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MMU Manchester and the City module – student seminar The John Rylands LibraryDeansgateManchester “The Night Brother - MMU Manchester and the City module” This student tour & seminar is part of my writing residency at The John Rylands Library, Manchester, in association with Manchester Metropolitan University. 21st February 10am-12 noon
“Everything That Can Happen” anthology launch The Betsey Trotwood56 Farringdon RoadLondonEC1R 3BL Free event19:00 – 22:00https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/everything-that-can-happen-london-book-launch-party-tickets-55109082750 Everything That Can Happen is an anthology of poems about the future.The poems – or perhaps prophecies – explore time, language, changing landscapes, future selves, uncertainty, catastrophe and civilisation. An android fills out a…
Festival Preview – Celebrating Doctor Who Huddersfield LibraryPrincess Alexandra WalkHD1 2SU Tuesday 12 February 2019Doors 6pm, ends approx 7.30pm Find out more about this year’s events, pick up a brochure and take part in our Celebration of Doctor Who.Come dressed as your favourite character - Take a selfie with our…
Verbose Fred’s Ale House843 Stockport RoadLevenshulme,Manchester M19 3PW Free eventdoors are at 7.30pm The live literature night Verbose – first event for 2019!Come to Fred’s Ale House in Levenshulme on 28th Jan for an evening of poetry and stories about magic realism & the surreal. Our headliners are Rosie Garland,…
Royal Albert Hall and For Books' Sake present ‘That's What She Said’ Elgar RoomRoyal Albert HallKensington GoreLondon, SW7 2AP Monday 17 December 2018Starts: 9:30pm As part of the Royal Albert Hall's Christmas Season, For Books’ Sake are presenting a late night End of Year Special of That’s What She Said.…
HAUNT Manchester presents Black Christmas The Peer Hat,14-16 Faraday Street,M1 1BE Manchester Saturday, 15 December 2018 from 12:00-19:00Free event Readings start at 3pm – featuring Rosie Garland at 4pm Have you been naughty this year? Have you been very, very naughty?Then you might be the perfect guests to receive the…
Emmeline Pankhurst statue unveiling St Peter’s Square,Manchester M2 3AE MiddayFree event As well as brass bands, speeches and a full choir – Rosie Garland is honoured to be singing at the unveiling event.The statue of Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled in St Peter’s Square, Manchester on Friday, 14th December 2018…
What an adventure!On Saturday December 1st I sang the Pankhurst Anthem – specially written by Helen Pankhurst & Lucy Pankhurst - in Etihad Stadium in front of the Manchester City crowd at half time! I can honestly say I've never sung in front of a crowd of 50,000 people. All…
The Looking Glass Burlesque Pyramid & Parr HallPalmyra Sq.,Warrington WA1 1BL Saturday, 24 November 2018 from 19:30-22:30Tickets £11- £14 The Looking Glass Burlesque returns to it's Warrington home for the annual spectacular showcase of some of the finest burlesque and cabaret talent in the UK. Starring a bevvy of internationally-acclaimed…
FLIM NITE presents 'Pan's Labyrinth' The Three Minute TheatreAfflecks Arcade,35-39, Oldham Street,Manchester M1 1JG What would ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ look like chewed up and spat out by comedians, theatremakers, writers and musicians? We have created a labyrinthine underworld in order to test the moral strength of our artists and let the…
Finally, I can announce that I am inaugural Writer-in-Residence at The John Rylands Library in Manchester. It’s fantastic news.How? I put together a proposal, & asked. The power of asking, indeed. Read the article in the University of Manchester magazine, here: “When I first moved to Manchester I was stunned…
‘Manchester Dark, Manchester Light - the inspiration behind The Night Brother’. Saturday 3rd November 20183pm – 4.30pmStarting point: The Craft Centre,Oak Street,Manchester M4 5JD Limited places - £10Special offer - Oak St Cafe at the Craft Centre will be offering cake and coffee/tea for £5 for anyone showing their walking…
The Freakeasy Halloween Showcase Banshee Labyrinth29-35 Niddry Street,Edinburgh,EH1 1LG Free event Time: 8pm – 10.30pm Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. The Freakeasy crawls in search of blood, to terrorize your neighborhood. That's right folks, the Freakeasy is back! And for the Halloween special.…
That’s What She Said Tribeca,50 Sackville St,Manchester M1 3WF£5 "The biggest spoken word night in London for women" (Evening Standard) returns to Manchester!Shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK (Saboteur Awards, 2017), That's What She Said showcases the best new writing and performance by women, featuring iconic and…
Verbalise The Brewery Arts Centre122A Highgate,Kendal LA9 4HE 7.30pm This month our guest is the novelist Rosie Garland who is also famous for being Rosie Lugosi Vampire Poet! Spoken word open mic for poets, novelists, actors, comedians and storytellers, anyone with original material and something to say. Open mic is…
