Calvin books himself a column at the Sindy

Michael Calvin is back in newspapers, six months after leaving the Sunday Mirror. Calvin has joined the Independent on Sunday as the paper’s “Last Word” columnist.

Michael Calvin: missed writing for newspapers

The SJA member and a former SJA Sports Writer of the Year had left the Sunday Mirror, where he was chief sports writer, at the end of 2011 to concentrate on writing books.

But this week, Calvin admitted: “I took a conscious decision to concentrate on long-form writing when I left the Sunday Mirror six months ago, but found I missed the immediacy of newspapers.

“I really enjoy the scope and style of the Sindy and I’m grateful for the opportunity to join a very strong stable of writers.”

Calvin has three book projects on the go and supplies a daily blog and hosts bi-weekly vodcasts for the BT football site, Life’s a Pitch.

He is editing, and self-publishing, the Life’s A Pitch anthology which features contributions from the regular panel of sports journalists as well as from site contributors such as Jonathan Wilson, Iain Macintosh and Rob Smyth. It is due for publication in September.

A prequel to Calvin’s Family, Life, Death and Football, which was nominated as Football Book of the Year in 2011, is due out in the autumn and he is also penning a major book for Century, which will cover football scouting, talent ID and recruitment. That is scheduled for publication in August next year.