"I have always enjoyed writing.
After a brief time as a civil servant, I qualified as a primary school teacher, and was later promoted to be the Advisory Teacher for English for the whole of East Sussex. Four headships followed, by which time I had been teaching for over 30 years. I left headship in 2008, and became a freelance education consultant, university tutor and school inspector. I finally retired from working in education about three years ago in 2014. My husband Chris has had Type 1 Diabetes for most of his adult life. His eye sight was deteriorating, and I wanted to spend more time with him. During the afternoons when my husband was resting I began to write humorous verse, which quickly gained in popularity. Now aged 61, I have very regular bookings as a speaker/performer, sharing my poetry and telling our story. Chris always accompanies me, and we donate the fees to charity, usually Diabetes UK . I finished my first full length novel 'Different Genes' earlier this year, and it was published in late October with great reviews.
Claire Baldry March 2017
The picture on the right (taken by Sharon Webster) shows part of the Colonnade on the seafront in Claire's home town of Bexhill on Sea in East Sussex
There are more of Sharon's photographs of Bexhill in Claire's poetry booklets.
You can read more of Chris and Claire's story by downloading
'South Something' from Amazon (99p)
Crawley Down PK Group
"On behalf of our chairman, Sue Smith, and the members of our group I would like to thank you sincerely for making our monthly branch meeting such fun. I have received several comments from those who attended your presentation such as - brilliant, very funny lady and so clever !
I do hope that you will pay us a return visit in the not too distant future."