Out of the Clouds, The story of a family living in a house high above the sea

and of the search, by Oliver, to find his father.

Coming in May 2016

Diana Hendry


Diana Hendry was born in the Wirral and grew up by the sea.  She did very badly at school – falling in love at 13 being rather a distraction – and spent a long time catching up, which included becoming a mature student at Bristol University and later studying for an M.Litt.

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 a honorary member of Shore Poets, Edinburgh, and from 2008–2010 she was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow based at Edinburgh University. Currently she is co-editor (with Gerry Camridge) of New Writing Scotland. She writes the occasional book review for The Spectator.


My short story collection, My Father as an Ant & Other Stories, is to be published by Red Squirrel Press in April. So just now I’ve been juggling the stories about and trying to decide on the best order for them, though who knows what order a reader might choose? I don’t often begin at the beginning of a book of short stories. I might dip in at the middle.  I’ve been writing short stories for years and years, so I’m really pleased to have this collection published.  Apart from poetry, it will be my first ‘grown up’ book!  

I’ve been reading a number of Young Adult novels, partly because mine (actually my only young adult novel) The Seeing,  is on the shortlist for something called The Trinity School Book Awards.  Others on the shortlist include Patrick Ness, Nick Lane, Stewart Foster, Marcus Sedgwick, Eric Lindstrom and Bonnie Sue Hitchcock. I’m impressed by them all.  I think Young Adult novels can sometimes explore ideas much more than so-called adult novels. My grandson is reading them after me, I’ve asked him to give each one a mark out of ten. So far Stewart Foster’s Bubble Boy is winning.

2017 will be my final year co-editing New Writing Scotland.  My co-editor this year is Susie MaGuire. Susie has written two collections of short stories and broadcast many others.  She’s also edited anthologies.  Susie and I have tutored together at Moniack Mhor so I’m looking forward to working with her.

I  have to wait until 2018 for Whoever You Are - the sequel to my junior novel Out of the Clouds - to be published by Hodder. Last year I went to Hodder’s office in London.  They have a wonderful roof garden overlooking the Thames.

I’m assistant editor (which sometimes means dogsbody) of the poetry pamphlet publisher, Mariscat Press.  Our list this year includes two women poets - Alyson Hallett’s Toots and  Gina Wilson’s Don’t Talk to me of Snow. We’re rather proud of the fact that our most recent publication, The Parkinson Poems by Frank Ormsby is a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice.

The psychologist D.W. Winnacott once wrote that in most writers there is a conflict between two needs,

‘the urgent desire to communicate

and the still more urgent need not to be found.’

That’s me! But you’ll find something of me here.



A poetry pamphlet entitled 'Second Wind', on the theme of ageing is now available.


‘The Seeing’ is on The Sunday Times list of a 100 Children’s Modern Classics


The Seed-box Lantern: New & Selected Poems, now available from Mariscat Press