Hello. I’m Claire Barker and I write stories on a wild and windy fringe of Devon, England.
An indoors/outdoors sort of person, I like trees, animals, children and wrangling words into submission.
I did lots of things before I became a writer. I have a degree in English Literature and History and an HNC in Illustration and for several years I worked as a teaching assistant in a primary school, which I really enjoyed. I used to live on a little smallholding with my family where I grew vegetables and raised pigs, sheep and chickens. I even once had a job in a spooky mansion, where I was responsible for untangling the fur of Persian cats.
Here is a video of me, sitting in a tree! :
— Faber Children’s (@FaberChildrens) October 11, 2018
If you would like to know about my typical writing 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
Here’s a podcast I recorded with Jo of Library Girl and Book Boy https://anchor.fm/librarygirl/episodes/An-interview-with-the-PickleWitch-and-Knitbone-Pepper-author–Claire-Barker-e8ap8l?fbclid=IwAR0Zz35G4kuKTrfzbiPFdqS9oLcH9Vp648pVPo3OcuGHmirBEgN8qTTlCTI There are some children reviews, right at the end too.