San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The 2nd Manchester Football Writing Festival comes to an end with a subject close to our hearts: The Manchester Derby.
Since the first meeting in 1881 there have been 169 competitive fixtures between Manchester City and Manchester United. Host Carrie Dunn will attempt to guide a panel of partisan writers through a brief history of the city-stopping fixture, unravelling how the rivalry has intensified over the years, and what it means to the players, the fans, and the city.
In the Blue corner...
City fan and author of Manchester: A Football History, Gary James is a one-man encyclopedia of Manchester football. From the days of Hulme Athaneaum to City's latest successes, if a football has been kicked in the city, it's likely Gary has a story (and probably a research paper) about it up his sleeve.
Chief football writer for the Sunday Mirror, Simon Mullock is a Manchester City fan whose greatest sporting acheivements include playing for Man United at Maine Road. (It was actually 'Manor United'; he allowed the opposition forward to score because he was waving to his Grandad in the stand.)
In the Red corner...
Neil Custis is a football writer for The Sun. He believes Roy Keane is the greatest ever footballer, and that Manchester United should have won the European Cup for three consecutive seasons from 1999.
Simon Wadsworth is the author of The Captain's Club: The Men Who Led United, and is an outspoken and prolific writer about the club.
Expect fireworks from this line-up for the grand finale of the festival, with plenty of opinions to be aired and probably history to be dragged up from last year's event (at least).
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.