The World Cup For Writers


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The England Writers Football team brings together some of the most exciting writers - and the worst footballers - in Britain. Despite sounding like a Monty Python joke, its members would claim that there is a connection between the two activities that's well worth exploring.

Author of Submarine and acclaimed new talent (literary) Joe Dunthorne provides a running commentary on a match between his England Writers Football Team and the newly-formed Scotland Writers Football Team, at a hotly-contested international match in Glasgow. Can a writer ever make a really good footballer?

Producer: Beth O'Dea

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.

Joe Dunthorne's England Writers Football Team plays against the Scotland Writers Team.