A Subjective History of Sports Writing

Merv Collins has a life-long love of quality sports writing. He lists his favourites. (You are all welcome to offer your own suggestions – Ed).

Reading sports books in the time of Cholera

Sean Curtain has been using this time to re-visit some classic old (and new) sportsbooks. Here he walks us through a section of his library.

Book Launch – Gideon Haigh & Cecilia Haigh launch their new books

Gideon Haigh and his daughter Cecilia are launching their respective new books on 29 October, and you’re invited. Check out details here.

Rare Book Week – Rare Sports Books and Ephemera (Wednesday July 10th)

The MCC Library’s Rare Book Week is in full swing – coming up on Wednesday (July 10th) is a panel discussion all about books and other items collected by the panelists, who include Gideon Haigh and Rusty Jackson. [This is a public event – you do not need to be an MCC member to attend. You just need to book. Ed.]

The 2019 Grantland Rice Cup

Earl O’Neill scans the footy writing landscape for writers he likes to read. He’s found he has to dig deep.

Book Launch (Feb 13): Billy Murdoch – Cricketing Colossus

You are invited to the launch of this biography of Billy Murdoch by Richard Cashman and Ric Sissons. Gideon Haigh and Ray Webster to do the honours at the MCC Library. All welcome (but you MUST rsvp)

A meditation on this Australia. Australia v India: this near wild heaven

David Wilson leans on R.E.M. in this meditation on Australia, 2018 – the place, the idea, the “vibe” that represented Australian men’s cricket this past week in Adelaide.

Melbourne Seminar (with Magnet Galleries and Manning Clark House): After Turnbull – Whither the ABC?

Magnet Galleries and Manning Clark House host this Melbourne seminar (Wed 21 Nov) where Fatima Measham, Gideon Haigh and Jeff Sparrow discuss all things ABC. Very timely. John Harms is the MC. All welcome.

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunches – Nov 9: Gideon Haigh, and Sam Perry of The Grade Cricketer

With so much happening in Australian cricket, join Gideon Haigh and Sam Perry for lunch at The North Fitzroy Arms on November 9. Details here.

Book Launch: ‘Crossing The Line’ by Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh’s latest contribution to the library of Australian cricket, Crossing the Line, will be launched in Melbourne next week. The subtitle, ‘How Australian Cricket Lost its Way’, gives us a hint of Gideon’s direction as he examines the decline of a meaningful culture in Australian cricket over the past decade.

The Game that Never Happened by Ian Syson

The Game that Never Happened: The Vanishing History of Soccer in Australia by Ian Syson will be launched by Gideon Haigh, John Harms and John Didulica at the MCC Library, Wednesday August 15. RSVP your attendance.

Almanac Literary – Melbourne Rare Book Week at the MCC (Wednesday July 4)

Almanac favourite Gideon Haigh will be part of the MCC’s event for Rare Book Week this Wednesday

The 2018 Grantland Rice Cup

Earl O’Neill on newspapers, websites and sports journalism, plus his thoughts on the upcoming Round of AFL matches.

Gideon Haigh book launch: “A Scandal in Bohemia” – Booking not required

April 11 – join Gideon Haigh to launch his new book on the life and death of writer Mollie Bain at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne.
PLEASE NOTE: Booking is not necessary for this event. Just turn up on the night.

Book Review (4 of 52): The Cricket War by Gideon Haigh

Jack Banister is back with his 4th book review of 2018. Under the Banister microscope is Gideon Haigh’s masterpiece ‘The Cricket War’. In the new cricketing climate that now exists, Jack recommends you revisit the game’s original revolution

Sledging: Todd (Gleisner), Agnew, Jackson, Haigh, Lalor, Dahl, Arlott and Plato

From January 2015: “Sledging is back in the sporting discourse once again, after Jonathan Agnew’s spirited opinion piece earlier this week. David Wilson injects a lil’ bit o’ Plato to the debate.” The more things change…

The Ashes – Adelaide, Day 1: A brisk lunchtime in the Cathedral Hotel

Micky Randall prepared for the Adelaide Test at the famous Cathedral Hotel, just across the road from the Adelaide Oval. The throng were in good pre-match from, with cricket stories being fired from all quarters.

Round 15 – Carlton v Adelaide: Crows Back to Top Form? Yeah, Nup

Swish descends into the maelstrom of the ground level of the Ponsford Stand with his non-stop girls.

Blind, Deaf and Clueless: Wide of the Mark

Umpire Phil Hill clears up the notion of premeditated shabbiness and while doing so explains the concept of the ‘wide’ in cricket. [Vintage Hill – Ed]

Almanac Cricket (Book Review): Stroke of Genius is a stroke of genius

Writer, sports historian and lover of words, Roy Hay, reviews Gideon Haigh’s Stroke of Genius and concludes it is THE cricket book to read this summer. He explains why it is so brilliant.