San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Novelists Danny Rhodes (Fan, Soldier Boy, Asboville), Gareth Roberts (Whatever Happened to Billy Parks) and Martin Greig (Road to Lisbon) come together to discuss fiction and football. The authors will read from their football based novels and lead a discussion on the subject.
DANNY RHODES is the author of “Asboville” and “Soldier Boy” and most recently the acclaimed “Fan”. “Fan” is a novel of personal and collective tragedy and was darkly inspired by his first-hand experience of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.
MARTIN GREIG is the co-author of THE ROAD TO LISBON, a fictional account of Celtic's European Cup win in 1967, told from the perspectives of Jock Stein, the club's legendary manager, and Tim, one of thousands of fans who made the journey from the west of Scotland to the Portuguese capital. Martin has been a sportswriter for The Sunday Times and The Herald, during which time he wrote THE ZEN OF NAKA, a biography of the Japanese midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura. Today he is a co-founder of the sports publisher BackPage Press, and still a very handy midfielder.
GARETH ROBERTS studied Politics at the LSE before working in Parliament as a speech writer and researcher.
Gareth’s first novel – That Immortal Jukebox Sensation, is a dark comedy about a solicitor who decides to kill a pop star was published in 2008 and won the Amazon Clicks Award.
His second novel, Whatever Happened To Billy Parks, was published in January 2014, by Harper Collins, Friday Project, and has won the Jerwood Prize for Fiction and been longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. It is the story of a dying alcoholic former football star who is given the opportunity to redeem himself.
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.