kept in the smallest room. It sold out 4 print runs and I’ve only two copies left. If you have one, hang on to it and forgive the crudity of some of the poems. A couple of the best ones are re-published in Boring the Arse off Young People.
This Man’s Army
Dewi Lewis Publishing 1998 £5
Photographs of the British Army. Essays by Liz Wells and Antony Beevor with an introduction from Billy Bragg. It had two colour supplement spreads (The Independent Magazine and Telegraph Magazine) & was exhibited in such illustrious places as Side Gallery and Watershed. One or two even found themselves in the Photographers’s Gallery,National Portrait Gallery and the Imperial War Museum Collection. Send me a fiver & I’ll send you a copy.