Horatio Clare

Horatio Clare

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Horatio Clare was born in 1973, and grew up on a farm in the Welsh mountains. He is best known for his memoirs and travel writing, and also for producing several BBC radio programmes, including Front Row.

His 2006 memoir Running for the Hills won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and 2014’s Down to Sea in Ships won Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year. As a journalist he has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph and the Financial Times.

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, published in 2015 by Firefly, is his wonderful first novel for children, which won the Branford Boase Award in 2016. The sequel, Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds, was published this year. Horatio says that writing for children is ‘the most exciting writing [he has] yet discovered.’

Some books by Horatio Clare

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot (Firefly Press)
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds (Firefly Press)

Praise for Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

“Horatio Clare has the voice of a great storyteller.”
Michael Morpurgo 


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Jane Matthews

John Clare

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Jane Matthews grew up in Bristol, inspired to draw at school by a brilliant art teacher.

After studying Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, and Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London, she worked in the film and TV industry as a scenic artist and prop maker, before escaping to the remote Welsh island of Skomer, where she monitored seals, wrote a book about the island and lived off-grid.

Now based in Shetland, Jane works as an illustrator and exhibition manager. She illustrated both of Horatio’s children’s books, and has also just illustrated a book of short stories reinterpreting myths and legends of Wales, by Horatio, published by Graffeg in 2017 .

Some books by Jane Matthews

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot (Firefly Press)
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds (Firefly Press)

Sunday Times 2015 children's book of the year: 

'A jewel not to be missed is Horatio Clare's debut children's book Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot ... about a rambunctious boy's quest, helped by talking woodland animals, to break the spell of despair that has overwhelmed his father. This is a funny, big-hearted, nimble, original story, with a quality of fairy tale, informative footnotes, a sensitive way of dealing with the important subject of depression and engaging black-and-white illustrations by Jane Matthews.' 

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