Gigs

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
Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine – Wolverhampton Literature FestivalSlade Rooms, Wolverhampton01 February 20203pm
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
Shed – Marchland 2020Library Theatre, Canada Water 24 March 20207pm tbc
Shed – Marchland 2020Library Theatre Canada Water27 March 20207pm TBC
Shed – Marchland 202Library Theatre, Canada Water 28 March 20202pm Matinee tbc
with Helen IvoryThe Hive University of Worcester07 April 2020
Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe MachineStamford Arts Centre03 May 20207.30pm tbc
VerbatimRiffels 2 The High Street, SY21 7JF Welshpool27 May 2020
The Poetry Pharmacy Workshop & ReadingThe Poetry Pharmacy, Bishop's Castle30 May 2020
Poet’s Café with Helen IvorySouth Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU 12 March 20217.30pm tbc

Gig Archive

Reviews

“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