Questions of sport at Library event

… And now, over to sport at the National Library

The nation's preoccupation with all things sporty comes under the spotlight at the National Library of Scotland on Wednesday 15 September.

Sport is an important part of any news coverage, whether in the press or as part of TV and radio broadcasts. Sports fans will have the chance to hear BBC Scotland's 'Off the Ball' presenter Stuart Cosgrove and Sports Editor of 'The Scotsman', Donald Walker, discuss aspects of sports journalism and the changes to sport reporting. They will also attempt to explain why sport has become a fundamental part of the everyday lives of so many people. Whether participating or simply watching, listening and reading about others taking part, there seems to be an insatiable appetite for all things sporty.

Stuart Cosgrove says: 'To some extent people's obsession with sport is reflected in the news coverage. Sport is no longer relegated to just the back pages. Big stories involving the likes of David Beckham, Paula Radcliffe, Berti Vogts and the Scotland team for example are just as likely to make front-page headlines. Events off the field are now more fascinating to the public than the on pitch activities or the victory itself.'

The discussion forms part of the events programme for the 'READ ALL ABOUT IT!' exhibition, which charts the cultural and social history of Scotland as told by newspapers.

A section of the exhibition is devoted to sport, with stories on the early races at Leith; stories on boxing, curling and the birth of football and even the first-ever rugby international in Scotland in 1871. Eric Liddell's Gold Medal, which he won at the 1924 Paris Olympics, is also displayed.

This free event at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge starts at 7pm; tickets are available by calling the events hotline on 0131-622 4807 or email

9 September 2004

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