Martin Day

Novelist, Non-fiction writer, Radio/tv/screenwriter
University of Bristol, Beacon House

Martin Day has been writing professionally for almost thirty years. He is the author of twelve novels and audiobooks, and eight nonfiction books about television and cinema. In his parallel career as a scriptwriter, he has written for BBC1’s Doctors, Channel Five’s Family Affairs and RTÉ’s Fair City, and was lead writer on CBBC’s Crisis Control. He has also written comic strips, short stories, journalism and audio plays for Big Finish.

After a degree in English Literature and Film Theory at the Polytechnic of North London, Martin worked on The Guinness Book of Records and reviewed records for the NME. His first published books were co-written reference books about British television drama and guides to series such as The Avengers, Star Trek, The Sweeney and The X-Files. Original fiction followed, often within the worlds of Doctor Who, and included a historical thriller about the thirteenth-century Mongol invasion of Kiev and an uncompromising novel about a self-harming bipolar teenager. His work on the soaps featured stories about time travel, safe houses and the trauma of war.

Martin has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where his manuscript tutor was Fay Weldon, and for three years he lectured undergraduates in the same subject. He is currently the Wessex regional chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and is a member of BAFTA and the Royal Television Society. A black belt in kickboxing, he lives in Somerset and is married to a GP.

Martin Day

Fellowships

University of Bristol, Beacon House 2020/21