Professor Martin Goodman

Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing


Professor Martin Goodman's first novel, On Bended Knees, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize (now the Costa Book Awards). His biography of the scientist John Scott Haldane, Suffer and Survive, won first prize in the BMA Book Awards 2008. His most recent works are Client Earth, a non-fiction book about ecolawyers saving the planet and Forever Konrad, a Hull-based vampire tale. Upcoming is Follow the Dog, a novel of music and the Holocaust. The generational inheritance of the effects of war is a major theme of his work. Professor Goodman runs the independent publishing house Barbican Press. More information is available on his website. Current book, Client Earth, has brought festival appearances in Hobart, Sydney, Bristol, Dartington, Church Stretton, Chipping Norton, Folkestone, Chiswick, Harrogate, and on BBC Parliament's Book Talk, BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking, and regional and national radio broadcasts in Australia and New Zealand. As publisher of Barbican Press, new titles have been shortlisted for the Scottish First Book Award, longlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and Polari Prize, and runner-up for the Virginia Novel of the Year, while another is to be filmed for the BBC. More than 30 writers from Hull have achieved first publication through the press.


MA - Writing the Novel - Creative Nonfiction - Research and Professional Practice Skills - Dissertation BA - Facts into Art: Making Nonfiction Come Alive - Collaborative Arts Practice - Creative Writing Portfolio


J SS Bach

Goodman, M. (2018). J SS Bach. Wrecking Ball Press

Client Earth

Thornton, J., & Goodman, M. (2017). Client Earth. Scribe UK

Journal Article

Teaching Writers' Commentaries

Goodman, M. (2012). Teaching Writers' Commentaries

Nature vs naturalist : paths diverging and converging in Edmund Gosse's Father and son

Goodman, M. (2014). Nature vs naturalist : paths diverging and converging in Edmund Gosse's Father and son. Life Writing, 11(1), 85-101.

Lessons from cruising

Goodman, M. (2013). Lessons from cruising. Warwick Review, 7(3), 103-124

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Goodman welcomes applications in non-fiction, the novel and playwriting. Completed PhDs - Jim Younger, Fair Play for the Whole Hog: A Novel. 2012 - Sarah Walton, Rufius and the Pivot of Authenticity: A Novel. 2013 - Sarah-Jane Dickenson, Memory and Truth in Dramatic Writing, Playwriting: 2014 - Brian Lavery, The Headscarf Revolutionaries, a biography of Lillian Bilocca. 2015 - David Tomlinson, Becoming a Troubadour: Memoir & Songwriting. 2016 Current PhD supervisions - Edmund Hurst. Dawnsmoke and the Tropes of Fantasy Fiction: A Novel. - Chris Westoby. Nonfiction medical narrative, focused on Anxiety in a family setting. - Darren Dobson. Contemporary urban fantasy set in Hull. - Margaret Hamand. Contemporary novel exploring faith and the Catholic Church. - Keith Fuchs. Neo-Victorian supernatural romance.