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Rosie Garland

Tagged ‘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. Her new collection, ‘As In Judy’ (Flapjack Press) is out now. Rosie was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2017. She has also 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.

Stella Duffy has described 'The Night Brother' as: "a tumble of poetry, desire and passion... intriguing and delicious."

Praise for her previous novels:

"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 March - 18 April 2017: Hawthornden Writers' Retreat
    18 March - 18 April 2017: Hawthornden Writers' Retreat HAWTHORNDEN FELLOWSHIP Wonderful news – I have been awarded a 2017 Hawthornden Fellowship! So – from mid-March to mid-April I will be living in Hawthornden Castle, on a wonderful writing retreat. I’ll be sharing the month with five other writers, all of whom are a mystery. Judging by the photographs,…
  • Here be Tygres - my life & fanzines
    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
    12.1.2017 - Interview in The Book Diner Thank you to Sharon Zink for interviewing me for her blog, The Book Diner! The blog title says it all - "History, Time Machines and Circuses: Novelist, Poet and Rock and Cabaret Star, Rosie Garland, brings her Magical World to the Book Diner"… with some ruminations on research & how…
  • 11.1.2017 - 'For Books' Sake' names THE NIGHT BROTHER as hotly anticipated book of 2017
    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'
    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,…