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Mid-Off to In-Off: Passion and Characters in Cricket and Snooker - John Duncan and Mick Ford

  • Bridport Library South Street Bridport, England, DT6 United Kingdom (map)

A morning of sport with John Duncan, author of Cricket, Wonderful Cricket and Mick Ford, author of In Off the Streets.

Cricket, Wonderful Cricket: John Duncan

JOHN DUNCAN

‘A terrific mix of interviews has produced some pretty amazing stories. It’s an absolute must for cricket lovers.’ Mike Gatting, England Captain – 1986-88

When writer and cricket nut, John Duncan, set out to interview twenty high profile individuals about their love of the game, little did he know quite what would be involved. Nevertheless, he managed to battle with managers, security, secretaries, protocol, and much more until Cricket Wonderful, Cricket finally hit the bookshops and the internet.

At this event John talks about the people that he interviewed, as well as some that he didn’t, with his own particular brand of humour never too far away. Subjects include Prince Philip, Sir Tim Rice, Bill Wyman, Sir John Major and Sir Michael Parkinson. He will also play extracts from some of the twenty interviews recorded in pubs and palaces, clubs and cafes. His questions are primarily about cricket, but the responses sometimes come sidling in from a completely different direction!

John is also the author of Simply Parkinson’s, which he also illustrated, and of How to Manage your Bank Manager. He has been a banker, commentator, PR director and freelance journalist and lives with his wife, Helen, in Hackney London and Catalunya, Spain.

www.cricketwonderfulcricket.com

MICK FORD

In Off the Streets: Mick Ford

Photographer, and retired commercial artist, Mick Ford will be interviewed by Wen Fern about his new book, In Off the Streets, which features striking images of people from Fulham’s snooker halls. Mick’s knowledge of the halls began when he was 11 years old, but his book shows and tells of the snooker hall backroom community in the 1970s, and with the Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Hospital. 

The photographs shine a light on the culture and artistry of this snooker community. They highlight the tables, the cues and the balls, but most of all the characters. He wants, through his book, to communicate that these people were also clever in the way that they operated and existed in a part of London that was changing rapidly.

Mick trained at college in the Midlands and later taught at night school. His early work in London was with commercial magazines such as Honey and Nova. He spent some years in America where he worked as a photographer for the Republican Party with George Bush and Senator Dole.  At one point he was arrested and deported by the FBI. He later lived a houseboat at the back of Hampton Court Palace and worked for an arabic newspaper in their camera room.

www.inoffthestreetssnooker.com