This summer no one will be able to escape the World Cup and this is one bandwagon we’re not ashamed to hop onto. So before you get those facepaints out and bbq mits dusted off for June, Hay Fever is here to help take your mind off Rooney’s Bambi-like fragility and Capello’s shrinking squad in the run up.
Tom Palmer, the creator of two stormingly successful football series (Football Detective & Football Academy) will be in Hay to put our football knowledge to the ultimate test. So if you know your Mourinho from your Mancini this is the place for you. Then you take over the quizzing to find out how Tom’s writing has led him around the world, into opera (yes, a football one!) and onto the rugby pitch.
Make sure you get polishing your facts as well as your footwork, as there will be a chance to go head to head in penalty shoot out. And if you’re feet are still itching to score a goal or two, stop by the Mess Tent on the first weekend and meet the lovely Oxfam Cymru team with 1GOAL. They’ll be on hand with fair-trade footballs and a goal, to help raise awareness about obstacles education around the world and how we can help.
The Football Detective series follows fourteen year-old Danny Harte as he investigates football crimes. Think kidnapped players, fixed games and murdered managers. The Football Academy series revolves around an under-twelve Premier League academy side with a book on each of the players in the team. Off Side and The Secret Football Club are both out in May.
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Tom’s blog keeps readers up to date with all his plans while his website holds even more on his series and forthcoming work. The National Literacy Trust have quite brilliantly teamed up with Tom to link up the World Cup and reading, so check out their site for games, activities and one-off short stories.