James Manlow

James Manlow

James is a poet and novelist who lives in Bournemouth, England. He was born in Hertfordshire in 1978. He has a 1st Class BA (Hons) degree in 'English Literature and Experience of Writing' from the University of Derby, and an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of East Anglia.

In 2003, James was selected as one of the Arvon / Jerwood Young Poets. His poem ‘The Lazy Maid’ has won second place in the UK National Poetry Competition. His poems have been published in a variety of magazines and journals, including Poetry Review, The Shop, The Rialto, Smiths Knoll, Staple, Orbis, Saint Ann’s Review, Interpreters House, Dream Catcher, Poetry Nottingham, and The North.

His novel Attraction (2004) was published by John Murray in the UK and by MacAdam-Cage in the US. He currently lives and works in Bournemouth, UK.

When We Were Slugs (poems)


Attraction (novel)


Jack Stone waits in a faded hotel room outside Paris, watching the setting sun. The night stretches before him. It will be a night like no other. For in the morning, he knows that he will be arrested. Jack has ten hours to explain to Inspector Maguire how he ended up here. It seems a lifetime ago that he first met Anne-Marie. When they fell in love, they really believed that their marriage could be written in the stars. Only now can Jack begin to understand what has happened between him and his wife. And slowly he realizes that in love, nothing can be predicted!

When We Were Slugs (2014)

James Manlow published his first collection of poems, When We Were Slugs (2014), with Prometheus Poetry / Parkgate Press.

When We Were Slugs is available on Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Barnes and Noble.

Check out James Manlow's official author website.


"This is a beautiful collection of poems, each one taught and considered. Manlow has an eye for details and I was left thinking about his poems and then revisiting them. I hope to read more of his work."

--Patricia Cade, (5* Amazon UK review), January 14, 2015