Augustine Martin was one of a small handful of pioneers who revolutionised the teaching of English in the 1960. His energy and enthusiasm as an educator were imparted originally as a secondary teacher at Mount St Joseph’s in Roscrea and later as lecturer, subsequently as professor of Anglo Irish Literature at Unversity College Dublin. Throughout his life he encouraged his students to commit to their own intellectual freedom. His ambition in Soundings was, he wrote, ‘to appeal to every teacher’s core and every student’s potential’. Soundings has endured beyond its editor’s early death in 1995.