When Claire Bunt was young, on cold winter nights, she and her sisters sat close to the coal range stove. Each night their mother read to them a few chapters from children’s classics.
Nightly they looked forward to what would be the next instalment.
When Claire was older, she was permitted to read in bed until the call came, “Good night. Lights out.”
Later, she sneaked the lights on again and continued to read.
When Timothy Titus, her cat, meowed outside her window she sneaked him inside and hid him under her bedclothes.
What could be finer, Claire thought, than reading a book, and having the best cat in the world, purring at my feet?
Born in Picton in 1942, Claire has always loved reading. During her primary school days she submitted stories to the children’s page of a NZ magazine. In 2004-2005 she began writing a wide range of short stories that rest, undisturbed, in a filing cabinet in her office. With the writing of this Walter’s Story, Claire has found a way to raise funds for UNICEF, a charity she has supported since 1960.
She retired from working as a legacy adviser for UNICEF NZ on 1 August 2015.
As of 17th May2016. the total raised for Unicef from sales of Claire’s books stands at $4002.00.