Debi Gliori


Author and Illustrator

Debi Gliori (born 1959 in Glasgow) is a Scottish author and illustrator of children's books. Her work has been shortlisted for, or won several notable artistic/literary awards.

Debi Gliori grew up as an only child in Glasgow, and when young began drawing and writing stories. She started writing children's books in 1976, and attended art school in Edinburgh from 1979 to 1984. She then received an Andrew Grant travelling scholarship award to go to Milan, and worked as a freelance from 1984 onwards. In 1989, independent children's book publisher Walker Books signed her, and she acquired an agent three years later.

Gliori is the author/illustrator of many books and picture books for children including the Mr Bear series. She wrote the black comedy Pure Dead series for older children, with Pure Dead Magic being her first novel.

Gliori lives in East Lothian, just outside Edinburgh, Scotland with her five children.

Mr. Bear won the Red House Children's Book Award Picture Book Winner 1997. Mr. Bear to the Rescue was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1997; Mr. Bear BabysitsMr. Bear's Picnic and Mr. Bear to the Rescue were all awarded a Gold award in the Petit Filous Best Toy Awards, and Mr. Bear Says Goodnight was chosen for the Booktrust's Bookstart project. Where, Oh Where, is Baby Bear? was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Baby Book Award in 2001. Always and Forever, written by Alan Durant and illustrated by Debi Gliori, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2003. Her work has also been shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Council Award (for Pure Dead Wicked in 2003), and for the Royal Mail Award (for Stormy Weather in 2010). 

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