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
Scully is a trainee wizard. His dad's a wizard and his mum can see into the future.
Double Vision

Double Vision

Author(s): Diana Hendry
A novel about growing up in the 1950s that will appeal to adults and young people.

The Thing-in-a-Box

Author(s): Diana Hendry
A bewildered dog cannot understand what is so special about a box that makes wah wah noises - until he discovers there's a baby inside.

The Very Busy Day

Author(s): Diana Hendry
It is a hot sunny day, and Big Mouse is digging in the garden. "Come and help me," he asks Little Mouse, but Little Mouse is busy 'dreaming up something'.

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.

Dog Dottington

Author(s): Diana Hendry
A hilarious story about a phobia-filled family and their even more phobic dog

The Very Noisy Night

Author(s): Diana Hendry
Little Mouse feels scared when he lies in bed. What is that huffing and puffing?