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Museums at Night

The John Rylands Library
150 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 3EH

DETAILS TBC

As part of Museums at Night 2019, The John Rylands Library is delighted to welcome Manchester author and Writer-In-Residence Rosie Garland for a special late event.
She’ll be reading from her latest novel, The Night Brother, set in Manchester.

In a special Collection Encounter, she’ll also be showing some of the items in the library collections, and talking about how they inspired her when she was writing the novel.

She’ll also be giving a sneak preview of the new novel she’s writing during her residency in the Library!

https://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/

Disturbing The Beast: Women Of Weird Fiction launch

Blackwell's Bookshop
University Green,
146 Oxford Road,
Manchester M13 9GP

Wednesday, 8 May 2019 from 19:00-20:30

Join Bad Language for an evening of readings to celebrate Feminist Book Fortnight and the release of Disturbing The Beast, a brilliant brand new collection of weird fiction stories by some of the best women writers in the UK.

The short stories in Disturbing The Beast boast breath-taking prose and thought-provoking plots. The book is produced by Boudicca Press, a new imprint showcasing the work of leftfield female literary talent. The collection smashed its target on Kickstarter, and now you can hear those stories up-close and live - and buy a copy of the book on the night.

The fictional tales swerve mainstream, contemporary literature and provide something much more memorable, with subjects including lesser-talked-about female-centred topics such as sexual abuse, pregnancy issues and body image. Writers in the anthology include Kirsty Logan, Jane Alexander, Rosie Garland, Lorraine Wilson, Aliya Whiteley, Cheryl Powell, Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Caroline Steed and Sam Mills.

Gothic Reading Group, MMU: The Night Brother

Contemporary Gothic Reading Group
New Business School,
Ground floor cafe area,
Manchester Metropolitan University,
All Saints, All Saints Campus,
Manchester
M15 6BH
Free event – all welcome
17.30 – 18.30

Please join us for the first of the Modern and Contemporary Gothic Reading Group sessions for 2018/2019. We will kick-start the year with Rosie Garland's extraordinary Manchester-set Gothic novel The Night Brother (2017). We are also delighted to welcome the author herself, who is happy to answer your questions.

Attending this group is free and our approach informal - no prior knowledge is necessary, but a passion for the Gothic is essential! :) Tea, coffee and cake provided.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1963358480626178/

Sonic Waves: Music and Sound Beyond Borders

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2019
Time: 10am – 5:30pm
Location: Geoffrey Manton Building
Manchester Metropolitan University
Rosamond St W, Manchester M15 6EB

Tickets: £10 (£5 unwaged) - Available on the OnlineShop

Rosie Garland of The March Violets is delighted to present her paper “Radiant Girls: ‘You can’t be goth and queer and feminist’ – being an outsider amongst outsiders”

MASSmcr are a group of multidisciplinary researchers exploring the musical beats and sonic streets of Manchester and beyond. For this symposium we bring together academics, researchers, practitioners, students and community organisations to explore how music, sound and the sonic can be used to transcend boundaries and move beyond borders. At a time of global uncertainties from climate change and conflict zones, to national and international political upheaval, we question if music and the sonic can narrate and negate these changes and shift our understanding of core and peripheral preoccupations.

About MASSmcr
Established in 2018, Music and Sonic Studies Manchester (MASSmcr), based at Manchester Metropolitan University, conducts innovative research into music and sonic phenomena. We aim to produce new ways of understanding and experiencing the production, reception and aesthetics of music, sound and other sonic encounters. We seek to understand how sonic and musical practices shape our understanding of the world and how they inform diverse identities, communities and spaces.

This event will be followed by MASS Assembly at the Castle Hotel.

https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/artshumanities/rah/events/detail/index.php?id=10719

Fallowfield Library Book Group

The Place,
Fallowfield Library,
Platt Lane,
Manchester M14 7FB

11am – 1pm
Free event – with free refreshments

Fallowfield Library Book Group are thrilled to welcome Rosie Garland to our April meeting. Our current read is her debut novel The Palace of Curiosities. Rosie will be answering questions about the novel, talking about being a writer, and reading extracts from the book.

https://theplacefallowfield.co.uk/

Desire, love, identity LGBT poetry evening

Bolton Central Library and Museum
Le Mans Crescent
Bolton
BL1 1SE
18:30 – 20:30
Thu, 11 April 2019

Free event

Bolton Museum is hosting a celebration of LGBT poetry to coincide with our exhibition Desire, Love Identity - In Bolton.

