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The Looking Glass Burlesque Saturday 23 Nov 2019, 8:00pmPyramid Parr HallPalmyra Square SouthWarringtonWA1 1BL 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! https://pyramid.culturewarrington.org/whats-on/the-looking-glass-burlesque/
Polari Literary Salon / Bona to Vada your Dolly old Eek! Double bill Fri, 22 November 2019King Edward Street Chapel4 King Edward StreetMacclesfieldSK10 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.…
The Next StepWrite 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…
Elemental poetry Bolton Central Library and MuseumLe Mans CrescentBoltonBL1 1SE Sat, 16 November 201914:00 – 16:00 GMTFree 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…
Poetry Bordello The Voodoo Rooms19A 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…
Blackwell's BookshopUniversity Green146 Oxford RoadManchesterM13 9GPThu, 24 October 201919:00 – 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…
Leeds Festival of Gothica Leeds City MuseumCookridge St,LS2 3 LeedsThe event is free The Fashion Show starts at 14:00Doors 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…
An evening with Rosie Garland The John Rylands Library150 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…
Guest tutor, the Arvon Foundation Lumb BankThe Ted Hughes Arvon CentreHeptonstallHebden BridgeWest YorkshireHX7 6DF Fiction: Work-in-ProgressMonday October 14th - Saturday October 19th 2019 Delighted to be guest tutor on this Arvon Foundation writing course. (with wonderful tutors Amanda Smyth & Chris Cleave)An inspiring week to focus on a work-in-progress and…
Writing Manchester Gothic: An Audience with Tania Hershman & Rosie Garland Date: Tuesday 15 OctoberTime: 6:30 pm – 8.30pmLocation: LT6, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester, M15 6LLTickets: Free Join us for an evening of readings from the poetry and prose of Tania Hershman and Rosie Garland, two acclaimed Manchester-based writers who…
Rogue Alternative Fair, Manchester Frog and Bucket Comedy Club102 Oldham St,Manchester Tickets: £4 in advance and £5 on the door.Sun, 13 Oct, 01:00 – 17:00 The Rogue Model Management Halloween fair and cabaret returns for another fangtastic instalment With this edition having an array of sinfully naughty delights. Trick or…
Gothic Writing workshop, Clayton Hall Dark Fiction Writing Course at Clayton HallClayton Hall,Clayton Hall Road,Manchester, M11 4RU I’m delighted to be guest workshop facilitator at Clayton Hall in October. Writer-in-residence Hannah Kate leads a six-part weekly writing course (with performance night) in the unique and evocative setting of Clayton Hall.…
Testify Hanky Panky Pancakes20 Commonhall Street,CH1 2BJ Chester,Cheshire Poetry Without The Pretension Come and share your words with us!Whether you're new to poetry or a seasoned professional, all are welcome to come and share their work.Don't fancy performing? Come and watch for an inspiring night Tues 1st October at 7:30pm…
Green Ink Sponsored Write 2019: 10.30am, Saturday 28 September I’m honoured to be one of the writers selected for Macmillan Cancer Green Ink Sponsored Write 2019! Working from homes, cafes and other creative dens across Britain, new and experienced writers will create new work inspired by Macmillan Cancer Support's mission…
Q Story Umbrella Fair PavilionThe Racecourse,Kettering Road,Northampton, NN1 4LG Join us for a day of author talks, readings and spoken word as we celebrate LGBTQIA literature. Please see the "book festival authors” page for details of the authors who will be joining us. The festival is open to LGBTQIA people…
Biconic - Spoken Word for Bi Visibility Day The Font7-9 New Wakefield St,M1 5NP Manchester 19:00-01:00Donation on the door PAYF Join us for a spectacular charity night of spoken word from some of the North West's finest bi and pan identifying poets and writers! We will have poems, games, unicorn…
