‘Martine McDonagh writes simply, sparingly, intelligently and unsentimentally about both big and small things.’ Stephen May, Costa Prize-shortlisted author of Life! Death! Prizes!
Welcome to my website. I am the author of two novels, I Have Waited, and You Have Come, published in 2006 and 2012 by Myriad Editions, and After Phoenix, written with support from the Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme and published 14th February 2013 by Ten To Ten Publishing.
I have an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University where I studied under the guidance of Michael Schmidt and Sophie Hannah, and am an associate tutor at West Dean College near Chichester teaching creative writing. My day job for more years than I care to count has been as artist manager in the music industry, managing bands such as James, Fujiya & Miyagi and, currently, Michael A Grammar.
I’ve also published short fiction in Quick Fictions, The Brighton Book, The Illustrated Brighton Moment and am an occasional contributor to Writing Magazine.
I am currently working on my third novel, which has taken me to California, Brazil and Brighton. Sometimes I’m quite pleased with how it’s coming along. Sometimes I’m not.
My favourite authors are (at the time of writing): Amelie Nothomb, Georges Simenon, TC Boyle, JG Ballard, Vladimir Nabokov, Richard Ford, John Steinbeck, AM Homes, Tim Winton, William Boyd, Mick Jackson, Jane Austen.
I speak passable French, beginners German and can count to ten in Swiss-German.