Alison McLennan

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Alison McLennan is a Brisbane based children’s writer, voiceover artist, actor, singer and mother of two. She has a journalism degree from the University of Queensland and when she’s not writing picture books or being a mum, she voices commercials for tv and radio, and sings with children’s group Allioopsy. She is a member of Qld Write Links, the Qld Writers Centre and SCBWI.


I attended my first CYA conference in 2018 and met with Anouska Jones from EK Books for a manuscript appraisal. She gave me such incredible and insightful advice on how I could improve my manuscript. I went home and did a re-write, then sent Anouska the completed manuscript via EK’s submission process.


After two acquisitions meetings, a revision request and months of finger crossing, I received the amazing news that my debut picture book “Growing Pains” had been accepted and would be released in November 2020. CYA made my dream of becoming a published author a reality. Being able to build relationships with publishers and get expert advice on my work was an incredible experience and I’m so happy I made the decision to go to the conference.

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