Louise Greig

Louise Greig
Louise Greig



Louise Greig was brought up in Lenzie, near Glasgow, but has lived in Aberdeen for most of her adult life.  Louise is a poet and children’s picture book author.  She lives with her husband and her rescue greyhound, Smoky.

Full Biography

Her childhood was filled with animals, the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson and iconic children’s picture book writers such as Margaret Wise Brown, Charlotte Zolotow, Ruth Krauss, Maurice Sendak, Astrid Lindgren and Tove Jansson.

She started writing in 2014 and a few early successes include:

  • joint winner of the inaugural Manchester Writing for Children Competition (MMU 2014);
  • winner of the Caterpillar Magazine Poetry Prize (2015);
  • winner of the main prize in the Wigtown Poetry Competition (2015);
  • winner of the McLellan Poetry Prize (2017), and
  • winner of the Battered Moons Poetry Prize (2017).

Two debut picture books were published in 2017: The Island and the Bear (Floris) and The Night Box (Egmont).  The Night Box has been translated into 10 languages and nominated for the 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal.

The beauty of nature, and in particular the solitude of the Scottish landscape, are strong influences in her life and she lists Norman MacCaig, George Mackay Brown and Kathleen Jamie among her favourite poets.