New Mills Festival FABARET Torr Vale Mill,Torrvale Rd, High Peak SK22 3HS 7.30pm till lateTICKETS £20 (advance) £23 (full) IT’S A FESTIVAL, IT’S A CABARET – IT’S A FABARET! Featuring music, burlesque, acrobats and much, much more, it’s New Mills Festival FABARET, brought to you by ‘the Festival and Music…
Writers in the Bath The Bath Hotel66 Victoria St,Sheffield, S3 7QL Entry: £4Time: 7.30 Love hearing and meeting great poets? It’s second Tuesdays at Writers in The BathWith special guests Rosie Garland & Dawn Gorman! We’re honoured to have guest writers who held us in thrall last time they visited,…
Cabaret Macabre The Fulford Arms,121 Fulford Road,YO10 4EX YorkNorth Yorkshire 7pm till late Join your host, Rosie Lugosi!The Fulford Arms will be transformed to host our Cabaret Macabre show - come and join us to be entertained! We are delighted to have Rosie Lugosi join us as our host for…
Listen Softly: Book Fringe Special Golden Hare Books68 St Stephen StreetEdinburgh EH3 5AQ Wednesday, August 21, 20196:30 PM 7:30 PM with performers Rosie Garland + Jane Bradley + Jamie ThrasivoulouMC’d by Claire Askew & Dominic Stevensonopen mic slots available Don’t miss our Book Fringe special of Listen Softly, our beloved…
Antwerp Queer Arts Festival De StudioMaarschalk Gerardstraat 4,2000 Antwerpen,Belgium Lecture / Cabaret13:30 - 15:00 Rosie Garland, writer and cabaret performer from Manchester (UK), will tell us about the suffragette movement in the UK in a lecture, and jazz it up with a Victorian suffragette song or two.After her talk she…
FaxFiction The Chambers Waterside Arts1 Waterside Plaza,Sale, Trafford M33 7ZF Saturday, July 27, 201918:30 21:00Tickets: £8/£6 Old technology – we all used it, and it’s still there: cassette tapes, floppy discs, videos, 35mm slides, overhead projectors, Ansaphones, games consoles, View-Masters, faxes, Dictaphones, reel to reel, Ceefax…How did we function with…
LGBT+ tour of The John Rylands Library The John Rylands Library150 DeansgateManchester, M3 3EH Saturday, July 27, 201911:15 AM 1:30 PMFree event Towering over Deansgate, The John Rylands Library is one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.Imposing? Yep. Daunting? Sure. Ever ventured inside? Think it’s not the place for ‘you’? Come…
Pride X Tate Liverpool Royal Albert Dock Liverpool,Liverpool L3 4BB 26 July 2019 at 18.30–22.30FREE EVENT Celebrate Pride in Liverpool with us at our special late night eventWe’re kicking off our city’s Pride weekend with an exciting evening of free talks and workshops. Music will come from House of Suarez…
Polari G-A-Y Manchester63 Richmond StreetManchesterM1 3WB Wed, 24 July 201919:00 – 22:00 Following the recent sell-out success at Heaven, London’s award-winning LGBT+ literary salon rocks up at G-A-Y in Manchester.Expect a night of cabaret, comedy, drama, poetry and performance with a literary bent. Hosted by Paul Burston with author and…
Mslexicon Devonshire Hall,Cumberland Rd,Leeds LS6 2EQ I’m delighted to be facilitating a number of workshops and events over the whole weekend! Mslexicon is a house party like no other.Part brainstorm, part bootcamp, part celebration, it is a chance to nurture your writing craft and career with the help of leading…
Origins of the Outsiders: The New Goths Saturday, 6th July 201912:30pm - 1:45pm The history of goth culture goes far beyond Bauhaus, the Cure, and copious amounts of black eyeliner. In fact, you can trace its roots as far back as the barbarian outsiders of post-Roman late antiquity. In their…
MIX 2019: Experiential Storytelling Monday 1 July, 201912:00 PM – 5:00 PM Bath Spa UniversityCorsham Court campusChurch 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…
Rewriting the North: Rosie Garland and Livi Michael 27th June 20196.30 for 7pm start The Portico Library57 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…
That's What She Said London The Book Club100 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,…
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  • 10.8.2019 - Val McDermid's 10 most compelling LGBTQI writers in the UK today
    10.8.2019 - Val McDermid's 10 most compelling LGBTQI writers in the UK today

