Alex Milway was born in Hereford in 1978. He went to art college in Shrewsbury when he was 16, followed by an art degree in Cheltenham, where he won a David Murray Landscape Award from the Royal Academy.
He moved to London and worked in the world of magazines, where he discovered his love of writing. Now a freelance writer and illustrator, he likes to combine the two wherever possible. He runs his own fairy tale blog Old Hokey’s Whimsical Tales, described by THE GUARDIAN as:
“quickfire stories about witches, ogres and all sorts of snotty and stinky things, these short tales, complete with delightful illustrations, have enough ickiness and gently subversive humour to appeal to children and grown-ups alike.”
Alex Milway burst on to the children's book scene with the highly original MOUSEHUNTER trilogy, published by Faber. Alex then went on to write and illustrate THE MYTHICAL 9th DIVISION; a series published by Walker for middle grade children.
Walker Books have now published three books from the PIGSTICKS AND HAROLD series for young readers, written and illustrated by Alex, with a fourth to follow in 2017.