Martina Evans grew up in County Cork and lives in London.
Facing the Public (Anvil, 2009)
Can Dentists be Trusted? (Anvil 2004)
All Alcoholics are Charmers (Anvil, 1998)
The Iniscarra Bar and Cycle Rest (Rockingham, 1995)
No Drinking, No Dancing, No Doctors (Bloomsbury, 2000)
The Glass Mountain (Minevra, 1997)
Midnight Feast (Minevra, 1995)
Martina Evans studied sciences at University College Cork and gained a degree in Radiography at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. Whilst working as a radiographer she moved to London and gained a degree in English and Philosophy at the Open University. She teaches creative writing at the City Literary Institute and Centreprise Literature Development Project, directed a creative writing summer school at London Metropolitan University and run workshops at literary festivals and at the National Film School and for the Arvon Foundation. From 2003 – 2007 Martina Evans was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. She directed the Advanced Poetry Workshop at the Listowel Writers’ Week for 2009/2010.
Midnight Feast won a Betty Trask Award in 1995 and No Drinking, No Dancing, No Doctors won an Arts Council of England Award in 1999.
Martina Evans has judged the London Arts Board Awards, the London Metropolitan Creative Writing Competition and the Listowel Irish Post Short Story Competition. She has written for the Irish Post, the Irish Times and the Guardian. Since 2000, Martina Evans has been the children’s books reviewer for the Irish Post.
“Martina Evans’s poems are a miracle, for the way they combine total clarity with profundity: the way the apparently innocent and observant humour of their narrative surface covers a compassion and understanding that are often heartbreaking and heartbroken. Tragedy and cheerfulness are inextricable here. `Facing the Public’ is my book of the year,” Bernard O’Donoghue
Official website: http://www.martinaevans.com/