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Tom Palmer inspires young readers at Foundation's Author's Day

Lincoln City Foundation set up an Author’s Day event by inviting a children’s football author to the Co-op Community Hub.

Author Tom Palmer was part of an educational workshop alongside Rob McCann from VIP Reading - a book box company.


Students got to answer quiz questions, play an indoor penalty-kick game, read a poem called Refugees by Brian Bilston, and ask Palmer questions. At the end, all the children were given a copy of his new book, Angel of Grasmere.


Two sessions took place from 9.30am to 3pm on Friday 14th June.


Tom Keenan from the Lincoln City Foundation said: “What I’m enjoying the most about it is Tom Palmer being so honest. 


“He said he didn’t really like reading when he was younger until he found football magazines and used to read newspapers, and that could relate to the children who potentially are similar.”


Palmer said: “We’re working with Lincoln City and local schools to try and encourage children to read for pleasure.


"We’re using the power of football and Lincoln City to encourage children to read all sorts of different things: match programmes, magazines, newspapers, books, websites. Just to get people reading about what they love.


“I think the club’s set-up and what they’re doing for the community is amazing. I think it’s really important for football clubs to engage with the local community and Lincoln City definitely are.


“I think it’s good for them to see that authors are just normal people and anyone can be an author. 


“If you love football and you enjoy reading a bit, maybe you could be someone who writes books about football. It’s all about changing perceptions about what they think they could do in the future.”

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