John Glenday was born in Broughty Ferry in 1952. His first collection, The Apple Ghost, won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and his second, Undark, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, as was his third, Grain. He lives in Cawdor, and works for NHS Highland as an addictions counsellor.
Ahead of St Andew's Day we’ve put together a list of our favourite modern poets from North of the border.
In need of some romantic verse but no idea where to start? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve collected our favourite poems about love for him, her, friends, parents and the reluctant romantic. We’ve even got poetry to help mend a broken heart.
From John Glenday's The Golden Mean, winner of the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2016.
John Glenday's poetry collection, The Golden Mean, has won the 2016 Roehampton Poetry Prize.
We're delighted to announce that Ian Duhig, John Glenday and Kathleen Jamie have been shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2016.
From John Glenday’s collection The Golden Mean.
by John GlendayWhat is love if it is not an unravelling
against the dark? In the moonless field
between house and river, remember
suck my red heart white, I will, because I love you, bless me,
This poem seems to make all sorts of connections between the physical act of making and meditation; they become part of the same process. I get the sense, too, of the making of the poem itself as something physical – the words being carved, cut away, shaped and burnished.
Edinburgh's poetry lovers braved the freezing rain to hear John Glenday read some of his powerful poems from his wonderful collection Grain.