Author Visits

*Guaranteed Fidget-Free Zone*

Email me at toboggan@btinternet.com for more information.

In-Person Events (from £190)

“Claire Barker gave an inspiring and joyous presentation to the children at Blundell’s Preparatory School on World Book Day. They were spellbound as she recounted all her life experiences and how they had contributed to the ideas in her books. They were buzzing with enthusiasm about all they had seen and heard. “

Tracey Nash, Blundell’s Preparatory School 2022
Broadclyst School, Exeter

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

Mrs Riley, Broadfield Primary Academy,  Crawley

“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

Virtual Author Visits (from £90)

“It was BRILLIANT!!! Perfectly paced..”

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

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

The Event:

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. 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.

No audience is too big or too small

Book a fun, inspirational morning that will have your students itching to pick up their pens and start writing their own stories.

Inspiration leads to aspiration.

Email me at toboggan@btinternet.com for more information.

My Writing Hut in Devon

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