S F Said

12:00 pm

S F Said

12noon to 1.00pm - Sun 12 May 2019
St Osmund’s Primary School

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Suitable for ages 9+
Tickets £6 per person

SF Said speaks about his journey from young reader to the multi-award winning author of Varjack Paw, The Outlaw Varjack Paw and Phoenix. 

SF Said was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in May 1967. His family was originally from the Middle East—like his character Varjak, SF has Mesopotamian ancestors—but he has lived in London since the age of two. SF thinks that growing up in the flat above Quentin Blake may be why he always wanted to be a children’s writer.

He wrote his first novel Varjack Paw while working as a speechwriter for the Crown Prince of Jordan, and then as an arts journalist and film programmer. The novel had been rejected by forty publishers before going on to win the Nestle Smarties Book Prize for Children’s Literature in 2003 and selling over 275,000 copies. It has since been adapted as a stage play and a musical and a film version is in development.

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