Diana Hendry

Poet and Children's Author

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.


About Diana Hendry

Photograph by Gerry Cambridge

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.  From 2015 to 2017 she was co-editor of New Writing Scotland.

She is Assistant Editor at Mariscat Press, Edinburgh.

Diana is available for poetry readings,

workshops, talks, school visits

and Mentoring.

Diana is offering mentoring to poets, new and experienced, who are seeking advice, encouragement and inspiration. Discussions will take place over email or telephone, with the possibility of face-to-face sessions in Edinburgh, should Covid restrictions allow.

Surgeries: Discussion of up to three poems, sent in advance. Ideal for one-off consultation and feedback.  £60 for 1 hour.

On-going mentoring: Six two-hour sessions offering detailed, constructive criticism, over a year, of up to 50 poems. Ideal for those wishing to develop a body of work or who are putting together a collection.  £600

To apply: email diana.hendry@btinternet.com with a note answering the following questions: –

·       how long have you been writing?

·       why poetry?

·       what are your hopes for your writing?

·       what do you hope to gain from these sessions?

For other questions

Contact me here