Why England Lose?

Why England Lose?

10th June 2018

With days to go before the football World Cup, England fans will be full of hope. After 52 years of hurt could football be coming home?

The answer, of course, is no. With very little hope in their hearts local football fans Anthony Clavane and Bryn Griffiths – and football writer Carrie Dunn - ask you to join them to grapple with the painful question: “Why do England always lose?”

As a Sunday Mirror football writer Anthony joined the press pack to report and reported on four World Cups so he knows what he’s talking about. Bryn is avid Colchester United fan – so his expertise is second to none in dealing with disappointment.

Wear your football shirt of choice and join us to discuss England’s prospects. Expect singing of England football songs, film clips of those terrible England moments, World Cup images, Subbuteo penalty shoot outs and poetry.

Our Panel on the night who will consider why we always lose will be:

Anthony Clavane
Anthony is a sports journalist, author and playwright. He has lived in the Colchester/Wivenhoe area for the past 30 years. He wrote for the East Anglian Daily Times as a news and feature writer, The Independent as an arts and culture writer and the Mirror. He now contributes to the The New Statesman, The Guardian and The New European. He has written three books and three plays and teaches at a London University.

David Peace said of Anthony’s writing “If you want to know how it feels to be left behind, to be heartbroken, then read this book”.
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Carrie Dunn
Carrie’s major passion is sport - she writes for leading newspapers and media outlets including the Times, the Guardian, the New Statesman and Eurosport.

She has covered events from the Ashes to the Olympics, and her most recent book The Roar of the Lionesses chronicles women's football in England following the national team's bronze medal at the 2015 Women's World Cup. During the 2014 Men’s’ World Cup, she was part of a quartet of bloggers for Kick It Out, the anti-discrimination organisation. As a long-suffering Luton Town fan, she wrote A Brand New Bright Tomorrow - a Hatter's Promotion Diary as an account of the team's successful 2001-02 season. She has a PhD in sociology, and combines her research into women's sport and women's experience of sport with teaching at several UK universities.
Carrie's next book, The Pride of the Lionesses, will be out in 2019.

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Bryn Griffiths

Bryn will be the MC for the event. He is an avid fan of Colchester United and occasional football pundit for our local community radio station Colne Radio. He tweets as @Colubryn

In addition we’ve recruited cultural anthropologist Charlie Davison to be our musical director on the night and Mike Harwood, the Il Presidente of Poetry Wivenhoe, to lead the England poetry slam.

Tickets £8 / £5 concessions.
Doors open 7pm, show starts 7.30pm.

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