Virtual Author Visits

“It was BRILLIANT!!! Perfectly paced and you smashed the tech.”

E Bauer, Head of English, Downs Preparatory School, October 2020

‘A visit from Claire Barker was like our very own Mary Poppins – practically perfect in very way. She let our children know that reading is a special kind of magic.’ Miss Smith, Stoke Damerel School, Plymouth, September 2019

“I have never seen them so engrossed and quiet.”

Mrs Riley, Broadfield Primary Academy,  Crawley
My Writing Hut in Devon

Welcome, young readers and writers, to the room where Knitbone Pepper and Picklewitch and Jack get up to their adventures. The stove’s alight, the kettle’s on and it’s virtually huge inside.

Remember: inspiration leads to aspiration.

Email me at toboggan@btinternet.com to book.

Find Out:

Where I get my ideas from?

How many books have I written?

How do I feel about being edited?

How do books travel from the imagination to the bookshelf?

What was my favourite book as a child and why?

How does the natural world play a part in my stories?

Why do I think friendship is so important?

What’s it really like being a children’s author?

Event Options

Author presentation and reading: 30 mins £60

A general fun session about me, my stories and how brilliant it is to be an author. It’s full of interesting pictures, peculiar pets, funny tales, interesting objects and readings to grab the young imagination.

A guaranteed fidget-free zone!

Got questions? Why not add on a Q&A session?
15mins £30

The Q&A part is always *SO* useful. Would your students like to know how I became an author? Or what it’s like being edited? Maybe they would like to know if my characters are based on real people? Was I particularly clever at school? Do I ever run out of ideas? Or maybe you have budding authors keen to join me on the bookshelf. Whatever their questions, I shall do my best to answer them in person.

Author Presentation + reading + Q&A 45 mins £90
Email toboggan@btinternet.com to book

You can link in as many classes as you would like! Book the whole package for a fun, inspirational morning that will have your students itching to pick up their pens and start writing their own stories.

We had a 100% watch until the end turnout on your session, it was truly fantastic.

Sara Bullimore, Artistic Director of Newark Book Festival July 2020

On Knitbone Pepper: “A perfect start for any newly independent reader.”

Mathew Tobin, Lecturer in Primary English & Children’s Lit

On Picklewitch & Jack: “Very funny, lots of good PHSE messages about friendship and acceptance, but the absolute best thing about it is that it’s a longer chapter novel that is PERFECT for Yr 3 or a strong Year 2.” 

Ashley Booth, Teacher. Reading Lead.

Claire did an excellent virtual session with two separate classes. She spent time beforehand discussing our expectations so when the day arrived she was prepared, professional and above all great fun. The children were so excited to talk to a “real” author which engendered lots of high quality discussion both before and after. Even the reluctant readers LOVE Knitbone and couldn’t wait to start writing in response!

Vicky Holness, International School of Verona, Italy March 2020