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[[File:LauraHird.png|frame|right|Laura Hird 2007]] '''Laura Hird''' (b. 2 Dec 1966) is a Scottish novelist, short story writer and owner/editor of ''[[Laura Hird's Showcase]]''. She is the author of the collection, ''Nail and Other Stories'' and the novel, ''Born Free''. ==Biography== ===Early Life and Education=== Hird was born in Edinburgh in 1966, the only child of June, medical secretary/undiscovered literary/acting genius and Ronnie, ex Allied Brewers storeman/undiscovered artistic genius. Laura spent her childhood climbing trees, playing with Action Men, being taken to opera/ballet/musicals, learning piano, entering competitions and being subsequently bullied (an ordeal which she now describes as “character-building.”) After leaving Tynecastle School, aged 16, she embarked on various careers - sales assistant at Rae Macintosh classical record shop, packer of coleslaw, packer of catalogue clothing, seller of velvet shirts at Ingliston Market, dozens of office jobs for civil engineers/chartered surveyors/insurance companies/Waterstones/Scottish Prison Officers’ Association/Legal Aid Board… and stints as a Council Tax canvasser, bookies clerkess and boardmarker… Between 1988-91 she studied at Middlesex Polytechnic and worked, lived and staggered around London, graduating with a BA(Hons) in Studies in Contemporary Writing. After this, she returned to Edinburgh, working again in offices to gain back her reputation as the oldest office junior in Britain, until receiving a Scottish Arts Council Bursary in 1997 to allow her to write full-time.<ref>[http://www.laurahird.com/aboutme.html Laura Hird's Showcase:About Me]</ref> ==Further Reading== * [http://www.barcelonareview.com/35/e_int_lh.htm Interview with Laura Hird by Jill Adams] ''[[Barcelona Review]]'' ==References== <references/> [[Category:People|Hird]] [[Category:Authors|Hird]] [[Category:Poets|Hird]] [[Category:Editors|Hird]]
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