John Glenday

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John Glenday
John Glenday, Addictions Counsellor and Poet..jpeg
Born (1952-03-29)29 March 1952
Dundee, Scotland
Occupation Poet
Nationality Scottish
Notable works The Apple Ghost (1989)
Undark (1995)
Grain (2009)
Spouse Erika Glenday (1999)

John Glenday (born 1952 Broughty Ferry, Scotland) is a Scottish poet.


John graduated as a psychiatric nurse and worked in Dundee for many years. In 1990-91, he was appointed the Scottish/Canadian Exchange Fellow at the University of Alberta. He has taught at the Banff Centre.[1] He lives in Drumnadrochit, Scotland, with his wife Erika. He has three sons, two stepchildren and two grand daughters. He recently retired as an addictions counsellor from NHS Highland.

His work appeared in Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, Poetry (Chicago), The Scotsman, The Guardian, Financial Times, Wascana Review, to name but a few.

He won the XE Nathan Prize in 1994 for After Versalius (from Undark).

In 2010 he was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Prize for Excellence in New Poetry and for the Griffin Poetry Prize 2010 for his most recent collection Grain.

His work is included in many anthologies such as the Faber Book of Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry (Faber and Faber 1992), Last Words: New Poetry for the New Century (Picador, 1999), New British Poetry (Grey Wolf Press, 2004), Contemporary poetry and contemporary science (Oxford University Press, 2006), 100 Favourite Scottish Poems (Luath Press, 2006), 100 Favourite Scottish Love Poems (Luath Press, 2008) and Being Human (Bloodaxe, 2011).

He was a judge for the 2011 National Poetry Competition, together with Jackie Kay and Colette Bryce.[2]

John's new book is due for publication in 2015.


  • Scottish Arts Council Book Prize for The Apple Ghost
  • Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Undark
  • Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Grain
  • Shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 2010 for Grain.
  • Shortlisted for The Griffin Poetry Prize 2010 for Grain

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