Literary agency David Luxton Associates and MCC have announced that they will be working in partnership to deliver the first London-based Sports Writing Festival (LSWF) this October.
Lord’s Cricket Ground has a rich and surprisingly varied sporting history
The London Evening Standard will be supporting the festival which will take place at Lord’s from Thursday 17 October to Sunday 21 October 2013.
The four-day event will be the first literary festival in the UK to be dedicated purely to sports' writing.
The Festival will bring together the best sports writers and personalities from across the world, for an extensive programme of panel discussions, book signings and other author events.
The LSWF aims to follow the success of established literary festivals such as Hay, Cheltenham and Henley and has already drawn widespread support from publishers.
The timing of the event will coincide with this autumn's release of landmark sports titles.
Speaking about the London Sports Writing Festival, David Luxton said: "We are delighted that MCC shares and supports our vision for a literary festival dedicated to great sports’ writing. It has long been my view that the excellence of sports’ publishing in this country deserves its own platform.
"We have been overwhelmed by the support in this venture from publishers and from the London Evening Standard and look forward to making the London Sports’ Writing Festival a key fixture in the literary calendar for many years to come."
Adam Chadwick, MCC’s Curator of Collections, commented: "MCC is absolutely delighted to partner David Luxton Associates to deliver the inaugural London Sports’ Writing Festival at Lord’s.
"Lord’s Cricket Ground has a rich and surprisingly varied sporting history. It is home to the largest cricket library and archive in the world with a tradition of printing and publishing dating back to the 1850s.
"Currently MCC co-sponsors the Cricket Book of the Year Award with the Cricket Society and the Cricket Photograph of the Year award with the Wisden Almanack. Hosting the London Sports’ Writing Festival presents an exciting new opportunity to further establish MCC and Lord’s on the literary map."
Tim Nicholls, Sports Editor of the London Evening Standard, commented: "With so many internationally-recognised venues, London is the world’s leading destination for sport. The iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground is part of the fabric of London and will provide the perfect setting to give this country’s vibrant sports-writing industry the platform it deserves.
"The Evening Standard is delighted to be involved and looks forward to helping make the London Sports Writing Festival a regular fixture in the literary calendar."
The full festival programme details will be released later in the year and tickets will be available soon.
More information information will be available on this site.