Martyn Turner - Political Cartoons
Born in Wanstead, Essex , he grew up in London and was educated at Bancroft's School. In 1967, he went to Belfast and enrolled at the Queen's University of Belfast where he read geography, becoming the first member of his family to go to university. Returning to London for his first Christmas break from college, he learned that one of his grandmothers was born on the Falls Road in Belfast, thus qualifying him for Irish nationality and an Irish passport.
Living in Belfast exposed Turner to the sectarianism of the city and he experienced the initial years of the Troubles. This and Northern Ireland politics generally have dominated his work to this day.
Around 1970, he began drawing professionally for the Sunday News. Upon graduation, he joined the Belfast current affairs magazine Fortnight where he became editor. In 1976 he was made political cartoonist at the Irish Times, where he still draws 4 cartoons a week and writes occasionally.
The Cartoonists and Writers Syndicate distribute some of Turner's cartoons to over 200 journals and newspapers round the world.
He has worked, also, for various British publications such as The Scotsman, Business AM, The Business, The Sunday Express, The Independent, the Guardian and The Spectator and the Paris based current affairs magazine Courrier International.
Turner lives in County Kildare with his wife. He has one son and two grandsons.