Robin Glendinning was born in 1938, Belfast. Educated at Campbell College and Trinity College, Dublin, he received an Honours Degree min Modern History and Political Science.
A founder of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, he was a fulltime organiser for the party for two and half years during the height of the Troubles in the 1970s. He has had five plays produced for stage: Stuffing It (Tricycle Theatre, 1982) Culture Vultures (Lyric Players Theatre, 1988), Mumbo Jumbo (Manchester Royal Exchange and Lyric Hammersmith, 1986 – joint winner of the Mobil Theatre Award 1986), Donny Boy (Manchesster Royal Exchange, Theatre Royal Oslo, 1991), winner of the Manchester Evening News and Martini Rossi Provincial Theatre Award for Best New Play of 1991 and Summerhouse (Druid Theatre, Galway, 1994).
He has written more than twenty radio plays for the BBC, winning nominations for Sony Award for Condemning Violence (1987) and a Giles Cooper Award for The Words Are Strange (1991). A television play, A Night of the Campaign, was produced by BBC Northern in 1987.
He also writes short stories, many of which have been published by journals throughout Britain and Ireland.