Over the last 24 years, World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. The main aim is of the day is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading. Gordon D'Arcy chats to Geraldine King, CEO of the National Recruitment Federation, about how he always loved to read and what inspired his book series ‘Gordon’s Game’……
"I have always been an avid reader and writer since I was young. So I jumped at the chance to write the 'Gordon's Game' Series with Paul Howard, which follows a young Gordon D'Arcy on his hilarious journeys with Leinster, Ireland and the Lions.
It has been such a rewarding experience, so creative writing and a passion for reading is something I want my children to value and have an appreciation for.
Aoife and I have three young children and we try to encourage them to read as often as possible, either on their own or with us. In a technology driven world, I believe taking time away from screens and reading is so important for young children's overall development. They become familiar with and understand sounds, words and language, as well as developing early literacy skills.
Young minds are so creative, reading provides a valuable spark to any child's imagination and stimulates curiosity. Reading will help develop a child's brain, ability to focus, concentration, social skills and communication skills. All the softer qualities that can often be overlooked, but are so important for our children today!"
Gordon D'Arcy ,an ex-rugby player, is now a NED, sports columnist, consultant and Director.