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Aleesah Darlison
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Aleesah Darlison is a multi-published, award-winning Australian children’s author. She has written forty-five books for children including picture books, chapter books, novels and series. Aleesah has won numerous awards for her writing including the 2015 Environment Award for Children’s Literature (Our Class Tiger - Non-Fiction) and an Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Mentorship. Her picture book, Warambi, was a 2012 CBCA Notable Book and was shortlisted for the Eve Pownall Award and the 2012 Environment Award. Her picture book, Emerald: The Green Turtle’s Tale was shortlisted for the 2018 Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards.
Aleesah works across various genres including non-fiction, fantasy, and social realism. Aleesah has also written numerous award-winning short stories and non-fiction articles for adults and children. Her novels include the Little Witch Series, Running from the Tiger, Awesome Animal Stories for Kids, the Netball Gems Series, the Unicorn Riders Series, and Ash Rover: Keeper of the Phoenix. Her picture books include Warambi, Puggle’s Problem, Stripes in the Forest: The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine and Mama and Hug (koalas).


Aleesah travels throughout Australia and internationally delivering talks and workshops to children and adults at preschools, schools, libraries, literary festivals and writers’ centres. She also works as a writing mentor and tutor. Her 8-book fantasy adventure series, Unicorn Riders, has been released in hardcover and paperback in the US, while many of her other books have also been released internationally.


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  • Some editors have withdrawn from the conference due to it being an online-only event.
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  • No refunds will be made if you make an assessment booking but do not book for the Conference and your session will be cancelled.