SF Said’s first book, Varjak Paw, won the Nestlé Smarties Prize for Children’s Literature, and was listed by BookTrust as one of the 100 best children’s books of the past 100 years. The sequel, The Outlaw Varjak Paw, won the BBC Blue Peter Book Of The Year. His third book, Phoenix, was chosen to represent the UK on the IBBY International Honour Book List, and shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award. His new book Tyger is published in October 2022, and is illustrated by Dave McKean, like his other books. SF Said is a fellow of the Royal Society Of Literature, and has written about children’s books for both the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, given talks at the British Library and on BBC Radio 4, and is a passionate campaigner for literacy, libraries and reading for pleasure. More information can be found on his website (http://www.sfsaid.com) and Twitter feed (@whatSFSaid).
Date: Wednesday, 19 October 2022
Time: 20:00 - 21:30Bookseller and illustrator Tamsin Rosewell in conversation with award-winning author, SF Said about his new novel, Tyger.
Tyger – SF Said
Bookseller and illustrator Tamsin Rosewell in conversation with award-winning author, SF Said about his new novel, Tyger.
In this online event, two of our members: author SF Said and bookseller/illustrator Tamsin Rosewell, will be talking about Blake’s influence in today’s literature – and also about Tyger, the latest novel directly influenced by the work and ideas of William Blake. Why do so many children’s authors reference Blake in their work? Why is the importance of children’s books so often overlooked or belittled? What can Blake’s language, art and ideas say to today’s children?
You don’t need to know lots about children’s books, or indeed about William Blake, to join this discussion. Everyone is welcome. There will be plenty time for questions too.
Tamsin Rosewell has been a bookseller for 15 years, with a specialist knowledge in children’s and illustrated books. She is also known for her painted window displays. Tamsin is a regular panel speaker and Festival event chair, as well as being judge of the Stratford Salariya Picture Book Prize. She has been on the advisory panel for Pathways into Publishing, and a Reader for BookTrust’s Book Buzz programme. Tamsin lectures regularly to Publishing and Creative Writing Masters students, and is part of University College London’s Bookselling Research Network. She also works as an illustrator, a broadcaster, and a speech writer. Before becoming a bookseller, Tamsin spent 20 years as a researcher in Parliament, Whitehall and in the City. She is based at 55 year old Independent Bookshop, Kenilworth Books but divides her time between London, Oxford and Warwickshire. She can be found on twitter at @autumnrosewell and her illustration work is on Instagram as @hobs_lantern