Awards & Winners

S. F. Said

Date of Birth 1967
Place of Birth Beirut
Nationality United Kingdom
Also know as SF Said
Profession Author
S. F. Said is a British author. He was born in Beirut in 1967 and spent his first years in Jordan. He grew up in the Iraqi diasporic community in London, moving there with his mother at the age of two. After graduating from the University of Cambridge, he worked as a press attaché and speech writer for the Crown Prince of Jordan’s office in London. He began a Ph.D. in 1997 looking at the lives of young Muslims in Britain, but left academia to focus on film journalism for the Daily Telegraph – where he brought attention to much 'world cinema', including contemporary Islamic cinema – and writing for children. His first novel, Varjak Paw, tells the story of a Mesopotamian Blue cat called Varjak who leaves his sheltered upbringing to explore the city and learn the 'Seven Skills of the Way', taught to him in dreams by his ancestor Jalal. In his dreams, Varjak finds himself transported from his gritty urban surroundings to the deserts, rivers and mountains of Mesopotamia. With the Skills, he is able to fight the Gentleman and, in The Outlaw Varjak Paw, the domineering ‘white cat with one eye,’ Sally Bones, who is invading other cats’ territory and ruling over it with torture and terror. Varjak Paw won the Gold Medal in the 2003 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, and The Outlaw Varjak Paw won the 2007 Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Varjak was staged as a play by Playbox Theatre, and was performed as an opera by The Opera Group in 2008.

Awards by S. F. Said

Check all the awards nominated and won by S. F. Said.


Nominations 2014 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize Phoenix


Nominations 2005 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Carnegie Medal in Literature The Outlaw Varjak Paw


Nestlé Smarties Book Prize
Honored for : Varjak Paw
(Gold Award, 6-8 years )

Nominations 2003 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Varjak Paw
Gold Award, 6-8 years