Troubador Simply Modern Life

Released: 28/08/2018

ISBN: 9781789015324

eISBN: 9781789011982

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Simply Modern Life


This collection of twenty-two beautifully illustrated poems provides an acutely observed, satirical view of modern life.

Using traditional rhymes and a highly accessible style to provide perceptive insights into the sometimes serious, sometimes humorous issues presented by life today, readers will undoubtedly empathise with the poems.

From internet trolls to people who use mobile phones on trains, this collection will appeal to readers of all ages. Covering topics such as Ofsted, school assemblies and people who fall asleep in AGMs, the poetry would be equally at home in schools, social clubs, day centres or sitting on people’s coffee tables at home.

Detailed and quirky illustrations are included on almost every page, which make a delightful addition to the poems and highlight the comedic element. This collection will quickly become a favourite for thumbing through the pages and discovering new delights on each re-read. From the author of Different Genes (Matador, 2017) and founder of the popular website, Books for Older Readers.

12th October
Claire will be appearing at Bexhill Foootball Club with Sam Coleman (Game of Thrones) for an evening of entertainment and stand up comedy.

22nd July
Claire will be performing some of her poems from her latest poetry book 'Simply Modern Life' at On the Rocks as part of Hastings Fringe

Feb 1st 2018
Hear Claire interviewed on the BBC Radio London Jo Good show at 2pm about books which appeal to older readers.

Dec 3rd
Signed books will be on sale from 10.30 at Manor Barn Craft Fair, Bexhill Reduced from £7-99 to £6-99 for one day only.

November 2nd
Book Signing at Rye Bookshop from 1 pm until 4 pm

October 2017
Publication Day of Different Genes is Saturday 28th Oct. Book signing at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill from midday until 3pm.

Tickets for the Writers Cafe on 19th Oct in Bexhill where I read an excerpt from Different Genes were sold out!!

July 2017
Watch and listen to me reading the first few pages of 'Different Genes' on YouTube by pasting the following into your address bar.

Links to my interview with Bexhill FM about the Bexhill Writers Group and my forthcoming novel are now on my website.

April 2017
Pre-publication review from Hilary Cisneros Mccorry, Journalist and former producer/presenter at BBC Radio Kent.

"Different Genes' is a riveting, debut novel by Claire Baldry, which I couldn't put down. Her excellent portrayal of the main characters, Louise and Simon, make you feel as if you know them personally as you travel alongside them on their journey, sharing new love a second time around, discovering the truth about Louise's past, and with a twist of suspense also thrown into the mix. I highly recommend this immensely readable, well written, novel, full of romance, intrigue and suspense."

Pulsar Poetry Magazine


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Claire Baldry

In 2008 Claire Baldry retired from her career as a headteacher, and reinvented herself as a writer, blogger and performance poet. Now, aged 63, Claire has published four booklets of amusing poetry, an autobiographical novella called South Something' and her debut novel 'Different Genes'. Claire has a regular schedule of public speaking engagements where she reads excerpts from her work and talks with humour about her transformation from headteacher to writer. Claire's books appeal especially to readers in mid-life and beyond, and she is the founder of the popular website 'Books For Older Readers'. Claire's next poetry book 'Simply Modern Life' is intended to appeal to a much wider age range and will be available in Summer 2018.

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