Story City


Early last year, Emily Craven, Dan L. and I were having coffee. We met at Kelvingrove to discuss Locative Literature and the possibility that there was a way the University might be able to connect with Emily’s work. I’d pressganged Dan into being there. He and I had just started work on a journal article […]

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John Turnbull and The Global Game


John Turnbull, with the help of Alon Raab and Thom Satterlee, put together The Global Game, an anthology of important influential and downright fascinating football writing. The book, which gathered the classiest works from across the globe, was incredibly useful in my PhD research. It is one of the best books of and about football writing published to date. […]

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Finding good football writing


For as long as there’s been football, there has been great football writing. Geoffrey Green (non-fiction) and Robin Jenkins (fiction) and Brian Glanville (both) and Hugh McIlvanney (the man who described George Best’s feet as being as sensitive as a pickpocket’s hands) to name a few of my favourites. Jonathan Wilson, a modern contemporary, is […]

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tell your story walking


Besides write about writing about football, I’m going to further impress upon your patience with another keen interest – location-based storytelling. I’m working on some research around it, because I did a wee bit a couple of years ago. But really its because the use of words and images and sound and puzzles in mostly […]

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Match Fixer – not a football novel.


Read at a time stories when Sepp Blatter feared entering the US in case the FBI collared him, Match-Fixer, Neil Humphreys’ 2009 novel offered a sharp reminder of the potential power of sports fiction. You could argue, it’s become sharper still as we watch el diablo Blatter crouch, wait for his moment to withdraw his resignation, and pounce on […]

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there’s loneliness in long distance swimming, but there’s a bit more to it than that…


A guy I know and deeply love (he ain’t heavy…) has joined the ranks of those who find solace in the open waters and swimming in places in temperatures most people find rationally challenging. And he’s been writing about it: the shivers, the equipment, the mental undertakings. He also bangs his faux leather drum about his paleo […]

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