Acclaimed young people’s author Tom Palmer will be heading to Newcastle next week to launch his new book at Benfield School.
The writer of football themed books including Off Side and Own Goal will be at the school on Thursday, 3 May from 1pm where he will be reading from his exciting new book, The Squad: Black Op.
Tom will be joined by Newcastle United’s own Premier League Reading Stars champion Mike Williamson who will be hearing about how the beautiful game meets the world of espionage against the backdrop of the Euro 2012 finals in Poland in this new book.
During his visit to Benfield School Tom will be talking to students about his books and his career as an award winning author.
Tom will also be reading from his books at Gosforth Library from 9.30am as part of his visit to the city which has been organised by the Newcastle Libraries Service.
As well as being a huge football fan, Tom Palmer has an international reputation in reader development especially encouraging boys to read, and works with The Reading Agency, Booktrust, the National Literacy Trust and libraries across the country.
He has been the official writer for the Premier League Reading Stars scheme for five years and is also a teacher with the Arvon Foundation.
Janice Hall, Newcastle City Libraries Manager, said: “Newcastle has a global reputation as a football loving city so we are delighted Tom Palmer has decided to launch his latest football themed book here. His books have been extremely important in encouraging our city young boys to continue reading and helping them develop a lifelong love of books.
“We are also thrilled that NUFC footballer and Premiership League Reading Star Mike Williamson will be getting involved with the launch and talking to the students at Benfield School about his own experiences as a premiership defender.”
Before his visit to Benfield School, Mike Williamson said: "I have been proud to represent Newcastle United as their Reading Star this season and have been very pleased to see the work so many schools have been involved in.
"It's terrific that literacy skills are being improved and showcased throughout the region, and indeed all over the country through this scheme and delighted too that Benfield School are to benefit from a visit from Tom Palmer."
Tom Palmer will also be visiting Waverly Primary School on Wednesday, 2 May to talk about his books.
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