School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Hazel Sheeky Bird

Research Associate


My current research focuses on the Aidan and Nancy Chambers archive, held by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books. As well as researching and contributing to the cataloguing of this archive, I work closely with Seven Stories' Creative Learning and Engagement team to engagement and impact projects that enhance reading for pleasure and wellbeing among children and young people,  and that embed archival research into creative practice.

My research interests in children's literature are highly disciplinary. Ranging from 1890 into the mid-20th. century, my past research re-examined what has come to be known as camping and tramping fiction. In doing so I drew upon a wide range of literary and historical sources on subjects including access to and use of the countryside, social mobility and class relations, the politics of leisure, culture and sailing, mapping, geographical exploration, national identity and Englishness.