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Afternoon Tea with Jamila Gavin

22 July @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

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Take a break to get to know children’s writer Jamila Gavin over a cuppa, hosted by children’s novelist SF Said. Jamila will explore her career working in a variety of genres and age-groups from young children to teenagers. As well as discussing Jamila’s work, the pair will talk more generally about reading for pleasure, literacy and how to engage children in schools.

This event is supported by the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group and will take place on online via Zoom Webinar. The link will be sent to registered attendees.


2 minutes – Welcome from SF Said

5-15 minutes – Discussion with Jamila Gavin about her work and career, and glimpse into her creative routine

10 minutes – Advice for authors on how to keep creative during the pandemic and how to promote reading for pleasure in schools

10-15 minutes – Q&A from audience

Send your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions for Jamila Gavin in advance, email jmccrum@societyofauthors.org with ‘Jamila Gavin – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can on the day.

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The line-up

Jamila Gavin – Writer

Jamila Gavin has been a writer of children’s books since her first book was published in 1979. Since then, she has published collections of short stories, contributed to anthologies, written plays for broadcasting and the stage, and numerous novels, including Coram Boy, which won the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year in 2000, and which she subsequently adapted for the classic serial on Radio 4. Jamila’s latest publication is Blackberry Blue (Tamarind Press).
Website: www.jamillagavin.co.uk | Twitter: @jamilaji

SF Said – Children’s Author

SF Said is an award-winning children’s author, born in the Lebanon. 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.

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.
Website: www.sfsaid.com | Twitter: @whatSFSaid

About the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group

The Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group is the largest of all the Society of Authors’ special interest groups with more than 1,300 members. It was founded in the 1960s to address challenges facing writers and illustrators and advocate for better industry standards. It is run by an elected committee of nine authors who lead campaigns, develop resources and organise events. Every Group member can give up to three Reading for Pleasure Awards a year to hard-working and imaginative schools for their promotion of reading for pleasure. Find out more here


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22 July
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