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That's What She Said - Performance Workshop Thursday 19th OctoberBridlington Library14 King St, BridlingtonYO15 2DE 15:00-17:00£10.00 (no conc.) Rosie GarlandThat's What She Said - Performance Workshop Nervous about presenting your work in public? Want to keep audiences hanging on your every word? In this workshop, award-winning writer and performer Rosie…
Jill Abram presents Stablemates Conversation and poetry with Henry Normal, Rosie Garland andJackie Hagan of Flapjack Press. Wednesday 18th October,6.30pm. Readings start promptly at 7pm Waterstones Birmingham,24-26 High Street, B4 7SL £5 advance booking https://www.waterstones.com/events/stablemates-with-flapjack-press-featuring-henry-normal/birmingham Raining Upwards is Henry Normal’s first all new poetry collection in over 20 years. In…
Leeds Festival of Gothica Leeds City MuseumCookridge Street,LS2 8BH Leeds 14 October at 11:00–16:00Free entry. Take a dark trip into the bones of Leeds Gothica on the 14th of October.Explore gothic literature, fashion and music.Special guest –Rosie Garland, reading from her work! With stalls and installations from jumbo records, ultimate…
Superheroes of Slam 2017 Three Minute TheatreAfflecks Arcade,35-39, Oldham Street,M1 1JG Manchester Tickets £5/£4Book on 0843 208 050019:00–22:00 Hosted by Rosie Garland, aka Rosie LugosiThe Superheroes of Slam 2017 Final will take place on the 12th of October at Three Minute Theatre. This year finalists from Berlin (Germany), Birmingham, Bristol,…
Polari at Birmingham Lit Fest Birmingham Repertory TheatreCentenary Square,Broad Street,Birmingham, B1 2EP 8 October at 19:00–21:00Tickets: £8 / £6.40 concsFestival Pass: Free Polari returns to Birmingham as part of Birmingham Lit Fest and our Tenth Birthday Tour, supported by Arts Council England. Hosted by Paul Burston with Rosie Garland, Scott…
Monday October 2ndFLIM NITE The Three Minute Theatre,Afflecks Palace,35-39, Oldham Street,Northern Quarter,Manchester M1 1JG Doors @ 7.30pmActs @ 8.00pm£2 suggested donation What would 'The Thing' look like distorted by poets, comedians, and musicians?With guests including Rosie Garland FLIM NITE is a monthly performance event based at Three Minute Theatre in…
Below Stairs at Blacks Club Blacks Club, 67 Dean St,SohoLondon, W1D 4QH 7.30-10.30pm PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are free but in order to secure a place, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Special Guest - ROSIE GARLAND Tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie Garland is an award-winning poet, novelist and singer.…
The Black Rose Ball 2017 Saturday 2nd September Rosie Garland book launch and readingThe Gothic Café,De Grey Rooms,St. Leonards Place,York YO1 7HD 2pm-3pm£4 advance, £5 on the door Special Black Rose Ball event.Come and meet Rosie Garland – singer with the legendary March Violets - and hear her read from…
The Other Side of Violet Friday 1st September Three Minute TheatreAffleck’s ArcadeAffleck’s Palace,35-39, Oldham Street,Manchester M1 1JG 7pm-9pm£5 entry on door The Other Side of VioletSpoken word extravaganzaCelebrate the publication of great weather for MEDIA's latest anthology, The Other Side of Violet, with an astounding evening of spoken word from…
Fluid Love Rosie Garland & Jess RichardsSun 27 Aug 3:30pm - 4:30pmWriters' Retreat,Charlotte Square Gardens,Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ£8.00, £6.00 Set in 19th-century Manchester, writer and performance poet Rosie Garland's The Night Brother takes the reader to the outer limits of gender fluidity as it explores the complex nature of identity through…
Hammer & Tongue poetry slam Fri 25 Aug19:30 – 20:30 Banshee Labyrinth (Venue 156)Banqueting Hall29-35 Niddry St,Edinburgh EH1 1LG Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 558 8209Part of PBH's Free Fringe. The Royal Albert Hall and the National Slam Final await nightly poetry slam winners. Open to all, wow…
She Grrrowls - PBH Fringe Festival Black Market Room 1,Venue 39932 Market Street,EdinburghEH1 1QB 19:20-20:20pm She Grrrowls makes its debut appearance at the PBH Free Fringe in Edinburgh from 6th - 27th August this year at Black Market!Featuring Rosie Garland, Carmina Masoliver, Rorie Evans & Drastik Measures on 23rd August.…
That's What She Said Bar Bados, Venue 3265 Cowgate,Edinburgh,EH1 1JW 17.45 – 18.45 The 'biggest spoken word night in London for women' (Evening Standard) makes its Edinburgh Fringe debut. A different line-up every night of incredible, irreverent poetry, performance, stand-up and storytelling by women, with featured headliners including 'one of…
FREAK Circus Poetry Bordello Woodland Creatures, Venue 282260-262 Leith Walk,Edinburgh,EH6 5EL 8-9pm One show ONLY for FREAK Circus at The Fringe in 2017! Get ready for a night of poetic passion and pulsating word-power as FREAK Circus, the resident poetry promoters at Woodland Creatures, present a programme of Britain’s finest…
The Books Tent Wilderness Festival,Cornbury ParkOxfordshire Our Books Tent is entirely devoted to the literary arts. Ink-slinging, scribing, musing, brain-storming, spinning-yarns, telling tales. Expect takeovers from major publishers, talks and debates with incredible writers, masterclasses on writing from inspirational people, workshops, poetry, readings and a rapt audience of fellow lovers…
