The Burn Council Estate is doomed.
Stranded on the outskirts of Ironopolis - nickname to a bygone industrial Middlesbrough - the estate is about to be torn down to make way for regeneration. For the future...
But these streets know secrets...
Jean holds the key to the disappearance of a famous artist... Teenager Jim's youth is shattered during the euphoric raves of '89... A brutal boyhood prank creates a scar that marks three generations of one family... Hairdresser Corina's gambling addiction costs her far more than money... And limping misfit Alan unravels the darkness of his terrifying father, a man whose shadow has loomed large over the estate for 70 years.
And who-or what-is the ageless, malevolent entity known as Peg Powler? Why is she stalking them all?
Set against social and industrial upheavals both past and present, Ironopolis bursts with life and vivid prose as it portrays a proud community reckoning with its own private apocalypse.
Glen was born in County Durham in 1982. Having read and wrote throughout childhood and adolescence, he studied English at Becketts University in 2001. He then worked as a teacher in London and abroad while continuing to write short stories, and two early novels which nobody will ever get to see. Ever. In 2013, he won an Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship to study for an M.A. in Creative Writing, where he graduated with distinction, and the Kate Betts Memorial Award. The novel he began there, Ironopolis, is set to be published by Parthian in summer 2018. He lives in Manchester.