Following On & Losing It

Bloomsbury Institute
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Addicted To The Game

A sports writing salon with Simon Barnes and Emma John  

Thursday 16th June

Join Simon Barnes and Emma John as they talk about their new books Losing It and Following On, and unearth exactly why sport obsesses us like nothing else. 

From hope to despair, from joy to shame, and from horror to glory: sports fans love to put themselves through the wringer. So why do they choose such a dramatic emotional life – or do they? Leading sports journalists and authors Simon Barnes and Emma John reveal what they've learned from their own sporting histories, and uncover why supposedly trivial games can hold mesmeric power across the world.  
Please join us for a glass of wine and the opportunity to meet and chat to Simon and Emma as they talk about what inspires their writing and ultimately explore what it is that many people find so addictive about sport. The evening is a must for any sports lover, any aspiring sports writers or anyone who shares in a weary tolerance of following a team!

Simon Barnes is a multi-award-winning writer with more than 20 books to his name, including The Meaning of Sport and How to be a Bad Birdwatcher. He was the chief sports writer of The Times until 2014, and has written sports columns for GQ and Spectator amongst many others. He now writes a weekly coloumn for The Sunday Times Magazine

Emma John is deputy editor of the Observer Magazine and hosts the Guardian’s sports chat show The Cricket Pitch. A former deputy editor of both Observer Sport Monthly and The Wisden Cricketer, she writes regularly on sport for the Observer and the Guardian, and was the first woman to win a Sports Journalism Award.Following On is her first book.


Ticket Details

Date: Thursday 16th June

Time: Drinks from 6pm and talk from 6:30pm to 7.30pm

Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP

Tickets: £10 general admission; £6 students 

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