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THE MARCH VIOLETS HEADLINE CONVERGENCE XX
Bottom Lounge
1375 W. Lake Street,
Chicago IL 60607,
United States

Welcome to Convergence Twenty Chicago! We are extremely honored, dark denizens of the Internet, that our city has again been chosen to continue the fine once-a-decade tradition of being your hosts for a weekend you'll never forget! Sincere thanks to all who voted for Convergence Twenty Chicago.

The March Violets are one of those bands.

Formed in Leeds in the post punk era at the very start of the 80s, they were one of the 4 dark Northern Bands that are often blamed for starting the Gothic scene, The Danse Society, The Sisters of Mercy, The March Violets, and The Southern Death Cult. The Violets released a series of singles that still fill the darker dance floors around the world, the most played being "Snakedance" and "Walk into the Sun."

Three original members reformed in 2008 for a reunion, and since then the Violets have done a few rare concerts, headlined some festivals, and finally managed to write and record their first proper album.

They will be playing some old classics and some new ones from the Made Glorious album. Strangely enough, people who have seen The March Violets in this century say they sound exactly the same as they did back in the early 80's, the Violets agree.

The March Violets' appearance at C20 (their first C*) will mark their first time in the U.S. since 1987, and the first time ever with all three original members -- promising a rare performance from a legendary band that has actually managed to evolve, yet retain their original dark brilliance.

"Play Loud, Play Purple."

WEBPAGE: Click link for Convergence website

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Click for official March Violets site

Hit the Ode brings the most exciting poets from the region, the country and the world to the heart of Manchester.
Contact Theatre,
Oxford Rd, Manchester,
M15 6JA

Tickets - £6 / £3

Join us! We have poems. Poems listed as destinations at most big railway stations; poems used by optometrists to assess sharpness of vision; poems some people claim are their long-lost relatives. Great poems. Come and get them.

Our local guest is Rosie Garland, dropping by in between the US and UK legs of her band The March Violets' Spring tour, our national guest is Jasmine Cooray, recently returned from a residency in Singapore. International guest US National Slam winner and Canadian Word Olympics champion, Shane Koyczan.

Suitable for over 14s.

Presented by Apples and Snakes and Ben Mellor.

http://contactmcr.com/whats-on/12872-hit-the-ode/

RESURRECTION
Kramladen
Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße,
67663 Kaiserslautern
Kaiserslautern, Germany

Live: The March Violets - support Vidi Aquam (Italy), Arts of Erebus (DE/FR)

Plus After party "Dance Dead Rhythms" (Gothic - Post Punk - Batcave - Death Rock - Wave: DJ Iconoclast - Resurrection - DJ Wahni - Gotham Sounds)

Kosten: 18 Euro

FACEBOOK EVENT: Click for Facebook event page

ADVANCE TICKETS: click to buy advance tickets

Kramladen venue website

SCHUNCK & NIEUWE NOR presents: GRAUKUNST

GRAUKUNST is an exhibition of works by well-known pioneers as young artists, rooted in and inspired by the musical underground of the eighties. The exhibition was shown at the Melkweg Gallery in Amsterdam, following the Grauzone Festival in 2013. Now we present GRAUKUNST at Schunck * & Nieuwe Nor in Heerlen.

The exhibition opening event will feature a special performance poetry reading by

Rosie Garland (The March Violets, UK)

Exhibition opening concert April 10, 18h – 19.30

Schunck * entrance hall
Bongerd 18,
6411 JM Heerlen,
Netherlands

Click to go to event website

Poppodium Nieuwe NOR

Pancratiusstraat 30,
6411KC Heerlen
NETHERLANDS

20:30 until 23:30

FACEBOOK EVENT: click for Facebook event page

ADVANCE TICKETS: click here for ticket link

De legendarische band The March Violets komt op 10 april voor een exclusief Nederlands optreden naar Poppodium Nieuwe NOR in Heerlen. De band, die met labelmaatjes The Sisters of Mercy destijds aan de wieg stond van het gothic (rock)-genre, maakte in 1981 haar debuut in Leeds. Ultra-donkere nummers als ''Snake Dance' en 'Walk Into The Sun' zijn nog altijd krakers op de dansvloer.

