Manchester Football Writing Festival

Manchester Football Writing Festival

Thursday 1st to Thursday 8th September 2016


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.

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 eight nights of wide-ranging, intelligent, sometimes controversial and always entertaining conversation.

Jonathan Wilson 
Angels with Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina

Saturday 3rd September

Venue: Waterstones Deansgate

Award winning writer and editor of Blizzard Football Quarterly, Jonathan Wilson joins us at Waterstones Manchester Deansgate to talk about his new book on the history of football in Argentina.

Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina is an examination of the nation that gave us Messi and Aguero, Riquelme and Batistuta, Maradona and Rattan.

Argentina is responsible for some of the greatest footballers on the planet. Their rich, volatile history is made up of both the sublime and the ruthlessly pragmatic.

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Henry Winter, Rory Smith & Carrie Dunn
Fifty Years of Hurt: The Story of England Football and Why We Never Stop Believing

Monday 5th September

Venue: The National Football Museum

BBC 5 Live's Caroline Barker chairs a debate with three of England's top sports writers, who have each published new titles with unique looks at England's international story. Henry Winter of The Times is one of football's best-respected football writers. His book Fifty Years Of Hurt: The Story of England & Why We Never Stop Believing was released just before Euro 2016. It's detailed look at the highs and lows of England's national team offered hope, but also some vital ways The FA could help turn things around before another tournament passes us by.

Rory Smith has written for The Times, The Independent and The Telegraph, and is now becoming the New York Times' Premier League correspondent. His book Mister: The Men Who Gave The World The Game looks at the pioneers of the game who took football across the world, and how England fired the revolution that would remove its own crown.

Carrie Dunn is a freelance writer for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent and many more. She spent a year with the famous, and not-so-famous, faces of women's football in England. Her book The Roar of The Lionesses: Women's Football In England is the first major book published in the wake of England's bronze medal winning performance at the Women's World Cup in 2015. Is it now our women who carry a more realistic hope of winning a World Cup than our men?

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Opta and Duncan Alexander present: OptaJoe - Revenge of the Nerds
OptaJoe's Football Yearbook 2016: That Thing You Thought? Think the Opposite.

Wednesday 7th September

Venue: Hotel Football

There's no avoiding it: the (data) geeks are taking over. Statistics, data and always-ready information are changing the way football is played, managed and enjoyed by fans.

OPTA, the world's leading sports data provider, have been at the forefront of this revolution, and have found a way to bring a wealth of stats straight to the public via social media.

Duncan Alexander, Opta’s Head of Editorial, co-creator of @OptaJoe and author of the recently published OptaJoe’s Football Yearbook will discuss the burgeoning popularity of statistical, tactical and analytical football writing.

We'll also be looking at how social media has arguably become the most influential platform for football writers, and brands, as they try to demonstrate what makes them unique in the crowded, noisy world of football. 4 - A panel of 4 journalists and social media experts will join Duncan for an in-depth discussion of how social is changing soccer. Analysis.

This event is taking place at our new event partners, Hotel Football, opposite Old Trafford football ground.

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