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.
Eleanor Hooker, Dromineer Literary Festival
|Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine||Wrexham University||03 October 2018||11am|
|Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine||Shrewsbury Poetry||04 October 2018||7.30pm|
|Soapbox||Leeds||10 October 2018||8pm|
|Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine||Wymondham Baptist Church||26 October 2018||7.30pm|
|Aldeburgh Poetry Festival||Aldeburgh||02 November 2018||8:30pm|
|Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine||Bloomsbury Theatre||11 December 2018||7.30pm|
|Support for Andrew Graves||Norwich Arts Centre||12 December 2018||7.30pm|
|Whistle||Wrexham University||21 March 2019|
|Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine||Teignmouth Poetry Festival||24 March 2019||2.30pm|
|Whistle||Theatre aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht||07 May 2019|
|Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine||Theatre aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht||08 May 2019|
|Buzzwords||Cheltenham, with Helen Ivory||01 December 2019|
“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’m booked him for festivals and club gigs.”
“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.”
“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
How brilliant was Martin Figura at BANG tonight?
He was one zillion out of ten brilliant and we loved it.
“I can see why you gave up photography”