Author Visits

SF Said is available for author visits to schools, festivals, and so on.

If you would like to enquire about making a booking, please leave a comment below with your request and your email address, and he will get back to you. Alternatively, you can message him on Twitter: @whatSFSaid


113 comments:

Peter Thomas said...

Dear S.F Said,
I am Atyeo, I'm 8 years old and I am in year 4 and I was thinking that you could come to highgate junior school in north london. Its because I love your books and I would really like to learn how you write your stories and what inspires you. I asked the headmaster and he said he would welcome you warmly. I think the other kids will love it too!

I am writing this on my fathers computer and you can answer to his e mail. I hope you will say yes.

Yesterday I got Phoenix and am looking forward to reading it.

Thank you

Atyeo Thomas du Toit

SF Said said...

Dear Atyeo,

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I would love to visit your school, but I would need the school itself to invite me. Could you maybe ask your headmaster to get in touch with me, by leaving a comment here with an email address I can reply to?

Thanks so much again - and I hope you enjoy reading Phoenix!
SF

Anonymous said...

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

SF Said said...

Thank you so much for that fantastic comment, Sam! I really enjoyed visiting your school, and have just made a post about it here... In the meantime, happy birthday again, and I hope you enjoy the books!

Anonymous said...

Dear S F Said, I am Abigail. My sister Eloise and I love your books. You will be visiting our School Hill house on weds. My sister is in year four and would like you to sign her books. I am in year six, so may not get to meet you, but I hope you have a lovely day at our school. Thank you from Abigail.

SF Said said...

Dear Abigail, thank you so much for that lovely comment! I'm really looking forward to visiting your school. And though I'll be talking to years 4 & 3, I'm more than happy to sign books for anyone who would like a book signed, whatever year they're in! In fact I'd be honoured if you (or anyone else in years 6 or 5) would like to come and say hello and get a book signed - the teacher who organised my visit is called Zoe Heffer, so maybe have a word with her and ask if you can come and get your book signed too?
With best wishes,
SF

Anonymous said...

Hello MR S.F Said,MY name is Mollieanne Adams,
I am really excited you are coming to my school today,i love reading your books!! I cant wait for you to sign mine and my friends books,good luck today,and hope you have a nice time with us all.

SF Said said...

Hello Mollieanne, thank you very much for your kind message! I'm really looking forward to visiting your school and meeting you all today, I hope you have a nice time too!

Peter Thomas said...

Hi its Atyeo again. I just wanted to let you know that my headmaster is going to contact you soon. Like your other books you can't separate me from Pheonix. ( I'M LOVIG IT!!!!!)

SF Said said...

Hi Atyeo! Thank you so much for letting me know - and that is absolutely brilliant to hear, I really appreciate it! Please let me know what you think when you get to the end of the book!

Alexander Hall said...

Hi, we are Y6 teachers who teach in multicultural North London primary school who have been using your Varjak books for 5 years. We use the books as a stimulus for writing and to explore PSHE themes of bullying, being differnt, friendship, grief and loss and self-esteem issues. Each year the children get so much from your books and this year they have become completely obsessed. We have written letters asking if you could visit us. We would like to arrange a visit in the new yaer if that is possible. Many thanks Fiona Gunn-Stokes.Y6 teacher and Assistant Headteacher and Alex Hall Y6 teacher

SF Said said...

Dear Fiona & Alexander,

Thank you so much for your message, and your kind words about my work. I don't think I've received your letters, but if you could leave me a comment with an email address to reply to, I will certainly email you about visiting!

With many thanks and best wishes,
SF Said

Emma Groves said...

Dear Mr Said,

I am a year 4 teacher in a school in South London. I have been reading Varjak Paw for 4 years now to my year 4 class and every year I am so thrilled at how much the children are absorbed into the world of Varjak and his family. Your books inspire the children that I teach year upon year and I am wanting to enquire about a possible visit to my school from you? My children would just be thrilled if this were to happen!

I look forward to your reply,
With many thanks,
Miss Groves

SF Said said...

Dear Miss Groves,

Thank you very much for your message, and your kind words about Varjak Paw. If you could just leave me a message with your email address, I will email you about visiting! It won't be published, but I do just need a contact detail.

