School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Hazel Sheeky Bird

Research Associate


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.

My current research focuses on the Aidan and Nancy Chambers archive, held by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books. My role is to identify research pathways within the archive, and to work with staff in the Children’s Literature Unit and across Seven Stories to develop a wide range of academic and public facing outputs. I am particularly interested in developing research projects that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of Aidan Chambers’ own work as an editor, publisher, critic, author, teacher and librarian of children’s and young adult literature, and which combine theoretical and pedagogical approaches to form practical outputs.