Glen Brown was born in County Durham in 1982. Having read and wrote throughout childhood and adolescence, he studied English at Becketts University. 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 MA in Creative Writing, where he graduated with distinction, and the Kate Betts Memorial Award. The novel he began there, Ironopolis, was published by Parthian in May 2018. It was shortlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize & 2020 Portico Prize.
He lives in Manchester.