The People Who Shaped My Writing: Martin Grey


Martin is an experienced and active Nottingham based poet and event organiser who performs extensively across the Midlands, the Edinburgh Fringe and Berlin, winning the 2018 Southwell Folk Festival Slam. He has supported several nationally renowned poets, including Jess Green and Dominic Berry. "Martin makes the ordinary extraordinary, turns the mole hill into the mountain." - Sophie Sparham, Performance Poet



Isabelle: Do you feel your work has been inspired by your influences in any way? To what extent do writers inspire your own stories?

Martin: My book contains the fingerprints of many of my favourite writers, from poets and authors to screenwriters and astrophysicists.


Fish, Chips, Bread and Butter and a Cigarette was inspired by Penny for a Guy by Mike Garry, Dancefloor by Leane Moden’s spoken word show Skip Skip Skip, and the title