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).