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James Barker blog, inspiration journal, latest events.

Come and visit our Corner Shop

James Barker

We are opening up our first pop up shop and would love for you to attend! Come and visit our temporary bricks and mortar shop and peruse our illustrated goods.

30 May - 04 June

The Corner Shop
21 Clerkenwell Green
London EC1R 0DX


(Nearest stations: Farringdon & Chancery Lane)

Opening times:
Tue - Fri 10.30am-7pm
Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

We hope to see you there!

James & Joana

Hello James!

James Barker

We’ve got some really exciting news and we wanted to keep you in the loop! 

Today our venture Chá com Letras will begin a new chapter,  under the name James Barker. James has long been the creative force behind our brand. His witty, colourful and playful illustrations are the cornerstone of everything we do, from paper goods to home products. 

Although our name is changing, there are some elements to our venture we are proud of keeping as they are! Providing high-quality illustrated goods with a pinch of wit has always been our mantra and something we will continue to do. We remain committed to sourcing our products in the UK whenever possible and supporting like-minded small independent businesses and suppliers. Finally, being a small business, it is very important to us to keep things personal, therefore the people behind the scenes – James and Joana – will always be here to answer your questions and provide you a personal and friendly service!

Last but not least, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and enthusiasm in our venture and for shopping with us.

To celebrate we’d like to offer you 20% off all orders for the entire week with the code HELLOJAMES17.

Offer valid until 17/04/2017 11.59pm BST.

Thank you!

James and Joana

 

The Grey Go Away Bird for Book Aid International

James Barker

We are thrilled to be teaming up with Book Aid International to celebrate World Book Day on 2nd March. To mark the occasion, we are donating copies of our picture book The Grey Go-Away Bird to Book Aid International to help promote literacy in Africa but we need your help! 

To help create a bigger impact, we propose that for every copy of The Grey Go-Away Bird book you purchase from us we donate a book to Book Aid International on your behalf! 


Across Africa, millions of people are unable to fulfil their potential because of a basic lack of books and reading resources. Literacy and access to information have been shown to reduce poverty, providing opportunities for work, increasing household income, even improving the health of children. A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.

Book Aid International understands the pleasure and opportunities that reading can bring and believes everyone should have the opportunity to read. Through reading, people can change their own lives for the better and shape their own futures.

Your help is invaluable!

Our picture book tells the tale of The Grey Go-Away Bird – a real bird! –  can be found flying around Southern Africa. When alarmed, it emits a loud nasal sound which sounds like “goawaaay”.

The Grey Go-Away Bird is an original story, accompanied by innovative and quirky illustrations aimed predominantly at the 4-7 years age range, but will appeal to readers of all ages. The book is a gentle anti-bullying book with a difference that celebrates people’s unique qualities in a fun and unusual way.

The Grey Go-Away Bird is unlike the other birds on the island, and is often forgotten and overlooked by them. One day some smelly old bird-catchers arrive on the island and it's up to Grey Go-Away Bird to help the others before it's too late!

The Grey Go-Away Bird is an original story by author and illustrator James Barker. The illustrations were shortlisted for the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2014 and awarded merit by 3x3 Magazine.

 

Find out more about Book Aid International.

You can purchase your copy of The Grey Go-Away Bird picture book here.

Find out ways of getting involved in World Book Day.

 This campaign ends on 31 of March 11pm GMT. Books will be donated in April.