Gig List

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This is where I keep an up-to-date directory of public appearances, readings, workshops and shows. The most recent is first, so please scroll down to the date / month you are searching for.

Thanks! I look forward to seeing you at an event.

Other Voices spoken word cabaret

The Banshee Labyrinth (venue 156)
Banqueting Hall,
29, Niddry Street,
Edinburgh EH1 1LG

16th August, 15:10-16:10

Other Voices brings you open-hearted open mic, where you can enjoy features from fantastic spoken word artists and different special guests daily, with a sumptuous cabaret vibe.

Special guest for Thursday 16th August is Rosie Garland.
This show is dedicated to the words and voices less heard, hosted by PBH's spoken word artistic director Fay Roberts. 'A showcase of spoken word at its best... Don’t miss this, it’s wonderful' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Other Voices is brilliant and, more than that, it’s important' **** (

Listen Softly Edinburgh

The Scottish Poetry Library (Venue 203)
5 Crichton's Close,
Edinburgh EH8 8DT
15th August 2018

6.45pm to 8pm
Free event

Women writers showcase!
Rosie Garland, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Christina Neuwirth and Claire Askew will be our feature performers for the women writers showcase.

Listen Softly - which came to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time in 2017 - provides an accessible and friendly space for softly-spoken performers, for shy performers, for performers who need to read off paper or use props; for performers who may stammer, stutter or just need time to think. We hope we're a spoken word night for everyone. And we're very happy to be coming to the beautiful, fully accessible Scottish Poetry Library.

Listen Softly events are free and open to all. The SPL is a fully accessible venue, but please get in touch with Beth Cochrane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Claire Askew at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any accessibility concerns.


1 Royal Terrace,
Edinburgh EH7 5AB

Rosie Garland performs at FEMFringe, Tuesday 14th August!

Greenside Venues are proud to present FEMFRINGE - two nights celebrating feminist performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. With over 40 acts from the biggest venues in Edinburgh, this is not an event to miss!

Over two evenings, four showcases will be taking place at Greenside Royal Terrace with performances from a variety of feminist-focused performance, ranging from stand-up to cabaret and theatre to music. Each night, we'll begin with drinks at 7.30pm. The talent will kick off at 20.00 and run until 21.30, followed by a short break and then another 90 mins of performances. There will be performances and a drinks reception running throughout the evening, outside of the main showcase.

From 19.30 we will be hosting a networking session between press, performers and producers to swap information and chat about all things FEMFRINGE.

This event is free and non-ticketed - there will be a standby queue and events happening around the showcase in the bar. If you are a member of the press, a producer or programmer, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure a seat at the showcase.

She Grrrowls
11th August: 23.20-00.20am

Banshee Labyrinth (venue 156)
Banqueting Hall,
29-35 Niddry Street,

She Grrrowls is a feminist arts night that features poetry, comedy, music and everything in between.
She Grrrowls is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe festival again in 2018! At the Banqueting Hall, Banshee Labyrinth, with a late-night slot of 23.20-00.20am

London's favourite feminist arts night bringing you a night of the best women in spoken word mixed in with some music and comedy. There are new features every night and you can give us your best grrrowl with the all-inclusive open mic! Hosted by Carmina Masoliver @shegrrrowls

Sanctuary of Sin

11th August: 9.15pm – 10.15pm

Bar Bados (Venue 281) ROOM 1
68 Cowgate,

The Convent of Corruption once again opens its doors! We invite you to come worship at our late night services of debauched, depraved and downright naughty Cabaret performance. Only the most subversive sinners are granted entry. So come to the confessional and leave your innocence at the door... 18+

Poetry Bordello

Woodland Creatures (Venue 282)
260-262 Leith Walk,
Edinburgh EH6 5EL

9th August 2018
Free event

Poetry Bordello is a deliciously naughty blend of risqué spoken word and astounding burlesque performance brought to you by List Hot 100 performance poetry company – Poetry Circus. 2018's line-up includes bestselling novelist and chanteuse Rosie Garland; slam-busting performance poets Max Scratchmann, AR Crow, Jo Gilbert, Suky Goodfellow and Angie Strachan and a whole host of stunning poets and performers, old and new. A unique experience awaits at the Fringe's most daring spoken word evening, so come along and sample our sumptuous bordello atmosphere and delicious spoken word and performance.

Speakin’ Weird

10 Littlejohn Street
Aberdeen AB10 1FG


Open mic spoken word event in Aberdeen featuring poetry sensation Rosie Garland!

