Anthony Clavane

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
 Anthony Clavane



Anthony Clavane is Lecturer in Multimedia Journalism and his teaching focuses on feature writing, editing, storytelling across a range of genres - from reportage to scriptwriting - and contemporary history. His research specialisms are in autobiography, storytelling, belonging and identity and the cultural context of sport. He has written three books: Promised Land, which was named both Football Book of the Year and Sports Book of the Year by the National Sporting Club; Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?, which was shortlisted for Football Book of the Year. and A Yorkshire Tragedy, which was a Guardian book of the year. He has written three plays: Promised Land, Leeds Lads and Playing The Joker. He has spent the past three decades working as a senior journalist on various local and national newspapers. He began as a news reporter and then a feature writer for the East Anglian Daily Times, before progressing to The Independent and then the Mirror. He currently writes for The Observer, The Guardian, The New Statesman, The New European, The Yorkshire Post and other publications. He has won Press Gazette Feature Writer Of The Year and BT Regional Sportswriter Of The Year awards. He has a BA (Hons) in History from Sussex University and a PGCE in History/Politics at the Institute of Education and has taught on many journalist/creative writing courses at the Arvon foundation. Before coming to Essex he taught on a BA (Hons) Sports Journalism at the University of Arts London. He is a visiting research fellow at Leeds Beckett University and an associate at the Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism, Birkbeck College.


  • BA (Hons) University of Sussex, (1982)

  • PGCE Institute of Education, University of London, (1983)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Multimedia Journalism, University of Essex (1/7/2019 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

storytelling, narrative and journalism

belonging and identity and the cultural context of sport

autobiography and storytelling

Meet Me At Cantors

A project to collect the oral histories of Jews in post-war Leeds. This involves working with researchers with specific expertise: historical, social and theatrical. The intention is to create a theatre piece incorporating the filmed interviews. The interviewees narratives will be woven into a play involving actors and where possible, some of the interviewees.

Current research

I am currently researching a journal article examining narratives and storytelling in football.

My current research is into storytelling, narrative, film and journalism

articles for various publications such as The Guardian, Observer, New Statesman, Yorkshire Post and The New European.

Conferences and presentations

Stories My Dad Did Not Tell Me

Keynote presentation, JW3 Literary Festival, JW3 Literary Festival, London, United Kingdom, 28/3/2022

The Leeds International Olof Palme Memorial Peace Lecture

Keynote presentation, Keynote presentation, Olof Palme memorial, Leeds, United Kingdom, 16/6/2021

Writing The Game masterclass

Keynote presentation, Arvon Foundation, London, United Kingdom, 4/5/2021

Marching On Together

Invited presentation, Milim Festival, Milim, Leeds, United Kingdom, 15/6/2020

Sports writing and identity

Leeds Lit Festival, Leeds Lit conversation, Leeds, United Kingdom, 8/3/2020

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Practical Reporting, Interviewing and Production (Single Honours) (LT131)

  • Practical Reporting, Interviewing and Production (Joint Honours) (LT135)

  • Feature Writing and Magazine Project for Print and Online (Joint Honours) (LT232)

  • Feature Writing and Magazine Project for Print and Online (Single honours) (LT241)

  • Journalism and Storytelling (LT396)


Journal articles (1)

Clavane, A. and Long, J., (2020). Bigger than ourselves: the Southgate narrative and the search for a sense of common purpose. Sport in Society. 24 (1), 56-73

Books (3)

Clavane, A., (2016). A Yorkshire Tragedy The Rise and Fall of a Sporting Powerhouse. Hachette UK. 1784291048. 9781784291044

Clavane, A., (2012). Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here? The Story of English Football's Forgotten Tribe. Hachette UK. 0857388134. 9780857388131

Clavane, A., (2011). Promised Land A Northern Love Story. Random House. 0224082647. 9780224082648

Other (2)

Clavane, A., Newspaper articles on Brexit and The North

Clavane, A., (2018).Playing The Joker

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