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Thu 7 Feb 2013 11:30 BBC Radio 4

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Thursday 07 February 2013

The England Writers Football team brings together some of the most exciting writers - and the worst footballers - in Britain today. 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.

  • Billy Letford (l.), Joe Dunthorne (r.)

    Joe Dunthorne playing for the England Writers Football Team

    England Team:

    Graham Joyce

    Philip Oltermann

    Joe Dunthorne

    Jake Wallis Simons

    Craig Taylor

    Conrad Williams

    Paul Staheli

    Ben Brusey

    Jakob von Baeyer

    Paul Laity

    Daniel Tatarsky

    Ali Taylor

    David Goldie

    William Sutcliffe


    Scotland Team:

    Simon Weir
    Mark Buckland
    Roland Gulliver
    Craig Lamont
    Adrian Searle
    Christopher Brookmyre
    Doug Johnstone
    William Letford
    Allan Wilson
    Dougie McGregor
    Kevin Williamson
    James Grant
    Matthew Fitt
    Alistair Braidwood
    Keir Hind

    Photo by Patrick McGuire


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