Alison Alderton was born and educated in West Sussex where she studied Art, Design, and Photography at Worthing, and later, Creative Writing at NEC Cambridge. For over 15 years she has been a freelance writer-photographer working mainly for Inland Waterways publications. Alison has cruised extensively through the inland waterways of England, Ireland, and Europe on her Dutch barge ‘Lily,’ contributed to several books, and written over 80 articles for various publications. She was accompanied on these voyages by her beloved Buster, the barge Beagle, the subject of much of her work. She currently lives in Denmark with her husband and their Beagle puppy, Maksimillian.