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



Author(s): Diana Hendry
Poems that explore the borders between life and death, youth and age, love and lust.


Author(s): Diana Hendry, Tom Pow
'Sparks!' is the record of a two-year creative correspondence between friends and fellow poets Diana Hendry and Tom Pow, during which they set each other challenging poetic problems, resulti

Oodles of Noodles

Author(s): Diana Hendry
When Mrs Mungo's pasta machine suddenly starts working all by itself, Mrs Mungo is surrounded by oodles and oodles of noodles.

Snuggle Up, Little One

Author(s): Diana Hendry
A collection of six picture books, suitable for bedtime reading.

Goldfish Suppers (Anthology)

Illustrated by: Moira Munro
Goldfish Suppers is a magical anthology of new poetry for young children to share with their families, on the page or out loud.

Catch a Gran

Author(s): Diana Hendry
Molly is a total town person. She doesn't want to spend a week in the middle of nowhere, with crazy old Grandad and a whole lot of chickens!

Harvey Angell Beats Time

Author(s): Diana Hendry
When Henry comes home from school and finds a baby hidden in Aunt Agatha's hollyhocks, another adventure is on the way.

The Awesome Bird

Author(s): Diana Hendry
Computer games are never quite so cool for techno-head Laurie O'Grady after he and his dog Puddles take off on a flight of fantasy with a real-life, gigantic, awesome bird.

You Can't Kiss it Better

Author(s): Diana Hendry
Megan offers a home to dreamy Anna and silent Raymond, and then the family is joined by Sam and Brent.