Who am I?

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

I am also a green activist and am the CEO of a brand 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. The charity is based in Bude, Cornwall and operates over 800 beach clean and litter picking stations around the UK and Ireland. The years of campaigning put me in a good position to write my books about plastic and waste. I donate a percentage of the royalties to the foundation.

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. On the drive you'll find our VW Crafter. After much deliberation we decided to call it Lemmy after the late, great front man of Motorhead. It is, after all, a silver machine. My kids Maggie (17) and Charlie (16) live down the road. I work out of an office near Summerleaze Beach, which is the HQ of The 2 Minute Foundation, or sometimes I write at home, in the spare room.

I am a judge for The Caravan and Motorhome Club's Motorcaravan Design Awards. I write for all kinds of brands, publications and periodicals and am a regular contributor to Waitrose Magazine, Coast Magazine and The Caravan and Motorhome Club Magazine.

I often do talks and presentations about my books and the work I do at The 2 Minute Foundation and am a TedEx speaker. I have spoken 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.

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