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Alyson O'Brien
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Alyson O'Brien is commissioning editor at Hardie Grant Egmont’s award-winning picture-book imprint Little Hare. She works with some of the best authors and illustrators in the business, including Andrew Joyner, Davina Bell, Carol Thompson, Freya Blackwood and David Mackintosh. Alyson previously worked as a senior editor, editor and publishing assistant, and from 2003 until 2007 was the children’s book buyer at Waterstones in Edinburgh, Scotland.


If Alyson isn't reading or gazing at illustrations, she's likely to be wrangling children, at the cinema or planning a trip to the Adelaide Hills.

Alyson will be running bootcamps for Picture Books authors on Sunday


  • Agent & Editor sessions are only available to conference attendees.

  • Some editors have withdrawn from the conference due to it being an online-only event.
    If you have booked with one of them we will be in contact with you shortly.

  • You do need to be attending the conference to book an assessment. 

  • You may book your session before booking for the conference however there will be a $25.00 administration charge should you decide to cancel the appointment before assessment bookings closing on 15 May 2020 

  • No refunds will be made if you make an assessment booking but do not book for the Conference and your session will be cancelled.