The March Violets is een niet-alledaagse, unieke groep die eigenlijk zo onwaarschijnlijk is dat ze eigenlijk niet zou moeten bestaan. Als een van de eerste bands maakten ze, met labelmaatjes van Sisters of Mercy, gebruik van een drumcomputer op het podium. Toch is hun sound nog donkerder dan die van The Sisters, hun teksten verwarrender en hun humor zo bizar dat ze hun nummer beschrijven als 'simplistische pop anthems voor een blanke generatie'.

In 1981 maakte The March Violets haar debuut in Leeds, de stad waarvan wordt gezegd dat deze aan de basis staat van de gothic rock, met acts als The Danse Society, The Sisters of Mercy, Southern Death Cult en Red Lorry Yellow Lorry. Twee albums brachten ze uit op het Merciful Release-label vol met post-punk energie, woeste poëzie en songs als 'Snake Dance' en 'Walk Into The Sun', nog altijd krakers op de dansvloer. 'The Violets' waren niet alleen Gothic Doom Rock, ze hadden Soul en een donkere grillige energie die dreigde zichzelf te verscheuren. En wat onvermijdelijk was gebeurde; in 1987 hield de band ermee op.

In 2007 en 2010 kwam de band voor exclusieve reünie-shows in Engeland weer bij elkaar en in 2012 maakte men voor het eerst de overstap naar het Europese vasteland om op grote festivals als Wave Gothik Treffen en Shadowplay (Waregem) te spelen. En nu, met drie van de vier originele bandleden, komen ze op 10 april 2014, voor het eerst naar een club in Europa, in de stad waar wave, ebm en gothic rock nog steeds op veel bijval kunnen rekenen, Heerlen. Let op: op 10 mei staat ook clan of xymox (waarmee huidig March Violets' gitarist Tom Ashton ook nog deel uitmaakte) in poppodium NIEUWE NOR tijdens de tweede editie van het 'Repost' festival!

De kaartverkoop start op zaterdag 18 januari om 10:00 uur.

A little Purple Do...
The Fulford Arms
121 Fulford Road,
York, YO10 4EX

United Kingdom

7pm till late

A little purple do... Convivial and intimate. We decided to do a thing where we rehearsed, maybe a new Song, definitely a full set, then screened the Dan E Falicki film 'An Anti American' that Tom did the score for. With Free Popcorn!

We will be providing general chitchat, and some other stuff. Unholy Racket will have an exhibition of his prints. There'll be a raffle for something good, some Psydwr, Si's Caipirinha Cocktails, probably some gourmet food available from the chefs. A bit of a disco afterwards. Who knows what may turn up.

Limited Numbers, Late Licence, Lots of Lounging around.

Tickets will be £12, available from the Fulford Arms, or online at

Click to buy tickets

Click to go to The March Violets website

Bring your Paypal receipt as a ticket, and as entry into the raffle.

Holland Park Press author reading
Great Western Studios
65 Alfred Road
London W2 5EU

Free entry

7pm – 10pm

Rosie Garland reads her award-winning fiction & poetry, alongside fellow Holland Park Press author, Arnold Jansen op de Haar.

The gallery in the Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road W2 5EU, is our spectacular venue. It's only 5 minutes walk from Royal Oak & Westbourne Park tube station and buses 18 & 36 stop nearby. Here is a handy map.

It's all free but to make sure we cater for all of you, please let us know if you're coming by emailing or phoning us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

07792611929.

Click to go to Holland Park Press website

The Quiet Compere presents A Matter of Life, Death and Poetry

Copa

66 Regent Street

Cheltenham

GL50 1HA

8-10pm (doors 7.30pm)

Tickets: £5/4

The Quiet Compere introduces them with little fanfare, so that the poems (and not the poets' track records) tell you all you need to know.

