Alison Layland

Alison Layland


 Alison grew up in Bradford, and lived in various parts of the UK before moving to mid-Wales in 1997, where she lives with her husband and two teenage children.

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, to become a freelance translator, from German, French and Welsh into english, in 1994. Several of her translations from French and German into English of novels and non-fiction titles have been published to date.

Her debut novel Someone Else’s Conflict, a “sensitive and compassionate thriller” set in the Yorkshire Dales with a backstory in the Croatian conflict of the early 1990s, was published by Honno in November 2014 and was featured as a Debut of the Month on the Lovereading website in January 2015.




mystery, crime, thriller, contemporary, book club

Publications & Performance History

Someone Else’s Conflict, published by Honno: Translation of The Colour of Dawn by Haitian author Yanick Lahens, published by Seren:

Workshop & Reading Experience

Talk with readings at my book launch, November 2014 in Booka Bookshop, Oswestry

Event about writing and publication with two other writers, Martine Bailey and Elaine Walker, exploring the way writers from different backgrounds, working in different genres, work well together. The Willow Gallery, Oswestry, June 2015.

Several talks (in Welsh) about learning, and writing in Welsh, to various local associations, 1998-present.

I have a series of talks (about my writing and my novel, set in Yorkshire and Croatia) arranged with North Yorkshire libraries and WIs for autumn 2015.



Honno Press, contact Helena Earnshaw: Booka bookshop, Oswestry:

Group size preference


Group age preference


Working languages

English, Welsh

Area prepared to travel

Anywhere in the north west. Ideally as close as poss. to Shropshire or North Wales but I don’t mind travelling to an event.

Other information

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