The third annual Manchester Football Writing Festival returns this September. The packed week of events kicks off at the National Football Museum, where there the folks behind the popular sports quarterly The Blizzard will be appearing live. Several of the magazine’s key contributors, including editor Jonathan Wilson, will be discussing all things footy related – from the big issues to the obscure factoids. Another highlight, taking place at the RNCM, will be a recording of the Guardian’s Football Weekly podcast. James Richardson and his cohorts will be doling out analysis, punditry, and puns as they consider the state of play in the Premier League. To close the festival, at Waterstones on Deansgate, there will be a discussion from the professional network Women in Football. Chaired by BBC Sport presenter Jacqui Oatley, a panel of experienced sports journalists will offer insight and tips about how female writers can get ahead in the industry. You can also expect to hear stories from the press box, TV studio, and touchline. Tickets for the events above are available via the links below, and full festival passes are also on sale.

The Blizzard Live: Thu 1 Sep, National Football Museum, URBIS, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG, Tel: 0161 605 8200, 7 – 9pm, £10,

Guardian Football Weekly Live: Fri 2 Sep, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD, 6.30pm – 8.00pm, Tel: 0161 907 5200, 6.30 – 8pm, £15.26,

Women in Football: Thu 8 Sep, Waterstones, 91 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW, Tel: 0161 837 3000, 6.30-9pm, £11.04,

Thu 1 Sep - Thu 8 Sep
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Tue 6 Sep 2016