Emily Chappell’s Tales of Cycling Adventure: Yorkshire mini-tour in November

We’re excited to confirm that the inspirational adventurer Emily Chappell will be discussing her epic bike rides, her book Where There’s a Will (nominated at the Daily Telegraph Sports Book Awards), the secret world of bike couriers and all matters arising at:

York: Hospital Club
White Cross Road, YO31 8JR.
Tuesday 22 November. Tickets here

Bingley Arts Centre
Main Street, Bingley, BD16 2LZ
Wednesday 23 November. Tickets here

Sheffield: Library Theatre
Surrey Street, S1 1XZ
Thursday 24 November. Tickets here

Matt Rendell’s inside
stories of the Tour de France

After six successful dates in the summer, The ITV commentator’s tour resumes in November, with dates confirmed in Oxford (November 8) Harwich (November 9), Gloucester (November 14), Winchester (November 16) and Reading (November 17).

Carlton Kirby: True Tales of the Tour de France

Eurosport commentary box doyen Carlton Kirby brings a funny and revealing night for all cycling fans to the King Street Cinema, Ipswich on November 1 and Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich on November 2.

We are pleased to confirm several launch events for Steve Cummings’ autobiography, The Break: Life as a Cycling Maverick.

December 1: Steve Cummings book launch night in Heswall

Steve joins us on December 1 for a local book-launch gig on The Wirral, at Heswall Hall, close to where he grew up. Steve has done everything in cycling: from winning an Olympic track silver medal to winning stages at the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana and this year taking on a new role, as directeur sportif for Team Ineos at the Tour. We had two sell-out events with Steve in Oxford and Chiswick in September, which proved insightful, entertaining and maybe surprisingly candid.

HESWALL HALL: December 1 Info and tickets from £13 here.

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Barnes, September 15: John Altman’s amazing true stories of Hollywood & the Hit Parade

Composer and arranged John Altman has worked with a surreal who’s who of music and film stars: from Chaplin and Bowie to Prince and Michael Jackson; George Michael, Van Morrison and Diana Ross to Bob Marley, Alison Moyet, Bjork and Monty Python. John’s new memoir, ‘Hidden Man: My Many Musical Lives’ is a race through 50 years of showbiz stories – hilarious, eye-opening, improbable but true.

Thursday September 15 BARNES LONDON SW13 OSO Arts Centre. Tickets available now.

Rolling Stones book launch events, with Lesley-Ann Jones

As the Rolling Stones celebrate their 60th anniversary, acclaimed author Lesley-Ann Jones launches her definitive biography of the self-styled greatest rock’n’roll band in the world.

The Stone Age details the inside story of the Stones’ musical achievements and longevity while casting a critical eye on the chaos they have left in their wake, from Altamont to the revolving door succession of wives and girlfriends.

In revealing and entertaining evenings for all music fans, Lesley-Ann will be in conversation with journalist Duncan Steer, recently host of music chat nights with Nick Lowe, Baxter Dury and John Altman.

Wednesday July 13, 7-8.30pm, George IV, Chiswick, London W4. Tickets £8 or £23 including a book

Friday July 29, 6.30-8pm, London, The Social W1 Tickets £10 or £23 including a book.

Daniel Friebe book launch event

Five days before the 2022 Tour de France begins, ITV Tour face, Cycling Podcast mainstay and best-selling author Daniel Friebe launches his new book on German Tour champion Jan Ullrich with a one-off event in the Boston Room – the lovely cabaret room at the George IV on Chiswick High Road. Tickets, from £10 of £25 with a book.

Derek Pringle’s inside stories of English cricket

Thursday May 26 2022. Chelmsford Social Club. Early tickets £12

Derek Pringle returns to Chelmsford to discuss life on and off-the field with England and Essex in the 80s. His book, ‘Pushing the Boundaries: English cricket in the 80s’ is an eye-opening, must-read account of one of the England team’s most colourful (if only intermittently successful) decades, a young sportsman’s hectic life recalled through the eyes of a born writer. 

“A fascinating and hilarious read” – Daily Telegraph

“A feast of anecdotes” – The Observer

“Eye-popping and hilarious” – The Guardian

Film nights: Paris-Roubaix screenings introduced by William Fotheringham

We have a spring tour of screenings of Jorgen Leth’s classic Paris-Roubaix documentary A Sunday in Hell, introduced by cycling press box don William Fotheringham. The film is widely believed to be one of the best sports films of all and William has written a book about its making.

