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Author Booked for Return Fixture

Top-selling author and avid football fan, Tom Palmer, returned to Harrowden Middle School, in Bedford this week to inspire the students, and teachers! Following the success of his daily FIFA 2010 World Cup stories, pupils eagerly awaited to hear from Tom and find out about his latest work.   

 

He spoke to pupils of all ages throughout the day about his writing, his passion for the ‘beautiful game’ and the reasons he became interested in reading and writing.

 

Carol Dwan, Librarian at the school, said: "He was here to promote literacy to the pupils, to tell them about how he became an author and to engage them in a reading game. It went down really well with the children, it was a brilliant day."

 

The winners of the football reading game, which involved a quiz about football newspapers, magazines and books, both non-fiction and fiction, entered into a penalty shoot-out with the winning team awarded a football trophy.

 

Tom Palmer is keen to promote writing in schools as he did not enjoy his own education when he was young and hated reading until he began to read about football.

 

Cllr David Sawyer, portfolio holder for Children’s Services at Bedford Borough Council, said: “For the students, it’s great to have the opportunity to meet a real life author. On both occasions, Tom Palmer’s visits to the school have helped to inspire its pupils and encouraged individuals to get hooked on books and explore their own unique writing skills.”

 

Michael Rosen, the Novelist, Author, Percussionist, and Children’s Laureate and one of the best known figures in the children’s book world also visited Harrowden Middle School late last year (19th November).

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