Diana Hendry

Poet and Children's Author

Photo: Gerry Cambridge


About Diana Hendry

Primarily a poet, Diana also writes short stories and is the author of many children’s books. She’s worked as a journalist, English teacher and a tutor at the University of Bristol,  University of the West of England and the Open University. She has tutored many creative writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and for a year was writer-in-residence at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary.

She is an honorary member of Shore Poets, Edinburgh.  From 2008-2010 she was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow based at Edinburgh University, and from 2015 to 2017 she was co-editor of New Writing Scotland.  She regularly reviews fiction for The Spectator and is Assistant Editor at Mariscat Press, Edinburgh.

A New Book from Diana


Diana writes:-

Only when I'd put these essays together did I realise that they encompass my writing life from my early twenties as a gauche Young Thing in the Literary Department of The Sunday Times to my slightly cranky eighties reviewing fiction for The Spectator.

'Sharp, funny, independent-minded, these essays and reminiscences are a pleasure to read. Whatever the topic - insomnia, literary journalism, working with cancer patients, interviewing the great and good (Bertrand Russell, Stevie Smith and LS Lowry among them) - Diana Hendry offers an original perspective. Above all, she delights in appraising poems and quietly includes a few of her own.' - Blake Morrison


Diana Hendry, A Dangerous Job & Other Essays

Hamish Whyte, A Spell of Watching: New & Selected Poems

Fruitmarket Gallery, Market Street, Edinburgh

Thursday 2 May 2024, 6.30 pm

Music from The Self Righteous Brothers

All welcome