BIRMINGHAM: Mockingbird Cinema, Wednesday May 11. Tickets: £12 (Concs £10) RESCHEDULED FROM ORIGINAL APRIL SCREENING. We have around ten tickets now available.

OSWESTRY: Kinokulture, Wednesday April 20. Tickets: £12 (Concs £10)

Andy McGrath, Frank Vandenbroucke book launch night

Former editor of Rouleur magazine introduces his new biography of the ill-fated 1990s Belgian star whose early promise was followed by a painful and tragic decline. Join us at:

Tuesday MAY 17 CHISWICK LONDON W4 George IV, Boston Room. Tickets £10 on sale now.

Michael Hutchinson: How to be a cycling champion

Dr Hutch – 56-times a national time trial champion, Cycling Weekly columnist, Hour Record expert, acclaimed author. former stand-up comedian and EXPERT ON GOING FASTER – joins us for illuminating and entertaining nights of cycling chat at:

Gloucester: Kings Theatre, Tuesday 26 April. Tickets £12/£10 Concessions

London: Clapham Library, London SW4, Tuesday 3 May. Tickets: £12/£10 concessions

TRING: The Musette, Aldbury, Thursday 5 May Tickets £20 on sale now.

How to save life on Earth: Dr Rebecca Nesbit book launch event

February 24 2022. The Mission Theatre, Bath. Tickets on sale now.

Ecologist Rebecca Nesbit joins us in Bath, as she launches her new book ‘Tickets for the Ark: From Wasps to Whales – How Do We Choose What to Save?’ Can humans influence the future of the world’s estimated 8.7 million species in a positive way? In ‘Tickets for the Ark’, Rebecca brings clarity to head-spinningly huge debates at the intersection of science and ethics. Tickets are £12 or £10 concessions. For a limited time, there is an Early Bird offer of £10 per ticket. Book-plus-ticket is £20 (RRP of the book is £14.99).

Podcast: Baxter Dury in Conversation, book launch event

Baxter Dury discussed his wild West London childhood, growing up as the son of pop star and national treasure Ian Dury at a live event in Chiswick. Baxter was a great guest, his often dark tales made funny in the deadpan retelling. You can hear the podcast from the event here.

Podcast and video stream: Nick Lowe and Will Birch night

Nick Lowe – songwriter, hitmaker, anecdotalist, Renaissance man of pop – joined us at the Seven Dials club to celebrate the launch of the paperback of his biography, ‘Cruel to be Kind’, with his biographer Will Birch. We will have a free podcast version available from October 1. The full 100-minute recorded video stream is available for $5. Click through for access. Or you can listen to an edited audio-only podcast at this link.

Podcast: The Velvet Mafia, with Darryl Bullock

Author Darryl Bullock explores the demi-monde of 60s pop and showbiz in his new Omnibus Press book, tracing the friendship network of influential gay men, including Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who helped change culture, politics and society. Podcast available via Apple Podcasts here, via Spotify, via Google Podcasts and all your usual providers

PODCAST: Crime writer Tom Benjamin on the dark side of Italy

Tom Benjamin’s debut murder mystery A Quiet Death in Italy has been acclaimed by everyone from the Daily Mail to the Morning Star. He tells me how working as a security guard in a homeless shelter in Bologna helped him uncover a side to Italy that tourists don’t see. Listen here.

Simon Parker: my 3500-mile tour of pandemic Britain and other adventures

Journalist and adventurer Simon Parker launches his new book, about his cycle tour of Britain at a unique time in our history. Simon’s previous expeditions include a sailing/cycling race against the clock from China to the UK and travelling the length of India in a rickshaw. He joins us, in conversation with Duncan Steer, at:

BRIGHTON: Grand Central: Tuesday 19 April.
Tickets £12, Concessions £10, Ticket + book £25

OXFORD Tap Social: Tuesday 10 May.
Tickets £12, Concessions £10, Ticket + book £25

Saturday Morning Book Club, with Julian Dutton

Julian Dutton – author and man-about-showbiz, who has worked with everyone from Charlton Heston and Frankie Howerd to Harry Hill – launches his new book on the history of life on Britain’s waterways. Social history and showbiz chat. Hear it on the Radio Days Book Club podcast, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or at this link.

Buy Water Gypsies by Julian Dutton via this link

Saturday Morning Book Club: True Tales of Greek village life, with Alex Kemp

Hear all episodes of the Book Club podcast

PODCAST: Ian Stone on how The Jam changed his life

Comedian Ian Stone on his memoir To Be Someone, a story of growing up in grey/grim north London in the 70s and having his life changed by The Jam. Listen here.

