Daisy Hirst was born in Worcester in 1983 and brought up in London. She studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick University, and then, after various jobs, having never grown out of picture books, she went on to study for an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the prestigious Cambridge School of Art.
During her MA Daisy won the Lara Jones Award in the 2012 Macmillan Prize, and soon after graduating began working with Walker Books Ltd on her first children’s picture book. The Girl with the Parrot on her Head was published in 2015 to great critical acclaim: “Arresting, resonant and witty.” commented The Sunday Times. “A picture book that really does stand out. Daisy Hirst is a picture book creator to watch.” Books for Keeps. It is currently shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize and the Sheffield Children's Book Award. Her second book, Alphonse, That is Not OK to Do!, about two monster siblings, was again published by Walker Books Ltd in 2016. A third Walker picture book, Hilda and the Runaway Baby, will follow in 2017. Daisy’s illustrations begin as tiny pen and ink drawings and end up as silkscreen prints – a technique she began to learn through making The Girl with the Parrot on her Head (originally an MA project).
As well as making picture books, Daisy teaches illustration at the University of Worcester; takes on commissions from the likes of the Poetry Society and Velopresso; illustrates greetings cards for EarlyBird; contributes comics to LOAf; and runs hands on workshops around the country at book festivals, schools, libraries and galleries including House of Illustration, London.
Daisy currently lives in Herefordshire.