Sunday 27 October 2013

School Visit: Trafalgar Junior School

I'd like to say a huge thank you to the brilliant Richard Smith and everyone I met at Trafalgar Junior School on Thursday evening.  It was a very special occasion for me, because I visited the school back in 2005 – when my last book, The Outlaw Varjak Paw, was published.  I had no idea then that it would take so long to write Phoenix!

I'd particularly like to thank Ed and Jack for their introduction!  I really enjoyed meeting everyone, and hearing all your questions, and signing your books...  Most of all, the school guest book, where I saw that some of my own favourite authors had visited recently: David Almond, Sally Gardner, Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell...  I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoy theirs!

It was also great to meet Isla Dawes of Kew Bookshop, who runs three brilliant bookshops in Kew, Barnes & Sheen, and did a fantastic job at the event; and Melanie Taylor of the wonderful Little Star Writing, who not only ran a creative writing workshop at the school earlier in the day, but also took all these pictures!  So many thanks to them, and to everyone I met for making it such a special evening!  The final word goes to Sam Allen of Year 4, who left me this amazing comment the next day:
Thank you for visiting our school yesterday evening - it was a very special treat to get a book signed by you on my birthday and it was great to say hi to you at the end. We started reading Varjak Paw straight away when we got home and can't wait to read all three! I hope you visit again before I leave the school. Sam Allen Year 4


lmouk2013 said...

Hi it's Louis again, I don't know if you remember me. I wrote a review of Varjak Paw on my blog and I've just done a review of Phoenix which I got for my birthday and which I loved even more! I've given it 10/10! I would love it if you could come to my school and do a reading from Phoenix. I'm sure pupils at my school and my friends would love it as there are a lot of sci-fi fans there! Thanks for writing a brilliant book. Louis

SF Said said...

Hi Louis! It's great to hear from you again, and thank you so much about Phoenix! I would love to visit your school, but I would need the school itself to invite me - could you maybe ask one of your teachers to get in touch with me to talk about it? There's a page on this site for author visits - if they leave me a comment & an email address, I'll get back to them... In the meantime, thanks so much again, it really means a lot!