Thanks and best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

Dear SF SAID, you have visited new north academy and I was one of the pupils. So far I have written 5 MINI SHORT STORIES because you have inspired me to do so. I have learnt a lot from you and I will cherish your visit I hope you write another Varjak one of my ideas was varjak having a twin called varjak Claw and he could be bad. That could be a special edition . I really wish you would use some ideas in your books such as Holly and Varjak getting married! Thanks again (annonymous)

Anonymous said...

Dear sf.said
I was in the class which you visited at The New North Academy. I'm the one who asked you to sign the back and the front of the 2 books. I want to thank you so much for your visit and hope you luck in your new book!
P.S is your new book called Light of the Oracle ... ?
Your sincerely
Semih Oguz

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Said,

I am year 5 teacher in South East London, and will be starting Varjak Paw with my class. What are the possibilities of having you visit our school? My children are really excited to start reading the book and would love it if it could happen.

Hope to hear from you soon.
Kind regards,
Mrs Viljoen

SF Said said...

Thank you so much for that amazing comment! I'm really glad to hear about your writing - keep going, and never give up!

I like your idea about Varjak Claw! I probably won't write that one myself, but if you would like to write it, I think you should - I love it when people write stories based on my books!

Thanks again for the great welcome - I'm just making a blog about the visit now...

SF Said said...

Dear Semih,

Thank you so much for your kind comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the visit; I really enjoyed meeting you all, and signing the back & front of the books! I'm just about to make a blog about the visit...

My new book is not called Light Of The Oracle. I noticed an entry on a website that said it was, but not everything you read on the internet is true! I've never written a book with that title, and don't intend to. The working title of my next book is TYGER. I hope it won't take 7 years this time!

Best wishes,
SF

SF Said said...

Dear Mrs Viljoen,

Thank you very much for your message. I would love to visit your school. Please leave me a message with an email address that I can reply to, and I will send you some information about my school visits.

With thanks and best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

Dear SF Said,
You have visited Year 6 at New North Academy and you visited a class which I was in!
I really loved your visit. I remembered the part when you explained the way you inspired to become a writer and this inspired me to become a writer and I have started to make some story idea's which is going to be based on Varjak! Thank you for visiting!
Sincerely,
Tahsin (Year 6, New North Academy)

Anonymous said...

Dear SF.Said
I am so glad you came to our school and said we were one of the best you have met.I cant wait until the new book TYGER comes out.In my opinion I think it's going to be about a tiger that goes on an adventure and gets captured by other animals which try to kill him.make sure it doesen' t take you a long time(not worse than 17 drafts.)

New North Academy...Zakaria Ahmed.

SF Said said...

Dear Zakaria,

Thank you so much for your fantastic comment, it really means a lot to me! I can't say too much about TYGER yet, as it's still in the early stages, but I will do my best to make sure it doesn't take so long this time - definitely not 17 drafts!!!

With best wishes,
SF

SF Said said...

Dear Tahsin,
Thank you for your great comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the visit; I did too. Good luck with your writing, and best wishes,
SF

Anonymous said...

Dear SF Said
Thanks and I wish you luck for your new book!!
By Tahsin!!!

SF Said said...

Thank you, Tahsin! If the others are anything to go by, I'm going to need it... I hope it won't be 7 years this time though!
All the best,
SF

Anonymous said...

Hi,

My year 4 class are going to be reading and working on your book 'Varjak Paw' after Easter for a lot of that term. Just enquiring into the possibility of you coming into see the children?

Many thanks,

Lisa

SF Said said...

Hi Lisa,

Thank you very much for your message. I would love to visit your school. Please leave me a message with an email address that I can reply to, and I will send you some information about my school visits.

With best wishes,
SF Said

Peter Thomas said...

Dear SF Said

It’s Atyeo, remember the guy who invited you to my school?
Well, I am very grateful for you coming to Highgate School on Wednesday.

And by the way PHOENIX was the best book you have ever written (in my perspective) it was very exciting and my favorite part was when lucky was a star and everyone was saying that he saved them but it was all very, very good. I really liked the fact that you used some elements of truth in the story making it educational. The reason I know that is because me and my friend went to the science museum and saw a film on space!

Please can you write another book?
You are too good a writer to stop plus I’ve read all your books and the whole world needs more!

