Claire Thompson on her picture book about the true story of Lily The Inventor.
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Writer in residence: Claire Thompson
Claire is an emerging Australian children’s writer with a passion – and nose – for sniffing out true stories to empower and inspire.
Driven by her background in journalism, real people with extraordinary tales sit at the heart of Claire’s books.
Growing up in Beatrix Potter’s English countryside, Claire has always loved inspiring books of courage and adventure. Pitching her first book idea to a publisher at 12 years old, she proudly received a hand-typed response encouraging her to keep following her dreams.
Revisiting a love of children’s books in recent years, Claire completed The Australian Writers’ Centre picture book course.
Claire’s debut picture book Lily The Inventor is out with Redback Publishing in 2023. Lily The Inventor is the remarkable true story of Lily Born, who invents a cup to help her Grandpa.
Claire now lives in a coastal village, tucked away in northern Sydney. Over 20 years’ experience working in media and public relations has taught Claire the importance of marketing and networking.
She is an active voice on author socials and regularly attends courses, conferences and catch-ups in the Australian kid lit community.