San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
How do you get inside the head of football's biggest names? How do you turn the opinions and stories of the game's strongest personalities into a book that its star, its readers, and its publisher will be happy with? And which are the stories that never make it to print? Three of the UK's best known sports writers join us to discuss writing the football memoir. We have a sneaky suspicion there will be much more to the evening than that! With over 100 years combined experience in sports writing between the panel this is bound to be a fantastic event, with plenty of stories to tell! A must see for any aspiring sports writer.
Patrick Barclay is one of the UK’s most distinguished football correspondents and has written for every national broadsheet paper, won Sports Journalist of the Year and currently has a column in the London Evening Standard. His previous books include biographies of Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson. His current book is The Life and Times of Herbert Chapman.
Michael Calvin is one of the UK's most versatile sportswriters. He has covered 7 Summer Olympics & 6 World Cups. He has been named Sportswriter of the Year and Sports Reporter of the Year. He is currently chief sports writer at the Independent on Sunday. His new book The Nowhere Men won both the Football book of the year at this years British Sports Book Awards and the overall Sports Book of the year. His critically acclaimed book Family:Life, Death and Football was shortlisted for the 2011 British Sports Book Awards.
Ian Ridley has been a journalist, author, broadcaster and scriptwriter for 35 years, specialising in football in particular. He has worked at the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent on Sunday and the Observer and was voted Sports Journalist of the year at the 2007 British Press Awards. He has written books with Tony Adams, Steve Claridge and Mark Halsey.
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.