Author’s plea to back upcoming world cup

An author is urging families in Calderdale to support a global sporting event when it arrives in Halifax later this year.

Tom Palmer, of Todmorden, brought his rugby reading game to The Shay as part of his national tour ahead of the Rugby League World Cup 2013.

TRY Reading morning with author Tom Palmer and Shelley Bullas from Calderdale Library service at Shay Stadium.

TRY Reading morning with author Tom Palmer and Shelley Bullas from Calderdale Library service at Shay Stadium.

Youngsters from across Calderdale attended the event, during which they took part in reading activities and a goal-kicking challenge.

Tom said: “It was brilliant doing one of the sessions at a world cup venue. It was the best so far.

“When I came up the stairs and saw the pitch, I got the feeling that I used to get when I first went to a match. Being in a sports stadium is special.”

Tom also used the event to promote his new book, Haka Boy, which hit the shelves last week.

It is the second in a series of books commissioned as part of the Try Reading project, which aims to raise awareness of the world cup and encourage more people to have a go at writing and drama.

Tom hopes people will turn out in force at The Shay when it hosts the world cup match between Tonga and Italy on Sunday, November 10.

“It’s a major sporting event in Calderdale,” he said.

“It’s a really big deal and I think we should support it.

“If it goes well, it could lead to other things happening in Calderdale.”

The reading game was held in partnership with Calderdale Council’s children and young people’s library service.

Co-ordinator Shelley Bullas said: “It’s always a pleasure to work with Tom because he is really good at what he does.”