From Atyeo ☺ ☺

SF Said said...

Hi Atyeo! Of course I remember – and I'm very much looking forward to visiting Highgate School – though the visit is today, rather than Wednesday. I hope I'll get to meet you!

Thank you so much for your wonderful words about Phoenix; they really mean a lot to me. I think it's the best book I've written so far, too. And I'm really glad you went to the Science Museum, because I did a lot of research about space and stars while writing it!

Do you know about the weRead Book Award? They're asking readers to write reviews of books including Phoenix...

And don't worry, I'm writing another book right now! It's called TYGER. I'm on the 3rd draft, so still a long way to go; but I hope that one day, it will be even better than Phoenix.

Thank you so much again!
SF

Rune said...

SF

I have lived in the Emirates and Oman...

as Salaam Allah khum..( please excuse any spelling errors )
You are right, it is impossible to tell that you are not English... you sound like you belong here, your accent is pure English... whereas my Arabic has an English accent.

Not read your book yet (radio 4, heard you on there) but you could renew my interest in SF, if only to see your POV.

Hugo Rune

SF Said said...

Dear Hugo,

Aleikum as-Salaam! Thank you very much for your kind comment. I'm really glad you enjoyed the talk on Radio 4, and I hope you enjoy the read as well!

With best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

Dear SF Said,

Will you please come to our school? We really love “Varjak Paw.” Even though we haven’t finished the book yet, I really want to know the four other moves of “The Way”. It is so exciting! It is one of my favourite books and Mummy said she would get the other book for me too when I have finished. I think it is strange that every cat in the family names begins with the letter J, even Jalals.
At the moment we are writing speeches from the Paw family members about why they should stay in the Contessa’s house and why they should leave. Most people in my class think that they should leave, the other ones think that they should stay because the Contessa might not have died.

I am in Year 3 at St. Andrew’s Primary School in Streatham, so hope it is not too far for you to travel, if you can come. Lots of children at St. Andrew’s would love to meet you and you can stay for lunch. I really hope you can come, my Headteacher Mrs Assid would like to meet you and so would my friends.. Thank you for writing such a brilliant book.

From Isabella Brown: Class M2
This is my school email
admin@st-andrewsrc.lambeth.sch.uk



Anonymous said...

Hi Mr Said, I am Sonya from New North Academy and I can't believe that you are coming to our school to watch our end of year show. We are putting a lot of effort in to the show and want it to be perfect. Once again I would like to thank you and your publishers for letting us make this possible. Hopefully we won't let you down. See you on the 23rd.

SF Said said...

Hi Sonya! Thank you so much for your comment – and I'm really looking forward to the show! See you there!

SF Said said...

Dear Isabella,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I'm so glad to hear that you're enjoying Varjak Paw, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the story, and learn all seven Skills along with Varjak!

I would love to visit your school; I'll drop them a line at that email address right now.

Keep the Way alive!
SF

alu p said...

Hello SF Said,
My name is Ali. Please can you come to Cheetham CE Community Academy in manchester Year 5.
My whole class love Varjak and so far we're on book 2! Can you bring a copy of Pheonix and give me one please ill be looking forward to reading the end especially!

Thank You, Ali

I hope You Come.

Anonymous said...

Hi it's Sonya again, I got the date wrong the show is on Tuesday 22nd July 2014. See you there!

SF Said said...

Hi Sonya, no worries, it's in my diary! See you there!

SF Said said...

Dear Ali,

Thank you so much for your kind comment! I'm really glad you're enjoying my books. I would love to visit your school, but I would need the school itself to invite me. Could you maybe ask your teacher to get in touch with me, by leaving a comment here with an email address I can reply to?

Thanks so much again - and keep the Way alive!
SF

David said...

Thank you for your reply , Isabella is thrilled that you can come. I have spoken to her teacher and the Literacy Coordinator, Miss Bickerton, who is delighted to make arrangements for your visit. St. Andrew's is a fantastic school and your visit will be a huge event for the school community.
Best wishes
Nicola Brown
(Isabella's mother)

SF Said said...

Dear Nicola,

Thank you very much for your message. I did email the school when Isabella left me her message, but I haven't heard anything back from them. So while I would love to visit the school in principle, we haven't actually agreed anything as yet, and there are many things that we need to discuss and agree on first. Could you perhaps ask Miss Bickerton to get in touch with me by leaving me a comment here with her email address, so we that can talk about it?

