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Friday, 03 February 2017 13:30

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 to keep going thrown in...
you can read the full text here:
http://sharonzink.com/the-book-diner-interviews/history-time-machines-and-circuses-novelist-poet-and-rock-and-cabaret-star-rosie-garland-brings-her-magical-world-to-the-book-diner/

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Thursday, 17 March 2016 15:12

March 2016 - Jed Phoenix blog feature!

I'm guest feature on the blog of inspirational designer Jed Phoenix!
You can read the full text below, or click on the link.

Click link to visit Jed Phoenix blog page


Monday, 14 March 2016
Jed Phoenix
Rosie Garland is a creative talent and wearer of a JPoL tie. She's a singer, poet, performer and writer who has experience of the rock n roll lifestyle and been on Radio 4's Women's Hour. She has won awards and secured book deals. But it hasn't been all plain sailing. There have been many bumps along the way.This blog post, will go into more detail about:
· Rosie Garland, singer, writer and performer
· Rosie Garland in the face of adversity
· What's next for Rosie Garland


Rosie Garland, singer, writer and performer
It is hard to deny that Rosie Garland embodies elements of the dark side in her creative endeavours. To quote from her Facebook profile "I've always written about outsiders; whoever they might be. I'm interested in character who won't (or can't) squeeze into the one-size-fits-all template they have been provided, and the friction that occurs when they try. I know that comes from always being an outsider myself. I celebrate it, proud in the face of the overwhelming sludge of "normality"". During a talk at the British Library on the subject of "Goth: The scene that wouldn't die", Rosie states that being "outside" suggests that there's a mainstream "inside" that people want to be in. Rosie, perhaps drawing from her associations with queer culture, asserts that she's just different. She doesn't even care whether people think she's goth or not. She cares more about whether her audience like her lyrics, poetry or novels. Despite current fashion trends that wish to emulate the glamour and style of the scene, goths are often sneered at. Rosie quotes from Tank Girl - The Oddessy, Issue 3, during a talk at the British Library "The fact that I've paid absolutely no attention to what goths wear is an even bigger insult to them and their turdy culture" - Jamie Hewlett.
Rosie Garland was born to a teenage runaway, so perhaps being an outsider is in her very DNA. She went to Leeds University in the early 1980s and came out both as a post graduate and as a singer in post-punk/gothic rock band The March Violets, with whom she's toured the US, UK and Europe. Her alter-ego Rosie Lugosi, the Vampire Queen, appeared on a multitude of stages as "A truly unique performer and one that straddles the literature, SM and queercore scenes with ease" - Designer Magazine. As a cabaret performer, Rosie Lugosi was able to bring her poems to life and be Queer for Britain. In the late 1980s, Rosie was inspired by the Roszika Parker book "The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine", which interwove the history of embroidery and the history of women. With an enthusiastic group of Manchester-based women, Rosie formed a group called Spinsters. Together they wrote a show called Tailormaids, looking at the history of unmarried women and how that tied in to the textile industry. Rosie and her fellow Spinsters pooled a range of talents: film-makers, theatre technicians, visual artists, singers, performers, researchers, musicians, fundraisers and writers. The sum was, as Rosie states, definitely greater than the parts, securing Arts Council funding to tour the show around art galleries and performance venues.
In 2013 Rosie Garland signed a book deal with Harper Collins and The Palace of Curiosities was published. A series of readings and book signings up and down the country were followed by the release of her second novel Vixen in 2014. But, like many subversive creative talents, Rosie Garland's success has been hard won.


