Top sports writers take questions in Sunderland Q&A session

The team that produce new international football magazine - the Blizzard - from their Sunderland base in Ashmore Terrace, Ashbrooke. Pictured l-r are Mike McBain, Lawrence Canning,  Paul Palmer, Peter Daykin and Garreth Cummins. Front centre is David Rose
The team that produce new international football magazine - the Blizzard - from their Sunderland base in Ashmore Terrace, Ashbrooke. Pictured l-r are Mike McBain, Lawrence Canning, Paul Palmer, Peter Daykin and Garreth Cummins. Front centre is David Rose
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FOOTBALL fans can quiz top sports journalist Iain MacIntosh on his inside knowledge of the game.

Football magazine The Blizzard is hosting a Q&A session with Iain and Eric Cantona’s biographer Philippe Auclair next week.

The session will also celebrate the magazine, which was dreamed up in city centre pub Fitzgeralds in 2010 after Sunderland beat Bolton 4-0.

It launched last year and went on to win the Sunderland Echo Creative Industries Portfolio award.

The magazine has featured articles from writers such as Gabrielle Marcotti and historian Dominic Sandbrook, and has been sold through an innovative pay-what-you-like model, which has proved a success.

Editor Jonathan Wilson said the magazine is proud of its Wearside roots.

He said: “We’re doing something new and very different in football journalism. It’s really exciting to see The Blizzard taking off and I’m very proud it’s taking off from Sunderland.

“Since we launched in 2011, things have gone astonishingly well and the writers have shown great faith in the project, even though there was no guarantee it wouldn’t fall on its face.

“We’ve done events like this in London before and this is our first one outside there. Twenty per cent of England’s population is there so there’s a reason why things are London-centric but we don’t want to be that.

“Emotionally and sentimentally Sunderland was the best place to go and the National Glass Centre is a great venue.”

He added: “We wanted to make The Blizzard available to everybody, no matter where they come from, no matter what their background.

“For that to work we needed people to be realistic about what they could afford and what they think the journalism is worth.

“The readers have respected that pay-what-you-like model which has given a great sense of this being a collaborative effort.

“We’re very grateful to our readers.”

The event takes place at the National Glass Centre on Wednesday at 7pm.

It is free to attend but registration is required by emailing your name to events@theblizzard.co.uk or phoning 543 8785.

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