About the author
Guy Mankowski was raised on the Isle of Wight. He was singer in Alba Nova, a band who were described by Gigwise as
'mythical and evocative'. He trained as a psychologist at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London and gained
a Masters in Psychology. The first draft of his debut novel, The Intimates, was written when he was 21. It was chosen as
a 'Must Read' title by New Writing North's Read Regional campaign. His second novel, Letters from Yelena, was researched
in the world of Russian ballet. He was one of the first English people to be given access to The Vaganova Academy, perhaps
the most prestigious ballet school in the world. The novel won an Arts Council Literature Award, was adapted for the stage
and used in GCSE training material by Osiris Educational.
His third novel, about the 1980’s post-punk scene in Manchester,
is called ‘How I Left The National Grid’. To research it Mankowski wrote academia (published in the journal Punk & Post Punk)
and interviewed artists such as Savages, Ladytron and Gazelle Twin for Pop Matters, for whom he writes journalism. The
book was awarded an AHRC Research Grant. It is currently being adapted as a TV series, co-written with Gregory Fox,
which has won a Northern Film and Media development grant.
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