Frequently Asked Questions
updated July 2018
Newell, who he?
Ah get away
with ya... He is the UKs most frequently published poet, by virtue of his
weekly (once thrice weekly) poem spot in the Independent and later the Sunday
Express. He is also a wonderful pop musician and songwriter and has been
in bands and solo since about 1970. (Update:- Currently
Martin writes for 'The Sunday Express')
does he live and can I write to him?
in Wivenhoe, which is a smallish village near Colchester in north east
Essex. This is in eastern England, the middle right hand section of England
if you are looking at a map. You can email him
directly and privately from this very site.
3. How old
This year 2018 he's 65. He formally celebrated his 50th in June (2003) with a
got any videos or DVDs available?
official videos of the 2003 Golden Afternoon on the Youtube Channel Youmatica
and various other bits and bobs elsewhere on Youtube and maybe even from
this site. Martin has had videos in the past. Perhaps if you email him
directly he may have stock left to send out. There is now the wonderful
Eye Tunes dvd here.
is Peter Nice, a one time member of Martin's bands The Cleaners from Venus
and The Brotherhood Of Lizards. He plays bass for New Model Army and also
has two bands of his own. He lives in Colchester near Martin and he is
Martin's main musical collaborator and close friend. The other Nelson was
something big in nautical history apparently.
a professor of mathematics?
is another Martin Newell there is also a Newell Martin who wrote a novel
with a weird title involving foodstuffs.
7. Who is
is a comic creation Martin portrays to entertain Wivenhoe's citizens. He
is an old East Anglian type with a rather earthy take on life. He also
has an on/off girlfriend called Dizzy who is played by a former Cleaner
From Venus, actor/hairdresser Paul Ridley Thomas.
Martin be coming to my town/country/living room to perform?
country is Great Britain I'd say it is unlikely Martin will be over your
way. But never say never eh.
written songs for anyone else?
In the late
80's Martin took over from Robyn Hitchcock and Graham Gouldman as Captain
Sensible's songwriting partner. Recently a wonderful artist called Richard
Shelton has recorded a new Martin composition called Grenadine and Blue.
Martin is hoping that similar artists will want to use some of the smoky
jazz styled tunes he is enjoying writing at the moment.
happened to Giles Smith
for the big UK newspapers. He writes about that nasty, dirty, business
some call sport. He also writes about those nasty, dirty, things called
cars. We still love him though.
it's everybody else.