Bob Dewar was born in Edinburgh. He was first published nationally when he was sixteen. He has illustrated books of verse in Lallans and Doric and educational books in Gaidhlig. As well as books for Black and White, Birlinn and Oxford University Press, his work has appeared in The Scottish Field and Hollyrood magazine and The Scotch Malt Whisky newsletter. He has had exhibitions in Edinburgh and Italy, and for fifteen years did political and social commentary for The Scotsman. He is married to novelist Isla Dewar and has a son and a golden retriever.