Try Reading with Rugby League World Cup 2013 in Leeds

Children’s author, Tom Palmer, is to host two Rugby League World Cup 2013 themed events at two Leeds libraries on Sunday 11 August.

Tom, author of several sporting books for children including Scrum, What’s a Bear to Wear and Haka Boy, will be at Seacroft Library at 11am until 12 noon and Headingley Library at 2pm until 3pm. The events are aimed at families with young children, are rugby league related and will be packed with quizzes, inflatable rugby posts, and Tom’s unique rugby reading game, including a drop kick contest with a chance to win a trophy.

The events are part of the Try Reading initiative, an Arts Council funded project to help libraries across the country work together to get more people reading in the lead up to Rugby League World Cup 2013. They are part of a series of events taking place in Leeds libraries until the tournament ends in November 2013. For more information about Leeds City Council libraries visit www.leeds.gov.uk/libraries

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member responsible for leisure and skills said:

"Try Reading is a great project and provides the perfect opportunity for us to raise the profile of libraries, reading and literature with a wider audience and, at the same time, promote Rugby League World Cup 2013.

“Leeds has a tremendously strong history, tradition, and passion for rugby league, and I know that the whole city will get behind the tournament when it arrives in Leeds this November.”

The Try Reading project is funded with an award from the National Lottery supported £6 million Grants for the Arts libraries fund. It is among the first projects to have received an award through this fund and it recognises the positive connections that can be made between sport and the arts. For further information about Try Reading visit www.rlwc2013.com/community_initiatives/try_reading or www.tryreading.org


For media enquiries, please contact;

Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (07712) 214223

Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk