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The World Cup for Writers

4 Extra Debut. The England Writers Football Team play against the Scotland Writers Team. But can writers make good footballers? From 2013.

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.

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30 minutes

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Sat 21 Sep 2019 01:30

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

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

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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