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Delighted to announce that Rosie Garland is appearing at TWO events at Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival! #1 – Writing workshopFriday 24 October 20143:00pm-4:00pmVenue: Number One Riverside,Smith Street,Rochdale, OL16 1XUPrice: £2Click to book tickets for the writing workshop # 2 - Meet the author - reading and book signingFriday 24…
Polari Literary Salon Featuring Paul Burston, Neil Bartlett, Rosie Garland, Jonathan Harvey & VG LeeWednesday 15 Oct 20147.30pm until 9.30pmContact THEATREOxford RoadManchesterM15 6JATickets £6/£5 Book on:0161 274 0600 London's award-winning LGBT literary salon began life in November 2007 in the upstairs room of a bar in Soho. Events are now…
Welcome to booQfest - Northampton's LGBT Literary Festival. Venue: The Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DPRosie Garland's event - 12noon till 2pmCost – free event The festival celebrates a Queer perspective of the written and spoken word on Saturday 11th October 2014. WHAT'S NEW IN 2014This year,…
Darkulture festival THE FROZEN AUTUMN + ATTRITION + TERMINAL GODS + CORTEX DEFECT + SYD.31+ DJS BAERSJ / LE FREAK / EVENSTAR / AIDAN+ Vampire Queen ROSIE LUGOSI - aka novelist Rosie Garland+ Horror Novelist SIMON BESTWICK+ stalls and other curiosities The Zoo27 September 2014.126 Grosvenor street,Manchester,M1 7HL, UK Full…
Wordplay Venue: The Square Chapel,10 Square Rd,Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 1QG Time: 7.30pmTickets: £3 (on the door) A brand new monthly event filled to the brim with poetry, music, spoken word and storytelling in the comfort of the cosy Square Chapel bar. Featuring world-class established poets alongside up-and-coming spoken word…
Join multi-award winning poet Cathy Bryant and her guests Angela Topping, Rosie Garland and Sarah Miller for an evening of poetry and laughter as Cathy launches her new book, 'Look at All the Women'. Thursday 28th AugustThe Eighth Day111 Oxford Rd,Manchester M1 7DU At 19:00–21:30Free eventFull disabled access and all…
BD3 London Launch! We're very excited that we'll be hosting a wonderful evening of poetry from some of our issue three contributors at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden, London. We'll have readings from: Jo Brandon, Natacha Bryan, Neil Fulwood, Rosie Garland, Howard Laughton, Danny O'Connor and Tom Vickers. The…
An evening of light entertainment and education with a genderbending, cabaret twist!  Brought to you by Wotever World, who run Bar Wotever every Tuesday night at the RVT. Tonight's topic is: ForePlay. Crimson Skye's Silvertongue Society presents Aural Text with erotica read by Pretty Miss Cairo, Rosie Lugosi and Crimson…
Oldham Pride 2014 hosted by Rosie Lugosi and Jonathan Mayor Location: Assemble at 11.45am at Town Square outside the Spindles Shopping CentreDate: 26 Jul 2014 11:45 - 26 Jul 2014 16:30Hosted by Rosie Lugosi & Jonathan MayorTheme: Our Pride, Our Heritage, Our Future! This is our 10th PRIDE!!! We want…
Rosie Garland - author of 'The Palace of Curiosities' - will be launching her brand new novel 'Vixen' here at News from Nowhere. News From Nowhere,96 Bold Street,Liverpool L1 4HYPhone on 0151 708 7270Time – 7pmThis is a free event - all welcome! Rosie is an eclectic writer and performer,…
Latitude FestivalTime – 6.15pmThe Shed of StoriesHenham Park, Southwold, Suffolk THE SHED OF STORIESTucked away in the Faraway Forest, The Shed of Stories will house storytellers from all walks of life, lighting the imagination and weaving the audience into their tales. Click to go to Shed of Stories link
Announcing the London launch of Rosie Garland's second novel, Vixen.Along with Sarah Waters we at Gay's the Word are massive fans of Rosie Garland's beautiful writing and are incredibly happy to be hosting this publication day launch event for her second novel, Vixen. Event entry £2, payable on the door.…
Announcing the Manchester launch of Rosie Garland's second novel, Vixen.The Portico Library is hosting this PRE-publication day launch event. Bookshop provided by the lovely folk at Chorlton Bookshop – copies available a day before publication! Contact the Portico Library for tickets 0161 236 tbc The Novel: It is 1349.…
The March Violets plus Guests Support - Vaniish & Deathday Los Angeles - Part Time Punks @ The Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd,Los Angeles, CA 90026 +1 213-413-8200 10:00 PM 18 and over $12 - $15 EVENT: Click to go to Facebook event page Click to go to venue webpage…
The March Violets plus Guests - Black tango & Prayers San Diego - Soda Bar3615 El Cajon Blvd,San Diego, CA 92104 +1 619-255-7224 EVENT: Click to go to Facebook event page Click to go to venue webpage tickets: $15 Click to buy tickets
