Lunchtime Euros: Val McDermid and Helen Thompson on England v. Scotland

Throughout Euro 2020, we’ll be hosting short online conversations about one of the day’s (or the previous day’s, or the next day’s) matches, at 1 p.m.: a bit of history, geopolitics, literature, but mostly just football.

It’s the oldest fixture in world football, first played in 1872, and Scotland’s first European Championship since 1996, when they were also drawn in the same group as their auld enemy (and lost two-nil). With us to discuss this momentous occasion are Val McDermid, one of the world’s most celebrated crime writers, who has a stand named after her at Raith Rovers’ stadium, and Helen Thompson, professor of political economy and Cambridge, whose football expertise has found its way into both the LRB and the podcast Talking Politics, which she co-presents.

More events in this series:

Monday 14 June at 1 p.m.: Sunder Katwala and Jude Wanga on England v. Croatia

Wednesday 16 June at 1 p.m.: Misha Glenny and Peter Pomerantsev on Ukraine v. North Macedonia

Tuesday 22 June at 1 p.m.: Sukhdev Sandhu and George Szirtes on Germany v. Hungary

Tuesday 29 June at 1 p.m.: Peter Geoghegan and John Lanchester on the last 16

Plus! A conversation about the later stages still to be announced!


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