Zoomcast: The rise, fall and rise again of French football, with Matthew Spiro

France’s 1998 World Cup win was supposed to be the start of a golden era for the team and the country. But the next decade saw riots in the home towns of many of the players – and strikes and division in the dressing room too. Matt Spiro’s new book pieces together the story of a divided team and a divided nation. Hear him discuss it on the Radio Days Book Club Via Apple, Spotify or here

Zoomcast, Sept 10: John Sitton in conversation: tales of a lost world of London football

John Sitton’s testing time as boss of Leyton Orient has passed into legend, thanks to the notorious Channel 4 documentary, ‘Orient: Club for a Fiver’. Now, 25 years on, his book ‘A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing’ lifts the lid on the crazy, cash-strapped world of managing in the lower leagues – but also brings great tales from his life playing in all four divisions. Join us for an entertaining evening on Zoom. Info and tickets.

Recorded stream: Beryl Burton Night, with William Fotheringham

On August 13, 60 years to the day since Beryl Burton won the women’s world’s road race, her biographer William Fotheringham joined us for an evening to celebrate her life and achievements. We were delighted to welcome Sue Rogers (nee Fenwick) onto the panel too – as a teenager, Sue was the veteran Beryl Burton’s chief rival in the 1983 season and she shared some great memories with us. Info and tickets

Recorded stream: Emily Chappell in Conversation

Emily joined us on Zoom on August 12. Emily rode 4000km unassisted to win The Transcontinental race across Europe. Where There’s a Will, her book about the experience, was nominated at this year’s Telegraph Sports Book Awards. Info and tickets

Podcast: Scott Innes on Galactic Keegan

Scott Innes’ hit Twitter feed imagines football legend Kevin Keegan coaching in outer space in a dystopian future. Now, he’s bringing out Galactic Keegan the Novel – Scott tells me about that, being mistaken for Keegan and – massive – who he’s got lined up for the film. Stream/download it below on Soundcloud. Also on Spotify, Google Podcasts or other providers. Buy the book here.



RECORDED STREAM: Matt Rendell on Egan Bernal, Colombia, Marco Pantani, salsa and ITV’s coverage of the Tour de France

ITV Tour de France mainstay Matt Rendell joined us live on Zoom on July 23 to discuss his latest book, “Colombia es Pasion: The Generation of Racing Cyclists Who Changed Their Nation and the Tour de France”. Matt also gave great insights into his acclaimed biography of Marco Pantani, and his book on learning salsa. Our musical guest is Jim Howard and his golden trumpet. Tickets: £5.

Tickets and info here.

RECORDED STREAM: Carlton Kirby Behind Closed Doors: the 2020 season begins (again)!

Stream the recording of our second live Zoomcast with Carlton Kirby here. Tickets: £5. In another tour de force, Carlton previews the early season races and ponders his ill-fated 80s nightclub venture. Plus our special guests, beaming in down the Zoom tube from Cromer and Umbria respectively: the man with the world’s largest Tour memorabilia collection and Italy’s national champion accordionist!

Stream the recording of our first Zoomcast with Carlton Kirby here. Tour de France betting tips, behind-the-scenes stories of the peloton and musical guests direct from a Parisian courtyard at twilight!


Carlton Kirby’s Cycling Lock-In Podcast

Hear Eurosport’s lead cycling commentator’s weekly guide to all the races NOT happening this year on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google podcasts etc – or right here.

Click through to buy the e-book of ‘Magic Spanner’ by Carlton Kirby, via Kobo.com.

PODCAST: Kenny Pryde’s Inside story of Team GB/Sky

Kenny Pryde has spent five years investigating the story of the Team GB/Team Sky British cycling project. He wanted to find out how they became the most successful team in sports history – and what substance there was to allegations of sexism, bullying and doping. Kenny discusses his findings in this podcast, recorded at our event in Brighton.

Click through to preview and/or buy the e-book of ‘The Medal Factory’ by Kenny Pryde, via Kobo.com.

Podcast: Tour de France photographer
Pete Goding

Pete Goding reflects on 15 years of shooting the pro peloton – and introduces his free retrospective exhibition at The Dynamo in Putney. Listen here


Paris-Roubaix Film Nights: A Sunday in Hell,
introduced by William Fotheringham

We are screening the classic 1970s Paris-Roubaix documentary A Sunday in Hell at select venues, with an introduction and Q&A by William Fotheringham of The Guardian. William has written a making-of book about Jorgen Leth’s pioneering film, which tells the story of the 1976 edition of cycling’s toughest one-day race.

Bath, Mission Theatre, Wednesday 8 April.
New date tbc


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