Alison Prince was born in Kent and grew up in South London. She completed a degree course at the Slade School of Art then became a teacher. She tried her hand at journalism and farming before she became a television writer. She is the co-creator of the famous Trumpton series. She won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize jointly with Philip Pullman and has also won the Scottish Arts Council's Children's Book of the Year award. She is a biographer and poet as well as a children's author. She lives in Scotland.