Glasgow-based children's author Julia Donaldson is relocating to England.

Ms Donaldson, creator of The Gruffalo, is returning south to spend more time with her family.

She has lived in Bearsden since 1989.

The former Children's Laureate and her husband Malcolm, a senior researcher in child health at Glasgow University, have already bought a new home in preparation for the move.

They plan to sell the villa where they have lived since moving to Scotland from Bristol, and where Donaldson wrote all her best-known books.

The couple has two sons and four grandchildren - with one family in the Cotswolds and the other in Broughty Ferry, by Dundee - and plan to divide their time between the two.