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Martin Colthorpe

Occupation: Acting Head of Literature and Talks
Company: Southbank Centre
Place of Birth: Ashby England
Date of Birth: 21 Mar 73
Ethnic Origin: English
Star Sign: Aries
Marital Status: Single
Currently Reading: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle / Barbara Kingsolver
Favorite Movie: This Is England / Shane Meadows
Last Movie: Husbands and Wives, Woody Allen

Martin Colthorpe is the Acting Head of Literature and Talks at Southbank Centre. Martin has led the programming of the first London Literature Festival which brings together respected novelists, poets, comedians and artists from 29th June - 12th July on the Southbank Centre. Since 2002 he has programmed a wide range of literature events and worked as a producer on Poetry International and the Imagine Children's Literature Festival.



Full interview

Q1: What has been your main inspiration in life?
A1: Learning

Q2: Who was your childhood hero?

A2: I don’t really have a heroes, and it depends how you define childhood, but if I had to choose it would be a composite of David Batty, David Gedge and Tony Harrison.

Q3: What has been your most exciting time in your career, so far?
A3: Right here, right now.

Q4: If you could do any job, what would it be?

A4: A cultural correspondent in Rome or New York
Q5: What makes you happy about Literature in Britain?

A5: The emergence of some great young writers who reflect both urban Britain and our travels further afield. And our sense of humour which finds it’s way into novels and poetry in subtle and unexpected ways
  Achievements  
1) Doing ten years in London with out going under!

Relevant Career Accomplishments (if applicable):
1)Helping to create the first London Literature Festival
2)Working at and being inspired by the Southbank Centre

  Future Goals  
To live abroad, to take a cultural career break in order to read and look and experience things more.

  Hobbies  
Books, cinema, exhibitions, travel, football

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