Martin Brisland – writer

Martin Brisland – writer

I was born in Southampton in 1953, educated at Freemantle Juniors, King Edward VI School and the University of London, where I gained B.SC and an MA. I worked in further and higher education, and had a parallel career in music, playing keyboards in many local bands until I suffered a brain hemorrhage. I am a father of two – a son and a daughter. I’m a qualified tour guide and have now turned to writing. As well as contributing to In Common, I have written two books: Secret Southampton and an A to Z of Southampton with more in the pipeline.

I’m a lifelong Saints fan.


Read more from Martin:

The arrival of Basque refugee children to Southampton 85 years ago was remembered at a ceremony at the weekend

Heritage: Southampton and the Basque children

Review: Cluedo at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Review: WNO Don Giovanni, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton


Southampton’s Speakers’ Corner

From The Beatles to Warhorse: Southampton’s Mayflower theatre

Book Review: Southern Roots, part 1: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Story (1958-1972) by David St John

Matchgirls strikes: women unite and fight

Opinion: Cycle lane debates need compromise, not politicisation

Southampton: a tale of two universities

The Southampton doorstep portraits project

Opinion: Life after lockdown

10 reasons to be cheerful about Southampton

Looking back on Southampton’s historic music scene

How historical pandemics have affected Southampton

Entertainment review: Million Dollar Quartet, Mayflower Theatre Southampton

The big Southampton Christmas quiz

My NHS Story: Free at the point of need