“Martin has been fantastic in every project that we have worked with him on. His storytelling is exceptional: exciting, scary, funny, emotive and always relevant to those he is working with. Above all else, Martin brings with him an energy and enthusiasm which cannot fail to affect everyone.” Deborah Cook, Real Ideas Organisation (Creative Partnerships), 2012.
Martin has extensive experience of working as a storyteller-in-residence in schools, and in designing and delivering tailored storytelling programmes. Over a period of five years he worked with Creative Partnerships in schools across the Midlands and South West. He has also undertaken projects for literacy charity Read a Million Words, Find Your Talent in North Somerset, Fusion Festival in South Gloucestershire and through the Gifted and Talented programme, as well as hospital charity ReadWell.
Martin has collaborated with several other practitioners on inter-disciplinary projects. In 2010 he co-devised a successful shadow puppet project with puppeteer Amy Lloyd-Jones and in 2012 worked with illustrator Matt Jeans on an Arts Council funded project producing a story book called The Gathering of the Winds. In 2015 he worked with Katalytik on a storytelling commission, Time and Tide, exploring the unusual tides at Christchurch Harbour. He is currently working as a storyteller on an English Heritage project exploring schools’ learning about local heritage and with Common Ground on a new project: Seasonal Schools.
“It has been an extraordinary pleasure working with Martin on the Time and Tide project. When we set out on our journey to engage with the local community around the tides neither of us knew quite where it would lead, melding science, myths and experiments together. Martin’s talent for spinning a yarn and weaving the personalities and personal stories among the science, adapting and evolving the stories in each performance is truly spellbinding. From the day he first pitched to our panel he has captivated young and old alike at each twist and turn of his tales.” Jan Peters, Katalytik, 2015.