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Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition Tuesday 15th October 2.30 pm Free, booking advised Book on: 0843 208 0500 Venue - St Ann's Church,St Ann's SquareManchesterM2 7LF The winner of this year's international interfaith poetry competition will be announced at this celebratory event, featuring readings from the shortlisted poets and competition judge,…
London's Première Women's Writers Night When? 9th October 2013 Where? The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (closest tube = Covent Garden) Time? 8.00 p.m. Door tax – £5.00 – £3.00 concessions With two brilliant features every month, and a warm atmosphere, why not come and sign up…
Amuse- Bouche An evening of poetic comedy. Steph Pike presents a spoken word night with a twist – featuring Rosie Garland as guest Location: The Kings Arms,11 Bloom Street,SalfordGreater Manchester M3 6AN Time: 8pm (show lasts approx. 2hrs) Price: £3 The first ever UK Women in Comedy Festival will be…
Rosie Garland and the Palace of Curiosities Date: Saturday 5th OctoberTime: 7 – 8.30pmVenue: Ikon Gallery,1 Oozells SquareBrindleyplaceBirmingham, B1 2HS Tickets: £8 / £6 To go to event website - click this link "Gentlemen and Ladies! How happy I am to welcome you to this Palace of Curiosities on…
Poetry and stories to lift your spirits and take away the blues "A gothic twist" Isis Café,910 Stockport Road,Levenshulme, M19 (near Albert Road) 6pm- 8pm poetry/ creative writing workshop The workshop will be run by our special guest writer Rosie Garland. The workshop theme is 'writing from a different angle'.…
The Palace of Curiosities - paperback available from 26th September 2013
Loose Muse Women's Poetry Anthology Launch Thomas's Bar & Restaurant,49-51 Thomas Street,Manchester M4 1NAEntrance £3.00 Doors open 7.30pm Performances start 8pm Featuring 5 Manchester poets (including Rosie Garland, Steph Pike, Rebecca Audra Smith and others) and 2 London Poets. Plus Open Mic (The open mic is women only but men…
Women's Stage, Manchester Pride 17:30 - 23:00 // Saturday 24 August Sackville Gardens,Sackville StreetManchester A stage celebrating female performers, including live bands, acoustic and comedy performances. ROSIE WILL BE ONSTAGE 6PM-6.30PM. Featuring Rosie Lugosi, Claire Mooney, Becca Williams, Lucy Mae, Heather Peace, Dixie Day & others
Stirred @Queer Alt.Manchester Date: Friday 23rd August Time: 6pm Venue: The PentHouse NQ, Hilton House26-28 Hilton StreetNorthern QuarterManchesterM1 1EH 'Resistance may only be a paper's width but use it all' - Anna Percy Stirred will be performing feminist, queer poetry at The PentHouse as part of Queer Alt.Manchester. Featuring…
Wotever Sex Show starts: 19:00 Doors open 30mins before the show Venue: Royal Vauxhall Tavern,372 Kennington Lane LondonSE11 5HY.020 7820 1222 Wotever World returns to the Hot August Fringe each Tuesday to present the ever-popular Wotever Sex series. This year we explore the topics of Lust, Love and Death. Chirpy…
The Isle of Arran Poetry Adventure 2013 St.Columbas,Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, Scotland A week of writing workshops on the beautiful isle of Arran, facilitated by Gerry Potter-Poet, Rosie Garland, Steph Pike, Anna Percy, John G.Hall, Steve Waling, Leanne Bridgewater, Chanje Kunda and more.
