Book Event

Brian Moore (e)Brian Moore & Friends

Alastair Hignell and Michael Calvin

Thurs 12th Oct 2017, 8.30-9.45pm

Baillie Gifford Big Tent, Festival Site


Wimbledon BookFest are delighted to welcome back patron Brian Moore for another infamous night of sports banter and stories at one of the festival's most popular nights. Brian's guests this year are leading sports writer Michael Calvin and former rugby player and cricketer, Alastair Hignell. Michael's new book No Hunger in Paradise charts the inside story of becoming a professional footballer and the commoditisation of the profession, including interviews with those who have made it to the top. Alastair Hignell, 'Higgy', was one of the finest sportsmen of his generation playing rugby and cricket at professional level. The panel discussion will include the changing pressures and landscape for sports men and women today. A top night is promised with sports master storytellers.

Alastair Hignell (e)Higgy book (e0Michael Calvin (e)No Hunger in Paradise (e)

Michael Calvin
is an award-winning journalist and writer. He has worked in more than eighty countries, covering every major sporting event, including seven summer Olympic Games and six World Cup finals. A former Sports Writer of the Year, Michael Calvin has twice been named Sports Reporter of the Year. His book Nowhere Men won The Times Sports Book of the Year in 2014 and Proud, his collaboration with former Wales and British Lions rugby captain Gareth Thomas, was named Sports Book of the Year in 2015. Michael also co-authored Joey Barton's recent memoir.

Alastair Hignell CBE
Whilst still a teenager he won the first of four rugby Blues for Cambridge, the first of four cricket Blues and the first of fourteen rugby caps for England. He went on to have a career as BBC Sports journalist which he continued following his diagnosis with MS. Alastair is a former winner of BBC TV Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award for courage and achievement in the face of adversity His autobiography, Higgy - Matches, Microphones and MS - was named the best rugby book of 2012 at the British Sports Book Club Awards.

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