Diana Hendry


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.


Photograph By Kenny Whyte

Diana Hendry is a poet, short story writer and 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.  From 2008-10 she was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow based at Edinburgh University.  She is an honorary member of Shore Poets, Edinburgh.  She writes the occasional book review for The Spectator.

Some Poetry Books by Diana.



You can buy it by clicking here

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

The Seed-box lantern

Late Love

& Other Whodunits

Twelve Lilts


Making Blue


Diana’s young adult novel, The Seeing, is now out in paperback and

has been shortlisted for a Scottish Children’s Book Award.  See scottishbooktrust.com for more details – (not least how to vote!)

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

From 2014 to 2017 Diana will be co-editor (with, for the first two years,  Gerry Cambridge) of New Writing Scotland