Thank you to my super talented friend Nick Park for this amazing (and true to life!) portrait for my birthday. Thanks to everyone for signing the large card version of it. Massive thanks to the amazing PJ Crook (www.pjcrook.com) for painting this amazing miniature of me at the piano! Thank you Luke Walton for creating the Would I Lie to You quiz and organising such a fabulous party for me!
MY FRIENDS... a few of you know, I have not been well since June and the road to recovery is a long one - amidst it all I have lost everything I love and cherish most in life. Thank you so much to the handful of people who have tried in vain to help. Thank you thank you thank you especially those who supported my performance at the RWA and thanks Christine Wright for the photographs. May you all love each other and Earth and do it with poetry! Remember: 'How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.' – Anne Frank.
Enchanted... that you will be with us tonight for the first performance of my poetry collection HEARTCHERY and that I will be performing against the backdrop of the painting 'Enchanted' and the rest of the brilltastagorical PJ Crook exhibition 'Metamorphoses'. 7pm-8.15pm in the Academicians Gallery, RWA, Bristol.
Even Grandma, one of the paintings in PJ Crook's awesometremenderous wowfabsuperical RWA exhibition METAMORPHOSES, is coming along to HEARTCHERY - a performance of my new collection of poems at the Royal West of England Academy of Art.Tomorrow Wed. 25th 7pm-8.15pm. Cafe open (watch out for Grandma!) Still some limited but free tickets at
Guess who? It's Milo of Croton who features in one of my poems to be performed this Wednesday. Sculpture by Tony England. Come along to HEARTCHERY - my poetry collection about love won or lost, love for Earth and love for art, humanity and radiograms! I will perform the new collection at the Royal West of England Academy of Art in the setting of PJ Crook's Metamorphoses exhibition. Come and hear Sestinas, Villanelles, Haikus, Triolets, Sapphics and Free Verse.A few limited tickets still available. Wednesday 25th October 7pm - 8.15pm. Cafe open. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heartchery-tickets-385435728…
‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.’ Anne Frank
HEARTCHERY poetry collection about love won or lost, love for Earth and love for art, humanity and radiograms! Martin will perform the new collection at the Royal West of England Academy of Art in the setting of PJ Crook's Metamorphoses exhibition. Come and hear Sestinas, Villanelles, Haikus, Triolets, Sapphics and Free Verse.A few limited tickets still available. Wednesday 25th October 7pm - 8.15pm. Cafe open. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heartchery-tickets-385435728…
Some of my best shots at archery lessons! Better poetic ones at HEARTCHERY. Please come along to hear the new collection of poems in the setting of PJ Crook's exhibition Metamorphoses at the Royal West of England Academy. Wed Oct 25th. Free but limited tickets. Book here:
Green Poems for a Blue Planet and my environmental work received a runner up award amongst the hundreds of entries for P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards - the UK’s leading sustainability awards, honouring the individuals, teams, services and businesses that are changing the face of our planet.
Heartchery is a collection of poems that tell the ‘story of my heart’. In the sport of Archery some arrows hit the target and others don’t. This collection explores themes that have hit the bullseye of my heart!
The poems are based on the theme of love - for people, family, the Earth and the creatures on it. I believe love, along with peace, is one of the most important attributes that can truly transform an individual, a community and humankind.The poe...ms also cover the loss of love and the experiences of brokenness in life – something that can often transform us for the better.
This collection also gives a nod to my environmental work. For me it’s all about developing a love for our planet - not a list of things to do or the investment in the hope that politicians will sort it out. It can be done by us, the worker ants, putting aside our disagreements, self-interested political rants (which spawn discrimination and fear) and in their place redirect our energy into relationships, community and environment. So, I’m not fearful in the midst of the unfolding events that are happening in the world. I simply plough my furrow and do the best I can do to love the Earth more than I did the day before. One vision, one step, one action, one project at a time. That’s a contribution I can make to encourage others who are fearful about our planet's future.
I am a peacemaker and would like to see everyone working together for the good of the Earth and humankind. Often this isn't possible. I experienced discrimination and name calling in my childhood and teens as the son of an immigrant father. I can’t bear that others still experience it and do my best to bring people together through my writing and performances.
I am a dreamer but a dreamer who puts my dreams into action. If a dreamer of lad from the council estates of Leeds can do it – anyone can I guess. I am not extraordinarily talented or gifted. The bit I have is enough. It’s about action.
It’s fitting this new collection of poems is set within the environment of PJ Crook’s exhibition Metamorphoses at Bristol’s Royal West of England Academy. The exhibition includes Greek mythological stories – narratives I adore with themes as potent now as they were to the ancient Greeks.
I make no excuses for the heart on my sleeve emotions expressed in the poems. That is what being human is all about - living a full life that explores the negatives, the positives and the inbetweenies.
I thank those who have supported my endeavours both as a greenie and a human being and thank PJ Crook and the RWA for hosting this reading. So please join me at the reading on Wednesday October 25th 7pm – 8.15pm at the Royal West of England Academy. There is limited seating so book early!
Please join me for HEARTCHERY my new collection of poetry and let me aim versical arrows at your psychological and emotional targets! Bulleyes guaranteed. At the RWA, October 25th. Limited (free) tickets available.
Limited (free) tickets available for my event at the Royal West of England Academy. Hear my new collection HEARTCHERY.
Wowfabsuperically proud to be on the shortlist for the People. Environment. Achievement. Awards and looking forward to meeting all the brilltastagorical greenies at the specstupentacular award ceremony in London.
PEA Awards 2017 Arts Shortlists are Dr Martin Kiszko, Claire Potter and Phil Stewart https://www.peaawards.com/pea-2017-shortlist/