Donn McClean Chris McGrath
The presentation of this year’s Martin Wills Writing Awards, the 25th and last, will be jointly made by the winner and a runner-up in the inaugural 1993 Awards, Chris McGrath and Donn McClean. Both have enjoyed successful careers as horseracing journalists and authors.
In 1993, Chris McGrath was already on his way, initially with the Press Association and then with the Sporting Life. He progressed to The Times and subsequently to The Independent, where he was racing correspondent for seven years. During that time, he received multiple nominations as Racing Writer of the Year, winning twice, and was also commended as specialist correspondent in the Sports Journalism Awards. He has recently published a social history of the thoroughbred, Mr Darley’s Arabian, reviewed as Book of the Week in The Times and shortlisted for William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
By way of contrast, when a runner-up in the inaugural Awards, Donn McClean was studying for a Higher Diploma in Marketing Practice at University College Dublin. Shortly thereafter, he became the main features writer on racing with the Sunday Independent. He is now the main racing writer with the Sunday Times in Ireland, he writes weekly columns for the Sunday Times and The Irish Field, and he has ghost-written four racing autobiographies, including Mick Fitzgerald: Better than Sex and AP McCoy: My Autobiography. In 2014 and 2015, he was nominated for the HWPA Racing Writer of the Year Award.
Entries for the 2017 Awards close on 28 February. The presentation will be made on the Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket on 19 April, the Wednesday of the Craven Meeting.
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