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22 Oct 2014

Yellow Jersey Authors at London Sports Writing Festival

Yellow Jersey Authors at the London Sports Writing Festival

englisherFriday 24th 12:30 WHERE DOES ENGLISH FOOTBALL GO NOW?

Calling on the combined expertise of Alex Fynn (Arsene and Arsenal), David Goldblatt (The Game of Our Lives: the Meaning and Making of English Football), and Raphael Honigstein (broadcaster and author of Englischer Fussball: A German View of our Beautiful Game) and hosted by one of football’s most respected football writers and authors, Patrick Barclay, this event is guaranteed to generate fierce debate on the future of the game.
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Friday 24th 18:30 BOBBY MOORE: THE MAN IN FULL

Join Matt Dickinson, Chief Football Correspondent for The Times and West Ham legend Trevor Brooking for what promises to be an unforgettable hour. Matt Dickinson has spent the past five years researching one of Britain’s most celebrated footballers for this landmark biography. Trevor Brooking has just published his autobiography, My Life in Football. Together for the first time, they will examine the Essex lad who became the patron saint of English football and peel away the layers of legend to look at Moore’s life from all sides – in triumph, in failure, in full. This event will be hosted by Dan Walker, the presenter of BBC1′s long-running Saturday lunchtime show Football Focus, and host to a variety of other sports shows for the BBC, as well as presenting a show on Radio 5 Live every Friday evening.
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The interest in free running continues unabated. Join Richard Askwith, the author of Running Free: A Runner’s Journey Back to Nature for an engaging hour’s look at how to enjoy running as nature intended. It’s not all about pounding pavements, buying fancy kit and racking up challenges. Richard will inspire you with his descriptions of how to liberate yourself by running just for the sheer thrill of it. You’ll find lots of practical tips on how to both start and keep running naturally – from thawing frozen toes to avoiding a stampede when crossing a field of cows. Running Free is about getting back to the basics of why we love to run.
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Saturday 25th 18:00 WHO IS LOUIS VAN GAAL?

Hugo Borst is one of Dutch football’s great writers. He is also author of the best-selling book O’Louis. Here he discusses the hugely successful Manchester United manager with The Times’ Gabriele Marcotti and author of Brilliant Orange and collaborator with Dennis Bergkamp, David Winner. This promises to be an extremely enlightening event with one of the few people to get close to LvG – Borst’s take on his subject is unique, insightful and very very funny. Highly recommended.
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Professional cycling is a rich, dynamic and often controversial sport that lends itself to great writing. Some of the most famous and illustrious races were founded by newspapermen and The Cycling Anthology continues this tradition by bringing together the best in the business. Join the contributors of the most recent volume, Ellis Bacon and Lionel Birnie, as they talk about this year’s competitions including the Tour de France, Vuelta and Giro. Between them, these writers have covered hundreds of Tours de France and written dozens of excellent books and some have even ridden the Tour. Here, their work is showcased together in an unmissable event.
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Sunday 26th 20:00 RIDING THE GRAND TOURS

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A triumphant end to the Festival as cycling’s own Tim Moore, Max Leonard and Richard Moore close the weekend with a look at Riding the Tour. This event will be hosted by Sky’s Orla Chennaoui.
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