Claire Saxby was born in Melbourne and grew up in Newcastle.
She's lived in more houses than she can remember, and attended many
schools. Claire is the author of many books including There Was an
Old Sailor, illustrated by Cassandra Allen, which won the Crystal
Kite Member Choice Award, Australia and New Zealand Division,
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, 2011.
As a child, Lizzy Newcomb would sit and watch her dad draw and hand-colour his architectural plans; this inspired her love of art. Sydney-born and raised, she spent most of her childhood exploring the bushland near her home and began a love affair with nature. Lizzy has studied nursing, travelled throughout Europe and Scandinavia, and run a business producing handmade ceramic pieces. In 2006 her first solo exhibition sold out and she has held an exhibition each year since. My Name is Lizzie Flynn (written by Claire Saxby) is her first book.
...poignant story -- Margaret Hamilton * Books+Publishing *
An interesting book, and plausible story about the life on a convict ship. -- Janet Croft * 103.1FM Grafton *
I have long loved the work of Claire Saxby and her latest work is no exception - in fact it possibly my new favourite illustrated fiction book -- Megan Daley * Children's Books Daily *
This wonderfully illustrated book gives readers an insight into the perils of being sent to Australia, and the industry of some in making the best of it, as well as a taste of what some of our forebears endured in making the forced trip. -- Fran Knight * ReadPlus *
Hauntingly told and beautifully illustrated, Lizzie's story will resonate with a young and older audience. -- Readings * Readings *
A well-written, poignant story -- Margaret Hamilton * Pinerolo Newsletter *
Saxby cleverly brings the quilt's story to life through Lizzie's eyes, thus personalising both the story of the making of the quilt and the convict experience. Her storytelling is complemented by Lizzy Newcomb's illustrations, with their uncompromising caricatures of the convict women and evocative interpretations of the difficult conditions they face. This is an interesting and effective way of bringing history to life for young people. -- Stephanie Owen Reeder * Sydney Morning Herald *
I have returned to this picture book a number of times. It is a fascinating story in itself -- Pat Pledger * ReadPlus *
There is a strong sense of time and place both through the text and illustrations. Every page brings the reader right into the story, from their departure, through each fantastic double spread. -- Anastasia Gonis * Buzz Words *
My Name is Lizzie Flynn is a brilliantly conceived and produced work, and the combination of words and pictures is divine. At the very least, this book should be in every school library in Australia. -- Debra Tidball * Buzz Words *
What a delight it is to come across an Australian picture book that draws on an actual historical artifact from the National Gallery of Australia and uses it as a means of exploring one small aspect of the transportation of female convicts to Australia. -- Reading Time * Reading Time *
Australian Picture Books feature -- Kids' Book Review * Kids' Book Review *
My Name is Lizzie Flynn is a brilliantly conceived and produced work, and the combination of words and pictures is divine. At the very least, this book should be in every school library in Australia. * Creative Kids Tales *