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Presenting a fund-raiser for Pride in London 2015 in aid of The Queer Alternative The Lexington,96-98 Pentonville Road,N1 9JB London,United Kingdom Time: 19:30–00:00Date: 21 June Compere: Rosie Lugosi     Performances by:JOE BLACKDusty LimitsAvery EdisonEm BruléeKiki LovechildSnake FervorJonathan CollinsRope and BonesAndromada Mystic DJs: Wanderlust, Andy RavenSable, The Scot + Raffle…
Thursday 11th June Poetry Reading in the back roomThe Albert,Victoria LaneHuddersfield HD1 2QF(opposite the Library) 8.00pmFree, all welcomeFour exciting readers:Rosie Garland + others tbc "The Albert will, to future literary historians, be as important a site as those coffee houses that Dr Johnson messed about in; and those trenches that…
Birmingham Alternative & Burlesque Mega-Fair @ The InstituteHosted and emceed by ROSIE LUGOSI The Institute78 Digbeth High StreetDigbethBirminghamB5 6DY Saturday 6th June 11am - 5pm Join us in the Edwardian splendour of Birmingham's most iconic venue for 'The Ultimate Alternative Shopping & Entertainment Experience' only this time BIGGER & BETTER.…
ebb and flo bookshop12 Gillibrand St,ChorleyPR7 2EJTickets available from the bookshop or Eventbrite (link below)£5 (glass of wine included and £2 redeemable against the book). Rosie Garland – reading from Vixen, talking about writing and answering questions!Arrive from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Click link to buy tickets from Eventbrite…
The March Violets play Wave-Gotik Treffen! Date: Saturday 23rd May 2015Time: 22.20hVenue: TäubchenthalAddress: Markranstädter Straße 1Tram: 1,2,3 & 60,N1Stop at: Adler (1,2), Markranstädter Straße (3), Siemensstraße(60), Adler(N1) Click link to go to WGT Official website
Friday 1 May @ 10.30pmat Hebden Bridge Little TheatreThe Late Night Dark Cabaret - SOLD OUTHosted by Rosie Lugusiand starring Tronicat La Miez (Germany), Raven Noir, Mimi Amore and Lou SafireTickets: £15.00*  
Our divinely decadent Burlesque! nights continue to draw in the crowds! Join Lesbian Vampire Queen Rosie Lugosi as she paves the way for a host of mesmerizing variety acts guaranteed to leave you in awe. Dress to impress and join us for some cabaret like no other in the plush…
Jenni Pascoe with support from Apples and Snakes presents JIBBAJABBA   Newcastle's favourite night of quick-fire spoken word entertainment, featuring special guests from the worlds of music, comedy and of course – POETRY! Apples and Snakes are delighted to support this essential evening by airlifting in some super-cool guests from…
PEOPLE OF ENDLESS INTELLECT! For our 9-year LDM anniversary on 18/3, we're heading to The Phoenix - for one of those dream nights that we so want you to be a part of. Another reason: some important people are slated to come, and if the place is packed, and you…
Hertfordshire LitFest 2015Programme of library events for March and AprilOur annual programme of events presented by Hertfordshire Libraries takes place in March and April. We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment - you can book online or by phone 01707 281533.Phone for more details on 0300 123 4049  …
INCITE POETRY Venue: Phoenix Arts Club,1 Phoenix St,London WC2H 8BUDate: Wed 11th March 2015 at 7pm – 9.30pm Special guests – Rosie Garland and Rod Tame.Hosted by Trudy Howson The evening features performance poets, or guests, plus an open mic hour. It is completely fabulous and free! The first part…
Huddersfield Literature Festival When: Saturday 7 MarchTime: 7.45pm (doors 7pm)Venue: Byram Arcade,Westgate, Huddersfield,Yorkshire HD1 1ND In partnership with The Blue Rooms, which will remain open for refreshments during the evening.Tickets priced at £5 (£2.50 conc) are now on sale from the Lawrence Batley Theatre box office (www.thelbt.org; 01484 430 528).…
As part of International Women's Week, Loose Muse returns to celebrate the power of women's words with an evening of spoken word featuring guest artists - including Rosie Garland - and a woman-only open mic.To book an open mic slot (poetry, prose and more) leave a message on the wall.Entrance:…
WATERSTONES BRADFORDWednesday 4th March 2015The Wool Exchange,HustlergateBradford BD1 1BL Time: 5.30pm for 6pm startTickets: ring in advance or buy on the door. Coffee, cake & book purchase special deal available for £10 An Evening With Rosie Garland Writer, performer and Waterstones favourite Rosie Garland joins us to celebrate the paperback…
WORD! Presents Rosie Garland Where: The Y7 East Street,Leicester, LE1 6EY Date - Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015Time - 8pm (7pm performers - sign up in the theatre bar)Price - £4/£3 conc WORD! is the East Midland's longest running poetry and spoken word night. Based here at The Y, it takes…
