The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015. What a tournament! Unfortunately my telly is broken so I haven’t watched live games. Last time we moved, I pulled the ariel socket right off the back of it, which was all right, until we cut the Foxtel cord in favour of online streaming. I’m an eedjit, but I’ve been […]Read more "The Matildas and a love of Women’s football"
Everything about my reading and research of football novels (and I can say, hand on heart, my research has led me to read hundreds of them – not exaggerating) made me not want to read Mr Cleansheets. It looked every bit the mediocre romanticised tosh so often turned out when a failed footballer wrestles their […]Read more "Keeping it Clean-ish: A review of Mr Cleansheets by Adrian Deans"
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 […]Read more "tell your story walking"
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 […]Read more "Match Fixer – not a football novel."
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 […]Read more "there’s loneliness in long distance swimming, but there’s a bit more to it than that…"