Students at Audenshaw School talked books and the beautiful game when author Tom Palmer paid them a visit.
Tom, who writes sports and historical fiction for young adults, visited Audenshaw to talk to pupils about his own experiences at school, and how he discovered his love of books through reading everything he could about his favourite football team – Leeds United.
The author also chatted to students about the sort of reading they enjoyed – from fact and fiction to magazines and graphic novels.
Some of the pupils also had the chance to take part in a football trivia quiz and a penalty shoot-out in the school hall, as well as asking Tom about his career and his love of football in a Q and A session.
Year 7 student Harry Cox, who bonded with Tom over their shared love of Leeds United, said: “I really enjoyed the quiz challenge Tom set because it tested our reading and our sport knowledge.”
Fellow pupil Lewis Parke added: “Tom was a great inspiration!”
English teacher Gail Watkinson, who organised the visit, said: “We always enjoy having writers come in to speak to the students as it gives them a whole new perspective on books and their own reading.
“Tom is one of the most popular authors among our pupils, so to get him to come in to the school and talk to the boys was a great opportunity.
“It was also a chance to show off their own football trivia and penalty shoot-out skills!
“Our aim is to encourage the boys to do more reading for pleasure and to find the type of books that really appeal to them. We hope Tom’s own story of reading every single word he could find about his beloved Leeds United will really inspire them to seek out subjects they love to read about.”