Book Fans Invited to Celebrate the ‘Beautiful Game’

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November 15 2018

Edinburgh-based author Daniel Gray

Football and literary fans from across Ayrshire will be given the chance to take part in a special ‘football night out’ next week as part of Book Week Scotland.

On Wednesday 21st November the Mauchline Kilmarnock Supporters Club will play host to author, historian and broadcaster Daniel Gray in conversation with Kilmarnock FC Director Cathy Jamieson. Daniel will read extracts from his new book Black Boots and Football Pinks: 50 Lost Wonders of the Beautiful Game, and reflect on the maverick geniuses who have blazed a trail across our touchlines and terraces. The event kicks off at 7pm and Nil by Mouth are proud to be sponsoring.

Daniel Gray is the author of a number of football books including Stramash: Tackling Scotland’s Towns and Teamsa football travelogue which takes him across 12 Scottish towns and teams during a football season. He also appears on STV’s People’s History Show. Daniel has been nominated twice for Saltire Awards for his books This is Scotland and Homage to Caledonia.

From 1999 – 2015 Cathy Jamieson was one of Scotland’s most prominent politicians serving as Scottish Education and Justice Minister in addition to representing both Cumnock, Carrick and Doon Valley and Kilmarnock in Louden at Holyrood and Westminster. A lifelong Kilmarnock FC fan earlier this year she was voted onto the board as the representative of The Killie Trust.

During Book Week people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They will be joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.  The event is free, thanks to support from the Scottish Book Trust and  Nil by Mouth, and in addition to a fantastic night’s entertainment guests will receive a free drink and a Killie Pie.

Daniel Gray said:
‘There’s something gritty yet romantic about Ayrshire and football, which probably comes down to how many players and managers came from the mining villages. It’s a fantastic place to do events, full of warm people. I can’t wait to talk with them about what makes us obsess about football, through thick and thin. Book Week Scotland is a fantastic opportunity to bring book events directly to people and I’m excited to get back to Mauchline KSC, it’s a cracking little club and the perfect venue to welcome fans for an evening of football chat. I hope my new book will start a conversation about the wee things we miss about football, but also about why we love the game and couldn’t live without it.’

Cathy Jamieson said:
‘I’ve been a big fan of Daniel’s work for several years now and he has a real understanding of what football means to people and communities. I know from my work in politics and now in the boardroom at Rugby Park just how much effort volunteers put into running football clubs across Ayrshire and the lengths to which fans will go to follow their team. We hope to use this night to bring folk from as many clubs as possible together to remind ourselves why we call it ‘The Beautiful Game.’