Claire Saxby

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Claire Saxby writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children. She has published picture books and chapter books, short stories and articles. Her poetry appears in magazines, anthologies, on train walls and in museum resources. Claire lives in Melbourne and loves it, despite what anyone says about the weather.

Claire’s most recent picture books include 'My Name is Lizzie Flynn A story of the Rajah quilt, illustrated by Lizzy Newcomb (Black Dog/Walker Books) and 'Meet Weary Dunlop', illustrated Jeremy Lord (Penguin Random House).

Life in, and connection to, Hobsons Bay

My family and I have lived in Newport for almost 24 years. I love how diverse and ever-changing Hobsons Bay is. I have worked in community health, hospitality and retail in addition to writing. I have taught writing, participated in and then taught sour-dough breadmaking, sung in a choir, walked in old quarries, fought for sustainable development, swum, waded and snorkeled our coastal waters, sampled produce from around the world and watched as our suburbs grow and change. Love it!


  • Emu (2014) illustrated by Graham Byrne. Walker Books. (Shortlisted CBCA Awards 2015)
  • Meet the ANZACS (2014) illustrated by Max Berry. Random House
  • Big Red Kangaroo (2013) illustrated by Graham Byrne. Walker Books. (Winner CBCA Crichton Award 2014, Certificate of Commendation Whitley Award 2014, Shortlist Queensland Literary Award 2014)
  • Seadog (2013) illustrated Tom Jellett. Random House. (2013 Winner Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award)
  • There Was an Old Sailor (2010) illustrated by Cassandra Allen. Walker Books. (2010 Winner SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2011, Shortlist Speech Pathology Best Book Award)
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  • Emu is shortlisted for the 2015 Children's Book Council of Australia's Eve Pownall Award
  • Big Red Kangaroo won the 2014 CBCA Crichton Award