Press release

Jamie Carragher and the Brownlee Brothers head The Sports Book Festival line-up at Liverpool University on November 16/17

A glittering list of sports stars including Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, the triathlon champion Brownlee brothers, former Everton star Alan Stubbs, British boxing champion Paul Smith and World Champion cyclist Rob Hayles, head the line-up at The Sports Book Festival in Liverpool next week.

The two-day event, which runs on November 16 and 17, will see the stars discuss their own literary works together with aspects of their incredible careers. Members of the audience will also get the unique chance to ask questions at each session across three locations at Liverpool University. 
Carragher, who made an amazing 737 appearances for the Reds and is now carving a new career as a TV pundit, is the author of best-selling autobiography ‘Carra’ and one of the most well-read sports stars.
Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have dominated the sport of Triathlon for the past three years – Alistair winning Olympic gold in London while his brother was World Triathlon Champion in 2012 and silver medallist at the London Olympics. They will be discussing their autobiography ‘Swim, Bike, Run’ at the event.
Ex Everton defender Stubbs, who is now part of the Goodison Park coaching staff, will be joined by fellow former Blue Kevin Kilbane to discuss their autobiographies ‘How Football Saved My Life’ and ‘Killa.’ Also on hand to debate points of blue is James Corbett who has written three books on his team including his new publication: ‘The Everton Encyclopaedia.’ 
British Super Middleweight Champion Paul Smith, one of four brothers to hold national titles, will give his views on boxing’s book of the year: ‘The Hate Game.’ The book is the story of the bitter rivalry between Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank who fought at the same weight as the Liverpool-born boxer.
Former Olympic medallist and World Champion Rob Hayles, who has ridden with Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish recounts the stark reality of life as a professional cyclist in his autobiography: ‘Easy Rider.’
Ex Premiership footballer Clarke Carlisle, who rose to become Chairman of the Professional Footballers Association, will also talk about his amazing personal journey from his book: ‘A Footballer’s Life.’
And Sara Williams is to recount the remarkable story of her mum Anne’s campaign for justice for those who died at Hillsborough in her book: ‘With Hope In Her Heart.’ Anne lost her 15 year old son Kevin in the 1989 FA Cup semi-final and relentlessly battled for the truth to be revealed about the Disaster which killed 96 Liverpool fans. Anne tragically succumbed to cancer early this year. Proceeds from the session will go to Hillsborough Charities.
Former Olympic medallist and World Champion Rob Hayles, who has ridden with Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish recounts the stark reality of life as a professional cyclist in his autobiography: ‘Easy Rider.’

Other authors at the event include:

Controversial former Premier League referee Mark Halsey discussing his autobiography: ‘Added Time’ which his former employers tried to ban.
The incomparable Liverpool manager Bill Shankly debated by three men who have written about one of the sport’s greatest  – John Roberts, John Keith and Chris McLoughlin.
Ex BBC and ITV Head of Sport Brian Barwick, who also was CEO of the Football Association, recounting the remarkable story of football on television in his book: ‘Are You Watching The Game Tonight?’
Former Sportswriter of the Year Michael Calvin sharing some of the secrets of the unheralded world of the Football Scout in his book: ‘The Nowhere Men’ and is joined by Jim Cassell, Manchester City’s former Academy Director to discuss the search for the sport’s next big stars and how both Liverpool and Everton are operating in this field.
TalkSPORT host Adrian Durham and Liverpool FC author Simon Hughes will take a no holds barred look at all things football and discuss their respective works: ‘Is He All That’ and ‘Red Machine.’
With this autumn being the 50th anniversary of George Best’s arrival in the North West, Duncan Hamilton – twice winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year – talks about his authorised biography of one of the UK’s greatest footballers.
Liverpool University’s Sport and Fitness Centre, the Eleanor Rathbone Theatre and the Leggate Theatre will host the Festival which will build on the success of last year’s Sport Literary Festival held in London. Each session costs just £4 per person to attend.
Hosts of the sessions include the broadcaster and award-winning author Gary Imlach, Liverpool FC TV and BBC TV Presenter Claire Rourke, the Daily Mirror’s award-winning columnist and author Brian Reade, Managing Director of Trinity Mirror Sport Ken Rogers, and John Thompson - Head of Sport for Trinity Mirror Newspapers North West.
When Jamie Carragher attends the event on Saturday November 16 he will be presenting awards to the winners of the Children’s Sports Writing Competition, which has been created by the Festival’s organisers in collaboration between Liverpool University and the Liverpool Daily Post Echo.
Tickets are on sale at and further details of the event are available via Twitter @Sportsbookfest.
The Sports Book Festival is produced by Barwick Media & Sport. Festival Director Gerry Barwick said:
“We are delighted to be bringing the Sports Book Festival to Merseyside for the first time. Our programme of events and quality of guests is the best assembled by a sports book festival in this country. Every session will be truly interactive with our hosts giving the readers of sports books the chance to ask the writers the questions that matter to them.”
“The University of Liverpool is a fantastic location for a stimulating two day event in such a renowned sports-mad community.”
For more details contact:
Gerry Barwick at Barwick Media & Sport LLP
Tel: 020 3328 6400