M A R T I N   F O R E M A N

Author / Director / Playwright / Actor

"utterly convincing portraits of love " Broadway World

" .. strong piece of theatre" Broadway Baby

"emotionally charged and thought-provoking theatre" The Gay UK

"a masterclass on the art of the monologue" Beige

"words always deeply poetic" Views from the Gods

" .. well acted and craftily staged" britishtheatreguide.info

".. thoroughly enjoyable .. have you laughing" All Edinburgh Theatre

"the script is ingeniously structured" All Edinburgh Theatre

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I am aware of these short stories of mine in anthologies. Many of my short stories also appeared in magazines in the 1980s and 1990s. During the same period my non-fiction, mostly concerned with the social causes and consequences of HIV/AIDS in the developing world, appeared in many publications.

Room With No View
"I lie in his shadow as if under the angel of death;
he stares at me like a scientist watching a drugged animal."

in Oranges and Lemons (ed Peter Robins & David Rees, Third House, 1987)

"one of the best short stories I have come across, a minor masterpiece" (Tenebris Light in Gay's The Word newsletter)

"an evocation of sex so sensual you can smell it" (Patrick Gale in Gay Times)

"a gushing piece . . . as if the last few years have never happened . . . A little responsibility please!" (Bryan Allan in Capital Gay)

This depiction of sexual obsession is also included
in my collection A Sense of Loss

I have not been able to track down reviews of my work in the following:

The Coming of Santa Claus
"At the far end of the bar, ignored by those around him and staring quietly into his  beer,
stood a rotund figure in a red suit and drooping bobble cap.
Despite his full, almost artificial, white beard, he seemed much younger than Peter had imagined, yet there could be no doubt that it was Santa Claus."

in The Freezer Counter (ed David Rees and Peter Robins, Third House, 1989)

This (very) light fantasy is also included
in my collection A Sense of Loss

Discothèque - Four Voices
"He would lie in my bed, our bed, and be made love to, he would overpower me and make me his. We would fight and forgive, leave and live and love each other.
He is everything I desire, he is my desire and he is here before me, he is here for me."

in Fabulous Tricks (ed David Rees, Peter Robins and Dave Royle, Third House, 1992)

This portrait of men in a nightclub is also included
in my collection A Sense of Loss

"The smoke settles against the walls of Shona's lungs as gently as a feather wafting onto snow, seeps into her bloodstream as sweetly as honey and drifts idly onwards
as a slow-moving stream on a summer's day. She is floating, at peace, detached from the world."

in Queer Haunts (ed G Abel-Watters, Paradise Press, 2003)

This nightmare vision of a smoker among friends won a minor award and
appeared in at least one other, now forgotten, anthology.
Despite its inclusion in Queer Haunts the gay interest is minor.

Ten Million Years
"I have known and loved you for years, for centuries, for millenia. I have known and loved you since before knowledge and love, since before sight, before sound, before touch, before memory. I have known and loved you with every cell that has ever birthed and died in my body. I have known and loved you since you were me and we were one."

in Borderline (ed Joseph Mills, Mainstream, 2001)

This impression of the universal and eternal gay man
is also included in my collection First and Fiftieth

Oranges and Lemons edited by Robins and Rees

The Freezer Counter edited by Rees and Robins

Fabulous Tricks edited by Rees Robins Royle

Queer Haunts edited by G Abel-Watters

Borderline edited by Joseph Mills

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