Special guests Rosie Garland & Dominic Berry will read their amazing poems!

Rosie is a novelist, poet and singer with a passion for language nurtured by libraries. She is currently the writer in residence at the John Rylands Library in Manchester. Dominic writes theatrical poetry for people of all ages and has toured his dynamic spoken word around the world. He is the current Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence.

At the event we also welcome people to read poems during an Open Mic session and we would like the poems to reflect diversity, inclusion and aspects of LGBT life.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poetry-evening-tickets-55578738503
http://www.boltonlams.co.uk/desire-love-identity-exploring-lgbtq-histories-in-bolton

Burnage Library,
Burnage Lane,
Manchester M19 1EW
Monday 8th April, 2019
7pm start – 9.30pm
Free event

Back by popular demand! Following the success of our event in 2018, we are delighted to welcome Manchester writer Rosie Garland back 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.

http://www.burnageactivityhub.org.uk/wp/?page_id=11

The Next Step

Write Like A Grrl writing course,
Manchester

I’m delighted to be guest writer at the closing session of The Next Step, Write Like A Grrl.
Looking forward to celebrating with everyone who has taken part of the course. We’ll have a Q&A, discussing persistence, developing our writing, and the importance of building community and support networks to help us all keep going.

For more info about booking onto the next course –
This six week intensive course offers weekly critique workshops as well as sessions on advanced writing techniques such as modes of narration, pace, plotting a novel, editing, how to strengthen your regular writing practice and how to read like a writer.
The course includes a Q&A session with a published author as well as sure-fire strategies on how to maintain motivation once the course is over.
http://forbookssake.net/write-like-a-grrrl/write-like-a-grrrl-manchester-the-next-step/

Not Quite Light Festival

Five Four Studios
54 Oldfield Road,
Salford,
Manchester M5 4LZ

2-4pm
Tickets £6

The Dark City

How does the darker side of the city inspire writers?

The festival hub will be at Five Four Studios, and here there will be a day of talks, workshops, music and art.
In the afternoon “THE DARK CITY” will see a panel discussion and performances from poets and authors Kate Feld, Emily Oldfield, Nick Royle, Rosie Garland, Steve Marland, Anne Beswick and Helen Darby. They will explore the darker side of the city as an inspiration for crime novels, the gothic and film noir.

https://notquitelight.com/nql-2019-events/

https://notquitelight.com/the-dark-city/

Death & the Sacred Symposium

MMU Brooks Building
53 Bonsall Street
Hulme,
Manchester, M15 6GX

This interdisciplinary symposium aims to explore, analyse and debate the relationship between death and the sacred in art and narrative.
09:00-18:00

1pm – 2.30pm
We are thrilled to be inviting Andrew Michael Hurley (author of The Loney and Devil’s Day and alumni of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Manchester Writing School), Rosie Garland (Author of Vixen, The Night Brother and writer in residence at John Rylands Library) and Jenn Ashworth (Author of A Kind of Intimacy, Cold Light, The Friday Gospels and Fell).

https://www.facebook.com/events/2055128788065939/
https://venues.mmu.ac.uk/events/death-and-the-sacred-symposium/

Celebrate International Women's Day with Flapjack Press!

Manchester Central Library
St Peter's Square,
Manchester, M2 5PD

5.30pm – 8pm
free event

Join us for an evening of poetry hosted by Rosie Garland ("literary hero" - The Skinny).
With performance from award-winning poets, playwrights and spoken word artists Cathy Crabb, Sarah Miller, Anna Percy, Melanie Rees & Geneviève L. Walsh.

Doors open 5.30pm for a 6pm start, 8pm finish.

Free entry. Refreshments provided.

Presented by Flapjack Press in association with Manchester Library & Information Service
www.flapjackpress.co.uk

English Literature & Creative Writing at Lancaster University
Visiting Writers Series - Rosie Garland

Ruskin Library
Bailrigg
Lancaster University,
Lancaster, LA1 4YZ

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 from 18:00-19:00

Join us for an evening of conversation with Rosie Garland.

Everybody is welcome, this event is free and no registration is needed.

Tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie Garland is a novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets. With a passion for language nurtured by public libraries, her writing has appeared in New Welsh Reader, The North, Rialto, Butcher’s Dog, Bangalore Review, Mslexia, Envoi, etc. She’s received writing commissions from Bronte Parsonage Museum, Tate Modern and Women’s Words Manchester as well as nominations for the Pushcart and Forward Prizes. Her latest poetry collection, As In Judy, is published by Flapjack Press.

Debut novel, The Palace of Curiosities, was nominated for both The Desmond Elliott and the Polari First Book Prize and Vixen was a Green Carnation Prize nominee. Her latest novel The Night Brother (Borough Press) was reviewed in The Times as "A rich and ambitious tale with shades of Angela Carter... Garland's prose is a delight: playful and exuberant.”

https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/english-literature-and-creative-writing/news-and-events/events/?view=fulltext&day=26&month=2&year=2019&id=d.en.394094×tamp=1551204000&

MMU Manchester and the City module – student seminar

The John Rylands Library
Deansgate
Manchester

“The Night Brother - MMU Manchester and the City module”

This student tour & seminar is part of my writing residency at The John Rylands Library, Manchester, in association with Manchester Metropolitan University.

21st February 10am-12 noon

“Everything That Can Happen” anthology launch

The Betsey Trotwood
56 Farringdon Road
London
EC1R 3BL

Free event
19:00 – 22:00
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/everything-that-can-happen-london-book-launch-party-tickets-55109082750

Everything That Can Happen is an anthology of poems about the future.
The poems – or perhaps prophecies – explore time, language, changing landscapes, future selves, uncertainty, catastrophe and civilisation. An android fills out a passport form. A space-walker sends a postcard home. The local cricket pitch is lost underwater. Frozen limbs thaw from cryogenic sleep.

The Emma Press will be launching the anthology at the Betsey Trotwood with an evening of readings from the anthology poets, including Rosie Garland, Amy Acre, Carole Bromley, Joe Carrick-Varty, Rishi Dastidar, Annie Fisher, Pamela Johnson Tim Kiely, Alice Merry, Ilse Pedler, Emma Simon and more.

The book will also be available to buy on the evening.
Read more about Everything That Can Happen https://theemmapress.com/books/future-poems/

Festival Preview – Celebrating Doctor Who

Huddersfield Library
Princess Alexandra Walk
HD1 2SU

Tuesday 12 February 2019
Doors 6pm, ends approx 7.30pm

Find out more about this year’s events, pick up a brochure and take part in our Celebration of Doctor Who.
Come dressed as your favourite character - Take a selfie with our Tardis
Share your favourite memories of the show (in keeping with our Festival theme of ‘Memory’)

Hosted by novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets, Rosie Garland

Find out 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Doctor Who
Raffle for Kirkwood Hospice

No age restrictions (U16s should be accompanied by an adult)

Date: February 12, 2019
Start time: 06:00 p.m.
End time: 07:30 p.m.
Venue: Huddersfield Library,
Phone: 01484951108
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Verbose


Fred’s Ale House
843 Stockport Road
Levenshulme,
Manchester M19 3PW

Free event
doors are at 7.30pm

The live literature night Verbose – first event for 2019!
Come to Fred’s Ale House in Levenshulme on 28th Jan for an evening of poetry and stories about magic realism & the surreal.

Our headliners are Rosie Garland, Gaynor Jones & Michael Conley, plus all your usual open mic faves. FREE ENTRY - don't miss it!

First up - Rosie Garland: novelist, poet, singer & flash fiction writer, dubbed one of the country's finest performance poets.

Northern Writer of the Year, Gaynor Jones, is known for her strange and often surreal stories, & final headliner for Monday 28th Jan is Michael Conley. We love his hilarious and surreal poetry and short stories and can't wait to see him perform.

Verbose brings words to the ’burbs with live literature in Levenshulme.

https://www.facebook.com/VerboseMcr/

Royal Albert Hall and For Books' Sake present ‘That's What She Said’

Elgar Room
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP

Monday 17 December 2018
Starts: 9:30pm

As part of the Royal Albert Hall's Christmas Season, For Books’ Sake are presenting a late night End of Year Special of That’s What She Said.

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

Expect fierce, feminist truth, fiction, politics and poetry from internationally renowned megababes - a night of spoken word featuring the most incendiary, intoxicating women writers and performers around

Performers will include iconic author Salena Godden, poet, and writer for the Guardian and The Huffington Post Penny Pepper, award-winning literary hero Rosie Garland and artist and social activist Reece Lyons.

Come and celebrate For Books' Sake's best year yet with this ridiculously iconic line-up.
‘[The] biggest spoken word night in London for women’
Evening Standard

Entry via Door 12
This event has mixed standing and unreserved cabaret-style seating, and you may be asked to share a table

https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2018/thats-what-she-said-2/

HAUNT Manchester presents Black Christmas

The Peer Hat,
14-16 Faraday Street,
M1 1BE Manchester

Saturday, 15 December 2018 from 12:00-19:00
Free event

Readings start at 3pm – featuring Rosie Garland at 4pm

Have you been naughty this year? Have you been very, very naughty?
Then you might be the perfect guests to receive the very special gifts in store at HAUNT Manchester’s Black Christmas Party.
Presented as part of Foundations Festival 2018, the HAUNT network bring to you a dark and delicious pile of sticky Christmas treats (for adults only).
Featuring:

• The hosts of The Fallen Christmas Angels, Satanic Santa and his Zombie Elves!
• Spoken word and cabaret from black-hearted Manchester superstars Rosie Garland, Liquorice Black, Lethal Gem, Joshua Hubbard… and more!
• There will also be an art exhibition from Manchester Gothic Arts Group.
Expect gifts, games, décor and surprises galore!
Over 18s only, this is Christmas without the kids please.
Fancy dress encouraged.

https://www.visitmanchester.com/ideas-and-inspiration/blog/read/2018/11/foundations-festival-bringing-grassroots-music-community-action-black-christmas-and-more-to-manchester-b656

Emmeline Pankhurst statue unveiling

St Peter’s Square,
Manchester M2 3AE

Midday
Free event

As well as brass bands, speeches and a full choir – Rosie Garland is honoured to be singing at the unveiling event.
The statue of Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled in St Peter’s Square, Manchester on Friday, 14th December 2018 – one hundred years to the day from some women voting for the first time in a British General Election.
A landmark statue of Manchester icon Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled in St Peter’s Square - to mark the 100th anniversary of women first voting.
Designed by sculptor Helen Reeves the bronze tribute is earmarked for a spot opposite the Central Library in St Peter's Square. Hazel Reeves was the unanimous choice with her ‘chair’ design: Rise Up Women.

Event Details here:
https://www.womanchesterstatue.org/news/timings-announced-emmeline-pankhurst-statue-unveiling/

Marchers rallying at two iconic locations
10.30 a.m. Marchers gather at The Pankhurst Centre and The People’s History Museum
11.00 a.m. The marchers set off with others joining on the route singing songs such as March of The Women, Nana was a suffragette and The Pankhurst Anthem.
11.45 a.m. Both groups arrive in St Peter’s Square
Meanwhile…….
In St Peter’s Square:
11.15 a.m. Our MC opens proceedings
The ceremony begins at midday
12.00 p.m. MC introduces Manchester Community Choir to sing three songs.
The Pankhurst Anthem
The speeches begin
12.45 p.m. The Lord Mayor
12.50 p.m. The crowd sing The Pankhurst Anthem
13.00 p.m. The statue is unveiled
13.00 p.m. The RNCM brass ensemble play whilst everyone has their photos taken with the statue

What an adventure!
On Saturday December 1st I sang the Pankhurst Anthem – specially written by Helen Pankhurst & Lucy Pankhurst - in Etihad Stadium in front of the Manchester City crowd at half time! I can honestly say I've never sung in front of a crowd of 50,000 people.

All part of the run-up to the unveiling of Hazel Reeves wonderful statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in St Peter’s Square, Manchester on December 14th 2018.

The Looking Glass Burlesque

Pyramid & Parr Hall
Palmyra Sq.,
Warrington WA1 1BL

Saturday, 24 November 2018 from 19:30-22:30
Tickets £11- £14

The Looking Glass Burlesque returns to it's Warrington home for the annual spectacular showcase of some of the finest burlesque and cabaret talent in the UK. Starring a bevvy of internationally-acclaimed performers, up and coming stars and home-grown favourites.

Starring:
Rosie Lugosi - the compere with a firm grip on all who step into The Looking Glass. This fabulous Mistress of the Dark will escort you through the evening's proceedings in the best way she knows how

Suzie Sequin - the chameleon of cabaret. This pocket-sized hourglass is bound to set your hearts racing and your feet tapping. With her infectious energy, stage presence and musiciality, you can't help but be entertained by this one

FLIM NITE presents 'Pan's Labyrinth'

The Three Minute Theatre
Afflecks Arcade,
35-39, Oldham Street,
Manchester M1 1JG

What would ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ look like chewed up and spat out by comedians, theatremakers, writers and musicians?

We have created a labyrinthine underworld in order to test the moral strength of our artists and let the creative juices flow! Come and find out what their deepest fears are!

Watch as our acts distort a Spanish language dark fantasy movie into something ridiculous, beautiful or unrecognisable for your viewing pleasure. We have entrusted each one of them with a chunk of the film to re-enact, riff around, mash up or explode. There’s no way of telling what will happen.

FLIM NITE is a monthly experimental performance night based at Three Minute Theatre in Manchester's Northern Quarter. We’re in our fourth year and showing no signs of stopping.

We will not be showing a movie. We will be making a FLIM.

LINE-UP including ROSIE GARLAND, SARAH BENNETTO, JOZ NORRIS,

“The group take a hammer to well-known films and smash them into something completely different – think a smorgasbord of musical interludes, a dab of poetry and an added bit of standup comedy. Trust us, it’s unlike any other night around!” - The Skinny

"With all the ramshackle pop-anarchism of Never Mind The Buzzcocks and the warmth, variety and bonhomie of a fringe arts night, FLIM NITE is going from strength to strength and is not to be missed." - NARC

FLIM NITE is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and the National Lottery through the Grants for the arts scheme.

The Three Minute Theatre, Manchester
Doors at 7.30pm, acts start at 8pm sharp
£3 suggested donation on the door

Finally, I can announce that I am inaugural Writer-in-Residence at The John Rylands Library in Manchester. It’s fantastic news.
How? I put together a proposal, & asked. The power of asking, indeed.

Read the article in the University of Manchester magazine, here:

“When I first moved to Manchester I was stunned to discover this incredible library with such a surprising history,” remembers Rosie Garland, singer with Leeds post-punk band The March Violets and writer-in-residence at The John Rylands Library.
“It’s always been one of my favourite places in Manchester and the idea that I’m now working in it and writing about it as the Library’s first writer-in- residence is a dream come true.”

Read full article here
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/magazine/features/novel-library-research/

‘Manchester Dark, Manchester Light - the inspiration behind The Night Brother’.

Saturday 3rd November 2018
3pm – 4.30pm
Starting point: The Craft Centre,
Oak Street,
Manchester M4 5JD

Limited places - £10
Special offer - Oak St Cafe at the Craft Centre will be offering cake and coffee/tea for £5 for anyone showing their walking tour ticket on the day.

Buy tickets here:
https://buyonline.mmu.ac.uk/product-catalogue/arts-and-humanities/art-humanities-field-trips/manchester-dark-manchester-light-the-inspiration-behind-the-night-brother?platform=hootsuite

A Gothic style novel inspired by the streets and stories of late nineteenth century Manchester – ‘The Night Brother’(2017) by Rosie Garland – is soon going to be coming to life, in the form of a unique walking tour on Saturday 3rd November at 3pm - 4.30pm.devised by Rosie herself and local guide Anne Beswick.

This walk will be titled ‘Manchester Dark, Manchester Light - the inspiration behind The Night Brother’ and certainly is special.

‘The Night Brother’ is after all a novel of urban exploration, familial intensity and a dark delve into Manchester at the turn of the twentieth century. Guests will be able to ponder this as they will take in the sites of the city – including Northern Quarter backstreets, Victorian markets and subterranean spaces.

The tour will be led by Rosie and Anne together, for a truly engaging experience. Rosie is a novelist and poet, as well as a singer with post-punk band The March Violets. Anne Beswick is a recognised guide at Manchester Guided Tours, and her walks to date have included the likes of Manchester Architecture, Gaskell in Town & at Plymouth Grove and a Gothic Manchester tour.

https://www.visitmanchester.com/ideas-and-inspiration/haunt-manchester/places-product-list/night-brother-novel

The Freakeasy Halloween Showcase

Banshee Labyrinth
29-35 Niddry Street,
Edinburgh,
EH1 1LG

Free event

Time: 8pm – 10.30pm

Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. The Freakeasy crawls in search of blood, to terrorize your neighborhood. That's right folks, the Freakeasy is back! And for the Halloween special. After our much needed holiday, Its time to get back to business.

Expect some fantastic, weird and wonderful acts that will kick off our show in style.
Featuring ROSIE GARLAND
with Orla Kelly, Richard Duffy, Cameron Young, Barrie Heap & Rayna Destruction

So Join us on the 25th of October, Live only at The Banshee Labyrinth Doors open 8 o'clock Free show.

That’s What She Said

Tribeca,
50 Sackville St,
Manchester M1 3WF
£5

"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.

LINE-UP FOR THURSDAY 4th OCTOBER 2018

ROSIE GARLAND
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.

SUZANNAH EVANS

DEBZ BUTLER

MORE DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED
WHAT THEY SAY...
"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...'