About Claire


Hello. I’m Claire Barker and I write stories on a wild and windy fringe of Devon, England.

Inside my writing hut.

An indoors/outdoors sort of person, I like trees, animals, children and wrangling words into submission.

My stories about Knitbone Pepper, the lovable ghost dog (published by Usborne, illustrated by Ross Collins) have been translated into ten different languages. In 2017 they were shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Fiction award and won the Book Factor, an independent bookshop* award voted for exclusively by children. In the same year I was nominated by Devon Librarians for the prestigious Ruth Rendell Award, for the author who has done the most to champion literacy.

The first book in my series Picklewitch and Jack (Faber and Faber, illustrated by Teemu Juhani)  has been shortlisted in the North Somerset Teachers Book Awards in the Read Aloud category. 

I’m a qualified Higher Level teaching assistant and spent years working in a primary school.  I have a degree in English Literature and History and an HNC in Illustration. I once had a job in a spooky mansion, where I was responsible for untangling the fur of Persian cats.    

*Simply Books, Bramhall.


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If you would like to know about my typical day, here is a link to a blog post I wrote for the Faber Children’s site.

The Hare and the Harvest Moon by Claire Barker