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WORD! is the longest running poetry and spokenword night in the Midlands. Y Theatre7 East Street,Leicester, LE1 6EY £4 / £7 8pm (performers 7pm) Based at the Y Theatre, Leicester, it takes place on the first Tuesday of every month, between 8.00 and 10.30pm. The evening is composed of an…
Dolly Mixtures Royal Exchange Theatre,St Ann's Square,Manchester, M2 7DH Free entryFrom 7.30pm Cabaret and spoken word evening to celebrate Wonder Women Manchester Festival. Featuring Rosie Garland, Kate Fox, Stefanie Fetterman, Jane Bradley & many more...A variety showcase of the most cutting edge feminist theatre and performance. From poetry to classical,…
UTTER! LutoniaThe Hat Factory65 - 67 Bute Street,Luton LU1 2EY Thursday 2nd March, 201719:30 - 22:30£5 / £3 concessionsTo book tickets please call 01582 878100UTTER! Spoken Word brings a Panoply of spoken word and literary talent from the locality and beyond.The bill features: Rosie GarlandThe night will be powerful and…
Lesbian Lives Conference 2017: Lesbian Love/s http://www.lesbianlives.org/conference-2017-1/ Saturday 25th February 2017The LGBTQ Life Research Hub is please to announce that the 2017 International Lesbian Lives conference will be held at the University of Brighton, UK, 24-25 February 2017...and I’m delighted that I have been invited to present a paper on…
UNIQLO TATE LATE Tate ModernBanksideLondonSE1 9TGFree entry6pm-10pm Experience the gallery after-hours with a mix of art, music, film and workshopsThis month we celebrate women in art by taking inspiration from the pioneering contemporary female artists in our collection. Pop-Up Feminist Library Check in to the Feminist Library to explore Tate’s…
Campus Pride Campus Pride rolls out across campus in February, with a special live literature event on Wednesday 22nd, featuring Rosie Garland!Plus OPEN MIC.Free event Venue:Stage 2Leeds Beckett University Student UnionCity Campus,Portland Building,Portland Way,Leeds LS1 3HE Time: 6.30pm for a 7pm startContact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Time-Travelling Suffragettes at ‘Rock Art’ HOME2 Tony Wilson Place,First Street,Manchester M15 4FN 6-9pmEntry price: FreeJoin us for an appearance of The Time-Travelling Suffragettes at Club BIG, a pop-up music club and performance space that hosts a range of special gigs, performances and events. Fri 17th Feb 2017 As part…
WI talkMilnrow & District WI,Hollingworth AcademyCornfield St,Milnrow,Rochdale OL16 3DR 7pm I’ll be talking to this WI group about being a writer, as well as reading a selection of fiction and poetry.
WordPlay Loom LoungeDean Clough,HX3 5AX Halifax, West Yorkshire 7.45-10pm WordPlay brings the best on the block to Halifax.Organised by poet and sheep farmer Keith Hutson the evening features guest poet Rosie Garland and concludes with a series of ‘Open spots’. Writers interested in gaining performance experience should ‘pre-book’ with Keith…
‘Dark in the Day’ book launch City Central LibraryBethesda St,Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3RS 7pm Please join Storm Constantine, Rosie Garland & Creative Writing students for a reading event to celebrate Dark in the Day (Immanion Press).…In the blink of an eye, around the corner, The Weird is everywhere. It’s in the…
‘Rock Art’ Preview night HOME2 Tony Wilson Place,First Street,Manchester M15 4FN Entry price: FreeJoin us for a preview of John Hyatt’s new exhibition Rock Art, featuring Club BIG, a pop-up music club and performance space that hosts a range of special gigs, performances and events. Fri 3 FebJon Langford with…
The first Polari of 2017, now in its tenth year! Curated and hosted by author Paul Burston with Stella Duffy, Rosie Garland, Nathan Evans, Chris Chalmers and Ann Mann Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival HallThe Southbank CentreBelvedere Road,SE1 8XX London £5 You’re guaranteed mischief and sparkle as this…
Bad Language Wednesday 25th January 20177.30pmThe Castle pub,Oldham Street,Manchester Free admission. Saboteur Award-winning Bad Language is a live literature promotion team based in Manchester.Our special guest in January 2017 is Rosie Garland! As always, our open mic is ready and waiting – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and grab a slot. Remember, if…
Poems Prose and Pints The Tap and Spile 42 Tower Street,Harrogate, HG1 1HS Entry: £1Time: 7.30pm Open Mic EventWith special guest – Rosie Garland Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 7.30pm for 8pm, intimate space for spoken word with supportive audience, which welcomes performers, readers and listeners. Lively and innovative…
Writers in The Bath The Bath Hotel,66 Victoria St,Sheffield. S3 7QL7.30pm£4 This is my Sheffield launch of ‘As In Judy’ – my new poetry collection with Flapjack Press. It’s my first solo poetry publication since 2012. I’m really excited: I’ve had wonderful editing from Char March, and both John Hyatt…
