Catherine Barr

Children's Author

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Assistant: Emily Talbot


After campaigning with Greenpeace for many years, Catherine trained as a journalist and became Editor at the Natural History Museum, writing summer exhibitions. Since moving to the Welsh borders, she has been working with her partner in their design studio and is now mother of two teenage girls. Inspired (and frustrated) by a gap in the market and a hole in the primary curriculum, she co-authored her first book: The Story of Life: a first book on evolution. Catherine is interested in writing non fiction stories that spark questions and conversation. Her experience of becoming an author has been fascinating, all-consuming and joyfully collaborative. She is currently working on five new children’s books. Catherine is a proud Patron of Reading for a local primary school. The Story of Life was shortlisted for The English Association Picture Book Award and long listed for the School Library Association Information Book Awards in 2016. Her second book Elliot’s Arctic Surprise is a story about protecting the Arctic, written in conversation with Greenpeace UK.