The Football Writing Festival, a partnership between the National Football Museum, Waterstones and Hotel Football, is back for its fourth year in Manchester.

Between 30 August and 7 September, some of the biggest names in football journalism will come together for a festival of football chat. There's a programme of events covering subjects from non-league to Champions League, with panellists featuring some of England and Europe's best-known sports writers.

Events hosted at the museum this year include a fascinating insight into Sepp Blatter and corruption at the top of world football, provided by renowned journalist David Conn (Thurs 31 Aug). Michael Calvin will be scrutinising football's talent factories with Joey Barton (Wed 6 Sept), and host Caroline Barker will preside over a lively discussion of all things non-league (Sat 2 Sept).

Paddy Barclay and Ian Herbert will be discussing the careers of North West legends Matt Busby and Bob Paisley (Mon 4 Sept), while Festival regulars The Blizzard (Wed 30 Aug) and Opta (Tues 5 Sept) make a welcome return.

You can find all nine events on the Football Writing Festival page here, or by visiting the website:




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