Author details

Diana Hendry


Diana has published four books of poems plus two pamphlets.  Many of her short stories have been published in journals and/or read on BBC Radio 4.  She’s written more than 40 books for children from picture books to young adult novels. She’s worked as a journalist and a tutor in creative writing and as writer-in-residence at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary. From 2008-2010 she was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Edinburgh University. Currently she is co-editor of New Writing Scotland.

Two of Diana’s picture books have been adapted by Blunderbus Theatre Company and she has written the libretto for a choral version of the Pied Piper of Hamlyn.

About writer's work

Diana’s most recent collection of poems is The Seed-Box Lantern: New & Selected Poems. Her awards include a Whitbread Award for a junior novel, Harvey Angell, a SAC Award for a sequel, Harvey Angell Beats Time. In 2012 she was shortlisted for a Costa Award and a Scottish Children’s Book Award for The Seeing. Her poetry won a Housman Society Poetry Competition.  With Hamish Whyte she was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship.

Currently Diana is working on a new junior novel and a picture book.  She is also co-editing New Writing Scotland and will be tutoring the Pushkin Prize winners at Moniack Mhor in the Spring.

Websites featuring the author

Website |Scottish Poetry Library | Mariscat Press

Current events and projects

For adults: poetry readings, workshops, talks.
For children (4 – 18): readings, workshops – stories and/or poems

Other work

As editor with Hamish Whyte -  Poems United: A Commonwealth Anthology.
Occasional book review for The Spectator.    


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Poet, Writer



Books written

My Father as an Ant cover

My Father As an Ant & Other Stories

Author(s): Diana Hendry
A wonderful mix of all kinds of stories, from family and relationships, to stories that turn the familiar into the strange - tales of madness, mistaken identity, guilt, religion and death, all infused
Out of the Clouds cover

Out of the Clouds

Author(s): Diana Hendry
People think the Coggins are strange, in their sea-battered house high up on the cliffs.

Christmas in Exter Street

Author(s): Diana Hendry
It's Christmas Eve, and the house in Exeter Street is full to bursting! There's a guest in every nook and cranny from top to bottom - and even a baby sleeping in the kitchen sink!

The Seeing

Author(s): Diana Hendry
1953. When wild, dangerous, break-all-the-rules Natalie arrives in the quiet town of Norton, thirteen-year-old Lizzie is drawn irresistibly to the new girl from the wrong side of the tracks.

Poems United

Author(s): Diana Hendry
Come on a safari of the imagination with this unique, beautifully presented collection of poems from all over the Commonwealth, from tiny islands of the Caribbean to the vast continents of Australia a

Swan Boy

Author(s): Diana Hendry
This is a fairy tale based on the story of The Six Swans. Six brothers were turned to swans by their wicked step-mother.

Late Love & Other Whodunnits

Author(s): Diana Hendry
Poems about late love, family and the working life.

The Very Busy Day

Author(s): Diana Hendry
It is a hot sunny day and Big Mouse is digging in the garden. He asks Little Mouse to help, but Little Mouse is busy dreaming. The dream involves daisies, clover and two snowy white feathers.

The Very Snowy Christmas

Author(s): Diana Hendry
It's the night before Christmas and Big Mouse and Little Mouse are putting up decorations. Little Mouse scampers out to search for holly but finds big white flakes falling from the sky.

Making Blue

Author(s): Diana Hendry
Opening with a group of poems set in Crete, this book also features poems about Christmas, pianos, family, people (real and imaginary), pigeons and skylarks.