It’s a brave man who can sit on-stage at the world’s largest book festival and admit he hasn’t read his own book. Given the harrowing ghost-written excerpts covering Hartson’s illness, though, it’s understandable that he can’t bear to relive a period when he had over 200,000 cancer markers throughout his body. Hartson is incredibly humble and quietly articulate: “The cancer was on me. I should have died. I believe I did die”. The enthusiastic audience sang out “Big bad John!” at his arrival and cheered at the mention of a particular goal against Liverpool. Even those whose specialist subject is decidedly not Welsh Football Strikers enjoyed this honest discussion.
ScottishPower Studio Theatre, 15 Aug, 8.30pm (9.30pm), £8.00 – £10.00, bfpp14.