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Dr Daisy Hildyard

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow

Daisy is a novelist and historian of science who joined the Department of Humanities as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in 2015.

Daisy HildyardAfter studying at the universities of Oxford and London I published a novel, Hunters in the Snow. I came to Northumbria in 2015 to work on a three-year Leverhulme research project on writing about animals.

The project involves shadowing people - ecologists, vets or butchers, for example - who have a particular knowledge about animal lives, as research for a long essay on the relationships between species, and also for a novel whose characters are animal as well as human.

A project website publishes accounts of the research as it happens.

You can also follow my project research via Instagram.

Campus Address

Lipman 404A
Northumbria University


0191 349 5208


  • PhD, ‘Clean Matter of Fact’: How the Royal Society defined a context for early-modern science, 1660-1700, University of London (2013)
  • MRes, Renaissance and Early-Modern Studies, Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, Queen Mary, University of London (2010)
  • BA, English Language and Literature, Oxford University (2006)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Life writing
  • Literature and the environment
  • Early-modern natural philosophical literature 

Teaching Interests

I have taught Shakespeare and other early-modern undergraduate courses.
In 2015-16 I taught two Creative Writing MA modules: Professional Practice, with Andrew Crumey (EL0731) and Writing Portfolio (El0732).
In 2016-17 I will teach Animals in Literature (EL6040) to third-year English and Creative Writing undergraduates. The course involves my students researching, observing or stalking an animal in order to write about it, and so their work also contributes to my research project.

Key Publications

Hunters in the Snow (Jonathan Cape/Vintage) 2013/14


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