Author details

Alison Soye


I am a Northern Irish illustrator currently living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. I studied illustration at University of Dundee and, since graduating in 2015, have been working as a freelance illustrator on a number of different projects including picture book illustrations, personalised prints, murals and design work for various clients, as well as story workshops alongside author Coo Clayton in schools and libraries across Scotland.

About writer's work

My work is inspired by travel, nature, adventure and lots of random little ‘things’. I work mostly in watercolour and gouache paint and would describe my style as bright, playful and quirky!

I take on a lot of personalised commissions which include illustrating buildings, homes, wedding venues, portraits, pets and collections of people’s favourite things. Alongside this, I am currently developing more of my own prints – I have created ‘Buildings of Edinburgh’, ‘Buildings of Belfast’, Scottish Things’ and ‘Northern Irish Things’ which I am now selling on my Etsy shop.

I have recently completed a book cover design and inside map of Scotland for new book ‘Gin Galore!’ and hope to start working on a third book in the ‘Maggie’s Mittens’ series in the coming months. As well as this, I will be designing and creating a window display for local children’s shop ‘Treehouse’ in Stockbridge, Edinburgh.

Websites featuring the author

Alison's websiteInstagramFacebookBlack and White Publishing

Current events and projects

I am available for illustration/art workshops with primary and secondary school-aged children across Scotland. In previous years I have worked on an ‘eco mural’ with primary school children, painted magical kingdoms across school buildings and joined author Coo Clayton in storytelling, live drawing and arts and crafts sessions based on our current books Maggie’s Mittens and Maggie’s Monsters. We have carried out these book workshops in many primary schools and libraries across Scotland following the publication of our first book in October 2017.

I have also held workshops with ladies from the charity Link Up Women’s Support Centre – explaining and demonstrating my process of working, showing examples and facilitating an art workshop in which they were able to develop their own pieces of artwork.


Amongst many other topics, my work often explores themes of nature, the world (people and places) and food. I would love to share this enthusiasm with young local children who are eager to learn more about their world and put their creative ideas and energy into practice!


Other work

I was featured in BBC Two ‘The Arts Show’

I was also featured in Northern Irish newspapers:

The Belfast Telegraph

The Irish News


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Other1, Outer Hebrides, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

0-4, 5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type




Books written

Maggie's Monsters

Author(s): Coo Clayton, Alison Soye
Illustrated by: Alison Soye
Maggie loves monsters. All kinds of monsters. But what she’d like best in the world is a real monster to play with.

Maggie's Mittens

Author(s): Coo Clayton, Alison Soye
Illustrated by: Alison Soye
Maggie doesn’t like her mittens. They’re hot. They’re fuzzy. And mum wants her to wear two of them! Maybe she can find them a new owner on her trip around Scotland... somewhere mum won’t notice!