Claire Barker selects…

We asked celebrities to choose their favourite photograph and share their thoughts about its significance for our region.  Author of award-winning children’s books, Claire Barker, selects Child Buying Sweets by James Ravilious

Interior of village grocery store with customers, child buying sweets. Documentary photograph by James Ravilious for the Beaford Archive, Beaford Arts


Claire Barker, author of award-winning children’s books.

‘I've chosen this one because it celebrates childhood freedom, something that rural Devon children still have quite a lot of even now, still more than children in cities. 

She has everything she needs in that village shop - her doll, a fine selection of sweets and a bit of peace as the grown ups are busy elsewhere.’ 

Long may it continue. ‘

Look our for Claire’s new series Picklewitch and Jack, published by Faber and Faber and available in all good bookshops and online. 

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