2nd Wednesday of the month. Poetry, comedy, prose, stories, angry rants and introspective musings all welcome. Hosted by Sparklechops.

Gothic Manchester Festival Events presents
Twisted Tales of Hybridity

Saturday 4 August, 6.00pm – 8.30pm
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
3 Cambridge St
M1 5BY

Celebrating the sixth year of the Gothic Manchester Festival, Twisted Tales of Hybridity will bring together three authors who have all appeared in previous years; Rosie Garland (Vixen and The Night Brother); Helen Marshall (Hair Side, Flesh Side and Gifts for the One Who Comes After) and Laura Mauro (Naming the Bones) to explore how hybridity informs their work.

The event will feature a reading from each author, a panel discussion, and Q&A. It will be followed by a signing session.

Tickets are available

Brontë 200 - What Emily Means to Us
A celebration of Emily Brontë at 200

Venue – Haworth venue tbc
Time – 7.30pm

We’re rounding off Emily’s birthday weekend with a celebration of her work and legacy. Join a stellar line-up of Lily Cole, Patience Agbabi, Rosie Garland and an array of other special guests as they perform readings of Emily’s work and share their responses to the words ‘what Emily means to me’. We will also be joined by The Unthanks, who will announce details of their forthcoming Emily-inspired work and give a short performance from their repertoire.

This tribute to the astonishing creative mind behind Wuthering Heights and some of the most evocative and moving poetry in literature, set against the stunning landscape that so inspired her, promises to be an evening to remember. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Tickets £15/£12 concessions and Brontë Society members (£5 for 16--25 year olds). Please book in advance at
or on 01535 640192.



Brontë 200 - Women, the Gothic and Emily

Venue tbc
Tickets £8/£6 concessions and Brontë Society members

The imposing houses, eerie doubling of names and wandering of unquiet spirits combine within Wuthering Heights to create one of the great Gothic texts of the nineteenth century. Emily Brontë’s only published novel continues to cast a looming shadow over Gothic writing up to the present day.

On the occasion of her two hundredth birthday, novelists Katherine Clements, Beth Underdown and Rosie Garland discuss the impact of Wuthering Heights on their own writing, and how their work contributes to a continuing Gothic tradition.

Katherine Clements is a critically acclaimed novelist and the current Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Manchester. Her latest novel, The Coffin Path (2018), is a ghost story set on the West Yorkshire moors, described by The Times as ‘a wonderfully sinister novel’.

Beth Underdown’s first novel, The Witchfinder’s Sister (2017), won the Historical Writer’s Association Debut Crown Award, and has been selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. She was born in Rochdale and lectures in creative writing at the University of Manchester.

Rosie Garland is a novelist, poet and performer based in the north of England, and one of the contributors to Making Thunder Roar, our 2018 exhibition on Emily Brontë. Her most recent book, The Night Brother, was released in 2017.

Tickets £8/£6 concessions and Brontë Society members (£2 for 16-25 year olds). Please book in advance at
or on 01535 640192.

Prose Pride: An Evening of Fabulous Words

Waterstones Nottingham
1/5 Bridlesmith Gate,
Nottingham, NG1 2GR

23 July at 19:00–22:00

Write Pride proudly presents an evening of LGBTQ performance...
Admission: £5

Also featuring work from participants of Rosie Garland's masterclass workshop.

Taking place in Nottingham from July 23rd to 27th for the week leading up to Nottingham Pride, Write Pride is a series of workshops and events exploring and celebrating the work of LGBTQIA writers from 5 writing disciplines: prose, film, song writing, poetry and theatre. Each day will also include an evening celebration event and will come to an end with a final celebratory project on July 28th - the day of Nottingham Pride!

For more information, contact WritePride at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PROSE PRIDE writing workshop

Write Pride proudly presents a masterclass with Rosie Garland!

Waterstones Nottingham
1/5 Bridlesmith Gate,
Nottingham, NG1 2GR

23 July at 14:00–17:00
16+ only

Masterclass Price: £5

Our series of masterclasses will include a combination of writing prompts, focussed writing time and professional advice from an experienced writer to support you in exploring LGBT themes in your writing.

We are delighted to welcome Rosie Garland!
Tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie Garland is a novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets. She performs twisted music-hall songs as The Time-Travelling Suffragette.

