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Talks and films continue at Derby arts centre Quad in August as part of a Season of Football.

The events tie in with two new exhibitions, The Pride and the Passion: Contemporary Art, Football & the Derby County Collection featuring film and photographic works in QUAD Gallery, and The Pride and the Passion: Derby County Football Club Through the Years and Grassroots: Artists Explore Lower League Football featuring archival images and artefacts from Derby County FC.

Football-related talks in August feature acclaimed author David Peace and an exhibiting artist from QUAD’s ‘The Pride and the Passion’ exhibition, Gad Salner, who will talk about how football has brought Palestinian and Israeli people together in a common cause.

David Peace will be in conversation at QUAD, discussing his latest novel Red or Dead about legendary Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly, and also his wider work in general – including the Red Riding Quartet and The Damned Utd, with BBC Radio Derby presenter Andy Potter.

Audience members will have the opportunity at the end to ask one of the UKs greatest living authors questions about his work. David Peace in Conversation with Andy Potter takes place tonight (Wednesday)from 7pm. Tickets are £7 or £6 concessions.

Israeli based artist Gad Salner, together with his project partner Vadim Tarasov, worked on a project called ‘Kaduregel-Shefel’ (translated as ‘low football’). Gad is a photographer and lower-league enthusiast, and his work examines how football has brought Palestinian and Israeli people together in a common cause.

From forgotten Arab villages of the north to dusty Jewish neighbourhoods in the south, Gad has visited places where the seemingly ever-present tension between cultures evaporated.

The talk has been supported by the Embassy of Israel, London. Gad Salner & Vadim Tarasov: ‘Lower League Football in the Middle East’ talk takes place in QUAD on Thursday, August 28, from 7pm. The talk is free but places need to be booked through QUAD box office.

Looking ahead to September’s season of football events, Roy McFarland and Shaun Barker will be talking ‘Captain to Captain’ in a conversation chaired by BBC Radio Derby’s Ed Dawes. Captain to Captain takes place on Wednesday, September 3, from 6:30pm, tickets are £3.

To book places on the talks please call on 01332 290606 or go to: www.derbyquad.co.uk/exhibition/pride-and-passion-contemporary-art-football-derby-county-collection

Football is celebrated in QUAD Cinemas with film screenings of Next Goal Wins.

This is about American Samoa – officially the worst football team on the earth – who are in search of a new coach after suffering a world record 31-0 defeat to Australia in 2001. Who could possibly want to take on such a challenge?

Maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen arrives on the island completely unprepared for, in his owns words “by far the lowest standard” of football he’s ever seen. But he has only one month to pull it together as American Samoa embark on their World Cup qualification campaign. Next Goal Wins (15) screens on August 17, 19 and 20.

Cinema tickets are £7.80, £6.50 concessions. To book seats please go to www.derbyquad.co.uk/film