Children’s author Tom Palmer visited The Hollins High School last week to speak to year 7 & 8 pupils about his books and how he finally managed to turn his dream of becoming an author into a reality.
Pupils had read a selection of Tom’s sport related books during the Spring term and were ready with numerous questions about his writing, his life and who influenced him. Tom then turned the tables and asked pupils questions about current events, sport and literature – those that answered correctly then took part in a penalty shoot-out, with the ‘last man standing’ winning a trophy.
Tom was an inspiration to staff and pupils alike, as he readily admits that he was a reluctant reader as a child. Tom’s mother encouraged him to read newspaper and magazine articles on subjects that interested him and gradually his love for books and the written word grew into a passion.
Tom also presented a very special award to year 7 pupil Siobhan for an outstanding achievement – Siobhan has read over 5 million words since September 2016!
Siobhan pictured receiving her quintuple word certificate from Tom Palmer.