An author led a literacy event and launched his new book at one of the venues for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.
Tom Palmer, of Todmorden, brought his rugby reading game to The Shay, Halifax, as part of his national tour ahead of the 2013 tournament.
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.
“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.
“It was the best so far.”
The event was run in partnership with Calderdale Council’s children and young people’s library service.
“I think the library service has done really well putting this together and getting so many children to come,” Tom said.
“It was very busy with lots of kids attending which, being from Calderdale myself, is very satisfying.”
Shelley Bullas, children and young people’s library service co-ordinator, said the session was a good mix of book-based activities and a sporting element.
“It’s always a pleasure to work with Tom because he is really good at what he does,” she said.
“The kids really look up to him as he is really good at sport and he reads and writes as well.
“He makes it seem like they can get a book published too.”
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, following on from “What’s A Bear To Wear?”.
The project aims to raise awareness of the Rugby League World Cup 2013, and encourage more people to have a go at writing and drama.
It has received funding from Arts Council England and the National Lottery.
“I think the world cup is getting kids into reading,” Tom said.