Ed Smith: In Conversation 2.5.2012

Ed Smith

Wednesday 2 May
5:30pm in Room G8 of the Main Building, Aston University

Organised by the Aston University Well-being Group as part of Expanding Horizons: Aston's Year of Transforming Lives

As the London 2012 Olympics approach, enjoy this opportunity to join a conversation about motivation in sport, winning and losing, playing in a team - and the role of luck - with a sportsman who has performed at the highest level.

Ed Smith was educated at Cambridge University, where he took a double first in history. Aged 18, he became the youngest ever Cambridge undergraduate to score a century on his first class debut. He was a professional cricketer for 13 years, at Kent and then at Middlesex, where he was captain in 2007 and 2008. He played three Test matches for England. He retired after breaking his ankle in 2008.

He has written three books. After joining up with the New York Mets, he wrote Playing Hard Ball, a comparison of cricket and baseball. On and Off the Field, a diary of the year he played for England, was Wisden Book of the Year. The playwright Simon Gray described his What Sport Tells Us About Life as: “An absolutely delightful book. What Smith says about rhythm in batting is also true of writing – poise, balance, etc. – and Smith has it.” Luck will be published by Bloomsbury in April 2012.

In October 2010, Ed wrote and presented Inside Sport, his first documentary for BBC1 television. He also wrote and presented Peak Performance for BBC Radio 3, a series comparing the shared experiences of sportsmen and musicians. He appears regularly on Radio 4′s Today programme.

After retiring from cricket, Ed wrote the Mind Games column for The Daily Telegraph, before joining The Times as a leader writer. He is now a Times features writer, contributor to The Spectator and a GQ columnist.

This event is free to attend and open to all. A light buffet will follow the event.

To book your place, please email: events@aston.ac.uk