Who am I?

Hello. I am a writer, surfer, swimmer, cyclist and camper van owner.

I am also a green activist. I was the founder and first CEO of new charity, The 2 Minute Foundation, which came into being in 2019 after years of work trying to get people to pick up beach litter. I am no longer involved but still support them through my books about plastic and waste, which came about after all the years of campaigning.

I love to travel and have loved every minute of writing all of my books. Working on the Take the Slow Road series over the last few years has been an absolute joy and I have loved visiting new places, trying new things and meeting new people. I also had a great time writing my Camper Van series of books

I live in Bude, Cornwall, in a 1970s bungalow with views of the sea that I share with my partner Lizzy, who is also known as Dr Seaweed. She is a botanish and gardener and a source of great love and inspiration. On the drive you'll find our custom built Fiat Ducato camper. I work out of the spare room. My kids Maggie (20) and Charlie (19) are at Uni studying Fine Art and Costume Design. 

I am a judge for The Caravan and Motorhome Club's Motorcaravan Design Awards, a job I absolutely love doing each year. I write a column in Coast Magazine and contribute to other magazines and periodicals on a regular basis, but usually when I have a book out! 

I sometimes do talks and presentations about my books and have spoken a lot in the past at events for Keep Norway Beautiful, at Stormont for Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and for An Taisce as well as at the Blue Flag Nations conference.

You can talk to me about speaking events or commission me to write for you. EMAIL: martin at copymonkey dot biz.

I am also a qualified RNLI Beach Lifeguard, a PADI Drysuit Diver and hold a current Cycling Proficiency Badge (a lifetime award I gained in 1970).

I love tea and have learned to love soya in it.

In 2020 I was named by The Wombles as the first of their Litter Heroes.

I was awarded an MBE for service to recycling and the environment in 2023.