Welcome to my blog.
I’m a poet who lives and works in Leeds, in the north of England, and fiercely proud to be a Yorkshireman – although by a quirk of fate my name’s probably better known in Manchester and the North West, having read several times at Chorlton’s Lead Poets Society, Bury’s Once More With Meaning, and Write Out Loud in Wigan. Unfortunately, Leeds doesn’t seem to be blessed with the same wealth of poetic events, although I have begun reading at Wicked Words in Chapel Allerton – an excellent night if you can get along!
Through the generous encouragement of my friends in the North West, I’m proud to say that I’ve had work published in Best of Manchester Poets Vol. 3 (Puppywolf). I’m equally proud to say that I’ve studied with Cath Nichols and Rommi Smith, both of whom have been (and still are!) a major influence on my writing.
I like to think my poetry defies labels; essentially I just like to capture moments, thoughts and musings about life, and the people I meet or observe. I try to make my poetry quirky and thought-provoking, but – above all – accessible. That way you don’t have to concentrate too hard.
Martin Vosper is my writerly name. My given name is too frequently misspelled or misunderstood outside my home-town, so for writing and performing purposes I’ve adopted the surname of my great- grandmother, who hailed from Cornwall – a county in which I’m as proud to have roots as I am in my native Yorkshire.