Mike Barlow’s first collection Living on the Difference won the 2004 Poetry Business Competition and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection. He has two other collections, Another Place (Salt 2007) and Charmed Lives (Smith|Doorstop 2012). His pamphlet Amicable Numbers (Templar 2008) was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice.
He has been a winner in a number of competitions, including first prizes in the National Poetry Competition, The Ledbury Poetry Competition and the Amnesty International Competition.
He currently runs Wayleave Press, a small independent pamphlet publisher.