Glenn Telfer

Biography

I am now almost fully grown, being born in 1956 in working-class Glasgow, Scotland (from Kinning Park, Dennistoun and Ibrox, if you’re asking). The hammer and tongs, coal-powered world I grew up in is as gone as Troy, and with it the industrial working class that served it. What seemed so solid and forever, disappeared almost overnight and is rapidly becoming unknowable except through people like me. The hasty departure of a way of life and its replacement by globalized uncertainty is both the background to my life and the raw material of my art. Considering what’s gone, what’s here, what’s yet to come is what I’m about; itemising the bill of life through my writing. Other poets have explored this too, but none are as like the poet as he is himself. This is my special qualification.

Imagine being able to write a book? Even when I was a wee boy throwing stones and playing street football I wanted to be a writer. And all the while I thought I was living my life backwards and sideways I was actually tracing a Celtic knotwork to here. Whatever the reason for this want, this writing may be the cure. May be is also maybe not.

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Books

Surveying the Wreckage
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,790. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
A poetry collection with a Scottish flavour which considers the gathering storm and wonders who will deliver us from it, gods and heroes being posted missing again.
Epiphany in Azure
Price: Free! Words: 1,700. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Inspirational
Exploring Saint Columba's life on the island of Iona in Scotland.
Let's Go Ahead, Then!
Price: Free! Words: 4,150. Language: English (Scottish dialect). Published: April 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A free ebook selection from the author's previous seven books.
Wrong Ticket Home
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,090. Language: English (Scottish dialect). Published: April 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Nonfiction » History » War
Poems about the first and second world wars and their place in our mind and our soul.
The Sex Doctor
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,390. Language: English (Scottish dialect). Published: April 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Inspirational
Written in bile, a cautionary tale of love and betrayal powered by the heat of burned love letters, featuring hypocrisy on the usual scale.
The Belt Room
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,490. Language: English (Scottish dialect). Published: April 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Teaching
A collection of poems inspired by the use of corporal punishment in Scottish schools in the ‘60’s. Includes much belting of children and mostly deserved.
Scotland's Saint
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,790. Language: English (Scottish dialect). Published: April 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Ancient
Poems inspired by Saint Columba’s on-going mission to Scotland.

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