Joe Glenton served in Afghanistan, Africa and the UK. He was the first British soldier to refuse to serve in Afghanistan on legal and moral grounds. Threatened with years in prison, he challenged and beat charge of desertion; which was withdrawn before trial to avoid a public examination of the War on Terror.Today, Joe is a writer, author and film-maker.
His work has appeared in the Independent and the Guardian newspapers, The Huffington Post, New Internationalist, Souciant Magazine, Vice and Military History Monthly.
Joe wrote, narrated and presented a four-part series called The Soldier Myth which draws on the testimonies of recent Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, as well as historians, academics, activists and family members of those killed in the wars.
His first book Soldier Box was published by Verso Books in 2013. Joe is now researching a second book on soldier worship, jingoism and the political use of the “hero soldier”.
When not writing, Joe taunts interviewers on the BBC, craves Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and reads Flashman. He dislikes jingoes and fears revolving doors.
He lives in London and tweets @joejglenton