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Rosie Garland

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 five solo collections of poetry including 'Everything Must Go' (Holland Park Press 2012), which draws on her experience of throat cancer. Forthcoming in 2016 is ‘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 out in Spring 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

News and Events

  • 18.11.2016 - Interview in Ink Pantry
    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/
  • 9.2016 - New short story in 'Dark in the Day' collection
    9.2016 - New short story in 'Dark in the Day' collection ‘Dark in the Day’ I’m delighted to have a brand new short story – 'An End to Empire' - in this fab collection of spooky tales, edited by Storm Constantine & Paul Houghton! Click here to order from Immanion Press “In the blink of an eye, around the corner, The…
  • 14.7.2016 - We have a winner! The Bridgeman Studio Award 2016
    14.7.2016 - We have a winner! The Bridgeman Studio Award 2016 Bridgeman Studio Award 2016: And the winner is....http://www.bridgemanimages.com/en-GB/blog/bridgeman/post/9211/previewStanding in The News Building at London Bridge last Thursday the view of London was extraordinary, but for once it paled in comparison to the wealth of talent on display inside the room. The judging for the Bridgeman Studio Award 2016 was an…
  • 25.6.2016 - Podcast with Sister BangBang of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
    25.6.2016 - Podcast with Sister BangBang of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence ChinWag with Sister BangBang Thank YOU Sister BangBang for your fun podcast interview!   16 ChinWag with Rosie GarlandWriter, performer, poet, singer, chinwagger extraordinaire - this is part of what the magnificent Rosie Garland is! We get to chat about Rosie's career as a writer (third book soon to be…
  • 6.6.2016 - 'Telling the truth and telling it slant: writing Vixen'
    6.6.2016 - 'Telling the truth and telling it slant: writing Vixen' Thank you to Diane Watt of the University of Surrey, for her interview about 'Vixen' - featured in the Women's Literary Culture blog. You can read the blog here – or click on the link below. Telling the truth and telling it slant: writing Vixen Rosie Garland won the Mslexia…