About Me


My background

 I am a bi-lingual couples and sex therapist with 30 years' experience, Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

 I am the author of a professional textbook "Couples and Sex", an online book "Good Sex Bad Sex No Sex" and a book of stories "Sexual Healing".

 I have translated the poems of Joyce Mansour, with a collection "Strawberries and Black Pudding" published later this year by Indigo Dreams.

I am a facilitator for LitSalon running courses in literature.

I am running a support group for staff at Salusbury World, a refugee charity.

I am on the Operations Committee of the Kensal Rise Library.

I previously worked as a literary French translator, also for Club Med, the Central Office of Information for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

I am married with an adult daughter.


The real me

  After attending 5 inspiring LitSalon events I decided that I would like to be running groups myself on writings that are dear to my heart, while paying attention not just to the words and sentences, but also to the dynamics of relationships and the psychological meaning in great literature. In other words the expression of human behaviours  in many different contexts.

 Although my favourite novels are to be found among the works of writers such as Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Graham Greene, Edith Wharton, William Faulkner, Philip Roth, John Updike to name but a few, I am particularly interested in exploring the short story as a psychological expression as well as a literary form.

 I am thinking in particular of the works of Alice Munro, Flannery O’Connor, Annie Proulx, Tobias Wolff, Joyce Carol Oates, Lorrie Moore, William Trevor, T.C. Boyle, Deborah Levy, A.L. Kennedy amongst others.   


Things I love

 The short story is a neglected form in this country and I hope to win you over by looking at some particularly accomplished examples.

 I am also interested in 20th century and contemporary poetry, where to start?

 But first, Bob Dylan. Did he deserve his Nobel Prize and what is Literature? As a lifelong fan I believe he fully earned it and I would like to explore some of his lyrics at the LitSalon. Who cannot be impressed by a line like “The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face”? 

Other diverse Nobel Prize winners in prose and verse include Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott and Alice Munro. I am interested in all of them and hope that some of their writings will be the subject of lively discussions at the LitSalon in the coming months 

To see more of what I love, visit Blogger: Carol Martin-Sperry