    I’m thrilled to announce that Val McDermid has selected me as one of the 10 most compelling LGBTQI+ writers working in the UK today!

    Val said: “These writers are writing for everyone. These are not words for a niche readership. These are not writings for a ghetto. These are the works of writers who have something to say that can be – and should be – heard by as many people as possible.”

    She continued: “Auden was wrong when he claimed “poetry makes nothing happen”. Words do change the world, reader by reader. They open our eyes, they provoke thought. The work of these 10 writers… will awaken in us fresh delight in the wonder of words.”

    The list was commissioned by the National Centre for Writing and British Council, supported by Arts Council England as part of a two-year programme to promote writing from the UK to an international audience. It also includes the amazing Colette Bryce, Juno Dawson, Juliet Jacques, Keith Jarrett, Kirsty Logan, Andrew McMillan, Fiona Mozley, Mary Paulson-Ellis & Luke Turner.

    The Guardian - The Word Is Out. Val McDermid selects Britain's 10 most outstanding lgbtq writers

    Written on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 08:44
  • 20.6.2019 - Peterloo: massacre or riot? The John Rylands Library
    20.6.2019 - Peterloo: massacre or riot? The John Rylands Library
    Peterloo – massacre or riot?

    On June 20th 2019, The John Rylands Library staged a live performance event to mark the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre. It was a first for the library and I was excited to take the part of Jemima Bamford – one of the thousands of men, women and children who gathered at St Peter’s Field in August 1819. I donned bonnet and shawl and created a speech, imagining how she might have spoken out against the actions of the militia, who charged into an unarmed crowd, and murdered up to 23 people.

    Then joined by 5 other actors, I took part in a public debate as we decide: was Peterloo a massacre or a riot? At the end of the debate, votes were cast, and Manchester decided overwhelmingly – massacre.

    Written on Sunday, 21 July 2019 10:32
  • 8.6.2019 - Guest vox with The Bellwether Syndicate, Wave-Gotik Treffen
    8.6.2019 - Guest vox with The Bellwether Syndicate, Wave-Gotik Treffen
    Guest vox with The Bellwether Syndicate at Wave-Gotik Treffen

    The high point of WGT 2019 was being invited to be guest vocalist with The Bellwether Syndicate from Chicago! Rocking out to a special rendition of The March Violets track ‘Snake Dance’…
    The gig on Saturday 8th June 2019 at Taubchenthal, Leipzig was packed out – and what a crowd…

    A great pleasure to work with William Faith, Sarah Rose (aka Scary Lady Sarah), keyboards Phil Destefano, bassist Paul Sin & drummer extraordinaire Stevyn Grey

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

    Written on Sunday, 21 July 2019 10:20
  • 'How to ask for a residency' - The John Rylands blog
    'How to ask for a residency' - The John Rylands blog
    How to ask for a residency

    Since I wrote about the Power of Asking, I’ve been heartened by how many writers have told me they’re going to ask for Writers’ Residencies too. There are plenty of questions: What do you say? What do you ask for? This blog offers a few suggestions.

    Where do you want your residency to be?
    Chip shop, bus stop, lighthouse, theatre, cemetery. The choice is yours. Think of where you’d love to write. It may be a place you pass every day on the way to work, or somewhere you’ve stumbled on by chance. Perhaps you have a connection already. For example, when I was invited to read at The John Rylands Library, I fell in love with this Mancunian gem. It sparked a train of thought…

    What do you want to do?
    I’ve a pretty simple plan: my next novel is set in The John Rylands and I’m exploring what it’s like to write ‘on site’, drawing inspiration from the spirit of the place. You’ll have your own ideas. It’s a wonderful opportunity to try something new, with time to focus on your writing in an inspiring workspace. The clearer you are about what you’d like to create and how it’s connected to the venue you’ve chosen, the better. Do your research, and put together a proposal. I’ve broken this down below.

    How long is a residency?
    Weeks, months, or a year – it’s largely up to you and the organisation. My residency is running for a calendar year; time to produce a first draft of the novel. I’ve committed to being on site for one day a week, but can’t keep away from the place…

    What can you offer?
    As well as being clear about what you want to achieve, think about what you can offer your host organisation. Ideas can include giving talks, workshops, writing tutorials or readings, and writing blogs on the progress of the residency. You might produce a poem etched in the window, or devise a grand finale performance. There’s no limit.
    If you’re unsure, ask for advice from writer friends (or friends of friends) who’ve done residencies in the past. If you don’t know any – ask the internet. Social media can be a lot more supportive than you might imagine.

