Hird studied Contemporary Writing at Middlesex Polytechnic and is the author of two novels, Nail and Other Stories (1997) and Born Free (1999). Hope and Other Urban Tales, a novella and short story collection followed in 2006. All her novels and collections are published by Canongate Books. Hird's first novel was published as part of the Rebel Inc. imprint at Canongate, where she also contributed to its two anthologies alongside Alan Warner and Irvine Welsh.
Alongside writing her own material, Hird publishes younger writers via her showcase on her laurahird.com site.