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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.

MIX 2019: Experiential Storytelling

Monday 1 July, 2019
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Bath Spa University
Corsham Court campus
Church St,
Corsham,
Wiltshire SN13 0BZ

MIX has established itself as an innovative forum for the exploration of writing and technology, attracting an international cohort of contributors from the UK, Australia, and Europe as well as North and South America.

I’m delighted to be presenting a paper on my residency at The John Rylands Library, at this prestigious conference.

https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/research-centres/centre-for-cultural-and-creative-industries/ccci-events/mix-conference/

Rewriting the North: Rosie Garland and Livi Michael

27th June 2019
6.30 for 7pm start

The Portico Library
57 Mosley St,
Manchester M2 3HY

The Portico Library and the Centre for Place Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University have come together to organise ‘Rewriting the North’: a series of events celebrating writers and writing connected with the North of England. In each event, two leading writers will read from their work and will discuss the role that place plays in their creative practice. ‘Rewriting the North’, then, will explore the relationship between writing and place across a range of forms and genres. By extension, it will celebrate how such writers are rewriters are reimagining the North of England.

In the second event of this new series, Livi & Rosie will explore the role that historical fiction plays in their evocations of the landscapes – both real and imagined – of the North of England.

That's What She Said London

The Book Club
100 Leonard Street,
EC2A 4RH London

7.30-10.30pm

"The biggest spoken word night in London for women" (Evening Standard)
Shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK (Saboteur Awards), That's What She Said showcases the best new writing and performance by women and non-binary writers, featuring iconic and emerging authors with a mix of performance, poetry, storytelling, slam and more.

LINE-UP FOR WEDNESDAY 26th JUNE

Emma McGordon - award winning writer originating from Cumbria.

Rosie Garland, Cheryl Powell and Sam Mills will be helping to launch "Disturbing the Beast" a new anthology from the independent publisher, Boudicca Press. The collection comprises of weird fiction stories that explore lesser talked about female centred topics by some of the best women writers in the UK, including Kirsty Logan and Aliya Whiteley.

Marcelle Mateki Akita (@matekiwrites) is a writer, consultant, co-founder of Afrikult. and blogs on matekiwrites. She co-produces the Africa Writes festival in London.
Open mic walk ups on the evening are welcomed but with limited places it might be advisable to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have a burning desire to speak out and speak up.

Get your tickets for only £8 (£5 student or unwaged) now while you can, or come along on the night for £10 (£7 student or unwaged) on the door.

And remember - For Books' Sake is a volunteer led, community organisation so all your pennies will be going back into championing women writers!

Rosie Lugosi @ The Looking Glass Burlesque

The Brindley Theatre,
High St,
Runcorn WA7 1BG
7.30–10:30pm 22rd June

The Looking Glass Burlesque is coming to The Brindley Theatre this June in RUNCORN! Feast your eyes upon some of the finest burlesque and cabaret talent that the UK has to offer, guaranteed to give you an evening you'll never forget!
Watch in delight as beautiful songbirds, dazzling showgirls, carny capers, mystifying puppetry, breathtaking dancers, gothic beauties and cheesecake cuties take to the stage to delight you in the best way they know how!
Starring:
Rosie Lugosi - our infamous compere returns! Dare you try your luck against the famous vampire queen? With stunning outfits, dazzling charm and oodles of gothic beauty - she makes living forever a tempting proposition

V.J. Spankie - this veteran of neo-burlesque is guaranteed to show you exactly what is the source of her power and display stunning violinist ability
Dancers Bizarre - this group of gyspy dancers will astound you with their cabaret storytelling, their madcap humour and their fancy footwork - all in a kaleidoscope of beautiful colours and sounds
Suzie Sequin - the chameleon of cabaret will mystify you with her dazzling costumes, technical footwork, strong musicality and imaginative use of puppetry!
AND MORE!
Tickets are only £14 and available from here

Peterloo – massacre or riot?

The John Rylands Library
150 Deansgate
Manchester
M3 3EH

6pm-8pm
Free event

Peterloo: Fake news. Fractured politics. A state against its people. Discover the story of the Peterloo Massacre in The John Rylands Library’s latest exhibition.

Come to the promenade and chaired debate event on Thursday 20th June and hear the conflicting views! Rosie Garland is proud to be enacting the character of Jemima Bamford.

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

The Bellwether Syndicate
Wave-Gotik Treffen

Time - 19.10h
Venue - Täubchenthal
Markranstädter Straße 1
Leipzig, Germany

I'm honoured to guest with The Bellwether Syndicate at WGT! With a special rendition of Snake Dance (The March Violets).

Fronted by veteran artist William Faith (of Faith and the Muse) and Sarah Rose (aka DJ Scary Lady Sarah), The Bellwether Syndicate are, as illustrated by their debut, coloring outside of prescribed genre lines, choosing here to push the boundaries of style and substance into something relevant and vital.

The Bellwether Syndicate are William Faith: Vox • Guitars
Sarah Rose Faith: Vox • Guitars
Paul Sin: Bass
Philly Peroxide: Keyboards • Percussion
Stevyn Grey: Drums

https://www.wave-gotik-treffen.de/ro/go4it.php?id=197&loc=en

A Splendid Day Out

1st June – 2nd June 2019
The Arts of Steam Marquee, Station Buildings, Marine Road
Morecambe LA4 4DB

The Northwest premier Steampunk Festival returns.
Steamageddon!
Imagine a world changed, from miraculous beginning to ruinous end...
SteamAgeddon promises that and more: dance like a dinosaur at the Jurassic Ball, celebrate the end of everything at The Party at the End of the World, brave the wasteland and equip yourselves for what is to come!

The A Splendid Day Out airship will land in the UK’s charming Victorian seaside retreat of Morecambe for its sixth 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 our 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, 1st & 2nd June 2019

http://asplendiddayout.com/

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