Author details

Alison Murray


Design at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating I moved to London and worked in a variety of jobs including bookseller at Waterstone's in Old Brompton Rd and rug designer at Habitat before completing a MA in Design for Interactive Media at Middlesex University, then I co-founded a successful interactive design company. When the company was sold I decided it was time to move back to Glasgow. I have now found a new niche, writing and illustrating children's picture books. I live in Glasgow with my husband, little girl and dog.

About writer's work

Although I work on computer, my background is print and I try hard to incorporate human error into everything I do - so that the work doesn't become too clean and clinical. I love vintage children's books and especially admire illustrators such as Martin and Alice Provensen, Alain Grée, Miroslav Sasek , Tomi Ungerer, Tove Jansen, William Wondriska and Maurice Sendak of course. My fascination with old books is to do with the printing process, I love the tactile quality of old print, with all it's scuffs and blotches.

Current events and projects

As a trained art teacher I like to include some element of making in my events. At previous events we have made shoes, decorated biscuits, created superhero characters, made prints using techniques such as monoprinting, relief printing and potato printing.

Events /workshops/residencies done so far include: Edinburgh International Book Festival, Wigtown Book Festival, Dundee Book Festival, Scottish Book Trust early years writer in residence, workshops around Stirling schools. 


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, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups


LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Illustrator, Writer



Books written

Hare and Tortoise The Favourite Aesop's Fable

Author(s): Alison Murray
Illustrated by: Alison Murray
Hare is the fastest on the farm. Tortoise is as slow as they go. So when they decide to have a race, Hare is certain to win . . .

Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten

Author(s): Alison Murray
Princess Penelope's naughty little kitten is all tangled up in wool and has scampered off!
Hickory Dickory Dog

Hickory Dickory Dog

Author(s): Alison Murray
Zac and Rufus, like all best friends, are inseparable. So, when Zac goes to playschool, his pup goes too!
One Two That's My Shoe

One Two That's My Shoe

Author(s): Alison Murray
Join in the chase as Georgie and Grace learn to count from 1 to 10.
Apple Pie ABC

Apple Pie ABC

Author(s): Alison Murray
This traditional verse is retold with wit, filled with charm and illustrated with tremendous style by an exciting debut artist.