Martin was born in Uttoxeter in the English Midlands county of Staffordshire. Since 2000 he has been employed as an Associate Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Bahrain. Martin has published numerous academic articles and three works of fiction: They Also Raise Chickens (2012), The Conscientious Historian (2012), and his new collection of stories, Improbable Tales from Unlikely Places (2016), all available from the Amazon Kindle store and in paperback from all main online book stores. He currently has a radio play, The Feast of King Sebastian’s Spleen, being considered by the BBC.
Away from writing, Martin has been heavily involved in staging plays at the University of Bahrain for the last eleven years, which has seen him not only editing and adapting the original texts both for length and cultural appropriateness, but also playing the lead male roles in Chekhov’s The Proposal, and in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth and Richard III. In 2016, in what is surely a case of art imitating life (or vice-versa), Martin will be playing the role of Professor Henry Higgins in Shaw’s Pygmalion.
Martin also sings and plays guitar, mandolin and harmonica and, for the last five years, has chaired the monthly sessions of the Bahrain Acoustic Music Group.
Martin lives in Bahrain with his wife and son.