Photo of Martin FiguraMartin Figura 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. The spoken word show, Dr Zeeman's Catastrophe Machine, showcased in 2016, begins touring in 2017. He was recently runner-up in the 2017 RSPB/Rialto Poetry Competition. He lives in Norwich with Helen Ivory and sciatica, where he runs the literature event, Café Writers.

Figura was a revelation — funny,sharp and on top form.

Robert McCrum, The Observer

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