Recently named ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie is a novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets. She also performs twisted cabaret as Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, cabaret chanteuse and mistress of ceremonies. With a passion for language nurtured by libraries, she started out in spoken word, garnering praise from Apples and Snakes as ‘one of the country’s finest performance poets’.
Her award-winning short stories, poems and essays have been widely anthologised. She has six solo collections of poetry including 'Everything Must Go' (Holland Park Press 2012), which draws on her experience of throat cancer. Just out in 2017 is her new collection, ‘As In Judy’ (Flapjack Press). Rosie has received the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year, the Diva Award for Solo Performer, and a Poetry Award from the People’s Café, New York.
Her firm belief in the power of persistence stems from personal experience. Following twelve years at a reputable literary agency (who failed to place her novels), in 2011 she entered the inaugural Mslexia Novel Competition and won. This debut novel was published as ‘The Palace of Curiosities’ (HarperCollins 2013) and was nominated for both The Desmond Elliott and the Polari First Book Prize. Second novel, ‘Vixen’, was a Green Carnation Prize nominee. Her next novel, ‘The Night Brother’ is due on June 1st 2017.
'The Palace of Curiosities is a jewel-box of a novel, with page after page, scene after scene, layer after layer of treats and surprises. Garland is a real literary talent: definitely an author to watch.' Sarah Waters
'Poetic, surprising and ultimately deeply moving, Vixen will have you hooked faster than it takes to drink a jug of ale and - unlike ale - it will stay with you long after you've reached the final page.' Diva Magazine
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Here be Tygres - my life & fanzines
Here be Tygres – fanzines and my life underground I’ve been thinking about the impact fanzines have made on my life – and the result is this blog! Enjoy… For someone who really was a Teenager in Devon (the poem isn’t an exaggeration http://www.rosiegarland.com/news-and-events/item/53-i-want-to-be-a-teenager-in-devon.html ), it’s hard to overstate the…
- 12.1.2017 - Interview in The Book Diner
11.1.2017 - 'For Books' Sake' names THE NIGHT BROTHER as hotly anticipated book of 2017
‘For Books’ Sake’ most hotly anticipated books of 2017 Wow – how fantastic. The lovely people at For Books’ Sake have named ‘The Night Brother’ as one of their most hotly anticipated books of 2017! Listen to the full podcast here – I’m mentioned around the 7min 30seconds mark. http://forbookssake.podbean.com/e/101-most-anticipated-books-of-2017/…
1.12.2016 - My new poetry collection - 'As In Judy'
I am delighted to announce the launch of ‘As In Judy’ – my new poetry collection with Flapjack Press. It’s my first solo poetry publication since ‘Everything Must Go’ (Holland Park Press 2012). I’m really excited. I wish to express heartfelt gratitude to Char March for her generous editorial input,…
18.11.2016 - Interview in Ink Pantry
Many thanks to Deborah Edgeley at Ink Pantry for kindly interviewing me about writing and researching my novels, singing in The March Violets, my passion for great book covers… And how I’d change the world! No pressure, eh? You can read the text of the interview here –http://www.inkpantry.com/inky-interview-special-rosie-garland/