Hannah Hirst-Dunton

Hannah Hirst-Dunton – Editor

An editor with expertise in children's books, literacy and artwork design, I’ve worked with authors such as Julia Donaldson and Terry Deary.


Firstly, congratulations! It takes a great deal of creativity and determination to put your ideas to paper. I’m privileged that you're considering making me a part of your book’s journey into the world.

Whether this is your first foray into the world of children's literature or you're simply perfecting pages for your publisher, I could help.

I have fifteen years' experience, rigorous formal grammar training, a thorough understanding of children's literacy development goals and an acute attention to detail... but that isn't what makes this the most fun, is it? Every book is different, and I find it particularly exciting entering the new world that every story creates. I'd love to help you get the most out of your creativity, and make sure all your readers do, too.

Read on to find out more about my work - or feel free to find out more about me online by searching my name. I'm already looking forward to hearing from you!


Here's a little more about me as an editor:

Much of my work has been with big-brand educational clients such as Pearson Education, Bloomsbury, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, and levelled in line with the National Curriculum for English. Consequently, I have an excellent sense of the literary and linguistic levels at which children enjoy reading, and have particular experience developing materials to engage struggling readers - for example comics and magazines, detailed supportive artwork and themes developed ahead of phonic or word-reading ability.

The greatest part of my experience and passion lies in using artwork and layout to maximise the effect of children's fiction and non-fiction texts. I'm used to working in close liaison with illustrators and designers to create exceptionally high-quality and appealing books, whether they need to be whimsical, atmospheric, intricate, precise - or a combination!

I also have experience with developing adults' fiction and academic work - and I'm always keen to add new skills to my portfolio.

There are more on my website - but, to finish up, here's one testimonial from a regular client:

"​I have worked with Hannah for over 5 years​ on a variety of Primary Literacy projects, on materials for teachers and students. Hannah's editorial work is consistently of a very high quality, and she has a keen eye for grammar and accuracy. She is also able to liaise with in-house and freelance designers directly. Hannah also has a creative talent for artwork briefing and reviewing highly-illustrated and highly-designed proofs. Hannah is incredibly reliable and trustworthy, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her."

(Mary Layland: Advanced Content and Learning Specialist, Pearson Education​)

Children’s Non-Fiction Comics Non-Fiction Education & Reference ELT
Comics & Graphic Novels Literary Fiction Middle Grade Picture Books Young Adult
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
  • AHRC Research Award
  • DeBreyne Scholarship (Interdisciplinary Research)
  • MLitt English Literature (University of Oxford)
  • MA English Literature (University of Sheffield)
  • BA English Literature (University of Sheffield)
  • Foundation Degree in Classical Humanities (Open University)

Work experience

Oxford University Press

Nov, 2015 — Present

Skills developed:
• Familiarity with early-years literacy intervention and adults' English language teaching methodology
• Copy editing early-years literacy teacher guides and teaching materials
• Image briefing and research for early-years flashcards
• Copy editing adult literacy textbooks and workbooks
• Adults' education layout and quality best practice

Hamilton Trust

Aug, 2014 — Sep, 2015 (about 1 year)

Skills developed:
• Copy editing of Primary teaching materials (inc. Geography, History, English, Drama, ICT, D&T, Art, Music, Science and Maths resources)
• Formatting of teacher- and pupil-facing resources
• Further expertise implementing the new Primary curriculum

HarperCollins Publishers

Apr, 2014 — Present

Skills developed:
• Development editing of trade tie-in and spelling strands for digital literacy programme (KS1&2)
• Development editing of comprehension and VGP strands for pupil activity books (KS1&2)
• Development editing of cross-curriculum teacher lesson guides (KS1&2)
• Integration of trade and educational materials
• Tight deadline management for multiple strands’ schedules
• Further expertise implementing the new Primary curriculum

Oxford University Press

Aug, 2013 — Nov, 2015 (over 2 years)

Skills developed:
• Specialist research methodologies
• Understanding of Middle English
• Palaeography
• Technical (as well as practical) grammar

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Dec, 2012 — Present

Skills developed:
• Copy editing, fact checking and artwork briefing for high-profile trade fiction series
• Trade fiction layout and quality best practice
• Digital reformatting for POD products


Dec, 2011 — May, 2012 (5 months)

Skills developed:
• Assessment of new manuscripts for quality, propriety and market appeal
• Editing and division of manuscripts for adaptation to format