Rosie Garland in the face of adversity

Rosie left The March Violets in the mid 1980s as the band, riding on a wave of good reviews and indie chart success, introduced more pop-sounding members. Rosie ploughed her energy into teaching for a couple of years at a sixth form college in Sudan - a far cry from the ever-increasing commercialisation of the band.
Between touring with Spinsters/Subversive Stitch Exhibition in the 1990s, establishing Club Lash in Manchester and continuing to perform as Rosie Lugosi, Ms Garland worked on her writing craft. She had an agent, submitted short stories and poetry to competitions, and offered up her take on the life and adventures of the outsider in the hope that they'd be published and promoted to as wide an audience as possible. For over a decade, Rosie Garland's agent told her that her style, her subject matter, her background wasn't flavour of the month; that there weren't any publishers willing to take a punt on her. Yet she continued to write and perform, just as Van Gogh continued to paint before folk other than his brother took a punt on him by buying his paintings. To be creative even though you face rejection after rejection takes passion, discipline and commitment . And those are traits that Rosie Garland seems to have in spades.
In 2007, Rosie Garland teamed up with Simon Denbigh and Tom Ashton again for a one-off gig in Leeds with The March Violets. The reception to the gig was fabulous and the band were invited to play at a number of venues and festivals around the UK and Europe. Plans, however, were interrupted by the news Rosie received at the beginning of 2009. She had throat cancer. For some, being a singer with throat cancer would have tipped them over the edge. But Rosie channelled her emotions into her solace - poetry. The effects that this consuming disease had on Rosie's femininity and connection to others is expressed in Dignity:
"Tolerating strangers who whisper 'You're so brave', And resisting the urge to deck them. Going bald. Watching your tits shrivel to the size of peanuts, And your arse go as flat as a burst paper bag. Remaining polite When the close friend disappears off the face of the earth When you tell him your diagnosis.....
...Standing up And saying 'I've got cancer' Without need, Without self pity. Standing up And saying 'I'm clear'"
Rosie had to learn how to sing again. And she did just that, taking to the stage at the O2 Academy in London for The March Violets Reunion gig in November 2010.


What's next for Rosie Garland

Rosie continues to perform with The March Violets. Following a Pledge Music campaign, they spent a month touring the East Coast of America at the end of 2015. The Pledge Music campaign was a roaring success, with the project fully backed within two weeks. 10% of the money raised after the goal was met went to Macmillan Cancer Support. Their Mortality album is due out this year.
Rosie's reading and speaking gigs see her travelling the UK. Earlier this month, she was guest lecturer at the University of Surrey as part of the "Cultures in Contact" seminar series. Coming up, she's on the panel of a discussion about "A Portfolio Career: When One Genre Isn't Enough" at the Surrey New Writers Festival on May 14th 2016. Rosie will also be a special guest at the Chorlton Arts Festival in Machester on May 24th. Just around the corner, however, Rosie will be returning to Bar Wotever at London's iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern on Tuesday 15th March to help celebrate everything Goth, Bi and Fabulous!
Rosie Garland truly is a creative force to be reckoned with. She is warm-hearted and humble, talented and deep. If you haven't already read The Palace of Curiosities, Vixen, Everything Must Go, Things I Did While I Was Dead or any of Rosie Garland's other books, then do. Her writing captivates you and takes you on a journey into a visual and a visceral world. She also makes amazingly tasty plum jam...

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 19:14

February 2016 - named 'Literary Hero' in The Skinny

Stirred Poetry's literary heroes

I've been named a Literary Hero by Stirred Poetry in the February edition of The Skinny!

"Rosie Garland commands the stage fully whether she is performing poetry, playing with her punk band March Violets or hosting cabaret. I learned stage craft watching her perform. Her novels, Palace of Curiosities (2013) and Vixen (2015), have been highly praised. She is particularly inspiring when she talks about the long, hard slog of writing, getting published, and managing to shut up her inner critic. We have been honoured to have her perform for us." [Anna Percy]

Read the whole article here -

The Skinny - Feb 2016

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As if it wasn't exciting enough to be invited to speak at The British Library on its Gothic panel on 9th November...

 

I was invited to talk on the Steve Lamacq show on BBC Radio 6, live from the Library! Click the link to hear me ramble on about the fantastic Gothic- themed exhibition, writing gothic and singing in The March Violets.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04pgz3g

 

 

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The March Violets are doing a little West Coast Tour this June!

First up: June 21 - Seattle – El Corazon.

June 22 - Portland - The Hive @ Star Theater.

