S F Said

S F Said

Date: Wednesday 10 June 2020
Time: 1.00pm
Venue: Barnes Green
Suitability: Key Stage 2, Years 3 - 6



S F Said speaks about his journey from being a young reader to the multi award winning author of the modern classics Varjak Paw,The Outlaw Varjak Paw and Phoenix.  

SF Said was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and 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 Varjak 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. The sequel The Outlaw Varjak Paw, won the BBC Blue Peter Book of the Year. His third book, Phoenix, was selected to represent the UK on the IBBY International Honour Book List and was included in Booktrust’s Bookbuzz 2017-18 list.


Focus: Developing creative writing skills
Booklist: Varjak Paw, The Outlaw Varjak Paw


60 minutes

Venue details:
Main Marquee

Barnes Green, Beside Barnes Pond, Station Road, Barnes SW13 ONH

Accessibility information:

This venue is fully accessible and has disabled toilets available.

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