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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.

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Sonic Waves: Music and Sound Beyond Borders

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2019
Time: 10am – 5:30pm
Location: Geoffrey Manton Building
Manchester Metropolitan University
Rosamond St W, Manchester M15 6EB

Tickets: £10 (£5 unwaged) - Available on the OnlineShop

Rosie Garland of The March Violets is delighted to present her paper “Radiant Girls: ‘You can’t be goth and queer and feminist’ – being an outsider amongst outsiders”

MASSmcr are a group of multidisciplinary researchers exploring the musical beats and sonic streets of Manchester and beyond. For this symposium we bring together academics, researchers, practitioners, students and community organisations to explore how music, sound and the sonic can be used to transcend boundaries and move beyond borders. At a time of global uncertainties from climate change and conflict zones, to national and international political upheaval, we question if music and the sonic can narrate and negate these changes and shift our understanding of core and peripheral preoccupations.

About MASSmcr
Established in 2018, Music and Sonic Studies Manchester (MASSmcr), based at Manchester Metropolitan University, conducts innovative research into music and sonic phenomena. We aim to produce new ways of understanding and experiencing the production, reception and aesthetics of music, sound and other sonic encounters. We seek to understand how sonic and musical practices shape our understanding of the world and how they inform diverse identities, communities and spaces.

This event will be followed by MASS Assembly at the Castle Hotel.

https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/artshumanities/rah/events/detail/index.php?id=10719

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The Next Step

Write Like A Grrl writing course,
Manchester

I’m delighted to be guest writer at the closing session of The Next Step, Write Like A Grrl.
Looking forward to celebrating with everyone who has taken part of the course. We’ll have a Q&A, discussing persistence, developing our writing, and the importance of building community and support networks to help us all keep going.

For more info about booking onto the next course –
This six week intensive course offers weekly critique workshops as well as sessions on advanced writing techniques such as modes of narration, pace, plotting a novel, editing, how to strengthen your regular writing practice and how to read like a writer.
The course includes a Q&A session with a published author as well as sure-fire strategies on how to maintain motivation once the course is over.
http://forbookssake.net/write-like-a-grrrl/write-like-a-grrrl-manchester-the-next-step/

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Celebrate International Women's Day with Flapjack Press!

Manchester Central Library
St Peter's Square,
Manchester, M2 5PD

5.30pm – 8pm
free event

Join us for an evening of poetry hosted by Rosie Garland ("literary hero" - The Skinny).
With performance from award-winning poets, playwrights and spoken word artists Cathy Crabb, Sarah Miller, Anna Percy, Melanie Rees & Geneviève L. Walsh.

Doors open 5.30pm for a 6pm start, 8pm finish.

Free entry. Refreshments provided.

Presented by Flapjack Press in association with Manchester Library & Information Service
www.flapjackpress.co.uk

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:03

28.1.2019 - Verbose, Manchester

Verbose


Fred’s Ale House
843 Stockport Road
Levenshulme,
Manchester M19 3PW

Free event
doors 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, Gaynor Jones & Michael Conley, plus all your usual open mic faves. FREE ENTRY - don't miss it!

First up - Rosie Garland: novelist, poet, singer & flash fiction writer, dubbed one of the country's finest performance poets.

Northern Writer of the Year, Gaynor Jones, is known for her strange and often surreal stories, & final headliner for Monday 28th Jan is Michael Conley. We love his hilarious and surreal poetry and short stories and can't wait to see him perform.

Verbose brings words to the ’burbs with live literature in Levenshulme.

https://www.facebook.com/VerboseMcr/

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Emmeline Pankhurst statue unveiling

St Peter’s Square,
Manchester M2 3AE

Midday
Free 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 – one hundred years to the day from some women voting for the first time in a British General Election.
A landmark statue of Manchester icon Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled in St Peter’s Square - to mark the 100th anniversary of women first voting.
Designed by sculptor Helen Reeves the bronze tribute is earmarked for a spot opposite the Central Library in St Peter's Square. Hazel Reeves was the unanimous choice with her ‘chair’ design: Rise Up Women.

Event Details here:
https://www.womanchesterstatue.org/news/timings-announced-emmeline-pankhurst-statue-unveiling/

Marchers rallying at two iconic locations
10.30 a.m. Marchers gather at The Pankhurst Centre and The People’s History Museum
11.00 a.m. The marchers set off with others joining on the route singing songs such as March of The Women, Nana was a suffragette and The Pankhurst Anthem.
11.45 a.m. Both groups arrive in St Peter’s Square
Meanwhile…….
In St Peter’s Square:
11.15 a.m. Our MC opens proceedings
The ceremony begins at midday
12.00 p.m. MC introduces Manchester Community Choir to sing three songs.
The Pankhurst Anthem
The speeches begin
12.45 p.m. The Lord Mayor
12.50 p.m. The crowd sing The Pankhurst Anthem
13.00 p.m. The statue is unveiled
13.00 p.m. The RNCM brass ensemble play whilst everyone has their photos taken with the statue

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FLIM NITE presents 'Pan's Labyrinth'

The Three Minute Theatre
Afflecks 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 creative juices flow! Come and find out what their deepest fears are!

