Alex Milway was born in Hereford in 1978. He went to art college in Shrewsbury when he was 16, followed by Cheltenham art college, where he won a David Murray Landscape Award from the Royal Academy.
He now lives in London and works in the world of magazines, where he discovered his love of writing. As a writer and illustrator, he likes to combine the two wherever possible. He began by running 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 short tales, complete with delightful illustrations, have enough ickiness and gently subversive humour to appeal to children and grown-ups alike.”
While living in Crystal Palace he has developed a love of mice, particularly ones with fur of pure gold. After writing countless short tales, The Mouse Hunter
is his first full-length chidren's book.