With thanks and best wishes,
SF Said

Fiona Williams said...

Dear SfF Said,

We are coming to visit you at Shoreditch Town Hall tomorrow and I am really looking forward to meeting you and hearing all about your stories. I did some research on your book the Phoenix and think I will really enjoy, enjoy it as I enjoy learning about stars.
See you tomorrow,

Isaac, Year 5
St Saviour Primary School

SF Said said...

Dear Isaac,

Thank you so much for your comment! I really enjoyed meeting you all at Shoreditch Town Hall. I hope you enjoyed it too, and are enjoying reading Phoenix, and flying among the stars with Lucky!

With best wishes,
SF

Anonymous said...

Dear SF,
I was at the Power Reading conference on Wednesday. I would really like to try and organise for you to visit the school I work at. My email is teacher82474@yahoo.co.uk.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes
Julie

SF Said said...

Dear Julie,

Many thanks for your message. I've tried mailing that email address but it keeps bouncing back – is there another email address I can use?

Thanks and best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

Dear SF SAID,

thank you for coming to Mercenfeld today all your books are really amazing

Many thanks for coming,
Isabelle Payne
Mercenfeld Primary school

VCRY said...

Dear SF
Thank you for coming to my school today. I really liked listening to you in assembly. Your books are great. I am reading the outlaw of varjak Paw.
From Charlie

Caroline Ward said...

Thank you so much for the school visit today. My daughter, Harriet is a huge fan of yours and was very overwhelmed to meet you & get a photo opportunity. Also,my other daughter, Abbie is a new convert to "The Way" and wanted to say thank you for autographing her book in gold ink!

SF Said said...

Dear Charlie,

Thank you so much for your kind comment! I really enjoyed visiting your school, and I hope you enjoy reading The Outlaw Varjak Paw.

Keep the Way alive!
SF

SF Said said...

Dear Caroline,

Thank you so much for that lovely comment, and please thank everyone at the school from me for the wonderful welcome! It was a pleasure to visit today, and it's an honour to sign books for fans and new readers alike. I hope Harriet and Abbie enjoy reading Phoenix as well as Varjak Paw.

Keep the Way alive!
SF Said

SF Said said...

Dear Isabelle,

Thank you so much for your kind comment – it really means a lot to me. It was a pleasure to visit Mercenfeld today; thank you for the fantastic welcome!

With best wishes,
SF

VCRY said...

Hi SF, I am Charlie's sister Beth. Charlie recommened I read one of your books so I got Pheonix today and you signed it!!! I am really looking to reading it. Thank you for your inspirational talk. I have started to write my own story.
From Beth

SF Said said...

Dear Beth,

Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment too! I'm really glad you enjoyed the talk, and you've started writing your own story – that's great to hear. Good luck with it, and I hope you enjoy reading Phoenix!

And Charlie – thank you for recommending my books!

With best wishes,
SF

Anonymous said...

Dear SF
I am a teacher at Haseltine Primary School in South East London and our Year 6 classes have just finished reading ‘Phoenix’ and produced their finest writing yet as a result of being so inspired by this beautiful book. As a treat we took them to the Planetarium at Greenwich yesterday and on the way back we popped into the museum to have a look around. You can imagine how excited a few of them were to discover a thirteenth century Persian astrolabe on display!
We have published some of their stories on our website but the children would be so thrilled if you could read them too. Is there any possibility of us sending a few to you? They were utterly enchanted by the story and we managed to get some real poetry and magic out of their writing. Thanks for creating such a vivid and thought-provoking story!
Gillian

SF Said said...

Dear Gillian,

Thank you so much for that amazing comment - it's fantastic to hear that Year 6 enjoyed Phoenix so much. I was particularly glad to hear about your visit to the Planetarium, and the astrolabe! Do you have an email address I can write to you at?

All the best,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Said,
I am not sure whether my last post got to you. Would you be able to visit Vinehall Prep School on June 16th ( 2 sessions in the morning ideally) or back up alternative, June 18th) next term? We are in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN325JL. Many thanks, Nigel Butler

SF Said said...

Dear Mr Butler,

Thank you very much for your message. I did get your last post, and sent you a letter in response, which I'm guessing you haven't received. Do you have an email address that I can write to you on?

With best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

Dear SF Said,
I LOVED your visit to my school [Mercenfeld Primary]. I have finally finished my signed copy of the outlaw.Your visit was a great success and you have been in the Leicester Mercury since.Thank you again for coming to my school.
Isobel

SF Said said...

Dear Isobel,

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I loved visiting Mercenfeld, and I'm so glad to hear that the visit was a success. And I'm glad you've finished reading The Outlaw Varjak Paw – I hope you enjoyed it!

Keep the Way alive,
SF

Anonymous said...

Hello

We are currently working from Varjak Paw in Year 4. It would be wonderful if you could visit our school, Highfield Junior School in Bromley Kent sometime this term. I know our pupils would love it!

Ms Schymyck

SF Said said...

Dear Ms Schymyck,

Thank you very much for your message, and your kind words. Please could you leave me an email address, and I'll send you some information?

With best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Said, I am Mrs Nayak and would really like to invite you to visit our Y4 class and read your book in your own way and maybe do some activites with the children.
Thank you. your reply will be much appreciated.

SF Said said...

Dear Mrs Nayak,

Thank you very much for your message. If you could just leave me an email address to contact you on, I will send you all the information about my visits.

With best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

Dear SF Said
I am a Year 4 teacher at Hallfield Primary School in London. The children are looking forward to reading and enjoying 'Varjak Paw' next term, as part of our Ancient Mesopotamia topic. It would be absolutely amazing if the children could have the opportunity to meet you. Please could you let me know if this might be possible, and details of costs, available dates, etc.
Thanks very much
Amy Mehta

SF Said said...

Dear Amy,

Thank you very much for your message. If you could just leave me an email address to contact you on, I will send you all the information about my visits.

With best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

Dear SF Said,
My son is a great fan of Your 'Varjak Paw'. He is already waiting for the third. Meanwhile he would love to read 'Phoenix', but he can´t read it in English. Do You know when and where it will be released in German?

With best wishes,
Moritz and Max

SF Said said...

Dear Moritz and Max,

Thank you so much for your kind comment! At the moment, the German rights to Phoenix are still available. If you would like to see it translated into German, the best thing to do would be to ask German publishers to publish it, and let them know that there would be an audience for it in Germany! Perhaps a good one to start with might be Carlsen, who published Varjak Paw?

With best wishes to you and your son,
SF Said

Unknown said...

SF said thank you for coming to Easton academy i'M REALLY enjoying it i'm on chapter 7. Thanks again i hope you come again.

SF Said said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment! It was a pleasure to visit Easton Academy, and I'm really glad you're enjoying the book. Happy reading, and please say hello to everyone at Easton for me!

With best wishes,
SF

Anonymous said...

Hi SF Said it was a pleasure to meet you at Beecholme Primary school. I Liked how you signed my book in silver it looked great. I think everyone enjoyed your assembly at our school. Thanks for the visit. (You came when I was in Year 4).
Daniya (Year 5,Beecholme Primary School).

SF Said said...

Dear Daniya,

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I'm so glad you enjoyed the assembly, and I hope you enjoyed reading the book too! Please say hello to to everyone at Beecholme for me - I enjoyed visiting your school very much too.

With best wishes,
SF

Anonymous said...

Dear SF Said,
I will make sure to say that you said Hello to Beecholme Primary! I enjoyed your book so much that I read it in two days ! In guided reading at school my teacher Mrs Martin is reading Phoenix with my group ! I already know what happens so I cant tell my group although I really want to cause its thrilling ! Have Goodluck on your new book TYGER I'm sure i would want to read it! Maybe it will be better than Phoenix who knows.
With Good luck,
Daniya (Year 5 Beecholme Primary School)

SF Said said...

Dear Daniya,

Thank you so much - it's amazing to hear that you read Phoenix in two days! I hope the rest of your class enjoys it too. Who was your favourite character?

And thank you about TYGER - I hope that one day, it will be even better than Phoenix!

With best wishes,
SF

Daniya said...

Dear SF Said,
I think my favourite character was Lucky and Bazooka because Bazooka is funny and Lucky has awesome powers! I think my twin brother ( in year 5) Enjoyed your books too ! I think he read Outlaw of Varjak Paw and is still reading Phoenix as he is on Chapter twenty three. Good luck on Your new book TYGER. By the way what gave you the inspiration to write books ?
Daniya (Year 5 Beecholme Primary School)

SF Said said...

Dear Daniya,

Those are great answers, thank you! I think I've been inspired to write by all the great books and stories that I've loved myself. Here's a link to a blog I made about one of them.

With best wishes - and please give your brother my best wishes too!
SF

Daniya said...

Dear Sf Said,
I have not read the book Watership down. What is it about? Maybe you could check out our Beecholme website. I hope you have a great time making your new book TYGER. I think Phoenix is a wonderful book and the others too. Who are your favourite authors?
With best wishes
Daniya (Year 5 Beecholme Primary School)

SF Said said...

Dear Daniya,

Watership Down is all about rabbits – just click this link to go to my blog about it, and you'll find out all about it!

Another one of my favourite authors is Ursula Le Guin, who writes science fiction and fantasy books. Here's a piece I wrote for the Guardian about her.

With thanks again, and best wishes,
SF

lillie said...

hi sf said, you came to our school not that long ago at ixworth free school. When you came i did not have any of your books and i did not have any to buy one but when i got home i talked none stop about your visit and if i could get one of your books and eventually i got the phoenix it is amazing i cried when his mum got killed that was my favourite part.I hope you write a second phoenix i would love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
bye
lillie:)

SF Said said...

Dear Lillie,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I'm going to post it and reply on the blog I made about my visit to Ixworth, which you can find here!

With best wishes,
SF

Victor Wang said...

Dear SF Said,

I am Victor from about two years ago. I used to live in France, but now moved back to China. I haven't checked on this blog for ages, as the Chinese Government has also blocked Blogger with its firewall. When I finally found a way around it, one of the first things I did was to go on this blog and find out what's new. Nothing much has changed, I guess, but what I'm pretty disappointed to see no news about your process on the book you are currently writing, Tyger.

I have always loved your books, ever since Varjak Paw caught me and dragged me into the world of the "kung-fu cats" ,when I was 10. I could tell that I finally found the right author. Afterwards, I continued with The Outlaw Varjak Paw, then, Phoenix. I remember you recommending me to read Phoenix whilst waiting for your next book to come out. I have indeed read it, and many times, and could read it thousands of times without getting bored, but I just simply can't wait for your next book to pop out!

As you have said, Phoenix is indeed your best book -yet- ,and I sincerely loved it, it's one of the best books I've ever known, and there's several reasons to that, and I'm going to state them for anyone that hasn't read it yet. As I went through Phoenix, I could feel the world of Lucky myself, almost as if I were with the team, shooting through space to save the entire universe. Of course, I like feel that anytime I read any book, but the sensation with Phoenix was different, there is something more than just simply feeling, something so awesome I can't even explain, and that only happens with books I seriously enjoy; it is a book in which people can understand and learn lots of different things whilst reading it, and one of the first things I realized when I first read the book was to always listen to your mother (0.0). There are zillions of other treasures to dig up from that book, such as -the most obvious ones- never give up, be responsible for your mistakes and never ever start a fight, unless you really have to, and in most cases, you don't. I can go on and on making a list of gems and diamonds people would find reading this book forever. Digging deeper, they would find even more, and never stop discovering new ones. There was always something new to learn each time I read this book again; this is also a greatly organized book, not rushed, and everything makes sense, unlike the last book I read. That book had an interesting plot and a great story that makes you want to read on, but sometimes, things don't make sense, or seem messed up. The end of that book was so rushed that many things don't even connect, and scene passed too quickly without much details. The ending was also incomplete. Maybe the ending was supposed to be like that, but the other facts made the book somehow not quite as good; the most important reason though, is because this book makes the reader think. If the reader were really into the book, they would go though it again and again, and try to connect things together, either with real life or other things in the story. Once they succeed, they would realise that this book has been a massive amount of work, and that it could have a lot of ways to be understood. But I've been told Tyger would be even better…

If your best book is yet to come, could you please tell us about it? We'd love to hear more about it, even several sentences about where you are, and how long you think it might still take would please me, and your fans enormously!

Sincerely,
Victor


By the way, every word I wrote is what I truly think, none of it unreal, but maybe with some exaggerated examples…
---And I did not know where to post this, so I'm commenting the same place I did several years ago.

SF Said said...

Dear Victor,

Thank you so much for writing again – I still remember your comment from two years ago! I'm so glad you read Phoenix and enjoyed as well. It took me 7 years to write that book, but all the hard work feels worthwhile when I read a comment like yours.

I'm going to make a blog post soon replying in more detail, with some more information about Tyger, as I think other readers might be interested too, and I'll put a link here to it when I do – but in the meantime, thank you once again – it's hugely appreciated!

With best wishes,
SF

SF Said said...

Hi again Victor,

I've now made that blog I promised you about Tyger - you can find it by clicking here.

Thanks again, and very best wishes,
SF

Anonymous said...

Year 4 at King Offa Primary Academy in Bexhill on Sea absolutely loved Varjak Paw. I've bought The Outlaw Varjak Paw to read next term, it's brilliant. Do you do visits?

SF Said said...

Thank you, that's very kind! I certainly do do visits – if you leave me an email address to reply to, I will send you all the information.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for agreeing to visit our school, Outwoods Edge, Class Larch loved Varjak Paw and I listen to The Outlaw Varjak Paw.

From Olivia

SF Said said...

Thank you so much, Olivia - I'm looking forward to visiting your school!

Anonymous said...

My dear Mr Said,
The children in my year group will be celebrating animals in stories as part of a two week celebration of reading. I am the Literacy Leader at my school and since I have read Varjak Paw recently and I can't ask Rudyard Kipling to appear ( I will be reading The Jungle Book to my class!), are you able to come? The celebration begins on the 8th June and I feel the children may benefit from your talk because of your beautiful use of language, clever creation of animal lives and atmosphere. Please do let me know.

SF Said said...

Thank you so much for your message. If you leave me an email address to reply to, I'll send you all the information about my school visits.

With best wishes,
SF Said

Jonny Bailey said...

Dear Mr Said,
I am a teacher at Havelock Primary School in Southall, West London. We have been reading the amazing Varjak Paw to our Year 4s and they love it (you may have seen our tweets about the work!). We are having a grand reopening of our library during the week of the 19th September and would love for you to visit us and open the library. Would it be possible for you to do a visit?
Many thanks, Jon Bailey.

SF Said said...

Dear Mr Bailey,

Thank you very much for your invitation. If you could just leave me an email address, I'll send you all the information about my school visits.

With best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Said,

I have sent you an email via another account. We would be overjoyed if you could pay as a visit in the Autumn term. Please can you confirm as soon as you are able. I was the sender of the email of 31st May.

My very best to you

SF Said said...

Thank you very much for your message. As I said on 31 May, if you leave me an email address with your comment, I'll happily send you all the information about my school visits. But I cannot reply unless you leave me an address to reply to here!

With thanks and best wishes,
SF Said

Yasmine said...

To SF Said,

I am a Year 3/4 teacher in Kent and we are just about to start reading Varjak Paw as part of our new literacy unit. We would love a visit from you to tie in with our learning - can we arrange this?

Mrs Lewins

SF Said said...

Dear Yasmine,

Thank you for your message. I would love to visit your school - if you leave me an email address to reply to, I can send you all the information about my visits.

With best wishes,
SF Said

Anonymous said...

Dear SF Said,
I am in a Year 3/4 class in a school in Cambridge and we have just finished reading Varjak Paw, the children were inspired. After the Christmas holidays we are going to start our topic on writing for suspense with Varjak Paw as our inspiration. It would be wonderful if I could get some information on your school visits and see if you could maybe come down and show us how to truly write for suspense.

Thank you,

Miss Luddy

SF Said said...

Dear Miss Luddy,

Thank you very much for your message. I would love to visit your school - if you leave me an email address to reply to, I can send you all the information about my visits. The email address won't be published, but without it, I have no way to replying to you!

With best wishes,
SF Said

travis baranowski said...

Dear mr SF said last year you visited my school water cliff meadow and you sighed my snorlax Pokémon card that's all I just thought it was a funny memory I also comment the phonixe 2 drafts wich got lost of my phone

Travis Baranowski

SF Said said...

