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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. 

Natural History X Etsy: Colour and Vision Exhibition

James Barker


After the success of the Alice in Wonderland collaboration with the British Library we were asked by Etsy if we would be interested in creating a bespoke range for the Natural History Museum. If our ranges are anything to go by then there was no way we could refuse! We were asked along with jewellery designer Mica Peet and illustrator Sandra Dieckmann to create an exclusive range inspired by the then upcoming exhibition Colour and Vision. 

The exhibition looks at how the entwined histories of colour and vision have filled the natural world with the vibrant hues and shades we see today. Uncovering over a 565 million year journey how vision first evolved and how colour in animals suddenly became the difference between life and death. 


We wanted to keep in line with the exhibition and focus more on the colours and variations found in nature rather than on specific animals themselves, which we felt would be too distracting from the theme. With this in mind we chose feathers and coral as our points of interest to highlight the amazing colours found in nature. 


Items from the exhibitions including our products are currently available exclusively at the Natural History Museum and their online shop.

The exhibition is due to be on display until November.