‘As In Judy’ book launch 7th December, 6-8pm (doors 5.30) Manchester Central Library,Media LoungeSt Peter’s SquareManchesterM2 5 PD Free event With special guests Lisa Matthews & Genevieve Walsh! ‘As In Judy’It’s how I introduce myself when meeting people for the first time: ‘Hi, I’m Rosie Garland. As in Judy’. My…
FLIM NITE The Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Palace, Northern QuarterDoors @ 7.30pmActs @ 8.00pm£2 suggested donation What would 'Die Hard' 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 Manchester's Northern Quarter. At no…
The Looking Glass Burlesque Pyramid & Parr Hall,Palmyra Square South, WA1 1BL WarringtonDate/Time: Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 8:00pmTicket Price: £13 Cabaret Seating/£10 Theatre Seating(£14.75/£11.75 inc online booking fee)Hosted by Rosie Lugosi - The Looking Glass Burlesque returns for another jam-packed evening of vintage style fun and frolics. Step back in…
The Flapjack Press Open Mic Poetry Night  Chorlton Library, Manchester Road, Manchester M21 9PN   featuring Rosie GarlandThursday 7.00pmFree event The wonderful Flapjack Press are bringing their famous open mic night to Chorlton Book Festival.Hosted by Tony Curry and featuring the very special guest poet Rosie Garland! To reserve your…
Goth City Festival - a Night of the Dark Arts   Fox and Newt9 Burley Street, LS3 1LD Leeds Doors 7.45pm–23:00Entry £4. All proceeds to PAFRAS. 'A Night of the Darks Arts' is a varied night of acoustic and spoken word gothic, set in the splendid gig room of the…
Polari On Tour Grand Theatre, Blackpool33 Church Street, FY1 1HTBlackpool 20:00–22:30Tickets £6 Part of this year's Polari National Tour, funded by Arts Council EnglandLondon's award winning LGBT literary salon Polari comes to The Grand as part of a national tour funded by Arts Council England.Curated and hosted by author Paul…
Goth City Festival: Black Planet - Leeds Goth in Perspective On the discussion panel will be: Rosie Garland (writer, performer and March Violets singer), John Keenan (Leeds alternative music promoter), Karl Spracklen (Professor of Leisure Studies, Leeds Beckett University) and Tim Synystyr (journalist and A Blogging Goth), chair: Joel Heyes…
Cherie Bebe's Burlesque Revue Matt and Phreds64 Tib Street, M4 1LG Manchester 20:00 - 22:30 Come and celebrate our 3rd birthday in true burlesque style. We have a very special lineup taking to the stage at Manchester's iconic Matt and Phreds. Starring:We have the absolutely fabulous Lady Wildflower join us…
Contact TheatreOxford Road, M15 6JA Manchester 6pm-8pm I love visiting Creative Writing groups, and this is no different! Looking forward to meeting the University of Manchester Creative Writing Students."Enjoy writing? Or simply want to give it a try? Maybe even you enjoy being around writers?Then join us!As a society we…
Monday 31st October 2016Venue:Chetham's Library,Long Millgate,Manchester M3 1SB 7.30pmFree – no booking required When the darkness knocks...First Draft's Halloween event at Chetham's Library It's Halloween, and there is a darkness calling from a building that has witnessed the shadows of history flood the city. Chetham's Library has soaked itself in…
For Books' Sake presents That's What She Said 26th October7pm-10pmTickets £4 Venue: Polari at Via,28 Canal Street,M1 3EZManchester It's here! We've been running That's What She Said in London for over a year and now it's finally coming North for a very special Halloween launch event. That's What She Said…
Thursday 13th October7.30pm The Red Shed18 Vicarage St South,Wakefield WF1 1QX Red Shed Readings now approach their 25th event.Since their inception the Readings have featured over thirty guest readers and as many support readers in addition to musical contributions of a fine and varied nature. Equally important is the open…
Verbose – bringing words to the 'burbs Monday 26 September 20167.30-10pmFree entry Fallow cafe,2a Landcross Road,Fallowfield,Manchester, M14 6NA. Featuring Bare Fiction contributors Rosie Garland, Michael Conley and Rachel Mann. "Fallowfield's number one live literature night"– Manchester Evening News"One of the best nights going"– Manchester Wire Verbose is a monthly spoken…
"The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker" "These writers are the boneshakers. Let their impact rattle, rise, and wrap itself around you." Three Minute TheatreAfflecks Arcade,35-39 Oldham Street,M1 1JG Manchester 2 September 19:00–21:00£5 in advance or on door great weather for MEDIA is thrilled to return to Manchester and 3MT With…
Scary Lady Sarah and William Faith - wedding Metro Chicago3730 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 6061328th August, 18.00 CDT We can finally say with 100% certainty that the wedding ceremony/dinner/dancing/reception will all take place at Metro, which has been a big part of both of our musical lives for many…

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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