SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2013
11.00-12.00pm: THE LITTLE YELLOW BOOK: 150 YEARS OF WISDEN with Lawrence Booth, Simon Wilde and John Stern.
As Wisden celebrate 150 years, Lawrence Booth, the current editor of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack is joined by Simon Wilde (Wisden Cricketers of the Year: A Celebration of the World’s Greatest Players), and John Stern, (The Essential Wisden: An Anthology of 150 Years of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack), for a wide ranging and lively discussion about the most famous sports book in the world. The event will be chaired by Richard Whitehead of The Times.
Come and be part of Lord’s very first sports quiz with a panel consisting of some of four of the sharpest and wittiest writers including Brian Reade, Martin Kelner and Harry Pearson who will face tough questions from quiz master, Miles Jupp (author of Fibber in the Heat). With opportunities for audience participation this panel game will offer an unrivalled opportunity to test your knowledge and hear the panel’s view on all the sports stories dominating the headlines this week.
Calling all rowers! What does it take to make it to the top? To win a medal at the Olympics? Join rower Katherine Grainger CBE (Dreams Do Come True) for an inspiring discussion on her journey to become six-time world champion and a gold medallist at the 2012 Olympics. Katherine will be joined by sports writer Ashling O’Connor.
A topic that is never out of the news for long. What drives sports men and women to risk disqualification and lifetime bans? Are the pressures still so great to outperform their rivals? And how has the recent spate of confessions affected our view of sporting achievements and personal bests. Hear three writers who have followed the cheating stories very closely over the last few years, whether it’s football, athletics or cycling: Mike Rowbottom, author of Foul Play, talks to Richard Moore (The Dirtiest Race in History) and Jeremy Whittle (Bad Blood: The Secret Life of the Tour de France).
It’s hard to believe that British boxing’s most bitter and acrimonious rivalry took place 20 years ago. Join Ben Dirs, author of The Hate Game as he discusses the most talked about series of fights that Britain has ever known with two of the writers that were there. Donald McRae (Dark Trade) and Kevin Mitchell (War Baby: The Glamour of Violence). We’re glad to welcome boxing correspondent Mike Costello in the chair for this event.
Baseball had ‘Moneyball’. Now football has The Numbers Game. Chris Anderson and David Sally have analysed on-pitch data from over 8,000 games across all the major football leagues. Their results will surprise and challenge you. Do corners count? Does luck play a bigger part in the game than skill? Join Anderson and Sally as they talk to the author of Inverting the Pyramid, Jonathan Wilson and Times writer Rory Smith.
The Blizzard is home to some of the finest writing on football in the world. Join Editor Jonathan Wilson, Gabriele Marcotti, Philippe Auclair and James Montague for a night full of impassioned debate on all aspects of the beautiful game. The bar will be open during this event.
*Not suitable for Under 18s.