Martin Starkie

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Martin Starkie
Born (1922-11-25)25 November 1922
United Kingdom Burnley, Lancashire, UK
Died 5 November 2010(2010-11-05) (aged 87)
United Kingdom London, UK
Occupation Actor, Writer and Director

Martin Starkie (1922–2010) was an English actor, writer and director for theatre, radio and television. The Oxford University Poetry Society administers the annual Martin Starkie Prize in his honour.

Early life[edit]

Starkie was born in Burnley and educated at Burnley Grammar School and Exeter College, Oxford, under critic Nevill Coghill.[1] In 1946 he founded the Oxford University Poetry Society, and with Roy McNab edited the Oxford Poetry magazine in 1947.


He made his name in the BBC's The Third Programme and on television in the 1950s. He went on to write with Nevill Coghill and composers Richard Hill and John Hawkins, and to produce and direct Canterbury Tales, based on Nevill Coghill’s translation, first in Oxford, then in the West End, on Broadway and in Australia.[2]


  1. ^ "Leading Burnley actor dies". Burnley Express. Johnston Press. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Penguin Classics: Features

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