Today's spotlight is on...
Much loved in North Somerset schools as the author of 'Varjak Paw', I am not sure who was more excited by the fact that I was going to see S F Said on Sunday- me or the Year 3 and 4 children at my school! All week before I left, I had children asking me whether I had their letters safely and making me promise I wouldn't forget to hand them over! The pressure...
Having checked said letters were in my bag, I was keen to hear what S F and the rest of his panel had to say. They were so interesting- the session quite simply was not long enough to hear everything that they had to say.
Talking about 'Phoenix', SF told us how delighted he was that Dave McKean was the illustrator of his books and he showed us the different kinds of illustration used throughout 'Phoenix', a very clever work which intertwines the stars and mythology, making you listen to see if you can hear the stars sing!
SF spoke passionately about the importance of story and about the 'Cover Kids Books' campaign which is asking why children's books, which account for about 30% of book sales, only get about 3% of the media coverage. I think we'd all like to know the answer to that one!
The session was over all too soon, but S F was really lovely and was happy to chat afterwards. He was pleased to receive the letters and my children will be delighted to see the proof that I handed them over!
We are hoping to welcome SF to our neck of the woods soon, but in the meantime, I'll leave you with this thought...
"Is there such thing as a perfect story? I don't know: stories are a fluid, infinite space of possibility."