Free online football writing festival kicks-off on 23 November

16 November 2020

Free online football writing festival kicks-off on 23 November

The National Football Museum has brought together some superb scribes for the seventh Football Writing Festival, to be run online between 23-27 November 2020.

This free five-day festival brings together some of the very best in the business and boasts a line-up that includes Melissa Reddy, senior football correspondent at The Independent, football finance expert Kieran Maguire and authors Ashley Hickson-Lovence, Eve Ainsworth and Ed Aarons.

Unfortunately it is not possible to host a physical event this year, but the festival will be digital and streamed on Facebook and YouTube. And for the first time, the museum’s expert team of curators will be leading the conversations.

"We’ve moved the seventh annual Football Writing Festival to an online celebration," said Sam Broadley from the National Football Museum.

"The ‘in-conversation’ events pair museum staff with renowned journalists and authors from the world of football.

“This is our most diverse line-up ever and the five authors will cover a wide range of themes, both contemporary and historic and all related to the beautiful game.”

Festival fixture list:

Monday 23 November 7pm
Believe Us: Melissa Reddy

The National Football Museum’s Dickie Felton joins journalist Melissa Reddy to discuss her new book Believe Us - How Jürgen Klopp transformed Liverpool into title winners. From 35,000 frenzied fans tracking Klopp’s first flight to Merseyside, through to Liverpool’s first Premier League title in 30 years, Melissa gets unparalleled access to the inside scoop.

Tuesday 24 November 7pm
Price of Football – Kieran Maguire

The National Football Museum’s Jon Sutton quizzes football finance expert Kieran Maguire in a hugely topical discussion examining how professional football clubs operate and balance the books.

Wednesday 25 November 7pm
Your Show – Ashley Hickson-Lovence

The National Football Museum’s Sam Broadley catches up with Ashley Hickson-Lovence. The author behind Your Show - an upcoming novel based on the career of legendary referee Uriah Rennie - gives us a stunning insight into the life of the first black official in the history of the Premier League.

Thursday 26 November 7pm
Kicking Off – Eve Ainsworth

The remarkable story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies is one that is well represented on the galleries of the National Football Museum. Curator Belinda Scarlett chats with award-winning author Eve Ainsworth about her new book Kicking Off, which brings this astonishing story to life for a new generation.

Friday 27 November 7pm
Made in Africa – Ed Aarons

Christian Allen from the museum talks to author Ed Aarons about his brilliantly insightful new book, Made in Africa. From Arthur Wharton to Mohamed Salah the pair look at the history of African players in English football. This fascinating discussion looks at the personal stories behind pioneers in the game and how confronting racism has helped change the face of English football forever.

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