Martin Figura’s collection and show Whistle was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and won the 2013 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show. He won the Poetry Society’s 2010 Hamish Canham Prize. His most recent publications are Shed (Gatehouse Press) and Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine (Cinnamon Press), both published in 2016. A new edition of Whistle is to be published by Cinnamon Press in early 2018. The spoken word show Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine showcased in 2016, and began touring in 2017. He was runner up in the 2017 RSPB/Rialto Poetry Competition. He lives in Norwich with Helen Ivory, where he runs the literature event Café Writers.
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