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Tom Palmer with students and his books

Year 9s meet Tom Palmer, author

We were delighted to have author Tom Palmer spend the afternoon at Dallam School with our Year 9 students.  Tom Palmer writes children’s fiction, and historical novels based on real events.  He has been nominated and won countless awards for his books.  He lives in Halifax and enjoys being able to visit students in schools, especially in the north of England, to talk about his novels, writing them and the themes within them.

Tom Palmer children's author

Our Year 9 students got to meet Tom and hear about all aspects of his writing, from when he was a young reluctant reader to how he got into reading and how that inspired him to become a writer and the types of topics he likes to write about.  The sessions ended with Tom doing personal book signings.

Student having booked signed by author Tom Palmer


The sessions were lively and interactive with Tom giving honest and frank answers to the many interesting questions posed by our students, like:

  • How long does it take to write a book?
  • Do your books change as you start to write them?
  • What motivates you to start writing a book, and finish it?
  • What was your favourite book when you were younger?

Some answers led to other interesting discussions, like whether it is morally acceptable to use animals in war with our Year 9s putting forward compelling arguments for and against.

Many of Tom’s books are linked to Cumbria because it is an area which he remembers fondly from childhood visits and because of his love of fell-running, a theme which features in Armistice Runner.  You can read more about Tom and his books to find ones that might interest your child, encourage them to read and enrich their learning of history; they are an excellent way of accessing history in an entertaining way.


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