Venue: The Bowling Green.

Alex Bellos is the author of several bestselling books about mathematics and football.

His first book for children Football School: Where Football Explains The World, co-written with Ben Lyttleton, was nominated for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017. The book is aimed at 8-12 year olds and covers everything from the player who stopped a civil war to the origins of football chants, to the psychology of penalty taking, to when exactly footballers poo.

Alex is also a well-known communicator of mathematics. His YouTube videos have had more than 20 million views, and his books including Alex’s Adventures in Numberland and Alex Through the Looking-Glass are bestsellers in many languages around the world. He was formerly the South America correspondent for the Guardian based in Brazil, where he wrote his first book Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life. 

He is also the inventor of Loop, pool on an elliptical table, which was launched at Port Eliot Festival in 2015.