Hayley Barker

Hayley Barker

Young Adult author

https://hayleybarker.co.uk
hayleybarker77@aol.co.uk
07789557639
Booking enquiry
Hayley Barker - author tools

Audiences

Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Further Education, Age 16 to 18+, University, Adult

Genres

Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Fiction narrative, Horror, Mystery, Narrative, Romance, Suspense-thriller

Book types

Fiction for young-adults

Details

Welcome to the deadliest show on earth!

I am the author of Show Stopper and Show Stealer, a thrilling YA dystopian duology, sold internationally to six territories. I taught English up to A Level for eighteen years before becoming a published author and am able to accommodate schools' individual needs. My events often include interactive presentations to whole year groups, as well as creative workshops with smaller groups. Recent subjects I have focused on include sensory writing based on entering a circus, recognising prejudice and bias in the media, discussion and debate about immigration and racism and the importance of a positive mindset.

In 2018 I took part in three events at the Edinburgh International Book festival, was a chairperson at the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC), and international guest at the Utrecht Festival of International Literature and the Boekids university in Holland, as well as making numerous visits to schools and bookshops. 

I am based in Essex but will consider travelling anywhere, including abroad, depending on my availability and the event details. 


Testimonials:

"The students were enthralled by Hayley’s introduction to the world of Show Stopper; so much so, that book sales broke school records. By 8.15 am the next day, all eight copies of the book were on loan, and a waiting list was growing! Some amazing work was produced during the workshops from some unexpected sources! Hayley really knew how to get the best out of the students."

Sally Perkins BEAUCHAMPS HIGH SCHOOL, LRC MANAGER

 

"We realy enjoyed having Hayley visit us and share her writing journey and enthusiasm for reading! She led a creative writing workshop, signed books and then kept our entire Year 9 group engaged with an informative and fun presentation. Her books went flying off the shelves and our students were clamouring to read Show Stopper!"

Amanda Adams, LIBRARIAN, MOULSHAM SCHOOL

 

"Hayley was a true inspiration for the students who were all captivated by her motivational presence. Her presentation was incredibly uplifting, helping the students see that (with hard work) they can reach their potential. It was truly engaging and the students found it fascinating to hear about the journey of a writer. They were all keen to ask questions and Hayley provided excellent answers with heartfelt honesty and passion."

Phillipa Morris-Jeffery, ENGLISH TEACHER, BRENTWOOD SCHOOL

 

"You inspired me with your creativity and courage. After hearing you talk about your amazing book, I couldn’t wait to buy Show Stopper and ever since I bought the book I am addicted to it…in my next English assessment I got my first A* of the year. You are my idol!"

Saba, YEAR 8 STUDENT, BRENTWOOD SCHOOL

 

"The rapport with students was very good, with practical, honest and down to earth advice. The panel interview format fits with our MYP study programme, in which enquiry is at the heart of learning approaches. We appreciated Hayley fitting in with this so readily, and interacting with the panel and audience so thoughtfully and individually. Students were fully engaged. A number of students stayed through break, and would have talked to Hayley as long as they could. Many have a personal interest in writing, and they seem newly inspired and encouraged by the seeming accessibility of authorship. Even some teachers present tell me they now wish to try to write!"

Jane Barnes, ENGLISH TEACHER, THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE HAGUE

 

"Since meeting you, my daughter is determined that she wants to be an author. Thank you for being such an inspiration to my daughter and a positive role model for her to look up to."
Peter McInnes (via Twitter)


Recent book reviews:

Show Stopper "It hangs life and death, love and despair perilously in the balance. A brutal but brilliant young adult read." *****

The Sun

 

Show Stealer - "There are no words to describe just how brilliant this book is." *****

Fantastic Book Dragon


Fees:

My fees are in-line with those recommended by the Society of Authors.

Books by Hayley Barker

I am the author of Show Stopper and Show Stealer, a YA dystopian thriller duology which were published in 2017 and 2018. I taught English for eighteen years and am passionate about reading, writing and working with young people.

978-1-407179-67-4
Show Stopper

Show Stopper

Sabotaged High Wires, Ravenous Lions, A Demonic Ringmaster, A circus without a safety net. Set in a near-future England where the poorest people in the land must watch their children be taken by a travelling circus - to perform at the mercy of hungry lions, sabotaged high wires and a demonic ringmaster. The ruling class visit the circus as an escape from their structured, high-achieving lives - pure entertainment with a bloodthirsty edge. Ben, the teenage son of a draconian government minister, visits the circus for the first time and falls instantly in love with Hoshiko, a young performer. They come from harshly different worlds - but must join together to escape the circus and put an end to its brutal sport. 
978-1-407179-68-1
Show Stealer

Show Stealer

A circus on fire, Fugitives on the run, The deadliest show on earth is ready for an encore... Hoshiko and Ben have been on the run since they burned Silvio Sabatini's circus down to the ground at the explosive finale of SHOW STOPPER. But Ben's mother will stop at nothing to track him down and get her revenge. The deadliest show on earth has been resurrected and if Ben thought he'd seen into its dark corners as an outsider, the true extent of the horrors that lurk beneath the Big Top are about to be revealed as he becomes the circus' new star attraction... 

Media

Keywords

CREATIVE WRITING DYSTOPIAN IMMIGRATION KS3 KS4 KS5 ROMANCE SPECULATIVE THRILLER WORLD BOOK DAY YOUNG ADULT