Joan Manel Martí i Llufriu (Ciutadella, 1967), also known as Nel Martí, is a teacher, writer, and politician. With a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Barcelona, he teaches mathematics at the M. Àngels Cardona i Florit secondary school in Ciutadella (Menorca), as well as publishing books of essays and writing regularly in the press.
Among other activities, he was Secretary-General of the Menorca Socialist Party from 1997 to 1999, and general coordinator of the Menorcan political party Més per Menorca from 2017 to 2019. He was also a member of the Balearic Islands Parliament from 2011 to 2019.
Notable among his works are Maria Àngels Cardona i Florit: la flora i el paisatge de Menorca (IME, 1999), L’art d’educar (El Far, 2002), an essay on the fact of religion, analysed from agnosticism and a layman’s perspective, Les raons del sentit no són les raons de Déu (Documenta Balears, 2009), La nació dels menorquins (Documenta Balear, 2010), Temps d’educar (Documenta Balears, 2019) and Reinventar-nos per ser un (nou) país (Nova Editorial Moll, 2022). At present he is working on a forthcoming publication of several essays.
He is a member of the Associació d’Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AELC – Association of Catalan Language Writers).
Web page: Sara Serrano for AELC
Documentation and photographs: Author’s personal files
Translation: Julie Wark