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James Manlow has always enjoyed writing poems and stories. His poetry collection When We Were Slugs is published by Parkgate Press, and his novel Attraction is published by John Murray. He lives in Bournemouth, with his wife and their daughter.




1st Class BA (HONS): Experience of Writing and Literature, University of Derby
MA: Creative Writing (Poetry), University of East Anglia


Prose Fiction
Attraction, John Murray Publishers, 2004, 2005 (UK)
Attraction, MacAdam-Cage, 2004 (US)
Aantrekkingskracht, Mouria, 2004 (Holland)

When We Were Slugs, Parkgate Press, 2014
James’s poetry has also appeared in various journals and magazines, such as: Poetry Review, Staple, Orbis, The Rialto, The Interpreter’s House, Smith’s Knoll, Dream Catcher, Envoi, The Shop (Ireland) and Saint Ann’s Review (US).

‘Other Sides of Love’, Derby City Council 1999
‘Seven Sources’ project,’ Derby City Council 2000
‘Timeslip / Creative Laboratory’, Derby City Council 2002

Readings and appearances:
Royal Festival Hall, London; The Troubadour, London; various bookshops, art galleries, museums and festivals in Norwich, Aldeburgh, Lincoln, Derby, Nottingham;  New York; Chowan University, North Carolina; more recently, Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth International Centre, Lighthouse, Poole Centre for the Arts; Poole Museum; County Hall, Dorchester; Bournemouth Town Hall; Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre; as Poet Laureate for Bournemouth, poetry groups including, Poetry Corner, The Freeway Poets, Verbal Remedies, The Platform, Tuckton Poetry Group, Bournemouth Writers’ Circle, Poole Poetry Group, Wimborne Poets, Westbourne Poetry Reading Group, Bournemouth Triangle Poetry Reading Group, Bournemouth and Poole Writing Squad, The Mad Cucumber, Hear Our Voices; and at various community and social groups, charities, churches, libraries and hotels in the Bournemouth area.

Awards and honours
Arvon / Jerwood Young Poets 2003
Poetry Grant awarded by Arts Council of England 2004
‘The Dressing’, third place, Bridport Prize
‘The Lazy Maid’, second place, National Poetry Competition
‘Entertaining the Dictator’, shortlisted, Arvon International Poetry Prize
Poet Laureate for Bournemouth, Dec 2013- Dec 2015