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Q&A evening with The Blizzard

  • The Signet Library Parliament Square Edinburgh, EH1 1RF (map)

A Q&A evening with The Blizzard Football Quarterly featuring Jonathan Wilson, Philippe Auclair, Alan Pattullo & Kevin McCarra hosted by Daniel Gray.

The Blizzard is a quarterly publication from a cooperative of top class football journalists and authors from across the globe, enjoying the space and freedom to write about the football stories that matter to them. As part of its new cultural programme, the WS Society is thrilled to host The Blizzard at the Signet Library for their first appearance north of the border.

The Blizzard's editor Jonathan Wilson said: “One of the most enjoyable aspects of Blizzard has been the opportunity to travel around Britain and Ireland doing these events and, after a couple of false starts, we're delighted finally to be coming to Scotland.”

Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils) is the founder & editor of The Blizzard. He has written seven books, including Inverting the Pyramid: A History of Football Tactics. His eighth, Angels with Dirty Faces: A Footballing History of Argentina, will be published in August. Jonathan works for a number of publications, including The Guardian, Sports Illustrated and World Soccer. He is a Sunderland A.F.C. supporter.

Philippe Auclair (@PhilippeAuclair) is a regular contributor to The Blizzard, a columnist for Eurosport and has held the position of England correspondent for France Football magazine since 1999. He can be heard on the BBC and TalkSPORT radio in England, Newstalk radio in Ireland, RMC in his native France, and is also a regular contributor to The Guardian’s Football Weekly podcast. His investigation into the so-called ‘Qatargate’ earned him the ‘Scoop of the year’ prize at France’s 2015 Press Awards. Philippe supports Le Havre in France and Arsenal FC in England. He is the author of Cantona: The Rebel Who Would be King (longlisted for 2009 William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Winner 'Best Football Book'  British Sports Book Awards 2010, Winner ‘Sports Book of the Year’ in France, 2013) and Thierry Henry - Lonely At The Top.

Alan Pattullo (@alan_pattullo) was born in Dundee and joined The Scotsman as a sportswriter in 1998. He has reported at three World Cup finals as well as from Wimbledon and the Open golf championship. He is the author of In Search of Duncan Ferguson: The Life and Crimes of a Footballing Enigma.

Kevin McCarra is former chief football correspondent for The Guardian. He is the author of Celtic: A Biography In Nine Lives, One Hundred Cups: Story of the Scottish Cup and Scottish Football: Pictorial History from 1867 to the Present Days.

Daniel Gray (@d_gray_writer) is a writer, social historian and researcher. He appears on STV Edinburgh and STV Glasgow as The People’s Historian, and writes for a wide range of newspapers and magazines. Daniel is the author of several books, including Stramash, Tackling Scotland's Towns and Teams and Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters, Travels through England's Football Provinces. He is a Middlesbrough FC supporter.

Admission  is £12 and includes a free hard-copy of The Blizzard (RRP £12)
Please note that £2 per ticket will go to supporting Nutmeg Magazine

Running order
Doors 18:00
First half - 18:30-19:15
Half-time oranges - 19:15-19:30
Second half 19:30-20:15
Extra time may be played if the questions are flowing

This event is kindly supported by

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Sports Law Seminar
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