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Acclaimed Author, Tom Palmer, Inspires Lower School Pupils

01 February 2024

Lower 3 and Upper 3 were in for a treat as they welcomed acclaimed author Tom Palmer to the Lower School for an engaging author event. As an author with over sixty published books, Tom captivated pupils with tales of his journey as a writer and the inspirations behind the diverse subject matter of his books.

Tom began by sharing his own reading journey, beginning with football comics when he was at school. This deep-rooted passion for football ignited his early writing endeavours, and lead to the publication of his first series, named Football Academy. His football-themed books resonated with many students, sparking lively discussions about their favourite teams and players. Tom's personal anecdotes and insights into the world of football literature provided a fascinating glimpse into the creative process behind his beloved sports stories.

Transitioning seamlessly to a more recent focus, Tom delved into his exploration of World War Two through literature. Drawing from historical events and personal research, he shed light on the importance of storytelling in commemorating and understanding the sacrifices of the past. His ability to blend fiction with historical accuracy left a lasting impression on the students, igniting a newfound curiosity about this pivotal period in history.

To end the day, Tom hosted an interactive session with the reading ambassadors, and together they discussed strategies for promoting reading within the school community and honed their skills in reading aloud with expression. Tom's guidance and encouragement empowered the ambassadors to embrace their role as advocates for literacy, inspiring them to foster a culture of reading that extends beyond the confines of the classroom.

In conclusion, Tom Palmer's visit was a resounding success. His passion for storytelling, coupled with his genuine rapport with the students, made for an unforgettable author event that celebrated the power of literature to inspire, educate, and unite.