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