Meet me

I visit hundreds of schools, libraries and festivals each year.
Come and meet me at one of my 2017 open to the public events :

Friday 14th July, 10 a.m.  York Central Library
York’s Summer Reading Challenge launch

Tuesday 18th July, 3.45 p.m.
Hoyland Library, Barnsley
Launching Barnsley’s Summer Reading Challenge with Barnsley FC.

Wednesday 26th July, 11.30 a.m.
Central Library, West Bromwich

Wednesday 26th July, 2 p.m.
Bloxwich Library, Walsall

Thursday 27th July, 11.30 a.m.
Wolverhampton Central Library

Thursday 27th July, 2 p.m.
Halesowen Library, Dudley

Friday 28th July, 12.30 p.m.          
Crewe Central Library

Friday 28th July, 2.30 p.m.            
Alsager Library

Saturday 29th July, 1 p.m.
Storyhouse with Chester Central Library​

Wednesday 23rd August, 10 a.m.
Widnes Library                
Contact number: 0151 907 8383

Wednesday 23rd August, 1 p.m.
Haydock Library, St Helens

Wednesday 23rd August, 4 p.m.
Penketh Library, Warrington

Thursday 24th August, 11 a.m.                   
Eccles Library, Salford

Thursday 24th August, 2 p.m.     
Swinton Library, Salford

Wednesday 30th August, 11 a.m.
Four Greens Hub, Plymouth
Contact number: 01752 306237

Wednesday 30th August, 2 p.m.
St Budeaux Library, Plymouth
Contact number: 01752 975916

Contact me hereuse my contact form here or click on the green direct links for more information about tickets, venues and timings.


I love working with bookshops and festivals. I was a bookseller at Waterstones. Then I set up and ran Bradford Book Festival for Bradford Libraries and stepped into to manage Ilkley Literature Festival for a short time. Now I write children’s books I really enjoy meeting festival visitors, volunteers and staff.

hay 2016 bRead my blog from County Meath Children’s Book Festival by clicking here and why I think we need more Literary Festivals here.

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Book Signing at Leesland

Here are some of the lovely responses I have had from working at festivals:

“Thank you so much for all your time and energy and of course a fantastic event!” Bath Kids Lit Festival

“Just to let you know the response from some of our students to Tom Palmer’s event at Beverley Festival …

“Really enjoyed it , can we have him back in school”

“Miss. You haven’t got these two titles of Tom Palmer — can you order them?”

Their enthusiasm was fantastic, they made a special journey to tell me about Tom’s event and then they took some books out. ” Beverley Festival

“I just wanted to write to say a very big thank you for all your work in the Leeds schools last week. Really pleased to hear it all went well and we’re so grateful for your valuable support and work in what is an extremely valuable education programme.”  Harrogate International Festivals

“Tom Palmer’s exciting adventure Foul Play set in the world of football was our best-seller following his appearance at the Hebden Arts Festival.” Bookcase, Hebden Bridge

hay 2015 ok“Thank you so much for joining us in Hay this year. Your event went down a complete storm and drew in lots of boys who had never been to the festival before.” Sophie Lording, Hay Festival

“Tom Palmer’s Football Family Fun Day event as part of the Off the Shelf Festival was brilliant. The girls and boys taking part thoroughly enjoyed themselves and Tom was full of enthusiasm for reading, writing and football which inspired the young audience. We will definitely be booking Tom for next year’s Festival.”  Lesley Webster, Off the Shelf Festival of Writing and Reading, Sheffield
Email me here for more information or use my contact form here.

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