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Born 1957 in Gosport , Hampshire, United Kingdom.
I am one of five children and lucky enough to grow up within a happy home environment, noisy, boisterous, occasionally bellicose but always supportive.
Academia… perhaps not my strong point! Like many, only doing just enough to gain a smattering of 'O´ levels. Followed by an ‘A’ Level a few years later and then an HND in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management.
Much of my life since leaving college has been involved with hospitality in its various forms, culminating in a twenty two year partnership in an Event Catering Company with a good friend and Co-Director. Within that sector, as many a chef or waitress would tell, lays a wealth of human narratives, from the outrageous and funny to the weird and wonderful. It would not be difficult to recall occasions when one of our own events would go a little off-piste, prompting a, ‘you couldn’t make it up!’ remark, or that’s ‘one for the book!’ Some day I’ll get around to it.
Writing is rarely easy, and writing about oneself is an uncomfortable prospect. Arguably nobody knows me better, but still it doesn’t feel right. Where to pitch it? How to avoid blowing ones own horn section and yet not to sell oneself short. In my efforts to expound, I came across something that my wife and children put together for a Fathers day. There’s no mention of awards or great accolades, no knighthood or anything! But it does seem to sum me up and, much better than I could ever do; reflecting on my interests and hobbies and those things that matter the most to me. To view this go to http://www.james-donnelly.co.uk/bio.html