Pearson Plc

Sep, 2011 — Present

Recent projects:
• Development of primary-level multi-genre magazines for new comprehension resource
• Redevelopment and project management of teaching guides across all Bug Club book bands
• Development of character artwork for KS2 fiction and non-fiction in liaison with Pearson US
• Development of fully-digital grammar resource, inc. style guides, pupil lessons, demonstration videos, online games and assessment activities
• Preparation of KS2 Shakespeare unit in liaison with the RSC
• Ongoing development of print and digital resources (eBooks, eActivities and audio recordings) for high-profile fiction and non-fiction literacy strands, including levelling for KS1&2, storyboarding and design liaison and HTML formatting

Camel Publishing Ltd.

Jun, 2011 — Sep, 2014 (over 3 years)

Skills developed:
• Quick and accurate assimilation of complex concepts and information
• Harmonious cooperation with managing editors and international colleagues
• Journal layout and best practice

Oxford Inspires

Jan, 2011 — Jan, 2012 (about 1 year)

Skills developed:
• Management of a research team and liaison with freelance collaborators
• Copy-editing, writing and structuring diverse chapters of prose, events and financial statements
• Familiarity with Oxford schools’ learning and development needs

University of Oxford

Oct, 2009 — May, 2010 (7 months)

Skills developed:
• Copy-editing scholarly editions and collections for books publishing
• Writing and manipulating complex language for non-specialist markets
• Managing references and right

Blue Tutors

Jun, 2009 — Sep, 2011 (over 2 years)

Skills developed:
• Familiarity with KS1&2, SAT, GCSE, AS- and A-Level syllabi
• Understanding of schools’ and students’ most effective learning tools and structures

Forge Media, University of Sheffield

Oct, 2005 — Jun, 2009 (over 3 years)

Skills developed:
• Commission of reviews and feature articles for fortnightly publishing deadlines
• Training and management of writers
• Formatting, design and layout techniques using Quark, InDesign and Photoshop


This exciting coming of age story follows a boy from a tower block as he joins a premier league football academy. When Jackson's granddad is taken to hospital, Jackson's football suffers. When he looses his temper on the pitch, he puts his position on United's... read more
Monkey and his friends, Zu and Sandy, lived in the Emperor's Cloud Palace. But they played all sorts of tricks on people, so, as a punishment, the Jade Emperor sent them down to Earth. They can only return if they prove that they can use their magical powers f... read more
Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1. Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork... read more
Claire's Prayer

Yvonne Cloete

An Inspirational Christian Fiction Romance Following the sudden death of her parents, twenty-one year Claire O'Sullivan finds herself alone in the world. Struggling to cope with her double loss, her aunt buys her a ticket to Zimbabwe to spend a couple of month... read more
This title is part of Pearson's Bug Club - the first whole-school reading programme that joins books and an online reading world to teach today's children to read. In this Blue A (KS2) level book: On a remote island in the middle of the ocean, three families c... read more
Bug Club s Comics for Phonics are designed to support children with their reading practice and are packed with characters they will love.Finely leveled and 100% decodableComics with kid-cred to motivate even the most reluctant readerWell-structured with a cle... read more
Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1. Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork... read more

Hannah has 6 reviews





Marcia P.

Marcia P.

Jun, 2020

Hannah was responsive, supportive, patient, personable, and completed the project quickly. I would love to work with her again.
Lisa B.

Lisa B.

Feb, 2019

Hannah is an absolute delight to work with! Our collaboration was fluid and effortless. She is very prompt despite the time difference and very prompt with her replies. I will most definitely work with Hannah on my up coming books.
Karen L.

Karen L.

Jul, 2018

This was my first time getting someone to edit my book and first time using reedsy, so I was nervous about what to expect. Hannah was easy to work with and gave me some great feedback for my book. She was always prompt with her replies. The time difference from Australia to the UK was never an issue either which was very pleasing. She got my book finished ahead of schedule. I will be using...
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Jupiter's S.

Jupiter's S.

May, 2018

Hannah was a pleasure to work with.
Billy B.

Billy B.

May, 2018

Hannah is a wonderful editor to work with. She loves her craft and always did her best.
Hannah H.
Thank you for leaving a review, Billy. I’m sorry that you felt you couldn’t leave an fully positive one, especially as you always fed back that you were delighted with the work we were doing togeth...
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