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BAD LANGUAGE RETURNS TO THE CASTLE HOTEL WITH HEADLINER ROSIE GARLAND. The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE Wednesday, 24 April 2013 19:30 until 22:30 Bad Language has been called, 'a realm of uncertainty and surprise' (The Mancunion, 2013). Rosie Garland has always been a cuckoo in the…
Waterstones Deansgate celebrates World Book Night. Date – 23rd April 2013 Venue – Waterstones, 91-93 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW Time - 6-8pm Rosie Garland will be reading from her latest poetry collection, 'Everything Must Go' as well as her debut novel, 'The Palace of Curiosities'. Copies of both are available…
Loose Muse comes to Manchester! Wednesday 17th April Thomas Bar, 49-51 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1NA This long-established monthly event set up and run by Agnes Meadows is London's only regular event for women writers of all genres. http://loose-muse.com/home-2/
Spring Rhythm: Poetry of Emergence from John Siddique, Rosie Garland and Simon Rennie When: April 14, 2013 @ 3:00 pm Where: Wainsgate Chapel, Wainsgate Lane, Old Town, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8SU Cost: £8/£6/£2 (18 and under). Tickets available on the door! Contact: Dave Nelson01422 843315 Rosie Garland is…
Join us on 28th March 2013 for the launch of Best of Manchester Poets Volume 3, Published by Puppywolf. Dedicated to publishing writers living or working within Greater Manchester, UK. A chance to take a look at the book, buy a copy, and listen to some of the poets who…
The Palace of Curiosities - BOOK LAUNCH WATERSTONE'S MANCHESTER DEANSGATE Wednesday, 27 March 2013, 7:00PM Tickets £3, available from the shop or through Twitter @waterstonesMCR Rosie Garland returns to Manchester Deansgate with her astonishing debut novel 'The Palace of Curiosities'. Set against the backdrop of a Victorian freak show, it…
Date: Thursday 14th March Start: 8.00pm Tickets: £7 / £5 Where: THE ROEBUCK, 50 GREAT DOVER STREET, SE1 Weblink: www.bangsaidthegun.com I'm guesting at BANG SAID THE GUN EVERY Thursday – Stand up poetry for people who don't necessarily like poetry.A full on verbal romp including Top Acts + the World…
Date: Friday 8th March Start: 8.30pm Tickets: £6.00 (Door) / £5.50 (advance) Where: Eden bar, Canal Street, Manchester M1 3PJ Weblink: https://www.facebook.com/events/204887849635944/ Sparkle (Manchester) is proud to support An amazing evening of poetry, comedy and acoustic sets Including Rosie Garland, Dominic Berry, Sarah Miller, Rod Tame - & many more.…
Date: Friday 15th-Sat 16th February Tickets: £6.00 (Door) / £5.50 (advance) Where: Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton Weblink: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/lgbt/events/events/lesbian-lives-conference-2012 Really excited to be invited to the 20th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference, 'The Modern Lesbian' I'm delivering a paper, 'Performing queer femininity and performing it all wrong.' I'm also performing…
Agent - fiction Charlotte Robertson at AitkenAlexander Associates Web:  http://www.aitkenalexander.co.uk Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Publisher - fiction Suzie Dooré at The Borough Press (HarperCollins Publishers) Web: http://www.harpercollins.co.uk Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.               Contact Rosie Directly >>
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Agent - fiction Anna Webber at United Agents Web:  http://www.unitedagents.co.uk Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Publisher - fiction Suzie Dooré at The Borough Press (HarperCollins Publishers) Web: http://www.harpercollins.co.uk Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rosie Garland Tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie writes long and short-form fiction, poetry and sings with post-punk band The March Violets. She also performs twisted cabaret as Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, cabaret chanteuse and mistress of ceremonies. With a passion for language nurtured by libraries, she started…
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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