This festival special features a stellar line-up – Rosie Garland, Samir Guglani, Sarah Maxwell, Bethany W Pope, Stephanie Portersmith, Rod Tame, Avril Staple and

of course the compere herself, Sarah Dixon.

Let poetry show you what really matters! Join us for a selection of darkly funny, thought-provoking and life-changing poetry.

Sarah L Dixon

Rosie Garland

Samir Guglani

Sarah Maxwell

Bethany W Pope

Stephanie Portersmith

Avril Staple

Rod Tame

The brochure showing the full Festival programme will be on line on the Festival website by 14 February.

Click here to visit Cheltenham Poetry Festival website

Click here to book tickets

The University of Bolton presents: Literature Live: Rosie Garland
Octagon Theatre,
Howell Croft South
Bolton BL1 1SB

7.30pm

£5 (£2, £3 conc)

A prestigious collection of writers and poets read from their own work in this ever popular programme of events.

An eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing in cult gothic band The March Violets, to twisted alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen. Rosie Garland has five solo collections of poetry and is winner of the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year and a Poetry Award from the People's Café, New York.

She also won the Mslexia Novel competition in 2012 and her debut novel The Palace of Curiosities was published in March 2013 by HarperCollins.

Rosie will be reading from her novel and poetry as well as hosting an open mic slot.

Click to book tickets via Bolton Octagon website

SHE GRRROWLS

showcases a range of talented women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, which is themed. Every third Monday of the month.

The Gallery Cafe
21 Old Ford Road
Bethnal Green
London E2 9PJ

7:30pm - 10:30pm

£5 on the door

Featuring Rosie Garland, Rachel McCrum, Rose Swainston, Lizanne Davies and Mushana.

All ticket sales go towards the payment of artists and producers with an even door split.

The Gallery Cafe is part of St Margaret's House which supports the local community in a variety of ways and allows free hire for events. - www.stmargaretshouse.org.uk

https://www.facebook.com/SheGrrrowls

Follow us on Twitter: @shegrrrowls

http://shegrrrowls.tumblr.com/

For an open mic slot contact

Carmina Masoliver

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Punk poetry bites back in Salford
Eagle Inn,
18 Collier Street,
City of Salford
M3 7DW

7.30pm

£3 on the door

Join us for another night of "clever, witty and thought-provoking entertainment" at Evidently!

Boasting the fabulous talents of Rosie Garland and hosted by Salford's own Kieren King.

Not to be missed!

Also eight open mic spots are available (one poem - two minutes per poet) on a first come first served basis so if you would like a slot please arrive early to avoid disappointment. We are filming each night so everyone who performs will get a shiny new Youtube video if they want one.

Host, multiple slam winner Kieren King says "If you walk down a street and see three signs, one advertising live music, one advertising live comedy and the third advertising live poetry chances are people would go to either of the first two. We are looking to change that and give people a fun and entertaining night out".

Forget what you learned in school. This is poetry at its best.

Click to view Evidently's YouTube channel

Saturday 22nd February

Time: 7.30 till late

Venue: Todmorden Town Hall
Bridge Street
Todmorden
West Yorkshire, OL14 5AQ
International Women's Event

Tickets on the door, sliding scale

Evening entertainment with DJ Lady Heidi, Tasha Rocks and Rosie Lugosi!

Click to go to Facebook event page

ELOP, winner of the Stonewall Community Group of the Year Award 2012,

will be hosting a fantastic fundraising evening of fine comedy, great entertainment and LGBT celebration.

Award-winning stand-up British comedian Shazia Mirza will be compering and opening up the night of entertainment with side-splitting performance, including Rosie Lugosi, Jen Brister and Mo Younger. All of this while guests enjoy free alcoholic & soft drinks & finger-food sharing plates at their tables.