    How do you get an introduction?
    You’ll need to approach your chosen organisation to find out of they’re interested in your idea. I asked writer friends for signposting, and got an introduction. People were only too pleased to help, a warm reminder that we’re in this together. There’s a community of writers out there, and we are pretty groovy people.

    What about money?
    This blog is about building your own residency from scratch, not applying for a funded opportunity. So, when the question of money and payment arose (pretty much the first question), I said no. Nowhere has money for residencies, unless it’s a regular gig like The Forestry Commission
    And, unsurprisingly, these residencies are massively oversubscribed.
    A personal tip is to source funding elsewhere. I applied to The Arts Council - Successfully.

    Then again – aim for the stars! One writer told me she’s asking for a residency at a private members’ club with buckets of money. Needless to say, she IS asking them to fund it.

    What’s the worst that can happen?
    Fear of the word no can stop us asking in the first place. Your chosen venue may say no. But they’re not going to poke you with forks. Trust me on this one. And in the words of Steve Jobs: “Most people don't get experiences because they never ask. I've never found anybody who didn't want to help me when I've asked them for help.”

    Keep going. Keep asking.

    https://rylandscollections.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/how-to-ask-for-a-residency/

    Written on Sunday, 24 March 2019 10:08
  • 'The Power of Asking' blog - The John Rylands Library
    'The Power of Asking' blog - The John Rylands Library

    As part of my Writer’s Residency at The John Rylands Library, I’m writing a series of blogs… here’s the first – The Power of Asking.

    “I’ve just been appointed the first writer-in-residence at The John Rylands Library. How did I manage this wonderful achievement? I asked.

    Sounds easy.

    It wasn’t. If you’re anything like me (and the longer I live, the more I realise I’m not alone), asking is far more difficult than it sounds.

    Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. Unless you were born with a set of silver spoons in your mouth (which is everyone reading this, right?), then you’ve worked out that opportunities don’t fall magically into your lap. You’ve had to work hard to get where you are.

    I like what Julia Cameron (author of the inspirational ‘The Artists Way’) says: “Pray to catch the bus, then run as fast as you can.” It’s a reminder to put myself into the path of opportunities. The bus does not come to the front door. I have to leave the house, and darn well run for it.

    I have to take a deep breath, and ask. So, why is it so difficult?

    Here’s my take. I grew up with a spectacularly unhelpful dictum: Ask, don’t get. Don’t ask, don’t want. I shared this with friends recently, and was shocked to discover it’s very common. I end up stuck in a bizarre Catch 22 situation, thinking that if I have to ask for something, then I don’t deserve it. Or, that I must to wait for someone else to ask me. The most I’m allowed to do is stand around looking hopeful.
    This lose-lose mentality is combined with a vicious internal critic. I call her Mavis (I’ve blogged about her here and run Anti-Mavis workshops). She never, ever says anything nice. If someone says they like my writing, Mavis jumps in and whispers ‘they’re only being nice.’ In fact, she can be neatly summed up by this great Savage Chickens cartoon (Doug Savage):

    Naturally, my internal critic undermined any notion that somewhere as amazing as The John Rylands Library would want the likes of me.

    So – standing up and asking for what I want can be pretty damn hard. I’m swamped with fears of rejection, coming over as needy, an underachiever, someone who’s failed because they need to ask.

    Luckily, this isn’t a poor-me blog.

    Years ago I decided that I was not going to let fear of rejection stop me living a life that is too darn short as it is. I take inspiration from Jia Jiang, whose TED talk about dealing with rejection is well worth 15 minutes of anyone’s time.

    So, however hard it is to ask, to put myself forward, to send that manuscript to a competition or agent – I take several deep breaths and do it. In the words of Susan Jeffers: ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’.

    And here’s the good news. The John Rylands Library is delighted to have a writer-in-residence. Correction: The John Rylands Library is delighted to have me as a writer-in-residence.

    I have told Mavis to put that in her pipe and smoke it.

    Coming next – what I asked for, and how to ask for a residency.”

    https://rylandscollections.wordpress.com/2018/12/10/the-power-of-asking/

    Written on Saturday, 02 March 2019 15:36