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Alison Allen-Gray  

Alison remembers weaving stories in her head from an early age and writing as soon as she was able. She's always cherished the experience of losing herself in a book and was lucky to have the added stimulus of growing up in a theatre environment.

 

Many childhood hours were spent absorbing the music of actors' voices and playwrights' words - and there was no shortage of flamboyant characters to store in the mental notebook! Alison has worked as an actor herself and the theatre remains a place of enchantment for her.

 

After University (English and Drama at Aberystwyth) Alison co-founded a Performing Arts Centre in Sussex. Here she began performing and scriptwriting with a group that included the composer Neil Brand and fellow children's author Lynda Waterhouse. Alison co-wrote four musicals with Neil and in 1989 they won the Vivian Ellis Prize with House of Dreams. Lynda and Alison now belong to Islington Writers for Children.

 

Some favourite things: Arabian horses, mountains, Tiger Moths, Georgian architecture, cats - and Peter, with whom she has journeyed thousands of miles in their vintage sports car.

 

Some ambitions: to design her own house, to write a screenplay, to see her novel Unique on screen.

 

Alison loves writing for young adults, saying, 'There's pretty well no subject you can't explore and today's readership is exacting, enquiring and astute.’

 

 PUBLISHED WORKS:

  • Wildcat on Safari
    Music and lyrics by Neil Brand
    Josef Weinberger (1990)

    A children's musical.

  • The Lost Kitten
    Illustrated by Joanne Moss
    Magi Publications (1998)

    A picture book for 3-7 year-olds.

  • Unique
    OUP (2004)
    A rite-of-passage novel with a topical twist, for young adults.

    Some critical reactions to Unique:

    'a moving and absorbing novel'
    Jan Mark, The Guardian

    'a terrific book - exciting, heartening, intelligent, and all too topical' - Peter Hollindale, Books for Keeps

    'addresses complex ethical and scientific issues with gravitas and compassion' - Booktrusted News

    Unique was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Fiction Prize, The North East Book Award, The Angus Book Award, The South Lanarkshire Book Award and the Branford Boase Award and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In November 2005 it won the Stockport Schools' Book Award.

  • Lifegame
    OUP (2009)
    Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2010, Lifegame's themes cover cloning, parentage and scientific ambition. Fast-paced and thought-provoking, Lifegame appeals to teenagers of both sexes.

 

 
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  Published Works
 
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Wildcat On Safari  
 
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The Lost Kitten  
  - Unique  
 
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Lifegame  
 

 

 
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