THINGS I'M WORKING ON

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying the website. I suppose after years of hiding from an online presence as a writer I'm finally trying to embrace it. It's not a natural thing for me to do … but it strikes me that it's just another way of standing up and singing I suppose. And it seems I have been doing that since I was a kid in church reciting memory verses. So I'm going to imagine you are all in Papatoetoe Seventh-Day-Adventist church. Then I'm going to get myself up on wobbly legs and yak to you about any projects I'm working on at the moment … or about anything at all related to reading or writing that has caught my interest lately. I hope you enjoy the craic. And best wishes to everyone  

-  Glenn

May 7, 2020

Hi everyone … I hope you’ve all been doing ok in lockdown? 

Two of the things that have helped me a lot include living across the road from a west coast beach (where I am free to roam) … and being asked to pen some letters about the whole experience for The Spinoff....

March 25, 2020

Soooo ... no growling ... but for the last couple of years I’ve been working on a bunch of rap, hip-hop and spoken word poems. When I got to the end of writing Letters to Young People I realised that even though the poems had been written to and for the young people in...

March 3, 2020

Kia ora everyone, this is just a quick note to post with an article that was published in The Spinoff recently. I adapted it from a speech I gave at Palmerston North Hospital at the end of last year. I used the occasion to reflect on our health system and where I think...

January 29, 2020

Oh man, I’m useless! I promised to keep this yarn up to date and then did the opposite!! I promise I’m trying but ... well, clearly not very hard ...  ... buuuut ... it’s a new year! So I thought I’d fess up and see how things go. And to get the ball rolling again I wa...

February 12, 2019

Update:

Sorry for the long delay between the last update and this one … I don’t really have any excuse except that I’ve just kept procrastinating!  After getting back from a trip to the US and Mexico in the middle of 2018 I have to say one of the most amazing experience...

October 4, 2018

I had a chance in July this year to read with Raphael Campo (another doctor-poet) at Longfellow House in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was a real privilege to be honest. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived there for many years and for a time it was George Washington’s head...

July 3, 2018

Over the last six weeks or so I’ve been working through the collection of poems I have been writing to the young people at our youth health clinic in Horowhenua. It seems I’ve ended up with quite a few of them now. I suppose I’ve been sanding them and trying to turn th...

May 15, 2018

As I said on a previous blog, a few years ago I started exploring oral poetic forms in New Zealand. That ended up being a bit of a wild and crazy journey … and led me to a whole new appreciation of the role of oral poetry in helping to shape written poetry. I played ar...

April 28, 2018

Just thought I’d put up something here on the new fence I’ve been working on. I know it’s not about writing … but then again it sort of is in a way. A few months ago I decided my house needed painting. My fence was rotten as well so I decided to do some decorating. 

I’v...

March 23, 2018

Sorry for the delay posting on the site … I’ve been running around at the beginning of the new year getting back into the swing of our small and beautiful youth clinic. I am so lucky to work there with those magnificent young people. 

I’m also helping out this year teac...

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