Falkirk poet wins prize for fifth year in a row

Glenn Merrilees lifted poetry prize
Glenn Merrilees lifted poetry prize

A Falkirk poet has penned a piece about mental illness that has seen him win a national competition.

Glenn Merrilees (50) beat off competition from over 100 entries to win best poem in the Health and Social Care Academy Creative Competition.

This was not a massive shock to the Falkirk resident, who has won international and national awards for the past five years in a row as well as winning 80 competitions, coming second in 69 and placing third in 52.

He said: “It is a great feeling, my work has received some great feedback and really helped people.”

Glen has battled with depression for 30 years and in 2004 suffered a nervous breakdown. 
“I could not describe to my family how I was feeling, so I started to write everything down and I soon found myself writing poems.”

The award winning poet works with the Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health and hopes his poems can help people in difficult situations.

“There is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health, I believe it is my mission to get people talking about the issues.”

Glen’s poem Inner Peace offers advice on ways to lower stress in your life. “It is a technique that I have used and believe it can be very effective.”