Poet John Glenday was born in Monifieth and educated at Arbroath High School, and later at Edinburgh University. After three years of studying Literature and Language, he switched courses and trained to be a Psychiatric Nurse, a job he held in Dundee for 12 years.
His first poetry collection, The Apple Ghost, was published in 1989, and won an SAC Book of the Year award that year. A year later he was appointed the Scottish/Canadian Exchange Fellow, working at the University of Alberta. In the 1990s he co-founded and ran the Blind Serpent Press and his second collection, Undark, was published in 1995. It has taken him 14 years to produce his third book, Grain, which was published in November 2009.
He works as an addictions counsellor in the Highlands, and lives with his wife Erika. He has five children.