Alison Layland is a writer and translator, and has told herself stories for as long as she can remember, though she first started writing them down when she moved to Wales in 1997 and learned Welsh.
Raised in Newark and Bradford, and having lived in various places around the UK, she now lives with her husband in the fascinating landscape of the border between Wales and Shropshire.
She studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University, and after a brief spell as a taxi driver worked for several years as a chartered surveyor before returning to her first love – languages. She translates from German, French and Welsh into English, and her published translations include a number of successful novels.
Her debut, Someone Else’s Conflict, is a novel of trust and betrayal, storytelling and war, that sweeps from present-day Yorkshire to the 1990s conflict in Croatia. Her second novel, Riverflow, takes floods and fracking on the banks of the River Severn as the setting for a psychological thriller of community tensions, family secrets and environmental protest.