Leicester author Nicholas Hogg has teamed up with writer and literary agent, Charlie Campbell, to resurrect The Authors Cricket Club. The original side was founded over a century ago and included player-writers such as Peter Pan creator JM Barrie, PG Wodehouse and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The latest incarnation of the historic literary XI have just been given a book deal by Harry Potter and Wisden publisher, Bloomsbury, and include Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens and ex-England cricketer Ed Smith.
The Authors will tour and write about their matches this summer, playing against clubs such as Sir Tim Rice’s Heartaches, the House of Commons, an Eton College side, and Hogg’s former club, Barkby United. Highlight of the calendar will be a match at Lords against an Actors XI for the centenary of the original Authors fixture against the Publishers in 1912.
Before the season begins former Leicestershire and England player, Darren Maddy, a team-mate of Hogg’s when they attended Roundhill College together and played for the Leicestershire U19s, will put the Authors through their paces at an Edgbaston coaching session.
You can follow The Authors Cricket Club on Twitter @AuthorsCC
Nicholas Hogg was nominated for the IMPAC prize for his début novel Show Me the Sky. Winner of the New Writing Ventures award, his writing has also been broadcast by the BBC. He co-created the innovative Photo Stories project, exhibiting short fiction and photography in Saatchi & Saatchi and Foyles. His second novel, The Hummingbird and the Bear, was published in 2011. www.nicholashogg.com