Martyn Chapman

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Martyn Chapman was conceived in South Wales and graduated in Marketing at the University of Central Lancashire.

His passion to write has always been a huge part of his personality, but like a petrified cross-dresser, he vowed to hide his shocking secret from family and friends. He hand-wrote an experimental novel in a student bedsit, his shame concealed behind a row of soggy pants that were strategically draped across a rickety old clothes horse. Yet concealing his depravity from an unsuspecting partner brought even darker periods of frantic deception. The terror of being discovered at his personal computer with a frozen screen, led to his subtle distraction of wearing obscure and decorative bonnets, but as fashions became blurred and more a
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I was determined not to comment on Covid-19. The shocking news headlines and horrendous supporting pictures say it all. What more could be said? Yet, as the lock-down is further extended in the United Kingdom, the commentator within me felt compelled to do something. Just do something, I thought to myself. So, wishfully, and perhaps a little too flippantly, I’ve treated the virus as a mere fiction Read more of this blog post »
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