Alison Irvine was born in London to Antipodean parents. She was brought up in London and Essex and moved to Glasgow in 2005 to study an MLitt in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. She graduated with distinction in 2006 and since then her writing has been published in a variety of magazines and in an anthology of Glasgow writing, Outside of a Dog. In 2007 she was awarded a Scottish Arts Council New Writer's Bursary. This Road is Red is her first novel which was developed through her close association with Glasgow Life's Red Road Flats Cultural Project.
She lives in Glasgow with her family.