Workshop: a 10 Step Program for Dealing with the Internal Critic 22 September at 10:00–13:00 GIFT Cafe ChesterGrosvenor Park Road,CH1 1QQ Chester, Cheshire Ever write a short story, only to doubt it? Find yourself apologising for your poems when sharing them with others? Do you lie awake at night thinking…
That’s What She Said The Scottish Poetry Library (Venue 203)5 Crichton's Close,Edinburgh EH8 8DT16th August 2018 19:30-21.30Free event 'The biggest spoken word night in London for women' (Evening Standard) returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for three incendiary shows. After being shortlisted for Best Regular Spoken Word Night (Saboteur Awards 2017),…
Other Voices spoken word cabaret The Banshee Labyrinth (venue 156)Banqueting Hall,29, Niddry Street,Edinburgh EH1 1LG FREE EVENT16th August, 15:10-16:10 Other Voices brings you open-hearted open mic, where you can enjoy features from fantastic spoken word artists and different special guests daily, with a sumptuous cabaret vibe. Special guest for Thursday…
Listen Softly Edinburgh The Scottish Poetry Library (Venue 203)5 Crichton's Close,Edinburgh EH8 8DT15th August 2018 6.45pm to 8pmFree event Women writers showcase!Rosie Garland, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Christina Neuwirth and Claire Askew will be our feature performers for the women writers showcase. Listen Softly - which came to the Edinburgh Fringe…
FEMFringe Greenside,1 Royal Terrace,Edinburgh EH7 5AB Rosie Garland performs at FEMFringe, Tuesday 14th August! Greenside Venues are proud to present FEMFRINGE - two nights celebrating feminist performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. With over 40 acts from the biggest venues in Edinburgh, this is not an event to miss!…
She Grrrowls11th August: 23.20-00.20am Banshee Labyrinth (venue 156)Banqueting Hall,29-35 Niddry Street,Edinburgh,EH1 1LG She Grrrowls is a feminist arts night that features poetry, comedy, music and everything in between.She Grrrowls is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe festival again in 2018! At the Banqueting Hall, Banshee Labyrinth, with a late-night slot of…
Sanctuary of Sin 11th August: 9.15pm – 10.15pm Bar Bados (Venue 281) ROOM 168 Cowgate,EdinburghEH1 1JW The Convent of Corruption once again opens its doors! We invite you to come worship at our late night services of debauched, depraved and downright naughty Cabaret performance. Only the most subversive sinners are…
Poetry Bordello Woodland Creatures (Venue 282)260-262 Leith Walk,Edinburgh EH6 5EL 9th August 201820.00-22.00Free event Poetry Bordello is a deliciously naughty blend of risqué spoken word and astounding burlesque performance brought to you by List Hot 100 performance poetry company – Poetry Circus. 2018's line-up includes bestselling novelist and chanteuse Rosie…
Speakin’ Weird Spin,10 Littlejohn StreetAberdeen AB10 1FG 7.30pm-10.30pm Open mic spoken word event in Aberdeen featuring poetry sensation Rosie Garland! 2nd Wednesday of the month. Poetry, comedy, prose, stories, angry rants and introspective musings all welcome. Hosted by Sparklechops. https://www.facebook.com/sparklechops3/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
Gothic Manchester Festival Events presentsTwisted Tales of Hybridity Saturday 4 August, 6.00pm – 8.30pmInternational Anthony Burgess Foundation3 Cambridge StManchesterM1 5BY Celebrating the sixth year of the Gothic Manchester Festival, Twisted Tales of Hybridity will bring together three authors who have all appeared in previous years; Rosie Garland (Vixen and The…
Brontë 200 - What Emily Means to Us A celebration of Emily Brontë at 200 Venue – Haworth venue tbcTime – 7.30pm We’re rounding off Emily’s birthday weekend with a celebration of her work and legacy. Join a stellar line-up of Lily Cole, Patience Agbabi, Rosie Garland and an array…
Brontë 200 - Women, the Gothic and Emily Haworth,Venue tbcTickets £8/£6 concessions and Brontë Society members The imposing houses, eerie doubling of names and wandering of unquiet spirits combine within Wuthering Heights to create one of the great Gothic texts of the nineteenth century. Emily Brontë’s only published novel continues…
Prose Pride: An Evening of Fabulous Words Waterstones Nottingham1/5 Bridlesmith Gate,Nottingham, NG1 2GR 23 July at 19:00–22:00 Write Pride proudly presents an evening of LGBTQ performance...Admission: £5 Featuring ROSIE GARLANDAlso featuring work from participants of Rosie Garland's masterclass workshop. Taking place in Nottingham from July 23rd to 27th for the…
PROSE PRIDE writing workshop Write Pride proudly presents a masterclass with Rosie Garland! Waterstones Nottingham1/5 Bridlesmith Gate,Nottingham, NG1 2GR 23 July at 14:00–17:0016+ only Masterclass Price: £5 Our series of masterclasses will include a combination of writing prompts, focussed writing time and professional advice from an experienced writer to support…
Hooray Cabaret at Buxton International Festival Venue:Spiegeltent,Pavilion GardensSt John's Rd,Buxton SK17 6BE Time - 7.00pm - 12.00amPrice - £20 The only way to celebrate the last night of the Festival – in the Spiegeltent with Hooray Cabaret!Join us for a night filled with music, laughter, burlesque and acrobaticsHosted by the…

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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