Library rugby reading tour

This summer I am doing a public library tour, taking in 13 libraries in 11 towns and cities. It is being entirely funded by the Rugby Football Union ahead of this autumn’s Rugby World Cup.

The tournament takes place from 18th September to 30th October 2015 in England and Wales.


I came to reading – then writing – through borrowing sports books from public libraries. That’s how I became a reader and that’s how I became a writer.

These are the facts.


The Rugby Reading Game. A quiz about the sports reading material available in the library, followed by a rugby penalty kicking competition – in the library.


Tom Palmer, children’s author. Author of the Rugby Academy series, published by Barrington Stoke in 2015.


10th to 27th August 2015


The public libraries nearest to the 13 Rugby World Cup venue stadiums, being Twickenham (10th), Stratford (11th), Wembley (12th), Brighton (13th), Milton Keynes (14th), Leicester (17th), Birmingham (18th), Gloucester (19th), Cardiff (20th), Exeter (21st), Newcastle (25th), Leeds (26th) and Manchester (27th).


To use the buzz around the world’s third biggest sports tournament being hosted in the UK to promote reading for pleasure and the use of public libraries.


Fees and expenses paid for entirely by the RFU.

There is more information about the tour and the other literacy project I am doing around the Rugby World Cup here: