Martin is at home on stage at Stanza International Poetry Festival, Latitude, Book Slam, Bang Said the Gun, a pub, a Tank Festival!, compering Cafe Writers, touring India for the British Council or at a conference for Looked-After Children.

He often double-bills with his wife, the talented Bloodaxe Poet Helen Ivory.

What a great, great evening of poetry to celebrate Poetry Day Ireland, Helen Ivory and Martin Figura were astounding – their poetry really is quite magnificent.
Eleanor Hooker, Dromineer Literary Festival
Pighog, Brighton with Helen Ivory26 September 2019
Army Benevolent Fund 75th AnniversaryFlat Iron Square, 64 Union Street, London SE1 1TD02 October 20196.30pm
Reading with Helen Ivory and Andrew McDonnellWaterstones, Norwich03 October 20196pm
Norfolk Fiction (sic) FestivalFakenham Racecourse26 October 2019
With Helen IvoryBarrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB, UK30 October 20197:30
Words & EarsThe Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN31 October 20197.30pm
BournemouthThe Artist's Studio, Southbourne Classical Art Academy12 November 2019
Morcambe FringeAlt-Space14 February 20207.30pm
Poem and a Pint – Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe MachineLaurel and Hardy Museum, Ulverston15 February 2020
The Poetry LoungeLudlow03 March 20207.30pm
The Poetry Pharmacy Workshop & ReadingThe Poetry Pharmacy, Bishop's Castle30 May 2020

Gig Archive


“a revelation – funny, sharp and on top form.”
Robert McCrum, The Observer

“Martin Figura’s luminous reading made the audience hold their breath as he read from a new collection rich in warmth and pathos. Strongly recommended.”
Caroline Gilfillan – Poetry-next-the-Sea

“Martin Figura’s poems are sharp and funny. One of the best performing poets on the circuit. Has never disappointed when I’ve booked him for festivals and club gigs.”
Luke Wright

“I didn’t think old people could be funny, you were really really funny.”
Ten-year-old boy Port Eliot Festival 2017

“Pitch perfect, he knows his lines and knows how to deliver them. You will be entertained and moved in equal measure.”
Patience Agbabi

Martin is a word-storming, crowd-warming, poetry-performing delight. He’s an engaging act, with witty and poignant poems interlinked by charming chat. Martin brings a positive and lively energy to the stage, with his work readily connecting to an audience that he brings on-board in his own personable style. Fantastic.”  Dan Simpson

“How brilliant was Martin Figura at BANG tonight?  He was one zillion out of ten brilliant and we loved it. “
Matt Abbott

“I can see why you gave up photography”
Martin Parr

“Thank you for a marvelous reading. My feeling that you should read last was exactly right!”
Anne-Marie Fyfe, Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour