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Author of Varjak Paw SF Said visits KPMJ

What an amazing half term we've had at KPMJ promoting a love of reading! Following our visit from local author Peter J Murray a couple of weeks ago, we were delighted to welcome a special visit from the author of the Varjak Paw books, SF Said. The children loved hearing all about SF's love of books and reading and they were fascinated to learn how books were always there for him and they gave him access to other worlds: fantastic worlds of unlimited imagination; but also glimpses into other people’s experiences of the real world. 

The children were interested  to find out  about what inspired him to  write his stories and the years it has taken him to draft  his books ready for publishing (16 times for Varjak Paw!) 

SF Said's main message of the day was to never give up; to follow your dreams whatever you want to be- you can do it! Sf Said himself was rejected by 90 publishers before someone finally said yes to Varjak Paw! 

We hope that his determination and passion to do the job he wanted to do will inspire our pupils at KPMJ and above all encourage our children to  enjoy reading and writing. Thank you SF Said for a truly inspiring and unforgettable visit!   


Mrs Barber


Sf Said also wanted me to pass on his thanks to all of the children at KPMJ for making him feel so welcome. SF commented on how the children asked brilliant questions and they were so engaged with his talk - they had really impressed him and he visits lots of schools! So well done KPMJ!