John Glenday

John Glenday

John Glenday was born in Broughty Ferry. His first collection, The Apple Ghost, won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and his second, Undark, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Grain (2009) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for both the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the Ted Hughes Award. His most recent collection, The Golden Mean, won the 2015 Roehampton Poetry Prize.


Love poems for all occasions

Love poems for all occasions

In need of some romantic verse but no idea where to start? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve collected our favourite poems about love for him, her, friends, parents and the reluctant romantic. We’ve even got poetry to help mend a broken heart. 

Our Favourite Scottish Poets

Our Favourite Scottish Poets

Ahead of Burn’s Night, the annual celebration of Scotland’s most famous poet, we’ve put together a list of our favourite modern poets from North of the border. 

Picador goes to the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

Picador goes to the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place from 11-29 August this year, and as always the line-up is packed with brilliant events featuring some of the finest authors, illustrators, poets and artists at work today. Here's our pick of Picador authors appearing in Edinburgh this year…

Light

Light

Picador poetry editor and award-winning poet, Don Paterson, picks a few poems to celebrate the theme of this year's National Poetry Day: Light.

Friday poem: 'Windfall'

by John Glenday

What is love if it is not an unravelling
against the dark? In the moonless field
between house and river, remember

Friday poem: 'Etching of a Line of Trees' by John Glenday

This poem seems to make all sorts of connections between the physical act of making and meditation; they become part of the same process. I get the sense, too, of the making of the poem itself as something physical – the words being carved, cut away, shaped and burnished.