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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…
The University of Bolton presents: Literature Live: Rosie Garland Octagon Theatre,Howell Croft SouthBolton BL1 1SB 7.30pm £5 (£2, £3 conc) A prestigious collection of writers and poets read from their own work in this ever popular programme of events. An eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing in cult gothic…
SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talented women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, which is themed. Every third Monday of the month. The Gallery Cafe21 Old Ford RoadBethnal GreenLondon E2 9PJ 7:30pm - 10:30pm £5 on…
Punk poetry bites back in Salford Eagle Inn,18 Collier Street,City of SalfordM3 7DW 7.30pm £3 on the door Join us for another night of "clever, witty and thought-provoking entertainment" at Evidently! Boasting the fabulous talents of Rosie Garland and hosted by Salford's own Kieren King. Not to be missed! Also…
Saturday 22nd February Time: 7.30 till late Venue: Todmorden Town HallBridge StreetTodmordenWest Yorkshire, OL14 5AQ International Women's Event Tickets on the door, sliding scale Evening entertainment with DJ Lady Heidi, Tasha Rocks and Rosie Lugosi! Click to go to Facebook event page
ELOP, winner of the Stonewall Community Group of the Year Award 2012, will be hosting a fantastic fundraising evening of fine comedy, great entertainment and LGBT celebration. Award-winning stand-up British comedian Shazia Mirza will be compering and opening up the night of entertainment with side-splitting performance, including Rosie Lugosi, Jen…
Shindig Spoken word night with Open Mic Nelsons Wine Bar,Crown StHebden BridgeWest Yorkshire HX7 8EH Tue 18th February 8pm for 8:30 Free Entry Special Guest! Rosie Garland Support- Ian Whiteley Guest then open mic. 4 minute slots. Every Third Tue of the month. Compere Winston Plowes 07986 222678
ALL OUT Radio Show of the year on ALLFM ALL OUT the LGBT radio show on ALLFM 96.9 AND ONLINE 11am – 1pm Saturday 15th February - Guest Rosie Garland South Manchester's leading community radio station broadcasting across South Manchester for over 10 years. We're on air every other Saturday…
Incite! Poetry has become the LGBT poetry event in London! It meets on the second Wednesday of the month from now on. Trudy Howson (award winning poet and actor) is the new volunteer facilitator – why not come along to what has become a truly exciting poetry evening? The Phoenix…
THE QUIET COMPERE TOUR OF THE NORTH - FIRST STOP - MANCHESTER Three Minute Theatre,Affleck's Arcade35-39, Oldham StreetManchester, M1 1JG FRI 31ST JAN, 2014 Doors at 7:00pm Sarah L Dixon, The Quiet Compere introduces her ten poets, ten minutes format at the delightful 3 Minute Theatre. Book for this stunning…
Guest lecturer in creative writing Focus on editing and rewriting with a focus on fiction. Plus Q&A. Aimed at students on the Creative Writing BA – but others are invited. Thursday 30th January, 2-4pm Creative Writing DepartmentStaffordshire UniversityCollege Rd,Stoke-on-Trent,Staffordshire ST4 2DE
Ariadne's Thread Poetry Competition - Prize Giving Ceremony The Old Ship - upstairs room –21st January, 7:30 PM3 King Street,Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1ND Free Entrance. The Poetry Competition Prize Giving Ceremony will be held during the launch of issue 9 of Ariadne's Thread Literary Magazine. The prize winning poets include…
Rosie Lugosi is cracking her delectably flexible whip at The Alternative & Burlesque Fair at Sound Control in Manchester this Saturday! With the astonishing Marnie Scarlett at Sound Control, 1 New Wakefield Street, Manchester M1 5NP 11am - 5pm £5 0n door
The March Violets – Made Glorious Tour Brudenell Social Club33 Queen's RdLeeds LS6 1NY Doors: 18.30 Tickets: £15 Saturday 23rd November Double headline, Very Special Guests Chameleons Vox + Witch Hunt + Free Aftershow Yes indeed. Tickets on sale now To buy tickets - click this link
The March Violets – Made Glorious Tour Friday 22nd November O2 Academy2 IslingtonN1 Centre16 Parkfield St,Islington,London N1 0PS Doors: 18.30 Tickets (advance): £15 Special Guests: The Last Cry and TBC Tickets on sale now To buy tickets - click this link
The March Violets Edinburgh Bannermans Rock & Whisky Bar212 Cowgate,Edinburgh EH1 1NQ Date - Sunday 17th November Doors: 8pm-1am Special Guests: Dead Eyes Opened, + TBC. Tickets on Sale Now: £12 To buy tickets - click this link
Violets and DV8 present Friday 15th November Spanky Van Dyke's17 Goldsmith StNottingham NG1 5JT Doors: 7pm – 2am Tickets: £13 Special Guests: Simon York (from Luxury Stranger), Jordan Reyne, Witch Hunt. Batronic Aftershow till 2am with DJ Heathen and DJ GlitterHawk Tickets from Spanky's and Music Exchange soon, and here…
Polari Literary Salon Tickets - £5 13 November 2013, 7:45pm Purcell Room,Southbank CentreBelvedere RoadLondonSE1 8XX Southbank Centre is a short walk away from Covent Garden and Westminster and minutes from the Waterloo, Charing Cross and Embankment London Underground and British Rail stations. Charlotte Mendelson introduces her new novel Almost English.…
RFTK Promotions presents Sunday 10th November Newcastle TrilliansPrincess Square,Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8DE Special Guests: Berlin Black, Anxiety Of Love. Tickets on sale now: This will be the first show from The March Violets in Newcastle for around 30 years! A very rare treat to see a great band.…
Grotesque Promotions and Ascension Magazine present Corallo Rock Club Friday 8th November Corallo di ScandianoVialle della Rocca 4/EScandiano (Reggio Emilia),Italy Tickets coming soon Chianti coming soon UNICA DATA IN ITALIA! Era il 1982 quando Andrew Eldritch dei Sisters Of Mercy licenziava sul mercato il primo singolo dei March Violets per…
DV8 Fest presents Sunday 3rd November The ColiseumVictoria Place,Whitby,North Yorkshire YO21 1EZ COST: £13 (advance) Special Guests: Partly Faithful, Luxury Stranger. Doors 18:30 – event over by 10:30 so we can all head on to Nostalgia. Tickets on sale
Club Antichrist Halloween Party Friday 1st November Club Colosseum,1 Nine Elms Lane,Vauxhall, London SW8 5NQ Doors open at 8pm Happy Hours 8-11 Last entry 2.30am, club closes at 6am. Strict dress code: go for it. STRICT Dress code applies: Alternative, Goth, Industrialist, Cybergoth, Punk, Drag Queen, TV/TS, Theatrical, Bondage, PVC,…

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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