Taking place in Nottingham from July 23rd to 27th for the week leading up to Nottingham Pride, Write Pride is a series of workshops and events exploring and celebrating the work of LGBTQIA writers from 5 writing disciplines: prose, film, song writing, poetry and theatre. Each day will also include an evening celebration event and will come to an end with a final celebratory project on July 28th - the day of Nottingham Pride!

For more information, contact WritePride at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hooray Cabaret at Buxton International Festival

Pavilion Gardens
St John's Rd,
Buxton SK17 6BE

Time - 7.00pm - 12.00am
Price - £20

The only way to celebrate the last night of the Festival – in the Spiegeltent with Hooray Cabaret!
Join us for a night filled with music, laughter, burlesque and acrobatics
Hosted by the Mistress of the dark herself, Rosie Lugosi!

Keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for more details about our amazing performers.
As they say, life is a cabaret.

That's What She Said MCR

50 Sackville St,
Manchester M1 3WF


"The biggest spoken word night in London for women" (Evening Standard) returns to Manchester!

Shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK (Saboteur Awards, 2017), That's What She Said showcases the best new writing and performance by women, featuring iconic and emerging authors with a mix of performance, poetry, storytelling, slam and more.


Holly Ringland grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, Holly obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Her essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. She now lives between the UK and Australia. Her debut novel, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, has already sold in 20 territories, and is forthcoming from PanMacmillan on 28th June.
Award winning ‘literary hero’ (The Skinny) Rosie is a novelist, poet and singer. Author of novels The Night Brother, Vixen and The Palace of Curiosities, and six solo poetry collections, most recently As in Judy (Flapjack Press). "One of the country’s finest performance poets" (Apples & Snakes). Winner of 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.



"To put it bluntly, I'd never come across a spoken word night with such a fantastic lineup. 'How have I never come across this before?', I kept asking myself, 'this is everything I've ever wanted from a night out...'

Club Big @The Boo

The Boo
679 Bacup Rd,
7pm till late
Tickets £6 Advance £7 Door

Club Big
John Hyatt brings Club Big to the Boo.
For two months in 2017 as part of his Rock Art exhibition at HOMEmcr, the polymath professor, musician and artist, created an entire club, complete with neon sign, house band, bar and a truly diverse bill of acts. For one night only Club Big re-opens its doors. Confirmed already are wondrous wordsmith Rosie Garland and Spirit Level - Mark Hoyle (Dub sex); from the grime of Little Ireland, through a gleaming steel and polished glass presents and onwards.
Adults only

Soapbox, Manchester Histories Festival

Friday 8th June
5.30pm – free event
All Saint’s Park,
Grosvenor Square,
Oxford Road
Manchester, M15 6BH

Manchester Histories Festival returns across Greater Manchester for a long-weekender from 7-11 June 2018 with the theme protest, democracy, and freedom of speech. For Manchester Histories Festival 2018 and in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, we're presenting ‘Soapbox’ from 8th-10th June where we will create a Speakers Corner at All Saint’s Park off Oxford Road. The park will be transformed artists from the region, with a hustings, new visual identity, and food and drink stalls.
On Friday 8th June at c.5.30pm, Rosie Garland will be performing her spoken word piece about the Suffragette direct action in Manchester Art Gallery, which took place in April 1913.

Manchester Histories Festival launch

Manchester City Art Gallery,
Mosley Street,
Manchester M2 3JL
Free event – 6-9pm

Celebrate the launch of the 2018 Manchester Histories Festival with us. Meet the festival team and volunteers and discover what’s on over the weekend in more detail. Throughout the galleries hear protest poetry and trailblazers of our Soapbox project, drop into our Debate Café, catch Thinking Out Loud: Speech Acts talk.

Includes Rosie Garland reading her piece ‘Syrinx’ right next to the painting that inspired it.

See the full festival programme at

A Splendid Day Out

1st – 3rd June 2018
Winter Gardens,

The Northwest premier Steampunk Festival returns. Follow Phileas Fogg’s Journey "Around the world in 80 days" The A Splendid Day Out airship will land in the UK’s charming Victorian seaside retreat of Morecambe for its fifth year of top-hole entertainment. Presented by The League of Splendid, another weekend of astounding entertainment and events, will take place throughout Morecambe.

The Winter Gardens will host out Art & Literature festival “Arts Of Steam”.

We are delighted to welcome  Rosie Garland!

She will be joining us for Arts Of Steam in the Winter Gardens all over the weekend, 2nd & 3rd June 2018

Friday 1st June @ The Alhambra Theatre, Carleton, Morecambe 7.30 - Midnight - our Cabaret night

Sat 2nd June @ The Alhambra Theatre, Carleton, Morecambe 7.30 - 1am Our infamous sell out Masquerade Ball.

