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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.
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…
That's What She Said MCR 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,…
Audible extracts, interviews & podcasts 'Half overheard secrets' - Interview on 'End of All Things' podcast 'Speaking in tongues' - winner, The Casket of Fictional Delights flash fiction competition 2018 The Night Brother, at Vixen, at The Palace of Curiosities:Extract 1, at audioboom.comExtract 2, at
Short Fiction What goes on in the bushes - The Cabinet of Heed, issue 16, January 2019 How can a woman sleep when the Master is in pain? - commended in Bath Flash Fiction Award 2018 Speaking in Tongues - winner of The Casket of Fictional Delights flash fiction competition…
Read some of my fiction and poetry Listen to audible extracts of my fiction, interviews and podcasts        
Club Big @The Boo The Boo679 Bacup Rd,RawtenstallBB4 7HB7pm till lateTickets £6 Advance £7 Door Club BigJohn Hyatt brings Club Big to the Boo.For two months in 2017 as part of his Rock Art exhibition at HOMEmcr, the polymath professor, musician and artist, created an entire club, complete with neon…
Soapbox, Manchester Histories Festival Friday 8th June5.30pm – free eventAll Saint’s Park,Grosvenor Square,Oxford RoadManchester, M15 6BH Manchester Histories Festival returns across Greater Manchester for a long-weekender from 7-11 June 2018 with the theme protest, democracy, and freedom of speech. For Manchester Histories Festival 2018 and in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan…
Manchester Histories Festival launch Manchester City Art Gallery,Mosley Street,Manchester M2 3JLFree event – 6-9pm Celebrate the launch of the 2018 Manchester Histories Festival with us. Meet the festival team and volunteers and discover what’s on over the weekend in more detail. Throughout the galleries hear protest poetry and trailblazers of…
A Splendid Day Out 1st – 3rd June 2018Winter Gardens,Morecambe The Northwest premier Steampunk Festival returns. Follow Phileas Fogg’s Journey "Around the world in 80 days" The A Splendid Day Out airship will land in the UK’s charming Victorian seaside retreat of Morecambe for its fifth year of top-hole entertainment.…
Date: Thursday 10th May 2018Venue: MSP Tech Incubator,Manchester Technology Centre,Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED Timings: Event starts at 5.30pm and finishes at 11pm.Rosie Garland Performance time tbc but will be between 6.45pm – 7.30pm MSPL is launching a new tech hub in Manchester.During the evening we will have a…
11am-1pm, Tuesday 8th May 2018 Waterstones Deansgate,91 Deansgate, Manchester,M3 2BW Waterstones Deansgate is excited to host a monthly women’s writers' group. Meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, the group is for those out there who are aspiring writers, or simply interested in writerly technical prowess. Join guest writer…
3rd May 2018 - Very excited to announce paperback publication day of The Night Brother!With a superb new cover.
Burnage Library,Burnage Lane,Manchester M19 1EWMonday 23rd April, 20187.15 - 9.15pm – free event We are delighted to welcome Manchester writer Rosie Garland to our special open-mic reading event at Burnage Library! Come and hear Rosie read from her sparkling works, and take part yourself in the open mic. Burnage Library…
During the posted dates, I shall be on a Writers' Residency at the wonderful Ty Newydd Centre in Wales.As a result, I shall be unavailable for readings, etc.
MaD (Milnrow & District) Women's Institute Venue: St James' ChurchSt James Street,MilnrowOL16 3JS Tuesday 13th MarchTime: 7.00pm onwards We are delighted to welcome Rosie Garland to be our guest at our March International Women’s Day meeting!There will be cake…Members and guests very welcome. ALL women aged 18 and over are…
Sugar and Spice 12: Standing Stronger Together 11th March 2018LGBT Foundation,5 Richmond StreetManchester M1 3HF I’m proud to be on a panel discussing “Overcoming Obstacles and Finding Resilience” – between 2-4pm on Sunday 11th March."To finish off our weekend of empowerment, confidence and community power, join our panel of inspirational,…
POETRY CIRCUS: BROKEN HEARTS Friday 16 FebruaryThe Bongo Club66 CowgateEdinburgh EH1 1JX 19:00-22:00 £4 (EB) / £5 For everyone who’s ever been in love, fallen out of love or had their heart broken on St Valentine’s day, Poetry Circus are back with Broken Hearts, a sumptuous evening of stunning spoken…
UTTER! Lutonia Saturday February 10th 2018Wardown Museum,Old Bedford Rd,Luton LU2 7HA Doors 7pm, show 7.30pm Rosie Garland & Deanna Rodger feature in this special edition of UTTER!With special musical guests, Slate Islands.UTTER! Spoken Word brings a Panoply of spoken word and literary talent to Luton.The night will be powerful and…
WOMEN’S words MCR – Suffragette Tea Party gala event Manchester Central Library,St Peter's Square,Manchester M2 5PD Doors 5.30pmEvent starts at 6pm A celebratory event to launch the collection of real life stories built around women’s experience of living, working and growing in Manchester.A selection of the stories will be published…
Making Thunder Roar: Emily Brontë Preview eventFriday 2nd February - 7.00pm Old School Room,Church Street,Haworth,Keighley BD22 8DR This is the preview of the new exhibition, "Making Thunder Roar: Emily Brontë", which will open at the Brontë Parsonage Museum on Thursday 1 February. The preview show invites a number of well-known…
Cherie Bebe’s Burlesque Revue Matt and Phreds64 Tib Street,M4 1LG Manchester Sunday 10th December 2017Doors at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm. Enjoy an evening of live cabaret entertainment, music and burlesque debauchery featuring performances from some of the finest burlesque performers in the UK, held at Manchester's iconic…
The Looking Glass Burlesque Pyramid Studio TheatrePalmyra Square South,Warrington,WA1 1BL. Doors are at 7.30pm, show at 8pm.Tickets are £11 for theatre seats and £14 for cabaret tables. The Looking Glass Burlesque returns to its favourite home with an outstanding line-up of burlesque and variety talent. With a changing line-up every…

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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