The March Violets & guests Las Vegas - Scarlet @ LVCS 425 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 8pm – 2am +1 702-382-3531 Tickets: $10 on the night, $8 advance. Doors 8pm First Date in Vegas with Original Line-up!!!! DJs Morpheus Blak & Style. Get tickets: EVENT: Click to…
The March Violets & guests DNA Lounge (Death Guild Presents) 375 Eleventh Street San Francisco CA · 94103 +1 415-626-1409 doors @ 8pm; show @ 8:30pm. EVENT: Click to go to Facebook event page Click to go to venue webpage Tickets: $15 advance; $18 day of show. All ages
The March Violets & Guests Portland - Church Of Hive @ Star Theater 13 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 +1 503-248-4700 Doors 8pm Tickets $10 Ages 21+ EVENT: Click to go to Facebook event page Click to go to venue webpage Click to go to Church of Hive site
BAM1045 E Washington Street,Brownsville, Texas THE MARCH VIOLETS featuring William Faith on bass! Brownsville Artists and Musicians is an experimental collaborative of creatives reinforcing the visual and musical underground of our community.
The March Violets plus guests El Corazon109 Eastlake Ave E,Seattle, WA 98109,United States Doors Open: 8:00 PM Tickets $15 ($17 on the night) Ages 21+ Click here to buy tickets +1 206-381-3094 Click for El Corazon venue website
Bella Agogo's Steampunk Show The Sugar Club8 Lower Leeson StreetDublin 26787188 Friday, 16 May 2014 8pm – 11.30pm Cost: €15.00 on the door We're back. Making the impossible possible. Creating dreams and silliness. There's always something weird and wonderful about making shows, and this one will be no different. Travelling…
Museums at Night The Portico Library57 Mosley StreetManchesterM2 3HY Tel: 0161 236 6785 7-10pm Rosie Garland will be giving a special late-night reading as part of the renowned Museums at Night Festival. Other guests include the wonderful Jo Bell, plus Marli Roode & Rodge Glass. Museums at Night, which explodes…
THE MARCH VIOLETS HEADLINE CONVERGENCE XX Bottom Lounge1375 W. Lake Street,Chicago IL 60607,United States Welcome to Convergence Twenty Chicago! We are extremely honored, dark denizens of the Internet, that our city has again been chosen to continue the fine once-a-decade tradition of being your hosts for a weekend you'll never…
Hit the Ode brings the most exciting poets from the region, the country and the world to the heart of Manchester. Contact Theatre,Oxford Rd, Manchester,M15 6JA Tickets - £6 / £3 Join us! We have poems. Poems listed as destinations at most big railway stations; poems used by optometrists to…
RESURRECTION KramladenErwin-Schrödinger-Straße,67663 KaiserslauternKaiserslautern, Germany Live: The March Violets - support Vidi Aquam (Italy), Arts of Erebus (DE/FR) Plus After party "Dance Dead Rhythms" (Gothic - Post Punk - Batcave - Death Rock - Wave: DJ Iconoclast - Resurrection - DJ Wahni - Gotham Sounds) Kosten: 18 Euro FACEBOOK EVENT: Click…
SCHUNCK & NIEUWE NOR presents: GRAUKUNST GRAUKUNST is an exhibition of works by well-known pioneers as young artists, rooted in and inspired by the musical underground of the eighties. The exhibition was shown at the Melkweg Gallery in Amsterdam, following the Grauzone Festival in 2013. Now we present GRAUKUNST at…
Poppodium Nieuwe NOR Pancratiusstraat 30,6411KC HeerlenNETHERLANDS 20:30 until 23:30 FACEBOOK EVENT: click for Facebook event page ADVANCE TICKETS: click here for ticket link De legendarische band The March Violets komt op 10 april voor een exclusief Nederlands optreden naar Poppodium Nieuwe NOR in Heerlen. De band, die met labelmaatjes The…
A little Purple Do... The Fulford Arms121 Fulford Road,York, YO10 4EX United Kingdom 7pm till late A little purple do... Convivial and intimate. We decided to do a thing where we rehearsed, maybe a new Song, definitely a full set, then screened the Dan E Falicki film 'An Anti American'…
Holland Park Press author reading Great Western Studios65 Alfred RoadLondon W2 5EU Free entry 7pm – 10pm Rosie Garland reads her award-winning fiction & poetry, alongside fellow Holland Park Press author, Arnold Jansen op de Haar. The gallery in the Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road W2 5EU, is our…
The Quiet Compere presents A Matter of Life, Death and Poetry Copa 66 Regent Street Cheltenham GL50 1HA 8-10pm (doors 7.30pm) Tickets: £5/4 The Quiet Compere introduces them with little fanfare, so that the poems (and not the poets' track records) tell you all you need to know. This festival…

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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

    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.

    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.”

    Written on Saturday, 02 March 2019 15:36