Mairtin Crawford

Mairtin Crawford was born in Belfast in 1967. Educated at Rathmore Grammar School and Queen’s University Belfast, gaining an MA in Irish Writing, he co-founded and edited the Big Spoon literary magazine in the 1990s, was the production and arts editor of Fortnight magazine was a creative writing tutor, most prominently at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast and was appointed Director of the Between the Lines arts festival based at the venue.

A full time professional writer, he work spanned all aspects – journalism, screen-writing, criticism, editing, teaching, reading and film making. In the early 1990s he was a central figure in the influential group of poets gather around Giro’s Poetry Collective.

Always fascinated by the idea of America, he travelled frequently to the United States and forged a lasting friendship with the legendary Beat poet, Allen Ginsberg. He brought Ginsberg to Belfast in 1993 for two reading events.

His last project was a film on the Belfast poet Padraic Fiacc, Storm Bird, which premiered at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in May 2003.

Martin Crawford died suddenly in 2004.