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Boxing Handsome at the Swindon Festival of Literature

8 May
Matt Holland, Anna Whitwham and Paddy Fitzpatrick

Matt Holland, Anna Whitwham and Paddy Fitzpatrick

For me, this was the most fascinating event of the Festival so far.

A lecturer in Masculinity at Royal Holloway University. A boxing trainer.

One with a refined accent, defined cheekbones and flowing clothes.
The other, dapper in a pork pie hat, glittering wrist watch, Irish.

Both were considered.

While I won’t necessarily watch a boxing match, I’m drawn to trained fighting; the Muhammad Ali ideal of ‘dance like a butterfly, sting like a bee’, the marriage of grace and intelligence with brutality. Blood and brains.

The eye-opener about boxing, as seen by trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick, is the universality of successful boxing – the rules can be applied to anything. I’ve heard the same said about dancing, mindfulness, overcoming anxiety, virtuoso musicianship, performance and success in any walk of life. Politics, especially politics. Continue reading