Michael Cashman MEP is one of the other specially invited guests who will be making an appearance on the night. And to top it all off, there will be a wonderful Special CHARITY AUCTION with prizes!

All monies raised for the evening contribute to the delivery & expansion of ELOP front-line LGBT support services so if you are interested in joining ELOP for this fabulous night of comedy and entertainment, whilst supporting a very worthy cause, please book your tickets/tables now!

Price: £50 (minimum donation) per person, or reductions for whole table bookings for 10 people (subject to availability).

If you would like to attend or find out more about this event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or call 020 8509 3898

Venue: State Street Bank,
20 Churchill Place
Canary Wharf,
London E14 5HJ

Time: drinks reception from 6pm

Click here to go to ELOP main webpage

Shindig Spoken word night with Open Mic
Nelsons Wine Bar,
Crown St
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire HX7 8EH

Tue 18th February

8pm for 8:30

Free Entry

Special Guest! Rosie Garland

Support- Ian Whiteley

Guest then open mic. 4 minute slots. Every Third Tue of the month.

Compere Winston Plowes 07986 222678

ALL OUT Radio Show of the year on ALLFM

ALL OUT the LGBT radio show on ALLFM 96.9 AND ONLINE

11am – 1pm

Saturday 15th February - Guest Rosie Garland

South Manchester's leading community radio station broadcasting across South Manchester for over 10 years.

We're on air every other Saturday at 11am til 1pm.

We'll bring you guests and comment of interest to the LGBT community of Manchester, if you've got something of interest to our community please get in touch using the contact page. If you want to get involved we'd love to hear from you, this show is not about the presenters it's about the diverse community of Manchester.

Click here for ALL OUT webpage and to listen online

Incite! Poetry has become the LGBT poetry event in London!

It meets on the second Wednesday of the month from now on. Trudy Howson (award winning poet and actor) is the new volunteer facilitator – why not come along to what has become a truly exciting poetry evening?

The Phoenix Artists Club
1 Phoenix Street
London WC2H 8BU

Free event

7.00pm – 9.30pm

The evening features performance poets, or guests, plus an open mic hour. It is completely fabulous and free!

The first part is normally the performance part and the second half -after an interval – is for Open Mic.

For further information see Facebook Incite Poetry

It starts at 7pm and usually goes on until 9:30pm with free jazz performances for attendees afterwards.

Click here for Camden LGBT Forum website

THE QUIET COMPERE TOUR OF THE NORTH - FIRST STOP - MANCHESTER

Three Minute Theatre,
Affleck's Arcade
35-39, Oldham Street
Manchester, M1 1JG

FRI 31ST JAN, 2014 Doors at 7:00pm

Sarah L Dixon, The Quiet Compere introduces her ten poets, ten minutes format at the delightful 3 Minute Theatre.

Book for this stunning line-up now as the ticket number are limited.

Jeff Dawson

Rosie Garland

Charlotte Henson

Jackie O'Hagan

Shirley May

Steph Pike

copland smith

Rebecca Audra Smith

Rod Tame

Tony Walsh

The Quiet Compere Tour is 'Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England'.

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/252313

Guest lecturer in creative writing

Focus on editing and rewriting with a focus on fiction.

Plus Q&A.

Aimed at students on the Creative Writing BA – but others are invited.

Thursday 30th January, 2-4pm

Creative Writing Department
Staffordshire University
College Rd,
Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire ST4 2DE

Ariadne's Thread Poetry Competition - Prize Giving Ceremony

The Old Ship - upstairs room –
21st January, 7:30 PM
3 King Street,
Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1ND

Free Entrance.

The Poetry Competition Prize Giving Ceremony will be held during the launch of issue 9 of Ariadne's Thread Literary Magazine. The prize winning poets include Rosie Garland, winner of Ariadne's Thread first Poetry Competition.