Polari with The Time-Travelling Suffragettes! Stein Bier KellerMorley St,Bradford BD7 1AJ Friday, 7th July 20177:00 pm - 9:30 pm Polari: The LGBT Literary SalonPaul Burston with VG Lee, Kirsty Logan, The Time-Travelling Suffragettes and David McAlmont Polari founder and your host for the evening, Paul Burston, will introduce acclaimed vocalist…
WORD CLUB The Chemic Tavern9 Johnston Street,LS6 2NG Leeds19:45–22:30 Poetry wi' Chips! June's WORD CLUB features co-headlining slots from the fabulous literary polymath, Rosie Garland, and Hull dynamos, Jim Higo and Mickey Higgins. We will have the usual open-micers and the event will be co-hosted by Mark Connors and Gill…
Bad Language - farewell to The Castle The Castle pub,Oldham Street,Manchester.Free admission. Wednesday 28 June 2017, 7.30pm On Wednesday 28 June, we hold our last regular event at The Castle. Come and celebrate literature, laughter and lashings of booze with a special Bad Language featuring guest readers that have helped…
Wordfest 2017 An evening with Rosie GarlandStretford Library,Bennett StreetStretfordM32 8APTuesday 27 June, 7.30pm Free event – All are welcome to come to the events but booking is recommended.Join us for an evening with author Rosie Garland as she talks about her new novel, The Night Brother. From the author of…
Waterstones NewcastleEmerson Chambers,Blackett Street,Newcastle, NE1 7JF Tickets are £3, available in store or online. The Night BrotherWe are thrilled to welcome Rosie Garland in conversation with Kaite Walsh to discuss her new book, 'The Night Brother'. From the author of The Palace of Curiosities and Vixen comes a bold new…
Grrrl Con 2017 Fri 16th, Sat 17th and Sun 18th June 2017presented by For Books’ Sake and Write Like a Grrrl Date: Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017Venue: We will be using two venues in the city centre of Manchester: Mad Lab and Ziferblat. We’ll send more…
INCITE POETRY Venue: Phoenix Arts Club,1 Phoenix St,London WC2H 8BUDate: Wed 14th June at 7pm – 9.30pm Special guests – Rosie Garland with her new collection 'As In Judy'Hosted by Trudy Howson The evening features performance poets, or guests, plus an open mic hour. It is completely fabulous and free!…
Kibworth BookFest - The Night Brother 6th June, 7pm The Bookshop Kibworth,52 High StreetKibworth BeauchampLeicestershireLE8 0HQ0116 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Kibworth BookFest are delighted to welcome Rosie Garland!Celebrate the launch of Rosie's new book ‘The Night Brother’ with a champagne reception and readings from the book by Rosie. The ticket price (£5) is…
An Evening with Rosie Garland Waterstones91 Deansgate,Manchester, M3 2BWWednesday 31st May 18:30 Waterstones Deansgate is thrilled to welcome Rosie Garland to the store for the launch of her new novel, 'The Night Brother'. Join us on Wednesday 31st May at 6:30pm to hear Rosie discuss her fantastic third novel, before…
Gay’s The Word66 Marchmont St,Kings Cross,London WC1N 1AB7.00-9.00pmA FREE event with complimentary refreshments! The Night BrotherGay’s the Word is delighted to host Rosie Garland for a sneak preview of her new novel, The Night Brother! Hear Rosie discuss her fantastic third novel, before answering questions from the audience and signing…
Levenshulme Women’s Institute Inspire Café,747 Stockport Rd,Levenshulme,Manchester M19 3AR7.30-9.30pm Levenshulme WI are delighted to announce that our guest speaker this month will be the phenomenally talented, and true local legend, Rosie Garland, who will be reading, talking, answering questions and generally being fabulous for our entertainment. She'll be bringing her…
Langley Writers Free creative writing workshops every third Thursday of the month 2-4pm Demesne Community CentreAsby CloseMiddletonManchesterM24 4JF All welcome, whether your new to writing or a pro. Warm welcoming group. Free tea, coffee and biscuits. Our guest workshop facilitator for May is Rosie Garland!
MAH17: Bad Language at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Elizabeth Gaskell’s House84 Plymouth Grove,Manchester, M13 9LW 18 May 2017, free entryPerformances 6.30pm – 9pm Live literature organisation Bad Language has been the recipient of not one, but two Saboteur Awards (a record in the history of the award) in recognised for drawing…
The Time-Travelling Suffragettes have their first outing in London on Sunday May 14th, at The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, WC1H 8JF London, which is a hop & a skip from King’s Cross.7pm£10 door, £8 advance It would be really nice to see you there. Joined by the Autorotation & Hi-Reciprocity.…
poetrynites@thebookcase on Saturday May 13thwith Rosie Garland, Jodie Hollanderand Charlotte Wetton Same time (7 – 9 pm)Same price (£6 with wine and refreshments)Same fantastic poetry lined up at Hebden Bridge’s The Book Case! The Book Case29 Market StHebden BridgeWest YorkshireHX7 6EU01422 845353www.bookcase.co.uk Rosie Garland might be better known as Mslexia…

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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