ABOUT GLENN

Glenn was born in 1968 in a small village called Lowton, situated near Warrington in the north west of England. He attended Golborne comprehensive school. Golborne was marginally better known than its neighbour, Lowton, due to the 1979 pit disaster which claimed three lives. Coincidentally, Glenn joined "the comp" later that same year.

Ultimately, Glenn gained a degree in chemistry from York University, and significantly, he wrote his first poem during a summer break from studies in 1987. He was on Nahal Oz kibbutz. The poem was a simple rhymer called "Joe," but sadly it's lost. It was personal and hinted at his need to communicate. Glenn was then nineteen years old.

Ironically, Glenn's artistic side emerged strongly in hardly any time at all, straight after he graduated as a scientist. He successfully passed all eight classical piano grades in relatively quick succession, and ultimately reached much more advanced levels of playing. He himself went on to teach many piano students in a part-time capacity, and continues to do so. (See www.nevertoolatepiano.com)

Between 2000 and 2018 he studied poetry and its craft, originally seeking advice from Alison Chisholm. She helped him considerably with not only style, but basic English. Although Glenn self-published his entire poetic opus, around one in ten of his poems entered literary markets via many diverse editors.

During a long "in-between jobs" period, after suffering a nervous breakdown, Glenn acquired a master degree in computing. That subject was always his primary marketable skill. Around this time his mental state became described as psychotic. Eventually, "bipolar disorder type 1" was found to be the most accurate and useful description of his condition. The same illness was previously called manic depression. Of course many significant historical figures in the arts had the same diagnosis during their lifetimes. For some people this illness/temperament greatly aided or continues to aids their painting, writing, or composing, etc., and the scientific literature strongly corroborates the statistics that having bipolar disorder, is more likely to boost creative ability, than a hypothetical case of a same person not having it. (See for example the famous book by Dr Kay Redfield Jamison - Touched with fire.) As an out and out scientist, it was likely that Glenn's moods, rather than his scientific nature, promoted his considerable artistic endeavours.    

Glenn remained with his first wife, Clare, for eighteen years. She died in 2012 after spending her last six years very reliant on both her husband and a wheelchair.

Glenn remarried in 2015 to Michelle, a woman nothing like Clare. For one, Michelle was strongly maternal. Tragically, the couple buried their stillborn daughter, Rose, in the year they married. Michelle was pregnant on their wedding day. A copy of Glenn's poem, "Seeds," is in Rose's miniature coffin. Rose's stamp is of course found in Glenn's words in "My beautiful diary."

Godspeed...