The 2020 Football Writers' Festival has taken a different shape from that which we first envisaged when scheduled to be held in Jamberoo in May 2020.
As we get used to our new ‘normal’, people are looking for hope. Storytelling, ideas and connection matter more than ever - and even more so after the rocky few years football has endured recently.
The awarding of the 2023 World Cup to Australia and New Zealand gives great cause for optimism and joy, but it is also not the be-all and end-all of addressing the game's myriad issues.
Hence our theme of 'Crisis. Opportunity. Change.'
We thought it was important to proceed with the 2020 Festival to connect writers, readers and thinkers.
The Football Writers' Festival is passionate about continuing to showcase and support the writing, publishing and book-selling fraternity. At the same time the pandemic is still among us and uncertainty remains, so the program is different in that we have no international speakers; but we do have a great line-up of Australia-based journalists, commentators and authors as well as some football administrators.
Originally, our re-scheduled event was to be held at the Harlequin Inn, a historic site for football, but we have been forced to change this again due to new space restrictions introduced in NSW in July 2020.
The venue is confirmed as the Manly Pavilion, West Esplanade, Manly Cove on 21-22 November 2020.