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Lord's to host London Sports Writing Festival

The London Sports Writing Festival will be held at Lord's
The London Sports Writing Festival will be held at Lord's

The London Sports Writing Festival (LSWF) will be held at Lord's for the second time this October.

MCC, in association with literary agency David Luxton Associates will jointly host the event, which will also be supported by the London Evening Standard. It will take place at the Home of Cricket from Thursday 23 October to Sunday 26 October 2014.

Building on the success of the 2013 Festival, this year’s event looks set to be even more wide-reaching, bringing together the best sports writers and personalities from far and wide for an extensive programme of talks, panel discussions, book signings, and other author events.

The four-day event is the only annual literary festival in the UK to be dedicated purely to sports’ writing.

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 and authors.

There is no better place to celebrate the passion for sport and its literature

Speaking about the London Sports Writing Festival, David Luxton, of David Luxton Associates Ltd, said: "We are delighted that the MCC is committed to continuing to support the London Sports Writing Festival. We demonstrated last year that there is a huge audience for this event, and the support that we received from publishers, writers, celebrities and the public far exceeded our expectations.

"To once again have the privilege of working with MCC at Lord’s is a testament to the important place that sports writing occupies in the wider literary world. We hope that the London Sports Festival will now be viewed as one of the key fixtures in the literary calendar."

Adam Chadwick, MCC’s Curator of Collections, commented: "2013’s LSWF was a really enjoyable occasion. The goodwill, enthusiasm and interest generated promises to make 2014 an equally special occasion. The atmosphere and facilities at Lord’s are suited to everyone, from MCC members to the first time visitor, and its history as an all-sports venue is entirely suited to the richness and variety of the LSWF.

"In this, Lord’s Bicentenary year, there is no better place to celebrate the passion for sport and its literature."

Tim Nichols, Sports Editor of the London Evening Standard, commented: "The London Evening Standard is delighted to be supporting the London Sports Writing Festival for a second year and we look forward to helping build upon the success of 2013.

"The 2014 festival promises to be bigger and better than last year with another exciting line-up of sportsmen and women, writers and broadcasters appearing at the world’s most famous cricket ground."

The full festival programme details will be available at Tickets will go on sale in September from the same website.

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