Besides launching issue 9, the last regular issue of the year (issue 10, a themed issue on mythology will close the year), this event will also include the prize giving ceremony for Ariadne's Thread first Poetry Competition. Join us to listen to the poets and the authors published in the nine issues, to buy issues and subscriptions at special prices, to know more about the Ariadne's Thread Poetry Prize and to share your work with us in our open-mic (well, if you feel like it). This will be a memorable evening of Poetry and Music.

Click this link for the Ariadne's Thread website

Rosie Lugosi is cracking her delectably flexible whip at The Alternative & Burlesque Fair at Sound Control in Manchester this Saturday!

With the astonishing Marnie Scarlett

at Sound Control,

1 New Wakefield Street,

Manchester

M1 5NP

11am - 5pm

£5 0n door

The March Violets – Made Glorious Tour
Brudenell Social Club
33 Queen's Rd
Leeds LS6 1NY

Doors: 18.30

Tickets: £15

Saturday 23rd November

Double headline, Very Special Guests

Chameleons Vox + Witch Hunt + Free Aftershow

Yes indeed.

Tickets on sale now

To buy tickets - click this link

The March Violets – Made Glorious Tour

Friday 22nd November

O2 Academy2 Islington
N1 Centre
16 Parkfield St,
Islington,
London N1 0PS

Doors: 18.30

Tickets (advance): £15

Special Guests: The Last Cry and TBC

Tickets on sale now

To buy tickets - click this link

The March Violets
Edinburgh Bannermans Rock & Whisky Bar
212 Cowgate,
Edinburgh EH1 1NQ

Date - Sunday 17th November

Doors: 8pm-1am

Special Guests: Dead Eyes Opened, + TBC.

Tickets on Sale Now: £12

To buy tickets - click this link

Violets and DV8 present

Friday 15th November

Spanky Van Dyke's
17 Goldsmith St
Nottingham NG1 5JT

Doors: 7pm – 2am

Tickets: £13

Special Guests: Simon York (from Luxury Stranger), Jordan Reyne, Witch Hunt.

Batronic Aftershow till 2am with DJ Heathen and DJ GlitterHawk

Tickets from Spanky's and Music Exchange soon, and here right now:

To buy tickets - click this link

Polari Literary Salon

Tickets - £5

13 November 2013, 7:45pm

Purcell Room,
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

Southbank Centre is a short walk away from Covent Garden and Westminster and minutes from the Waterloo, Charing Cross and Embankment London Underground and British Rail stations.

Charlotte Mendelson introduces her new novel Almost English. She is joined by poet Dean Atta, authors Rosie Garland and Patrick Flanery, Helen Lederer and singer Dee Chanelle. Also tonight, we announce the winner of the Polari Prize.

Described by The New York Times as 'London's most theatrical salon', Polari returns for the autumn, showcasing the best in established, new and up-and-coming LGBT literary talent and performance.

'Always fun, always thought-provoking - a guaranteed good night out.' Sarah Waters

'Lively, funny and inspiring - a gay-themed salon of interest to anyone remotely interested in literature, whatever their sexual bent.' Patrick Gale

To go to Polari site - click this link

To go to Southbank Centre site & buy tickets - click this link

RFTK Promotions presents

Sunday 10th November

Newcastle Trillians
Princess Square,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8DE

Special Guests: Berlin Black, Anxiety Of Love.

Tickets on sale now:

https://shop.ticketscript.com/channel/web2/get-dates/rid/VZ7SR44K/eid/181255/language/en/format/html

This will be the first show from The March Violets in Newcastle for around 30 years! A very rare treat to see a great band.

The band were one of the prominent post-punk drum-machine machine bands in the 80s - and since their 2007 reformation (original members Si Denbigh, Rosie Garland, Tom Ashton with new bass player Jo Violet) they've played a string of stunning shows - and so it's a great chance to see them here in Newcastle.

Support comes from Anxiety of Love and Berlin Black.

Tickets are £14 adv and on sale now.

In person : Trillians, Charnel House, Reflex Records, Hot Rats