Paul Martin

After graduating from University College Dublin with a degree in English and Italian, Paul Martin spent much of the following decade living, working  and travelling in diverse parts of the world. This included teaching and translating in Italy, working in a bank in Sydney, experiencing the roller-coaster ride of the dotcom boom in San Francisco, and travelling extensively in South America.

For the last decade, as a senior fundraising consultant, Paul has helped to plan and lead multi-million euro projects mainly in the educational and health sectors.

Paul’s writings deal with the themes of cultural differences, history and the unexpected lives of  ordinary people. In recent years, Paul has become a regular speaker in schools and at teacher forums in Ireland and Italy to discuss writing, the humanities, careers and education (see Seminars below).

Paul lives with his Italian wife, Barbara and their three children, in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

Contact Paul on paulmartinwriter@gmail.com


Village Bookshop

The Bicycle Thief and the German Wife alongside Travels with Bertha, in the Village Bookshop, Main St, Greystones

The Bicycle Thief and the German Wife (The Hidden War of a German-speaking Italian Family)published by Affinitá Elettive, Ancona, was launched in Italy in April 2019. The Irish launch took place in June 2019 in Dalkey Library, the week of the Dalkey Book Festival.

Travels with Bertha (Two Years Exploring Australia in a 1978 Ford Stationwagon), published by Liberties Press, Dublin, 2012.

Described by The Irish Times as one of the“Must Read Books of 2012″, 


In recent years Paul has delivered a range of talks to liceo students and teacher forums in the Marche (as well as in Ireland). He was delighted also to be the inaugural speaker in Liceo Nolfi’s (Fano) “Think Outside the Box” series in 2017.

Topics to students and teachers have included:

  1. History, Escape and Creation: Joyce and the Problem with Ireland
  2. A Hunger to talk: An Introduction to Ireland and Joyce
  3. Doublethink or Clear Thinking: Sharing George Orwell with a New Generation
  4. The World is Your Oyster: What is the value of culture?
  5. Resilience, Adaptability and Employability for Humanities Students in a Changing World
  6. Educating humanities students for a more globalised world – an Italian/Irish perspective

Please contact Paul on paulmartinwriter99@gmail.com