San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Chaired by Manchester City writer and historian Gary James, this will be a celebration of Manchester Football. With a panel of writers and journalists from both red and blue camps it's bound to be an entertaining evening.
Panel confirmed so far include Simon Wadsworth and Daniel Harris.
Simon Wadsworth is the great nephew of Don Davies, the Manchester Guardian reporter who wrote under the pen-name "Old International" and who tragically perished in the Munich Air Crash in 1958. Simon has been an Old Trafford season ticket holder for over 30 years. He has written for the Manchester Evening News, Stockport Express and was a consultant on the film about the life of Jimmy Murphy. His published work includes The Captains Club and On the Wing (Willie Morgan's autobiography).
Daniel Harris is a writer and journalist, in shorter form and about sport, mainly for The Guardian. He was shortlisted for Best New Writer at the 2012 British Sport Book Awards for his first book On the Road: A Journey Through a Season, which follows United away from home during 2009-10. His recent book The Promised Land tells the story of United's treble-winning season.
Gary James is the leading historian of Manchester's football history. He has worked closely with the National Football Museum and is a regular contributor to Manchester City's programme and website. His hugely informative books include Manchester, The City Years and the comprehensive Manchester, A Football History. Recent research presented by James at the National Football Museum discovered a previously 'lost' association football team in Manchester that shows the game was played in the city even in 1863, the same year the FA was formed.
When & Where
Manchester Football Writing Festival
The Manchester Football Writing Festival, in association with Waterstones Manchester Deansgate, the National Football Museum and Hotel Football is back for its' third season!
National Football Museum, Waterstones Manchester Deansgate and this year Hotel Football will play host to some of the beautiful game's most outspoken, informed and entertaining voices between 1-8 September 2016.
The Guardian Football Weekly Live takes place at the RNCM on 2 September and is set to be a festival highlight again, plus McrFWF stalwarts The Blizzard return for another round at the National Football Museum. The team behind OPTA will be revealing how data is changing football and how they have become one of social media's most distinctive voices over at Hotel Football. On the festival's final night we're delighted to host a panel from Women In Football, offering tips and insight for how to get ahead in football journalism.
Across the festival names including Henry Winter, Oliver Kay, Rory Smith, Jacqui Oatley, Caroline Barker, James Richardson and many more will be sharing insight, opinion and indulging in 8 nights of wide-ranging, intelligent, sometimes controversial and always entertaining conversation.