Martina Evans, poet & novelist at Keats House on 7.Aug. 2013Martina Evans is an Irish poet, novelist and teacher. She grew up in County Cork in a country pub, shop and petrol station and is the youngest of ten children.

She is the author of ten books of prose and poetry. Her first novel, Midnight Feast, won a Betty Trask Award in 1995 and her third novel, No Drinking No Dancing No Doctors (Bloomsbury, 2000), won an Arts Council England Award in 1999. Martina’s fourth poetry collection, Facing the Public was published by Anvil Press in September 2009 and has won bursary awards from both the Irish Arts Council (An Chomhairle Eiraíon) and Arts Council England. Facing the Public was a TLS Book of the Year in 2009 and won the Premio Ciampi International Prize for Poetry in 2011. Petrol, a prose poem won a Grants for the Arts Award in 2010 and was published by Anvil Press in 2012.  A revised edition of Midnight Feast and Through The Glass Mountain, a new prose poem, were published by Bloom Books in June 2013. Burnfort, Las Vegas ( Anvil Press 2014) was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2015. Mountainy Men, a new narrative poem, is the recipient of a Grants for the Arts Award in 2015. Watch, a pamphlet was published by Rack Press in January 2016 and The Windows of Graceland, New & Selected Poems will be published by Carcanet in May 2016.

Martina has been Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London from 2003-2007 and again in 2011-2012. She has run workshops in Ireland, UK, Switzerland and the U.S. and taught at London Metropolitan University, University of East London and Goldsmiths. Currently she is associate lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University and Creative Writing tutor at the City Literary Institute, Covent Garden, London. She is a lector for the Royal Literary Fund Reading Round 2014-2016.