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 nineteen years old.

 

Ironically, Glenn's artistic side emerged strongly in hardly any time at all, almost 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 taught many piano students himself in a part-time capacity, and continues to do so.

 

Between 2000 and 2018 he studied poetry and its craft, originally seeking the advice of Alison Chisholm, who 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 markets of numerous and diverse literary editors.

 

Glenn acquired a master degree in computing. That was his primary marketable skill, whilst he was in a long "in-between jobs" period brought on by a nervous breakdown. 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 previous called manic depression. Many significant historical figures in the arts have had the same diagnosis. For some people this illness and temperament has greatly aided their painting, writing, or composing, etc. It's a very well documented fact, that bipolar disorder can lead to a statistically higher than normal boost to creativity. For a person who on paper was an out and out scientist, Glenn certainly found artistic powers from his mental health problems.   

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

Glenn remarried to Michelle in 2015. She is nothing like Clare, especially maternally, which Clare certainly wasn't. And tragically, Michelle and Glenn buried their stillborn daughter, Rose, in the same year they married. Michelle was pregnant on their special day. (The photo on this page happens to be from the event.) A copy of Glenn's poem, "Seeds," is in Rose's miniature coffin. Everything about was Rose was expressed in verse by Glenn.

 

More details can be gained from Glenn's website: www.thelightthroughthedark.org, but wisdom, validation and common-sense psychology are in greater abundance in the book.