Author inspires Ilkeston pupils to write

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An award-winning author has urged youngsters to write about what they love in a series of talks.

Tom Palmer spoke to pupils from primary and secondary schools across Erewash in a bid to boost boys’ interest in reading and writing.

Many of his books have a sporting theme and he is the author of three Puffin fiction stories for children including Football Academy, Foul Play and The Squad.

Tom will also be writing chapters of a story based on the heroes from the Foul Play series for England Rugby during the upcoming Six Nations tournament.

His work will be published weekly on the RFU website every Monday morning by 7am until March 21st, and can be read at home or in the classroom.

During the sessions held by Erewash School Sport Partnership, Tom talked about writing, his career, conducted a quiz, a rugby shoot-out and answered questions.

He told pupils: “When I was your age I didn’t like reading, it was my mum who got me into reading about football in newspapers. So I got into reading and writing through my love of sport.

“I started writing as a hobby when I was 20 and it took me until I was 40 to get a book published. You have to write with passion and if you write about what you love your passion will shine through.”

Ilkeston schools who attended the sessions included Hallam Fields Junior, Dallimore Primary, Ladywood Primary, Cotmanhay Junior and Stanley St Andrew’s.