JD Mac Namara
Mac Macconnamara was brought up in the West of Ireland and the UK. For over 40 years he travelled the world as an international consultant and as a visiting professor at several Universities. After retiring from business and academia Mac reverted to his true love of writing, particularly political articles and short stories. For many years, he was the UK editor of the EU Reporter a publication which pointed a critical spotlight at the European Commission and the European Parliament. This rather nurtured his scepticism regarding politics which shows in some of his stories. He has had several his Irish short stories published in magazines and anthologies. Many of these stories are set Erris, in the far west of Ireland where he spent a happy childhood. Mac's version of Erris is peopled by Priests, rouges and sages. Their exploits vary from the distillation of illegal whiskey, the growing of cannabis and the smuggling of contraband as well as match-making, dog training and an interesting method of obtaining an illegal telephone. The stories emulate the noise of pubs, the smell of Guinness, turf smoke and fresh baked bread and, particularly for the exile and the adventurous, give the very best of reasons to visit the far west of Europe where the next parish is America. The stories are written with the hope of leaving the reader with a smile on his or her face and the feeling that that they already know Erris and some of it's unique people.
JD Mac Namara in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1960 In India
What do you love about Short Stories?They have to contain the pure essence of a tale in a few words.
Do you write in other forms?Two as yet unpublished novels and many newspaper articles on politics and business and some obituarys.
What distracts you from writing?procrastination and laziness.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Travel and whiskey, my springer spaniel, good friends and good conversation, Technology and History. and my home in France
What is your favourite book?Wind in the Willows, Put Out More Flags and anything by Tolkien, Waugh and Graham Greene
Who are your favourite writers?Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene and J R R Tolkien
Where is your dream location?Western Gats Kerala
What one item would you put into Room 101?Most of our British and Irish political masters, HMRC and most of the European Commission
Do you have any advice for new writers?Keep at it.
Work by JD Mac Namara:
Home to Roost and Other Stories
JD Mac Namara
A collection of almost true stories concerning the doings, nefarious and otherwise, of the unique people of Erris, where the next parish west is America and where nothing is quite as one might expect... "Erris is a land on the edge of northern Europe and one of its least inhabited regions. It is regarded as a mysterious land alive with legends; legends which have been preserved and embellished through the centuries by its uniquely independent people. In his book ‘A tour in Ireland 1775’ Richard Twiss wrote’ I did not visit Erris since it is inhabited by some form of savage native and there are no roads.’ The people are far from savage and these days Erris has a few roads. Erris has vast stretches of unspoilt bog land, golden beaches and coves, secluded bays, crystal clear streams and lakes magical landscapes and spectacular cliffs. Gaelic dialect is spoken by some as their first language but when strangers are around the craic is in an English which can be pure poetry. Erris is a land of turf smoke, good strong tea, Guinness, Whiskey, both legal and illegal, soda bread, warm hospitality and a great welcome for strangers lucky enough to visit what used to be known as the back of beyond. The back of beyond it is no more, Knock has an international airport and even Belmullet has a death defying airstrip for bold pilots. The main highway has improved thanks to the European Union and there is even a fine golf links and a luxury hotel in Belmullet. But most of all, Erris is the sum of its people. Long may they thrive..."
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