June 25 - San Francisco - Death Guild @ DNA Lounge.

June 27 - Vegas - Scarlet @ LVCS.

June 28 - San Diego @ The Soda Bar.

June 29 - Los Angeles - Part Time Punks @ The Echo

Please see the Gig List page for full details!

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The March Violets 'Made Glorious' tour 2013 is underway and ongoing!

Taking in venues and events such as Antichrist (London), The Trades Club (Hebden Bridge), Un-Peeled (Preston), Corallo (Italy), Bannermans (Edinburgh), The Cluny (Newcastle), 02 Academy (Islington) & Whitby Goth Weekend – it's going to be a very busy month.

Check out the gig page for more details...

Click this link for detailed gig listing

And The March Violets new website:

Click this link for the official March Violets website

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The March Violets 'Made Glorious' Tour 2013.

ALL dates - 10 gigs - are now confirmed. That should be it now...

Please come along and have fun.

Click on this link to buy tickets for any date!

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Friday, 14 December 2012 15:59

The Violet Vaults

I've been busy uploading images and info to 'The Violet Vaults' section of the website - there's a lot of old March Violets scrapbooks to trawl through. And it's sparking off a whole heap of memories as I do so...

Today I have been posting the singles from 1982-1984. Check them out!

Yes my dearest Evadne, they were all pressed on 7" and 12" vinyl now that you ask.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:31

Homecoming Gig poster - 2007

PRESS RELEASE -


THE MARCH VIOLETS - HOMECOMING -

ONE OFF SHOW - SAT 8TH DEC 2007 - 8PM -

After a two and a half decade hiatus, three original members of The March Violets have decided to get back to the source...

Si Denbigh, Rosie Garland and Tom Ashton are preparing a choice feast of classics and new material in order to serve it to you at Leeds Metropolitan University Union on Saturday the 8th of December.

There will be an exclusive cd of new material...only available to ticket buyers, some special guests and some special happenings and also an aftershow party licensed until 3am. We want to celebrate this and we want to do it with all our fans both old and new. Oh, and did we mention that the resulting mess will be filmed for possible future release? We just did.

Tickets will be on sale within the next 24 hours and we will send out an event invite to all our friends here, so keep an eye on your inbox. You will be able to buy tickets directly from this page...which will probably be the cheapest option and also from Leeds Met on their website and other local outlets tba.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:39

Reunion 2010 - press release

REUNION GIG

O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON LONDON, 13.11.2010

Back from the dead, the March Violets have reformed for a rare event.

Saturday 13th November at the 02 Islington Academy London, and then straight over the road to the Slimelight for a 3 floor purple Aftershow Party that goes on till 7.30am, and all for £15!

Featuring the original explosive line-up of the Violets, performing a selection of their classic tracks that are still rocking the darker dancefloors and made them a top ten Indie band back in the 80s (when Indie meant Independent). Expect Snakedance, Walk into the Sun, Crow Baby and some new material from the Brand New Album they are currently creating.

To make this a night to remember, The Violets have gathered a suitably chaotic mix of friends and Very Special Guests:

Support at the Academy will be Ulterior, described as Primal Scream meets the Stooges with a drum-machine.

And for The Aftershow Party, Sigue Sigue Sputnik will be getting their Love missile out! Faderhead will be catering to the more electroid. James Ray's Gangwar have agreed to reform and lurk in the darkness and the latest gothic new sensation from Leeds, Black Moth, will be dancing round the lights.

More Aural Pleasure will be provided by DJs Danny IV from Ladytron, Ashley Casselle (Global Underground/Wall of Sound/Paper Recordings), Dead Matty, Heartlander Quiff Boy and Grandmaster of the dark turntables Martin Oldgoth.

To lubricate the party spirit will be the launch of a brand new drink, PSYDWR, somewhat mental Welsh Cider with Wormwood (yep, the Absynthe stuff). The first pressing of the drink "Grooving in Green" will be released at the Aftershow Party in the Slimelight. This has to be a first.

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