Louise Greig

Louise Greig
Louise Greig

Biography

Summary

Louise Greig was brought up in Lenzie, near Glasgow, but has lived in Aberdeen for most of her adult life.  She is currently writing children’s picture books for Egmont UK and Floris Books, with her first books due for publication in 2017.  In addition to writing, she is a keen photographer, director of a management consultancy and is a founder director of a dog rehoming organisation.  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 the greats of children’s picture book writing 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); one of the six winners of "The Big Idea" Competition (Chicken House Publishing 2014); winner of the Caterpillar Magazine Poetry Prize (2015); winner of the main prize in the Wigtown Poetry Competition (2015).

A number of her poems were subsequently published in the Caterpillar magazine and Let in the Stars anthology, which was shortlisted for the 2015 CLPE Children’s Poetry Book of the Year.   She is currently concentrating on writing children’s picture books, a discipline which she considers to be closely aligned to poetry, where both require the distillation of an idea down to its very essence.

Her first book, The Night Box, illustrated by Ashling Lindsay, is due to be published by Egmont UK in spring 2017.  Floris Books, an Edinburgh-based publisher, will also publish another of her picture books in 2017 entitled The Island and the Bear based on the true story of a domesticated bear who was lost on a Scottish island for several weeks in 1980. 

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