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Two weeks to go: Lord’s prepares to host inaugural London Sports Writing Festival

Sports fans have two weeks left to book their tickets for the eagerly anticipated London Sports Writing Festival (LSWF), which will take place at Lord’s Cricket Ground from Thursday 17th October to Sunday 20th October.

It is the first time that a literary festival dedicated purely to sports writing has taken place in the UK, and is being delivered by literary agency David Luxton Associates in partnership with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). 

Across the four-day festival 24 different events will be delivered by the very best sports writers and personalities from across the world, creating an extensive programme of panel discussions, book signings and other interactive activities for sports enthusiasts to enjoy.     

Rugby fans can book their seat on Thursday 17th October from 20.00-21.00 to listen to 2013 captain Sam Warburton in discussion with 1997 scrum-half Matt Dawson on what life is like on tour with a victorious British and Irish Lions team.  The following day acclaimed sports writer Michael Calvin will interview former football referee Mark Halsey and writer Ian Ridley about their new book Added Time: Surviving Cancer, Death Threats and the Premier League.  Neil Warnock will explain what it is really like to manage a football club later in the day and Ledley King, Clarke Carlisle and Kelly Smith will be discussing whether football is still “the beautiful game”.

Over the weekend Olympic fever will be reignited at Lord’s with GB rower and author of Dreams Do Come True, Katherine Grainger CBE, presenting an inspirational session about her journey to the top on Saturday.  Sunday meanwhile will focus on Britain’s “obsession” with cycling, first with Ned Boulting and Richard Moore considering how and why this came about, and finishing with a panel discussion between Rod Ellingworth, David Millar, William Fotheringham and Daniel Friebe entitled: “Project Rainbow: Britain’s domination of world cycling”.

Commenting in the build-up to the event, Adam Chadwick, MCC’s Curator of Collections, said:

“Everyone at MCC and Lord’s is really excited about welcoming such a wonderful line-up of writers and personalities from across the sporting landscape to the Ground for the London Sports Writing Festival.  With 61 authors and speakers involved across 24 different sessions during the four days, the event is an absolute must for all sports fans. 

“To host the inaugural LSWF is a great honour for the Club.  Lord’s has a rich sporting history, and is home to the largest cricket library and archive in the world, with a tradition of printing and publishing dating back to the 1850s.  The LSWF presents another opportunity to expand on this, and further establish MCC and Lord’s on the literary map.”   

The full festival programme, along with details about how to purchase tickets, is available via the LSWF website (

Any media enquires about the event and accreditation applications should be directed to  All interview requests should be sent to Jane Beaton at


Notes to editors:

About MCC and Lord’s History and Heritage:

  • In 2012 over 63,000 people enjoyed the Lord’s Tour visiting the Pavilion and Dressing Rooms, Museum with the Ashes Urn and the Stirling Prize Winning J.P. Morgan Media Centre.
  • The Museum and accompanying displays have been newly refurbished for 2013. Sponsored by J.P. Morgan, `Cricket’s Crown Jewels’ – Part I, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Wisden Almanack and highlight some of the rarest literary gems from the collections. 
  • The Lord’s Library and Archive contains the largest publicly available collection of cricket books and records in the world. Used by journalists, academics and students alike, it is open by appointment from Monday-Friday 9:30am-5pm.
  • Founded in 1787 MCC is the guardian of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket and an innovative independent voice in the world game.  It is also the world’s most active cricket-playing club. 
  • In addition to hosting up to 60 days of cricket every summer, Lord’s offers a range of unique venues for meetings, conferences and milestone events. 

About David Luxton Associates:

  • David Luxton Associates is a literary agency dedicated to representing some of the best sports writers’ and personalities worldwide, as well as a wide-range of writers across most areas of non-fiction.


For further information on this story please contact:


Beth Wild

MCC Media & Public Affairs Officer

Marylebone Cricket Club

Lord's Cricket Ground

Direct Line: 020 7616 8699

Mobile: 07929 348074


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