Phil Vasili

Phil Vasili was born in London but grew up in Cambridge. He now lives back in Kentish Town, London very close to where he was born. As a boy he dreamed of becoming a professional footballer. His mum wanted him to be a dentist (like her father) while his father wanted him to work alongside in an electronics factory. Though he played at representative and semi-professional level he never achieved his ambition of becoming a full-time pro. He now scouts in London for a northern Premiership club.

 

Writing, like football, is a passion he has had since childhood. He wrote his first book length manuscript in his late teens. 'A load of pretentious tosh' it is browning at the edges in a cupboard in his study! However, it was, he admits, good practice. Unable to separate his obsessions he writes mainly about footballers, having had published two biographies and a social history.

 

He has also written a novel 'Felt and Batten' and drama scripts. His play, Tull, directed by David Thacker, had a successful three week run at Bolton's Octagon Theatre in 2013. Phil was executive producer of 'Antonio's Breakfast' which won the 2006 short film (drama) BAFTA.

 

Writing is a punishing self-indulgence that hardens you: 'you're constantly broke, eat crap food and have a cabbie's knowledge of local charity shops and poundsaver locations but what else are you going to do?' And, sitting on your backside for hours on end makes the attraction of marching against capitalism and for socialism even more exciting.

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