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, Max Adams set attendees a series of writing exercises: simple words, the blank page, protagonising, the eight-parter, raising the stakes and a heavy limp.

Max Adams is an award winning, critically acclaimed author of biography, history and natural history. On behalf of the Royal Literary Fund he runs the ProWritingCoach scheme mentoring sports people with their writing projects.

Reading & Writing One Day Workshop (PDF 563k)