Visiting Author Tom Palmer
To finish the term on a literary note, Years 3–8 enjoyed a visit from popular children’s author Tom Palmer on Wednesday. Tom is a prolific writer of stories, many of which have a sports theme. These stories come in genres such as crime, the supernatural and historical.
Tom spoke about his early life as a boy who did not enjoy reading and how various influences brought him to where he is today. We heard where Tom gets ideas for his stories and how his research has sometimes taken him abroad.
Finally, the winners of his reading question time participated in an exciting penalty shoot-out in a bid to win a trophy. We had two worthy winners: Alex for Prep School and Jamie for the Seniors. Not forgetting the two excellent goal keepers; Emmanuel and Sol. Finally, there was the opportunity to buy a book and have it personally autographed by Tom.
Tom works closely with the National Literacy Trust and is the RAF Museum’s children’s writer in residenc.
Many of Tom’s works are published by Barrrington Stoke, who specialise in books suitable for dyslexic and reluctant readers. Tom’s books can also be borrowed from the school library.