Daisy Hirst

Daisy is from London. She has wanted to write and illustrate picture books since before she could write. She studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick but never stopped reading picture books or doodling, and went on to study Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, completing her MA in 2013.

Daisy won the Lara Jones award in the 2012 Macmillan Prize for Hilda and the Runaway Baby; her first picture book, The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, was published by Walker Books and there are two further titles in the pipeline. Daisy has also written and illustrated comics for LOAf magazine and greetings cards for Earlybird.

Daisy’s illustrations begin as tiny pen and ink drawings; at the moment these mostly end up being massively enlarged and turned into kitchen-table screenprints, but she hopes to go on finding new ways to create pictures and books.