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JOURNALISM Martin Gurdon is a freelance journalist, author and editor, specialising in motoring, but producing copy on a wide variety of subjects including travel and property. He has written regularly for the Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph and Classic Cars magazines, where he was a columnist. Martin now regularly contributes to Octane magazine. CARS Martin began his writing career aged 19 with a 1,000 word feature on the 1930’s Fiat Topolino for Car magazine, and has since seen his work used in titles ranging from Autocar to The Big Issue. He wrote extensively for the Saturday Telegraph’s motoring supplement and spent two years as commissioning editor for the Evening Standard’s weekly ESWheels supplement, where he helped it launch, developed a forward features list from scratch, commissioned writers and managed the title on a day-to-day basis. More recently Martin’s work has been used by the Honest John and AutoTrader websites. Martin supplied both words and photography for this client. He’s also a contributor and columnist with Classic Cars magazine (see gurdon march 2013). NON-AUTOMOTIVE Martin shares his garden with a few chickens, doves and ducks and was a little surprised to discover that their lives made good copy, thanks to a massive increase in amateur chicken keeping. He wrote a regular column about the birds for the Sunday Telegraph’s Life supplement, is a regular columnist and contributor to Your Chickens magazine, and blogs on the www.allotment.org.uk website. Martin also spent a year as the Women’s Institute’s WI Life magazine’s ‘token bloke’ columnist, and has written for the Financial Times about promoting a book in India, and interviewed the Bonzo Dog Band for Mojo and The Blockheads for Saga magazine’s website. His copywriting skills are much in demand for clients including the PFPR public relations agency, and he is also a roving judge for Motor Trader magazine’s annual awards. VIDEO Martin makes and edits videos. These have included items related to both his Sunday Telegraph column and www.allotment.org.uk blogs (scroll to the bottom of the allotment.org page). Other clients include the Honest John website, for which he has made numerous new car road tests, and a series of car care advice items produced in conjunction with the AA. He is about to begin shooting used car buyers guides for Honest John. Other video clients have included AutoTrader, the Independent and Evening Standard. BOOKS Martin’s new book for Constable & Robinson Doing Bird, about a year in the life of his garden and the animals and people who share it, is published in April 2013. The book follows on from his best-selling Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance (New Holland), which is now in its third reprint. He has also authored two business book parodies and ‘Write On!’ a book on writing from a journalist’s perspective and is currently working on ‘The Bluffer’s Guide to Cars.’ Martin will giving Doing Bird-related talks, sometimes with members of his flock. If you’re running an event and would like him to speak at it please contact Martin at the email address below. PUBLIC SPEAKING Martin has been used as a talking head on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, Open Book and Home Truths, BBC2’s Top Gear and Carlton Television’s Pulling Power motoring programme. Thanks to various book-promoting activities, he has extensive local radio and public speaking experience, having given talks on everything from cars to sex, death and domestic fowl several hundred times. He’s shared platforms with Rachel Johnson and Rachael Heyhoe-Flint for clients including the Lady Taverners, and spoken at venues including the Assembly Halls, Derby. CONTACT MARTIN email: wingofwang@btinternet.com tel: 07770-638808 Public speaking through JLA or call: 0207-907-2800 (after dinner) or The Speakers’ Agency. Jenny Storr: 01522 522620 jennie@thespeakersagency.com (luncheon clubs, societies, etc). Books through the Sheila Ableman Literary Agency or email: sheila@sheilaableman.co.uk or call: 0207-586-2339.

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