Whether it’s a huge literary festival or a tiny village primary school, I love meeting readers. Over the years I have visited thousands of children, performed at numerous festivals (including Edinburgh, Bath and this year, Cheltenham). I am passionate about bookshops and libraries and promoting reading for pleasure.
“Ah yes, but what do you do?”
The Main Event: One hour of fun.
Highly interactive; involving singing bowls, animals, a mystery suitcase, hats, questions, possibly storms and bad juggling.
Or maybe you are looking for a workshop too? How about:
- characters that jump off the page
- dynamic plot shapes
- word magic
This is what Oxford’s Bookfeast have to say about me:
‘How many can you see at one time?’
For a performance up to 500. For workshops, about 20.
Most of the children that read my books are between 7-10 (Key Stage 2).
‘Do you charge?’
I certainly do! My fee is in line with the Society of Author recommendations but I’m also happy to negotiate if you are a cash-strapped organisation. I like to visit all kinds of different people and places so please don’t be shy. Contact me for more details.
‘What is your goal?’
To leave children
with story magic and sparkling with ideas, ready to get writing.
But don’t just take my word for it…
‘Claire was like a breath of fresh air… When signing her books, Claire talked with the children individually and made it a really special memory for them. Many children have said how they have been inspired to write more stories as a result of this visit.’ Winscombe Primary, North Somerset
“A boy in my class was a very reluctant reader, I had tried all sorts of books and activities to try and get him enthusiastic and inspired but for him reading was a chore. After a visit from CCB and the author Claire Barker he purchased the book Knitbone Pepper and got it signed by the author. He went home excited about reading the book in the evening – I couldn’t believe it! The next day he was giving me a summary of what had happened so far with great enthusiasm. We spoke about the book often and one day he proclaimed “I used to hate reading until we had the visit from the author – now I love it!”. For this little boy that 50 minute visit and book signing had changed his attitude and enthusiasm towards reading forever, which without CCB we wouldn’t have had. He is now an avid reader who finds it hard to put a book down!” Teacher’s email to Crediton Community Bookshop
‘Thank you so much for visiting us and reminding the children how exciting, interesting and adventurous being a writer can be….What we particularly enjoyed was the way you showed the children how easy it could be to come up with ideas…Ever since your visit, your book has been read by a large number of the children and, from their reading comments, it is clear that they are loving it! Bring on the next one – we can’t wait!’ Haywards School, Crediton
‘Claire has visited the school for the last two years as part of our Book Week celebrations and to promote the writer’s craft amongst our 7 to 11 year old pupils. On each occasion, she has created a real buzz amongst the students who have loved learning from her. Claire engaged brilliantly with our students, delivered meaningful and inspiring sessions and inspired some wonderful creative work from them. We look forward to her joining us again in future years.’ The Maynard School, Exeter
Claire came to speak to our KS2 children last week and was fantastic! Her story ideas and tips as an author were inspiring and the workshop afterwards complements perfectly our approach to story writing – never accepting the first idea, adding detail and “tell me more”!
It was a wonderful event and many children went on to buy her book and appreciated meeting her as an author. Claire took the time to speak to each child individually and as I have walked around the school since, have seen lots of children reading her book. A lovely event – thank you so much!
Chulmleigh Primary School