Roland Glover

Roland Glover

Roland Glover was born in Edinburgh in 1962, growing up in Glentrool in the heart of the Galloway Forest from age five. He has always written - mostly poetry - but has also has an ever increasing collection of short stories. Roland is also a musician having played guitar since childhood.

A former member of the Lockerbie Writers’ group he is now a founder member of the Powfoot group along with his wife Lorna Sharpe, also a writer.

The Powfoot Writers have two publications all of which contain contributions by Roland, with a third collection on the way.

Roland has been published in Network 2, The Fankle and Southlight all Dumfries and Galloway publications.

When he’s not writing, Roland earns his keep working as a children’s mental health social worker, he is a keen motorcyclist and is currently restoring a 1987 Kawasaki.


Roland Glover in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1984 in Glasgow, Scotland.

What do you love about short stories?

I love to distill ideas into concise almost poetical pieces where every word and every phrase has resonance.

Do you write in other forms?

I have always written poetry and short stories, however I, like many have a novel on the boil.

What distracts you from writing?

Work and TV.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Motorbikes and mountain biking.

What is your favourite book?

Earth by Emile Zola.

Who are your favourite writers?

Iain Banks, Jack Kerouac and Franz Kafka.

Where is your dream location?

On a verandah, on a boathouse on Lake Dahl in Srinegar, Kashmir.

What one item would you put into Room 101?

Self-serving politicians, bankers and multi-nationals.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Believe you have a unique story that's worth telling.

Work by Roland Glover:

Between the Pages
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From between the pages of the very last book I picked up, fell a sheet of paper. Stained manila with ragged edge where it had been ripped from a journal. The network of creases, suggestive of the roads and railways on a map, showed that once torn from its source it had been crumpled and perhaps thrown across the room.
Fight or Flight
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A woman finds escape from her tortured life in a mysterious flight of fancy.
The Man Who Met Himself
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A man has an encounter with his doppleganger and sees himself in a different light. Their meeting has a knock on effect for not only him but his wife too. His wife begins to warm to this stranger to devestating effect.

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