Dear Travis,

Thank you so much for your message! I really enjoyed visiting your school and meeting you - I hope you're still working on your writing, and your reading! I'm still working on my new book TYGER - I made a blog about it here.

With best wishes,
SF Said

Santosh Shirodkar said...

Hi Mr Said, are you available for any primary school visits for 4 year 5 classes or a whole school between now and April? Maybe between the 6th and and 10th of February in the West Sussex area?
Does it cost for a visit?


I was recommended your books and the illustrations with Phoenix are wonderful!

Thank you,

Santosh

SF Said said...

Dear Santosh,

Thank you very much for your message. I would love to visit your school - if you leave me an email address to reply to, I can send you all the information about my visits. The email address won't be published, but without it, I have no way to replying to you!

With best wishes,
SF Said

Mia Horton said...

Dear Mr SF Said,

Thank you again for replying to my tweet about my daughter yesterday. I sent a picture of her as Varjak Paw for World Book Day. Hopefully you could find a time to visit her school in Cambridge. Your book is their topic for Year 3 & 4, she enjoys it very much and it is highly recommended by the head teacher.
Best regards!

Sincerely,
Mrs Horton

SF Said said...

Dear Mrs Horton,

Thank you so much - I love visiting schools and meeting readers! If her school would like to invite me, could you ask them to get in touch and leave me an email address to reply to, and I'll send them a document with all the information about my visits?

With best wishes,
SF Said

Trazza said...

Dear Mr Said,
Hi, I have been really enjoying reading Phoenix as I start my summer holiday, in preparation for reading it to Year 5 next term. I read them the opening chapters before we broke up and they were completely enthralled. I wonder if you do author visits as far away as Yorkshire?
Many thanks
Tracy

SF Said said...

Dear Tracy,

Many thanks for your message, and for reading Phoenix to Year 5 - that's great to hear! If you could leave me an email address here, I can send you all the information about my visits. The email address won't be published, but without it, I have no way of replying to you!

With best wishes,
SF Said

Jack Thackway said...

Hi Mr Said,

I have been tasked with engaging a group of reluctant boys in September. I couldn't think of a better book to inspire them than Varjak Paw. We would love you to visit to encourage and inspire the boys in reading and writing. We are in the Preston area.

Many thanks,
Jack

SF Said said...

Hi Jack,

Thank you for your message, and your kind words about my work! If you could just leave me an email address to reply to, I can send you all the information about my visits. The email address won't be published, but without it, I have no way of replying to you!

With best wishes,
SF Said

Fiona said...

First of all thank you for the rich, descriptive story of Varjak Paw that I am currently preparing for my year 5 class in September. I can already see why its restless, adventurous and down-trodden hero has struck a chord with teachers and children alike and I am only on chapter 5.

I would love to be able to add to the children's experience by arranging the additional bonus of meeting the actual author of the book, so if you were willing, available and interested in coming to our nurturing, humble and welcoming school in South East London, we would be honoured by your presence.

Many thanks again.

SF Said said...

Dear Fiona,

Thank you for your message, and your kind words about my work! If you could just leave me an email address to reply to, I can send you all the information about my visits. The email address won't be published, but without it, I have no way of replying to you!

With best wishes,
SF Said

Juliette Davidson said...

Hello, I'm 7 years old and my name is Juliette. I read 100 times so I got to go to the garden party and choose a book and I chose Varjak Paw. I finished it today and I want to read it again and again ten times or even more. I loved it because it was exciting and about cats! Thank you for making this book and I'm really looking forward to getting The Outlaw Varjak Paw. From Juliette

SF Said said...

Dear Juliette,

Thank you so much for your lovely message - it really means a lot to hear from a great reader like you! I'm glad you enjoyed Varjak Paw. Who was your favourite character in the book?

I hope you enjoy reading The Outlaw Varjak Paw as well. If you'd like to know more about that book, there's some information about it here:
http://www.sfsaid.com/p/outlaw-varjak-paw.html

Keep the Way alive,
SF Said

Juliette Davidson said...

It's really hard -- I can't choose between Holly and Varjak!

SF Said said...

Thank you - I like Holly and Varjak too! A lot happens to both of them in The Outlaw Varjak Paw, so I hope you enjoy that book as well.

Thanks again, and keep the Way alive!
SF