The Book Case, Hebden Bridge. Date: Thursday 26th FebruaryTime: 7pm Venue: The Book Case,29 Market StHebden BridgeWest Yorkshire, HX7 6EU 01422 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Rosie Garland - author event at The Book Case, Hebden Bridge.The Book Case is delighted to present award winning author, Rosie Garland, who will be reading from, and…
Rosie Garland – Vixen paperback launch Where: Booka Books,26-28 Church StreetOswestryShropshire, SY11 2SP Date: Wednesday 25th February – 7.00pm (for 7.30pm start)Tickets: £5 (redeemable against book purchase) Refreshments provided. Join us for an evening in the company of Rosie Garland as she talks about her latest novel Vixen. Vixen is…
Rosie Garland at the Womens' Institute Tuesday 24th FebManchester WIThe Baronial HallChethams School of MusicLong Millgate,Manchester M3 1SB Time: 7pm As a group we hope to present a modern twist of the traditional WI, revisiting fabulous skills such as jam making, knitting, and sewing, but also giving time over to…
"History is a Work in Progress"LGBT History Month in association with The University of Manchester Date: Monday 16th FebTime: 7.30pmVenue: Trof (a dandyish den) at The Deaf InstituteThe Basement135 Grosvenor Street,Manchester M1 7HE Free event – turn up on the night. Join Rosie Garland, Rod Tame, Steph Pike and Gerry…
WATERSTONE'S MANCHESTER DEANSGATEFriday, 13 February 20157:00PM£3 (discounted on book purchase) An Evening With Rosie GarlandRosie GarlandWriter, performer and local favourite Rosie Garland joins us to celebrate the paperback release of her stunning second novel 'Vixen' by discussing the writing process and answering any questions you may have. We loved her…
Bar WoteverRoyal Queer Variety ShowTuesdays at RVTRoyal Vauxhall Tavern372 Kennington Lane,London, SE11 5HY Doors: from 7pm, Stage program from 8.30pm – 10.30ish. Then DJs play until we close at MidnightEntry: £5 / £3 Writer, performer and Wotever favourite Rosie Garland joins us to celebrate the paperback release of her stunning…
When: Thursday 5th February, 7.00 - 10pmWhere: Bar Up,5 Union Cross Yard, HX1 1TS Halifax, West YorkshireTickets: Free eventBooking: on the door It's the first Spoken Weird of the year, and we're delighted to kick off 2015 with world-famous novelist, poet, singer, compere and sorceress of words ROSIE GARLAND. Further…
great weather for MEDIA When: Thursday 29th January 2015, 7.30pmWhere: The Castle Hotel,66 Oldham Street,M4 1LE Manchester, United KingdomTickets: Free event Info: Click for FB event page   Featuring BigCharlie Poet, Cathy Bryant, Maya Chowdhry, Rosie Garland, Jackie Hagan, Kieren King, Sarah Miller, Jane Ormerod, Steph Pike, Gerry Potter, and…
Apples and Snakes presentsHit the Ode Hit the Ode brings the most exciting poets from the region, the country and the world to the heart of Birmingham. Join us! We have poems. Poems written on the backs of lottery tickets and on the margins of holy books; poems which yell…
StereoRenfield Lane,GlasgowDoors 2.30, show 3-5.30pm For the times when it all falls intae place... Rally & Broad present: The Eureka Moment! Helping us oot in fair Glasgow, we have... AIDAN MOFFAT! Multi-talented writer, author, spoken word performer, musician, producer... we could go on. Our headline act for this month is…
The Writers' Toolkit 2014November 29th9:30 am - 4:00 pm The University of Birmingham,Edgbaston, Birmingham,West Midlands B15 2TT £37 / £31 (includes lunch) The Writers' Toolkit is our annual writer networking conference for emerging and established writers. The conference takes place over one day and offers writers the pick of sixteen…
Axis Arts CentreCheshire Campus,Manchester Metropolitan University,Crewe Green RdCrewe, CheshireCW1 5DU Featured guest – Rosie Garland CreativeWritingPlus features an eclectic mix of practitioners from the world of literature, specifically those working in fiction, memoir, scripts, poetry and media writing. The format is simple: from 1-1.50pm, in the informality of the Writing…
The Looking Glass Burlesque returns to Warrington for its annual showstopper spectacular! Join Suzie Sequin and a host of the finest cabaret talent as we take you to the golden age of variety and vaudeville, where corsets, feathers and stockings were the uniform and frivolity and fun were the orders…
Saturday 15th November – Sunday 16th NovemberThe Palace HotelOxford St,Manchester M60 7HA   Saturday 15th November, 5pm – 6.15pmWriting poetry and writing lyrics – with Si Denbigh & Rosie GarlandWhat is the synergy between poetry and lyrics? Can one form feed and inform the other?This workshop features practical exercises to…
Writing Histories – reading with Rosie GarlandDetails tbc5 Westminster Bridge Rd,London SE1 7XWThe Feminist Library was founded as the Women's Research and Resources Centre in 1975 by a group of women concerned about the future of the Fawcett Library to ensure that the history of the women's liberation movement survived.Click…

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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