S.F. Said

CWIG committee member 2019-21

SF Said is an award-winning children's author. He was born in Lebanon, but has lived in London since he was two. His first book, Varjak Paw, won the Smarties Prize for Children's Literature. The sequel, The Outlaw Varjak Paw, won the Blue Peter Book Of The Year.


His third book, Phoenix, was chosen to represent the UK on the IBBY International Honour Book List, shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, and nominated for both the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals. All three books are currently being taught widely in classrooms around the country, and SF enjoys visiting schools and talking to children about reading and books.

He is also active in the wider world of literature. He has judged the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Book Awards (now the Costa Book Awards) and the Amnesty CILIP Honour. He has given talks at the British Library, the British Film Institute, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and on BBC Radio 4.

SF has written widely on children's and young adult literature for both the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, and is a passionate advocate of reading for pleasure and literacy. He founded the #CoverKidsBooks campaign for more media coverage of children's books, and has also campaigned against library cuts and closures. He is active on Twitter as @whatSFSaid. Find out more on www.sfsaid.com.