During this autumn’s Rugby World Cup I will be writing a live story to be read aloud in schools every morning – or at bedtime every night. It will be a five-minute read with dramatic cliff hangers, influenced by the events of the tournament on and off the field.
I’ll be writing it every evening, for publication online before 7 a.m. every weekday morning. There will be 23 episodes in all.
I have done this before. For the last three major international football tournaments. It works well. The Brazil World Cup story had 220,000 downloads on the National Literacy Trust website. There is something about a story that is about the events of the last 24 hours that appeals to children.
The England Rugby story will be a spy/detective/adventure story set in the time of the coming Rugby World Cup. Although the storyline will be determined by what happens each day, the core of the story will be one girl and three boys trying to stop a madman who is determined to undermine the five core values of England rugby: Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.
If you think about it, at least one of these values is tested in most children’s books. In the England Rugby story four children will have to uphold them all. Or pay the price.
The story episodes will be available free – on the England Rugby schools webpages – every weekday morning from 16th September to 16th October. If you’d like to sign up for a notification please contact me via www.tompalmer.co.uk/contact.
Thanks to England Rugby for funding his story. Please tell other teachers and parents about it.