martin mcnamara

London based writer


Mosley Must Fall

October 1936. Tensions are rising in the streets of East London as Oswald Mosley and his fascists prepare to march through the Jewish and Irish ghetto

"If there is a more pertinent and urgent play out there that reflects these troubled times, I don’t know it" ★★★★  Breakingtheforthwall

"McNAMARA’S Mosley Must Fall is a gem" ★★★★ Morning Star

The story behind the play                                        Coming to BBC Radio 4 in 2021


Sworn Virgin


Script Sworn Virgin has been selected for the Screen and Story Film Festival's feature screenplay shortlist. 

The drama-thriller previously won the BBC Northern Ireland Tony Doyle  new drama award.



Paul Hill, one of the Guildford Four, gaoled for 15 years for crimes they did

not commit.  This  is his story.  Written by Martin McNamara.  Directed by              Sebastien Blanc. Starring Stefan McCusker. Music by The Pogues.


"Graphic, painful to watch, but very well done.  A shocking story."  -                     Chris Mullin,  former MP and human rights campaigner 


The story behind the film                                   IMDB link

Official selection at festivals around the world including Taos Shortz Film Fest, New Mexico, 8 Firenze Film Corti International Festival, Florence, Dalmatia Film Festival, Croatia, Ontario International Film Festival, Lift Off Global Network Manchester Film Festival, Festival Angaelica, Duluth, MN, America  and Belfast Film Festival.



My short monologue Dennis available from Green Curtain Theatre  Dennis is performed by the excellent Irish actor Donal Cox.   

A monologue for anyone who has ever attended an Irish funeral, or who knows the name Count John McCormack.

Archive on 4. From Inside: The Guildford Four                    BBC Radio Four

Radio documentary telling the story of Paul Hill and The Guildford Four, based on Hill's prison letters, includes interview with Paul and readings from Jonjo O'Neill.

Produced by Mary Ward Lowery. Presented by Martin McNamara

Listen to the documentary here                                            The story behind the letters

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My Cambodian Twin - radio drama by Martin McNamara


The true story of Annie Caulfield and her determination to complete      her final travel book as she battled illness. Starring Pippa Haywood &    Paul Ritter. Producer Emma Harding. BBC Radio 4, broadcast 2019

'Pick of the Week' The Observer             'Pick of the Week' Radio Four

'An uncompromising and moving paean to love, friendship and bloody-

mindedness'  The Times

Learn about Annie & buy her book, My Cambodian Twin