Martin Johns - a Palewell Press author
Poet, Martin Johns, lives in Towcester, Northamptonshire, UK. Writing has formed an important part of Martin’s life, both personally and professionally. For much of his career he worked as a
youth and community worker. As a local community activist he regularly writes media releases and produces community newsletters.
His poems have been published in magazines including: The Rialto, Acumen, Sarasvati, Poetry Reach, South Bank Poetry and Northampton Poetry Review. He has also had poetry published online at
Ink, Sweat and Tears. A poem of his was included in the 2017 anthology Over Land Over Sea, poems for those seeking refuge, published by Five Leaves, in Nottingham.
Martin has given poetry readings at: The International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, read several times at the Poetry Café in London, and with Carol Ann-Duffy and Friends at the Manchester Royal Exchange.
He collaborated separately with three composers from the Royal Northern College of Music, and a composer from the Birmingham Conservatoire. The later collaboration culminated in his work being set to music and
performed at the Leeds Lieder Festival 2013.
Martin is very active with a local writers’ group and has given readings at their ‘Words and Music’ events, which he organizes and promotes. In 2016, he ran a workshop project at Milton Keynes YMCA
introducing young homeless people to poetry as a means of self-expression and self-exploration.
He was awarded an MA (with merit) in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016. In 2018, Martin was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Poetry Pamphlet competition.
His poetry pamphlet collection Resting Place, was published by Palewell Press in January 2019. Don't miss
Emma Lee's excellent review.