Martin is at home on stage at Stanza International Poetry Festival, Latitude, Book Slam, Bang Said the Gun, a pub, a Tank Festival!, compering Cafe Writers, touring India for the British Council or at a conference for Looked-After Children.

As you can see dates are few at present – sigh – see you on the other side!

He often double-bills with his wife, the talented Bloodaxe Poet Helen Ivory.

What a great, great evening of poetry to celebrate Poetry Day Ireland, Helen Ivory and Martin Figura were astounding – their poetry really is quite magnificent.
Eleanor Hooker, Dromineer Literary Festival
Cafe Writers’ CompetitionZoom11 March 20247.30pm
CB1 CambridgeTBC07 April 20247.30pm
Shed – Ink Festival 2024The Angel Hotel, Halesworth11 April 202412 noon
ShedCockpit Theatre19 April 2024tbc
Grimsby Library, Workshop & ReadingGrimsby Library25 April 2024Workshop 2-5pm Readings 7.30pm
Fire and DustCafe Morso Coventry02 May 20247.30pm
Chemistry, LeedsChemic Tavern, Leeds31 May 2024
Welshpool Poetry FestivalTBC Welshpool08 June 2024Workshop 1-3pm Reading 7-9pm
Torriano with Peter DanielsTorriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Ave, London NW5 2RX09 June 20247.30pm
Cafe Writers with Jess MookherjeeMaddermarket Theatre, Norwich10 June 20247.30pm
Fakenham Festivaltbc - Fakenham Racecourse?24 June 2024tbc
Words & EarsWest Wilts Radio 30 June 20243pm
Ouse Muse, BedfordEagle Bookshop, MK40 2NN,05 November 20247.45pm
A Lovely Word, LiverpoolThe Everyman Bistro07 November 20248pm
Buzzwords, Cheltenhamtbc10 November 2024tbc
Shrewsbury Poetrytbc14 November 2024tbc
Poetry BreakfastZoom (Much Wenlock)14 November 20249am
Winchester Poetrytbc10 March 2025tbc

Gig Archive


“a revelation – funny, sharp and on top form.”
Robert McCrum, The Observer

“Martin Figura’s luminous reading made the audience hold their breath as he read from a new collection rich in warmth and pathos. Strongly recommended.”
Caroline Gilfillan – Poetry-next-the-Sea

“Martin Figura’s poems are sharp and funny. One of the best performing poets on the circuit. Has never disappointed when I’ve booked him for festivals and club gigs.”
Luke Wright

“I didn’t think old people could be funny, you were really really funny.”
Ten-year-old boy Port Eliot Festival 2017

“Pitch perfect, he knows his lines and knows how to deliver them. You will be entertained and moved in equal measure.”
Patience Agbabi

“Martin is a word-storming, crowd-warming, poetry-performing delight. He’s an engaging act, with witty and poignant poems interlinked by charming chat. Martin brings a positive and lively energy to the stage, with his work readily connecting to an audience that he brings on-board in his own personable style. Fantastic.”
Dan Simpson

“How brilliant was Martin Figura at BANG tonight?  He was one zillion out of ten brilliant and we loved it. “
Matt Abbott

“I can see why you gave up photography”
Martin Parr

“Thank you for a marvelous reading. My feeling that you should read last was exactly right!”
Anne-Marie Fyfe, Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour