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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.

Digital Pride Programme

Starting on Monday 17 August, celebrations of Leeds Pride will be showcased across a range of digital channels. The full programme is below:

Pride Film Festival
The University of Leeds, Leeds Arts University and Leeds Beckett University have collaborated with Hyde Park Picture House to create a self-curating LGBT+ film programme. The programme provides links to more than 25 films, both long and short form, which can be navigated as a personal mini Pride Film Festival.
We are really excited about the programme, with Leeds’ friendly, local indie cinema Hyde Park Picture house profiling a new film every day. It includes suggestions from LGBT+ author, musician, poet Rosie Garland (aka Rosie Lugosi); and members of the LGBT+ networks at the three coordinating universities.

The full film listing will go live on the University’s Medium account later this week. Follow the University of Leeds on twitter where we will be sharing all Medium articles as they go live throughout the week.

Time & Location
23 Jul, 19:00 – 22:00 BST
Zoom event

The Hunger is the 1983 Tony Scott film described by Roger Ebert as “an agonizingly bad vampire movie”. The film has yet acquired cult status, not least because of its leading cast of Bowie, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon. . Some praised its bisexual and lesbian themes while others just found it erotically-charged and good-looking. Stevie Nicks recently cited it as one of her favourite moments of Bowie’s career, declaring it “creepy and strange and amazingly beautiful.”
Special Guest Rosie Garland

A lush vampire romance with sex and style to spare, much of it provided by stars Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie as a couple of posh, centuries-old nightclubbing New York bloodsuckers who, when one begins to show the first signs of aging, recruit assistance from Susan Sarandon’s geriatrics researcher, then find themselves in a very, very attractive throuple. Yes, that’s “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” artists Bauhaus in a brief cameo.

The Film Club runs from 7pm - 10pm (ish) BST. After a bit of an intro, you'll stream the film in your own home - the cost is around £3.50. Some films we will be sharing are free to stream.

Then we'll get together sometime around 9.30pm BST for something special.
We are delighted to welcome special guest Rosie Garland aka Rosie Lugosi!

Film Club is for dykes and allies of all genders, all generations (over 18).

Butcher’s Dog Poetry magazine, Issue 13 launch – ONLINE

Saturday, 11 July 2020 from 19:30-21:30
Public · Hosted by
Butcher's Dog Poetry Magazine

Join us for an evening of tail-wagging fun as we celebrate the launch of our belated thirteenth issue. Zoom in from the safety of your couch, meet the latest poets to join the Dog house and hear their work.
Hosted by co-editors Aoife Lyall and Jo Clement, you'll hear brilliant poems – incl Rosie Garland’s poem ‘St Catherine’ - see the big reveal of our latest gorgeous cover art and be in with the chance of winning must-have prizes.

15.5.2020 & 8.7.2020 - ONLINE EVENT

Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine

2020 FPM-Hippocrates Prize Open Poetry Competition
Including – Eczema, by Rosie Garland

Poems to Live for session at 9pm
The winners in the 2020 Hippocrates will be announced by the judges during the second Poems to Live for live-streamed Zoom session which will start at 9pm, 15th May 2020. More readings, incl Eczema, by Rosie Garland on 8th July 2020.

Out on the Page

16 May, 15:00 – 16:30 BST
Online Zoom Video-Conference

Guest Writer Q&A: ROSIE GARLAND | Free Event

Join award-winning writer Rosie Garland for an informal 'round-table' Q&A where we explore with Rosie, amongst other things, her experience of emerging as a writer. She will also do a short reading of her writing.

Out on the Page was set up in 2018 by Paul Bradley-Cong as an experimental project to bring together LGBTQ+ writers to write, support each other and to share information and experiences.

Festival in My House... and Yours
Paying Attention!
An Online Queer Literature Festival with Roma Havers & Friends

Free online event

Join us at 7.30pm BST, Wednesday 29 April. Head to our YouTube channel to subscribe and receive notifications.

Inspired by our Festival in My House series, we’re inviting Manchester artists to create their own micro-international festivals at home, then stream them for us during the lockdown, live and for free. This week, we’re bringing you a miniature literature festival created especially for the times in which we’re living…

Paying Attention! brings together six of the best queer writers in Manchester, working across all forms from poetry to performance and from fiction to theatre. Teaming up in pairs across the course of the evening, novelists Okechukwu Nzelu and Rosie Garland will be reading from their work, discussing their practice, reflecting, reminiscing and attempting to answer a vital question: ‘Now that you have our attention, how would you like to be read?’ Join us on Wednesday to hear from some of the city’s most exciting writers at this one-off lockdown lit-fest with a difference.

Supported by Manchester International Festival.

I'm very excited to be invited to be part of Kommuneity Mumbai Sunset Session.
Reading poetry alongside the wonderful Jasmine Khurana, Shruti Vyas. With music from Namit Das.
Hosted by Sheena Khalid!

Monday 27th April, 6pm India time, 1.30pm UK time.

Live on the Kommune Instagram


On Weds 15th April 2020, Share A Book India Association are delighted to welcome guest author Rosie Garland on their Live Instagram feed.
She’ll be chatting with Krish Cheda, and answering live questions from the listeners.

Sharing the love of reading across the miles.
5pm India Time
12.30 UK / BST

Share A Book, India started as a campaign to make sure that reading books in school for pleasure isn't considered a luxury but a necessity! We have grown as an organisation with a simple motto in mind to enable each child to read, imagine and grow to her fullest potential.

Rosie Garland is guest lecturer at University of Northumbria, Newcastle on Tyne.

Monday 2nd March: student seminar about The Palace of Curiosities & Neo-Victorian literature. Part of Neo-Victorianism: Contemporary Literature and Culture Module. 3-6pm

Tuesday 3rd March: Creative Writing seminar (years 1-3) 11am-noon

Faculty of Arts, Design & Social Sciences
Department of Humanities
Northumbria University
Lipman Building, room 422
Newcastle upon Tyne

Module info:

Oldham LGBTQ4U Launch Night with Rosie Garland

Oldham Library
Greaves Street

Mon, February 24, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Free event

Oldham 0LGBTQ4U
Celebrate LGBT History Month & the Launch of a new LGBT initiative @Oldham Library in partnership with LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation and Oldham Libraries invites you to the launch night of a new Oldham group initiative – Oldham LGBTQ4U. Meeting the last Monday of every month at Oldham Library, the group aims to bring together LGBT people, Queer people, and allies who wish to expand their social and cultural horizons. The group is open to all LGBT communities, we aim to be as inclusive as possible and to reach people who might otherwise feel socially isolated due to their age, ethnicity, identity, sexuality or gender.

To launch this new group initiative and to celebrate LGBT History Month we have invited performer, writer, and Queer historian Rosie Garland. Rosie will talk about their recent residency at John Rylands Library and the notion of ‘queering the library’, recite pieces from some of their recent work, and the importance of LGBT History month to our communities.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Live Literature

Bolton Central Library,
Le Mans Crescent, BL1 1SE

Tuesday 11th February: 6.30pm-8pm
Free event

The Night Brother: Rosie Garland reads from her prize-winning fiction, with an interview and Q&A

From the author of The Palace of Curiosities and Vixen comes a bold new novel exploring questions of identity, sexual equality and how well we really know ourselves. Perfect for fans of Angela Carter, Sarah Waters and Erin Morgenstern. A dazzling and provocative novel of adventure and belonging, The Night Brother lures us to the furthermost boundaries of sexual and gender identity. With echoes of Orlando and Jekyll & Hyde, this is a story about the vital importance of being honest with yourself. Every part of yourself. After all, no-one likes to be kept in the dark.

Rosie Garland writes long and short-form fiction, poetry and sings with post-punk band The March Violets. With a passion for language nurtured by libraries, she started out in spoken word, garnering praise from Apples and Snakes as ‘one of the country’s finest performance poets’. In 2011 she entered the inaugural Mslexia Novel Competition and won. This debut novel was published as The Palace of Curiosities (HarperCollins, 2013) and was nominated for both The Desmond Elliott and the Polari First Book Prize. Second novel, Vixen, was a Green Carnation Prize nominee. Third novel, The Night Brother is out now with Borough Press.

An Evening with Rosie Garland and Friends

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

07 Feb 2020
19:00 — 21:00
£2 plus booking fee

Celebrate LGBTQ History Month with the wonderful Rosie Garland and her favourite Manchester based LGBTQ performers, poets and authors!
Novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets, Rosie Garland has a passion for language nurtured by public libraries. In 2019 Val McDermid named her as one of the Top 10 LGBTQ writers in the UK today.
Joining Rosie will be…

Okey Nzelu.
Okey Nzelu’s prose and poetry has been published in various magazines. He was the recipient of a 2015 Northern Writers’ Award for his debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, a comedy about family and making mistakes.

Roma Havers
Roma Havers is a Manchester-based queer poet and performer, whose current work explores, failing bodies, outness and how poetry can shorthand memory into something new. While working with Young Identity she has been commissioned by HOME, Manchester Histories and Manchester International Festival

Afshan D’souza-Lodhi
Afshan D’souza-Lodhi was born in Dubai and is of Indian/Pakistani descent. Afshan writes plays, prose, performance pieces and occasionally passive aggressive tweets. She has worked with Manchester Lit Festival, The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Eclipse Theatre, Paul Burston’s Polari and one day hopes to take over the world.

Helen Darby
Helen Darby is a poet from Manchester who has been appearing at spoken word nights around the North West since 2018. She has performed invited guest slots at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lancaster Spotlight, That’s What She Said Manchester, Superbia for Manchester Pride, Manchester Museum, New Mills Festival, Stirred and the Fight Like a Girl cancer charity night at the Kings Arms in Salford.

Writing the Gothic & writing the outsider – The University of Malaga

Monday 3rd February 2020, 6pm-7pm

Faculty of Arts (LETRAS)
University of Málaga
Campus de Teatinos
29071 Málaga

Writing the Gothic and writing the outsider.
I’m delighted to be invited to speak at the University of Malaga.

Drawing on my three novels: The Palace of Curiosities, Vixen and The Night Brother, I will discuss the texts with students, in context of their own reading and studies.
I’ll link to Queer Studies and the overlaps between the Gothic / LGBT+ themed literature, and talk about the tensions and differences between visible and invisible difference.
With Q&A after.

Thoughtworks -The Power of Asking

4, Federation House,
2 Federation St,
Manchester M4 4BF


Rosie is a successful local novelist and Writer in Residence at the iconic John Rylands Library. She has been given her own alcove in the historic Gothic reading room at John Rylands, where she is writing her latest novel. She is also a performer and has been a recognisable figure on the Manchester arts scene for a long time. She tells us the story of how she got here.

Polari Salon

New Departures,
The Hepworth Wakefield
Gallery Walk
West Yorkshire

Sat 18 Jan 2020, 11am - 5pm
£10 / £7.50 Members / £5 Students

Polari Salon Presents - Paul Burston, Rosie Garland & VG Lee
3.15pm – 4.15pm

Join us for a day of performance, poetry, film and discussion exploring the influence of 19th- and 20th-century experimental music and literature on the works of David Hockney and Alan Davie, and the creative circles they moved in.

Taking place in our galleries and auditorium, the event will feature writers, poets, researchers, musicians and filmmakers whose works explore the influences of Hockney and Davie and continue the approach to collaboration and experimentation across the disciplines of art, poetry and composition platformed by New Departures.

Mumbai Spoken Fest by Kommune

JioWorld Garden
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400051

Spoken Fest is a stage for some of the most vibrant voices, poets, storytellers, thespians, lyricists, comedians and musicians to move you, make your heart sink and brim with joy at the same time. At Spoken we see a confluence of personalities, people, and passions. The festival comprises multiple stages, interactive workshops, and engaging master classes.
Over the course of two days, Spoken will shine a spotlight on artists from across the country ~ serving up an eclectic mix of exciting performances in languages as varied as Urdu, Hindi, and English. The experiences are also enhanced with art zones, curated bazaar, and experiential brand interactions.

Rosie Garland will be presenting a workshop: “Strategies for Dealing with Your Inner Critics”
A poetry reading!

Bhubaneswar Literary Meet

Xavier Square,
Jayadev Vihar,
Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751013

4 pm - Watching a Poem
Priya Malik and Rosie Garland on the writer as performer. Readings, recitations and discussion. In conversation with Sukanya Das.

Priya Malik is an actress, columnist, TV personality, a teacher, spoken word poet, a storyteller but most important, a writer/performer whose recent viral work 2019 main 1999 is a testimony to her distinct voice. Her work has been featured on some of India’s biggest spoken word platforms such as Kommune, UnErase Poetry, Spill Poetry, Amazon Prime and Tape A Tale. Priya has also hosted the first spoken word poetry show on national television called Uncensored News With Priya for TV9 Bharatvarsh delivering current affairs (political and social issues) in a poetic format. She’s also a part of an all-female theatre play called Selfie and is currently awaiting the release of her first film Sheer Qorma based on LGBTQIA issues with Shabana Azmi, Swara Bhaskar and Divya Dutta. Priya’s first book with HarperCollins is all set to release early next year.

Rosie Garland is an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing in the cult gothic band The March Violets to twisted alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen and has performed across the UK, Europe and the USA. She has five solo collections of poetry and the latest, Everything Must Go (Holland Park Press, 2012) tracks her experience of throat cancer. Her award-winning short stories, poems and essays have been widely anthologised. She is the proud owner 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 released in March 2013 by HarperCollins.

In 2016, Gameplan launched the Bhubaneswar Literary Meet, because a culturally rich region like Odisha needed a festival that would celebrate its literature and allied cultural pursuits — dance, music, recitation, and theatrical performances. The idea was an endeavour to take Odisha to a wider world audience and also to bring the world to Odisha. From the very first year, the lit meet has drawn premier authors and speakers from across India and the world.

To the Circus!

BBC Radio 3,
29th November,

The Verb goes to the circus. Join Presenter: Ian McMillan as he chats to Rosie Garland and John Woolf on the world of the Victorian circus.
Producer: Cecile Wright

Poetry & Performance. BBC Radio 3’s Late Night Language Lock-in. Podcast:

The Looking Glass Burlesque

Saturday 23 Nov 2019, 8:00pm
Pyramid Parr Hall
Palmyra Square South

from £11.00/£14.00

The Looking Glass Burlesque returns for it’s 10th Birthday Celebrations. Circus, dancing, singing, comedy, showgirls and more – the finest vaudeville talent around! You’ll never see the same amazing show twice!

Polari Literary Salon / Bona to Vada your Dolly old Eek! Double bill

Fri, 22 November 2019
King Edward Street Chapel
4 King Edward Street
SK10 1AB

An exclusively bona double bill from some of the best-known names in LGBT+ writing and performance in the beautifully intimate surroundings of King Edward Street Chapel. Troll on in!
Polari Literary Salon with Paul Burston
London’s award-winning LGBT+ literary salon comes to LIT. Founded in 2007 by author Paul Burston, Polari showcases the best in emerging and established LGBT+ literary talent. Named Best Cultural Event in the Co-Op Respect Loved by You Awards 2013, the salon is based at London’s Southbank Centre and also tours regularly. Tonight’s event is programmed and hosted by Burston, with guest performers including award-winning authors Rosie Garland, VG Lee and Okechukwu Nzelu.
Bona to Vada your Dolly old Eek! with Jez Dolan
Take a troll, stretch your lallies, vada the omipalones and enter the bijou world of Polari artist Jez Dolan. With music, art, and a liberal sprinkling of performing stardust, Jez creates a unique and original show using Polari as his inspiration.

The Next Step
Write Like A Grrl writing course,

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.

Elemental poetry

Bolton Central Library and Museum
Le Mans Crescent

Sat, 16 November 2019
14:00 – 16:00 GMT
Free event

Collaborate creatively with Rosie Garland to generate poetry inspired by the elements in a fusion of science and spoken word.

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.
This session is suitable for people aged 13+.

Poetry Bordello

The Voodoo Rooms
19A West Register Street,
EH22 Edinburgh

Presenting the most outstanding revue event in the poetry year!!!!

Poetry Circus proudly presents a stunning cabaret night of mouth-wateringly naughty spoken word, deliciously delightful burlesque and heart-pounding physical theatre at the sumptuous Voodoo Rooms with a to-die-for cast led by the sensational Rosie Garland - poet, chanteuse and best-selling novelist.

Supporting Rosie we have two amazing Poetry Circus regulars and popular superstars of the Central Scotland poetry scene in their own rights; get ready for the one, the only, the totally incorrigible Angie Strachan paired with the totally phenomenal and completely inimitable Suky Goodfellow.

And that's not all, leading our burlesque team we are honoured to have the stunning Miss Peachy Pearl plus our regular physical theatre star, Rach Rostock who has delighted Poetry Circus audiences at our Broken Hearts shows.

And, unbelievably, there's also a full line-up of amazing performers to be announced soon!

Doors open at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start. Tickets are £7.50 in advance or £10 on the door on the night.

Advance booking link:

Blackwell's Bookshop
University Green
146 Oxford Road
M13 9GP
Thu, 24 October 2019
19:00 – 20:30 BST

An evening of folk horror with Lucie McKnight Hardy & Andrew Michael Hurley

Blackwell's Manchester are delighted to be hosting a special evening of folk horror with Lucie McKnight Hardy and Andrew Michael Hurley. They'll be talking to author Rosie Garland about their latest books 'Water Shall Refuse Them' and 'Starve Acre'
Tickets are £3.00 and include a complimentary glass of wine plus money off the books on the night.

Leeds Festival of Gothica

Leeds City Museum
Cookridge St,
LS2 3 Leeds
The event is free

The Fashion Show starts at 14:00
Doors open at 11:00

Leeds Festival of Gothica and Leeds City Museum have once again joined forces to bring you a day of dark delights.
As the home of gothic music we are celebrating the diversity of gothica! We are hosting an Alternative Fashion show hosted by the every witty Rosie Garland featuring incredible designers.

Tickets for the Fashion Show are available at:

Tickets for the Talks are available at:

Tickets are available at eventbrite or on a first come first serve basis on the door.
Recommended age 14+ but younger children can come is accompanied by an adult.

An evening with Rosie Garland

The John Rylands Library
150 Deansgate,
M3 3EH Manchester

The John Rylands Library's inaugural writer in residence reads from her new novel for the first time!

This exciting evening event will include readings by Rosie from the unpublished manuscript, a Q&A session and a book signing.

Rosie feels an affinity with libraries and has chosen to set her new novel in The John Rylands Library in the 1980s. She has been writing the novel in the heart of The John Rylands Library, on the gallery in the Historic Reading Room.

If you have a question you’d like Rosie to answer in the Q&A session, feel free to email it in advance to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rosie Garland is an award-winning writer of novels, poems and short stories, and performer and singer with post punk band The March Violets. Her highly acclaimed novels include The Palace of Curiosities in 2013, followed by Vixen in 2015 and The Night Brother in 2017, which is set in Manchester in the late 19th and early 20th century. Val McDermid also recently selected Rosie as one of her top 10 LGBTQ writers in the UK.
Book your place now via Eventbrite.

This event has a limited number of spaces. If you make a booking and cannot attend, please cancel your booking so that we may offer the ticket to someone else.