One World, One Heart, One Pride Saturday 27 July 2013 Rosie Lugosi and Claire Mooney host Oldham's 9th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Pride – One World, One Heart, One Pride. Oldham is committed to stamping out homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. After the fabulous parade there's a great Oldham Pride…
A Summer Soirée Date - Wednesday 10th July 2013Time - 7pm.Avenue - The Manchester Grammar School, Old Hall Lane, Manchester M13 0XTTickets - £20 Fundraising dinner event for the new teenage cancer unit at The Christie in Robert Broude's name. Guests and speakers include Val McDermid – crime writer, author…
The First National Poetry Competition to be organized on the Wirral. Watch out for the results of this year's Open Poetry Competition. Now in its third year, winners will be advised on 26th June, and the results announced generally on 6th July 2013. Shortlisted poets: Please find below a…
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival – theatre event and reading from The Palace of Curiosities Date: Saturday 29 JuneTime: 5pmVenue: The Birchcliffe Centre,Birchcliffe Road,Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG Cost: £8 (£6) To book advance tickets, click the link below Roll up! Listen to poet Rosie Garland read from her bewitching first novel.…
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival – creative writing workshop Date: Saturday 29 JuneTime: 11am-1pmVenue: Upstairs at The Birchcliffe Centre,Birchcliffe Road,Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG Cost: Free but BOOK IN ADVANCE (20 places) - click the link below Suitable for 12+ Ok, so you've already read out your poetry on stage... or you…
Don't Get it Right – Get it Written! Date - Friday 28th June 2013Time - 4:00pm - 6:00pmVenue - World Peace Cafe,76 High LaneManchester M21 9XF A free writing workshop facilitated by Rosie Garland, suitable for new and experienced writers who want to get their creative caffeine flowing. There'll be…
An Evening Of Curiosities With Rosie Garland Supported By Stirred Poets. Date - Thursday 27 June 2013Time - 20:00 - 21:30Venue - The Albert Club,39-41 Old Lansdowne Road,Manchester, M20 2PATickets - £3 on the door Born in London to a runaway teenager, Rosie has always been a cuckoo in the…
'Try Reading Someone New' event Rosie Garland is well known as a poet and performer. Her first published novel set in 1850s London, is the story of Eve and Abel; both freaks of nature searching for escape. It explores what it's like to be different, and traces their struggle for…
The Verb - BBC Radio 3 Date – 21th June 2013 Time – 22.00 – 22.45 Tune in to 90-93 FM Rosie presents her new short story, commissioned for BBC Radio 3 The Verb's season of Mid-Life Fairy Tales. BBC Radio 3: the week's schedule - click this link
Blender! Trans* Performance Showcase 103C of the Philly Convention Center1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United StatesDoors at 8pm, Show at 9pmFREE Admission to Conference Attendees (with badge)General Public: $5 Donation (No one turned away due to lack of funds) All Ages Hosted by The Notorious OMG and Midwest GenderQueer…
The People's Cafe this Saturday! Featuring Rosie Garland and openstage! Share your words Saturday 8 Jun, 7-9 pm. Bayanihan Community Center, 40-21 69 Street, Woodside, Queens, NY $3
Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word. The Organic Open Mic Where: Bareburger (East Village) 2nd Floor 85 Second Avenue (@ 5th Street) Manhattan, New York (212) 510-8610 Date; Tuesday 11th June Show starts @ 7pm Cover charge: $10 (@ the door or in advance) One of the hottest open…
Kickin' At The Parkside: JANET HAMILL and friends Venue: The Parkside Lounge, 317 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, United StatesTime: 4pm A great afternoon for poetry and music in NYC with JANET HAMILL and musical friends Greg Feller- (Drummer/percussionist), Mark McNutt– (guitar) and Bob Torsello. Hosted by George…
Blackwell's and Bad Language present an evening with Rob Newman and guests. Tuesday 4th June 2013 – 7pm GORILLA54-56 WHITWORTH STREETMANCHESTER, M1 5WW Author and comedian ROBERT NEWMAN reads from and discusses his stunning new novel The Trade Secret. Supporting will be brilliant and entertaining writing talents ROSIE GARLAND and…
Festival Internazionale di arte queer 2 June 2013, 10.30 – 19.00 Teatro Valle Occupato Via del Teatro Valle, 21, 00186 Rome, Italy 'For the very first time in Italy, we invite you to a new femme-inist queer perspective, to a space open to femmes and their allies. One of the…
GendErotica – The Great Fem Show Festival Internazionale di arte queer Saturday 1st June, 21.30 – 1am Nuovo Cinema PalazzoPiazza dei Sanniti 9/A00185 – Roma (zona san Lorenzo) 'For the very first time in Italy, we invite you to a new femme-inist queer perspective, to a space open to femmes…
A gripping evening featuring stories from writers including Edgar Allan Poe, hosted by English and Creative Writing staff and guest author, Rosie Garland. Lisa Mansell, Paul Houghton and Mark Brown will present a lecture, readings and installations to keep you in suspense. Date: Tuesday May 28th, Time: 7.30 - 9.30…
An evening of Strange and Dark Fictions Prestwich British Legion,225 Bury Old Rd, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1JE Monday 27 May, 7.30pm Tickets £6 (+booking fee) in advance from our Eventbrite online shop For more information on Hic Dragones, check out the website: To say it's an honour to have…
VOCABARET The Blue Cat, 17 Shaw Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4AG, Thursday 23rd May, show starts 8pm Only £5 advance, £6 on the door Loud and lively, yet up-close and personal, Vocabaret nights have quickly gained near-legendary status in Prestwich where they play to sell-out audiences. Founded by Tony…

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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