November 11 2019

Daniel at a recent event with Duncanrig Secondary School pupils

Fans of Junior Football are in for a treat next week as one of the country’s top sports writers comes to Barrhead as part of a special night celebrating the’ Beautiful Game.’

Daniel Gray will be appearing at the Arthurlie Inns, Barrhead at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th November as part of Book Week Scotland’s East Renfrewshire Programme.  He will read from his books ‘Black Boots & Football Pinks’ and ‘Saturday, 3pm’ drawing on memories of the players, grounds, matches, characters and mascots that make the sport such an intrinsic part of our lives. In addition, Daniel will interview three guests, James ‘Cotter’ McKenna, Aaron Connolly and Davie Greig, from the proud and wonderful world of Scottish Junior Football as they discuss their lives in the sport.

Daniel is the author of a number of books including the ‘Delights’ series and Stramash: Tackling Scotland’s Towns and Teamsa travelogue which takes him across 12 Scottish towns. As well as appearing 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.’

The event is being sponsored by Nil by Mouth and the Scottish Book Trust as part the annual celebration of books and reading. During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They are joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life. Book Week Scotland 2019 runs from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 November 2019.

Nil By Mouth Director Dave Scott said:

‘Junior Football is a huge part of the lives of many people in the West of Scotland so when we had the chance to fuse Daniel’s keen eye for the joys of the game with the experiences of three real legends of the junior game we knew we had the makings of a good night. Thanks to support from the Scottish Book Trust admission to the event is free and we hope fans of all clubs will come along and enjoy a night of nostalgia and laughter.’