Watch as our acts distort a Spanish language dark fantasy movie into something ridiculous, beautiful or unrecognisable for your viewing pleasure. We have entrusted each one of them with a chunk of the film to re-enact, riff around, mash up or explode. There’s no way of telling what will happen.

FLIM NITE is a monthly experimental performance night based at Three Minute Theatre in Manchester's Northern Quarter. We’re in our fourth year and showing no signs of stopping.

We will not be showing a movie. We will be making a FLIM.

LINE-UP including ROSIE GARLAND, SARAH BENNETTO, JOZ NORRIS,

“The group take a hammer to well-known films and smash them into something completely different – think a smorgasbord of musical interludes, a dab of poetry and an added bit of standup comedy. Trust us, it’s unlike any other night around!” - The Skinny

"With all the ramshackle pop-anarchism of Never Mind The Buzzcocks and the warmth, variety and bonhomie of a fringe arts night, FLIM NITE is going from strength to strength and is not to be missed." - NARC

FLIM NITE is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and the National Lottery through the Grants for the arts scheme.

The Three Minute Theatre, Manchester
Doors at 7.30pm, acts start at 8pm sharp
£3 suggested donation on the door

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‘Manchester Dark, Manchester Light - the inspiration behind The Night Brother’.

Saturday 3rd November 2018
3pm – 4.30pm
Starting point: The Craft Centre,
Oak Street,
Manchester M4 5JD

Limited places - £10
Special offer - Oak St Cafe at the Craft Centre will be offering cake and coffee/tea for £5 for anyone showing their walking tour ticket on the day.

Buy tickets here:
https://buyonline.mmu.ac.uk/product-catalogue/arts-and-humanities/art-humanities-field-trips/manchester-dark-manchester-light-the-inspiration-behind-the-night-brother?platform=hootsuite

A Gothic style novel inspired by the streets and stories of late nineteenth century Manchester – ‘The Night Brother’(2017) by Rosie Garland – is soon going to be coming to life, in the form of a unique walking tour on Saturday 3rd November at 3pm - 4.30pm.devised by Rosie herself and local guide Anne Beswick.

This walk will be titled ‘Manchester Dark, Manchester Light - the inspiration behind The Night Brother’ and certainly is special.

‘The Night Brother’ is after all a novel of urban exploration, familial intensity and a dark delve into Manchester at the turn of the twentieth century. Guests will be able to ponder this as they will take in the sites of the city – including Northern Quarter backstreets, Victorian markets and subterranean spaces.

The tour will be led by Rosie and Anne together, for a truly engaging experience. Rosie is a novelist and poet, as well as a singer with post-punk band The March Violets. Anne Beswick is a recognised guide at Manchester Guided Tours, and her walks to date have included the likes of Manchester Architecture, Gaskell in Town & at Plymouth Grove and a Gothic Manchester tour.

https://www.visitmanchester.com/ideas-and-inspiration/haunt-manchester/places-product-list/night-brother-novel

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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 emerging authors with a mix of performance, poetry, storytelling, slam and more.

LINE-UP FOR THURSDAY 4th OCTOBER 2018

ROSIE GARLAND
Award winning ‘literary hero’ (The Skinny) Rosie is a novelist, poet and singer. Author of novels The Night Brother, Vixen and The Palace of Curiosities, and six solo poetry collections, most recently As in Judy (Flapjack Press). "One of the country’s finest performance poets" (Apples & Snakes). Winner of the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year, the Diva Award for Solo Performer, and a Poetry Award from the People’s Café, New York.

SUZANNAH EVANS

DEBZ BUTLER

MORE DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED
WHAT THEY SAY...
"To put it bluntly, I'd never come across a spoken word night with such a fantastic lineup. 'How have I never come across this before?', I kept asking myself, 'this is everything I've ever wanted from a night out...'

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Sunday 15th July 2018 was a day to remember!

What an honour - I was invited to sing 'March of the Women' in St Peter's Square, Manchester, to celebrate the unveiling of the meeting circle for Hazel Reeve’s wonderful statue of Emmeline Pankhurst. Helen Pankhurst (Emmeline great-granddaughter) made a moving speech.

Manchester is proud to be home to a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst – founder of the suffrage movement, WSPU, and born in Moss Side, Manchester. The statue itself will be unveiled on December 14th 2018 – the centenary of the date that women were first able to vote in a UK General Election.

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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