Read Rugby – 48 days to go

Tom Palmer offers rugby reading tips to parents in the run up to the Rugby World Cup.

1st August 2015

This summer I am doing a public library tour, taking in 13 libraries in 11 towns and cities. Everyone is welcome to come along for what I plan to be exciting and fun activities that will encourage children to want to read more for pleasure. And adults, come to that.



What are we doing?                 

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.

Who am I?                   

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

When are the events?     

From the 10th to 27th August 2015

Where are they?              

The public libraries nearest to the 13 Rugby World Cup venue stadiums, being:

Twickenham Library – Monday 10th at 2 p.m.

Stratford Library  Tuesday 11th at 2 p.m.

Wembley Library – Wednesday 12th August at 2.30 p.m.

Brighton Library – Thursday 13th August at 11 a.m.

Milton Keynes – Friday 14th August at 1.30 p.m.

Beaumont Leys Library, Leicester – Monday 17th August at 2 p.m.

Birmingham Central Library – Tuesday 18th August at 2 p.m.

Gloucester Library – Wednesday 19th August at 10 a.m.

Cardiff Library – Thursday 20th August at 10 a.m.

Exeter Library – Friday 21st August at 10 a.m.

Newcastle Library – Tuesday 25th August at 2 p.m.

Leeds Central Library – Wednesday 26th August at 1.30 p.m.

Manchester Central Library – Thursday 27th August at 1 p.m.

Why are we doing them?   

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. The events have been funded by England Rugby.


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