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Alison Allen-Gray was brought up in the wilds of Suffolk. After university (English and Drama at Aberystwyth) she joined a theatre company and set about converting an old cinema into a performing arts centre which hosted many exciting new companies and innovative work. 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, two of them for children, whilst also developing her acting career. After having had a musical and a picture book published, she began writing for young adults. She is a member of the dynamic authors' and illustrators' group, Islington Writers for Children, which has given invaluable feedback during her writing career.
Alison lives by the coast in Sussex and one of her many dreams is to design and build her own house. When not dreaming or writing, she enjoys fellwalking, horse riding and going on trips all over the world with her partner in their vintage car. Her first novel, Unique, won the Stockport Schools' Book Award, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for six prizes, including the Booktrust Teenage Fiction Prize.