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, Chris Simms set attendees a task to write the life story of a famous sportsperson – in 300 words. The workshop was exploring how the best stories have a central thematic idea – a thread that runs through them.

Alongside being a Consultant Fellow with the Royal Literary Fund, Chris is the award winning author of twelve novels and several short stories. On Sundays, he coaches a junior side at his local rugby club, having become too old to continue his playing career!

The Name Game (PDF 492k)