Bright Books were delighted to sponsor and host S.F. Said’s recent visit to Rochdale as part of the Rochdale Festival of Literature and Ideas.
It was a whistle stop tour for SF as we went straight from the train station to the first school, Greenbank Primary, where he held the children spellbound with his tales of how he wrote his award winning books, and the setbacks he overcame to get to publication.
WE left two hundred and forty KS2 children fired up with enthusiasm about literature and full of respect for SF’s perseverance and commitment to his craft.
It was then back to the car and a short drive of a couple of miles to Whitworth Community High School where one hundred and twenty students listened intently, then enthusiastically plied him with questions and happily discussed their own hopes and dreams with the award winning author.
After only a short break for refreshment, we headed down to the recently renovated and totally stunning surroundings of the Council Chamber in the Town Hall, where an enthralled audience of fifty William Blake fans enjoyed his presentation on how the illustrations and poetry are inspiring his new work ‘Tyger’.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to SF for spending the day with us. The pace of the day was very fast but totally worthwhile; to see the children’s faces and to see them so enthused by literature was a joy. Also thanks too for signing the bookplates so that the children could have their very own personalised copies of the books.
SF’s books are listed below and we can thoroughly recommend them for the children in your life. In fact, adults love them too as they deal with important issues in an accessible manner. The Varjak Paw books are suitable for 7 year olds upwards and Phoenix for children who are a little older, 9 and up.
Varjak Paw (winner of the Nestle Smarties Book Prize 2003)
The Outlaw Varjak Paw (Blue Peter Book of the Year 2007)
Phoenix (selected for the 2016 IBBY Honours list)