As part of Reading Passport READ XV, a series of workshops took place which linked the energy and profile of the Rugby World Cup with creative writing inspired by reading events.

At the same time libraries across the South West worked together to promote the Reading Passport, which highlighted rugby related books and resources, through a wide range of sports venues from fan zones to sports shops and rugby clubs.

The READ XV writers are all Royal Literary Fellows and delivered the workshops in Gloucester, Exeter and Weston during November as the finale to the programme. The workshops showcased the variety of approaches they used and the ability of experienced writers to encourage and develop the talents of those who are new to writing or less experienced. The feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive and a new writing group has already been formed as a result of the experience.


In this workshop, Babs Horton set attendees a choice of writing prompts – six word novels, opening lines and quick starters.

Babs Horton was born in Wales and grew up in London. She attended the University College of St Mark & St John and has taught for over 30 years in schools with expertise in the areas of special needs and mental health. She spent two years as the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Plymouth working with students on all aspects of writing. She has also lectured in English and Creative Writing and supervised MA students.

A series of writing exercises (PDF 557k)