Outside on the Promenade:
Fairground, Steam Traction Engines, Birds Of Prey, Outside stage with Live music from Victor & The Bully. Alice's Night Circus, Montague Jacques Fromage, Kiss Like Ether, Ben Miles, Ukulele Jukebox, Dead Mans Hand.

Join us as we take you on a Journey around the world, visiting all the countries Philieas Fogg travelled to, each with its own entertainment and selection of food.

Date: Thursday 10th May 2018
Venue: MSP Tech Incubator,
Manchester Technology Centre,
Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED

Timings: Event starts at 5.30pm and finishes at 11pm.
Rosie Garland Performance time tbc but will be between 6.45pm – 7.30pm

MSPL is launching a new tech hub in Manchester.
During the evening we will have a series of experiences from Live Art, Virtual reality playground, to Live AV and a robot orchestra.

This tech hub will be supporting aspiring young women to get into STEM and to empower them to develop their ideas. So it is with great pleasure that we announce Rosie Garland as our key woman figurehead for the evening.

11am-1pm, Tuesday 8th May 2018

Waterstones Deansgate,
91 Deansgate, Manchester,
M3 2BW

Waterstones Deansgate is excited to host a monthly women’s writers' group. Meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, the group is for those out there who are aspiring writers, or simply interested in writerly technical prowess.

Join guest writer Rosie Garland for a two-hour workshop.

3rd May 2018 - Very excited to announce paperback publication day of The Night Brother!
With a superb new cover.

Burnage Library,
Burnage Lane,
Manchester M19 1EW
Monday 23rd April, 2018
7.15 - 9.15pm – free event

We are delighted to welcome Manchester writer Rosie Garland to our special open-mic reading event at Burnage Library! Come and hear Rosie read from her sparkling works, and take part yourself in the open mic.

Burnage Library is located in the Activity Hub on the corner of Burnage Lane and Shawbrook Road. You can see us on the map in the link below.

During the posted dates, I shall be on a Writers' Residency at the wonderful Ty Newydd Centre in Wales.
As a result, I shall be unavailable for readings, etc.

MaD (Milnrow & District) Women's Institute

Venue: St James' Church
St James Street,
OL16 3JS

Tuesday 13th March
Time: 7.00pm onwards

We are delighted to welcome Rosie Garland to be our guest at our March International Women’s Day meeting!
There will be cake…
Members and guests very welcome.

ALL women aged 18 and over are welcome to join the WI. The WI is not a religious organisation; it is non-sectarian and non-party political. Membership for 2018 costs £41 and entitles you to 12 meetings, WI Life magazine and the opportunity to attend various clubs and trips. Guests are welcome to attend!

NFWI website:

Sugar and Spice 12: Standing Stronger Together

11th March 2018
LGBT Foundation,
5 Richmond Street
Manchester M1 3HF

I’m proud to be on a panel discussing “Overcoming Obstacles and Finding Resilience” – between 2-4pm on Sunday 11th March.
"To finish off our weekend of empowerment, confidence and community power, join our panel of inspirational, strong women as they discuss their own experiences of overcoming obstacles and finding resilience."

Sugar and Spice is Manchester’s annual festival for lesbian and bi women to celebrate International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is ‘Standing Stronger Together’.
Sugar and Spice is for all women who identify as lesbian, bisexual or questioning, all or part of the time, including trans women, women of colour, older women, disabled/neurodivergent women, women of all faiths and backgrounds and non-binary/gender fluid people.

This FREE weekend event is back for the twelfth year with socialising, song-writing, discussions, dancing, crafts, photography, intersectional feminist histories, films and so much more! As always, there will be also be free food and holistic therapies for you to enjoy.


Friday 16 February
The Bongo Club
66 Cowgate
Edinburgh EH1 1JX

19:00-22:00 £4 (EB) / £5

For everyone who’s ever been in love, fallen out of love or had their heart broken on St Valentine’s day, Poetry Circus are back with Broken Hearts, a sumptuous evening of stunning spoken word cabaret featuring special guest poets Rosie Garland, Elizabeth McGeown, Elise Hadgraft & Catherine Wilson plus Poetry Circus regulars Matt MacDonald, Lloyd Robinson & Suky Goodfellow, and, of course, a stellar supporting cast of stupendous emerging talent. Songs from Rachel Kelly and performance from Andromada Mystic and Georgia Dunn.