Reading Force Roadshow

reading force websiteMy Rugby Academy series was inspired by children of serving RAF personnel, and I used their input to get life as a Service child right.  In the first book, Combat Zone, football-mad Woody finds himself stuck in a rugby-obsessed British boarding school, as his dad is being deployed overseas.

reading force originalI am proud to work with Reading Force – who promote sharing and talking about books with children in British Armed Service  families.   I helped launch Reading Force at Le Cateau School in North Yorkshire in 2014.

Find out if you’re part of a Service family how  to take part here.

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hornbill schoolIn 2016, I visited Hornbill School in Brunei with Reading Force.


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In 2015, Reading Force took me on a roadshow to meet children and parents.





reading force 3We visited all these schools:
Eggbuckland Vale Primary School
Widey Court Primary School
Downlands Community Primary School
Talavera Junior School
Carnagill Community Primary School
RAF Leeming Primary School
Hipswell C of E Primary Schoo
RAF Benson Primary School
Bulford St Leonard’s CE Primary School
Kiwi Primary School


tweet2“We had a brilliant afternoon and a great response to the fete – the hall was crammed! Tom and Jim’s presentation to the children was lively and easily kept them engaged for an hour and a quarter.  We had huge queues to get Tom to sign the books and all the children have been really enthusiastic about reading them.  I am now running a competition for the best book review of a Tom Palmer book in Term 6!”  Bulford St Leonard’s


bfbs aldershotListen to the radio clip about my book Over the Line from Downlands School at Blandford Camp on BFBS radio





tweetListen to Jim Sells from the National Literacy Trust and I talk about Reading Force and our roadshow.


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Read the latest Roadshow Roadshow Press release







blogRead my blog about being

On the Road with Reading Force




blog 2Read Alison Baverstock (the founder and director of Reading Force, and Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Publishing at Kingston University) blog here 




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