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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 11:10

Here be Tygres - my life & fanzines

Here be Tygres – fanzines and my life underground

I’ve been thinking about the impact fanzines have made on my life – and the result is this blog! Enjoy…

For someone who really was a Teenager in Devon (the poem isn’t an exaggeration http://www.rosiegarland.com/news-and-events/item/53-i-want-to-be-a-teenager-in-devon.html ), it’s hard to overstate the impact on a fifteen-year old geek girl of a let-off-the-leash long weekend in London.

Mid 1970s. Mum sets a friend and me up in a vicarage beyond the twilight zone of the North Circular. Every morning we take two long bus journeys into central London. My mate smokes cigarettes and swills cider like any normal teenager. I haunt Dark They Were And Golden Eyed, Atlantis Bookshop and the innumerable second-hand bookshops around Soho. It’s a four-day sojourn in a tatty oasis for the starved mind and spirit. As well as the books and comics I expect, I also discover fanzines.

They flick an entirely different switch in my imagination.
I’ve been making magazines since I was a kid, but now see I’m not the only nerd in the world to spend evenings with glue and a stapler. Even more groundbreaking, the zines cover interests I’ve learnt to conceal in order to limit my bullied isolation: horror movies, vampires, sci-fi, punk, weird illustration, weirder literature. The Gothic, in short. For the first time in my life, I see myself reflected. I encounter an underground community of the imagination. I know I’ll never meet any of these fellow-weirdoes, but I am not alone.

I return to the mix of beauty and soul-death of rural Devon (miles north of the artsy bit around Totnes), grit my teeth, make it to 18 and escape. In my new home, Leeds, one of the first things I do is check out the 2nd-hand / radical bookshops (a tip ‘o the pen to Austicks & The Corner Bookshop). As well as reviews in mainstream music papers such as Sounds, Melody Maker & NME, I now feature in fanzines that interview my band The March Violets (eg Rendezvous, Attack on B-Zag, The Angels are Coming, Whippings & Apologies – best zine name ever IMHO). We even produce our own Violets zine. High production values, or handwritten, it doesn’t matter. It’s all part of the vibrant build-your-own record label / indie scene of the early 80s.

Another hiatus follows when I quit the UK to work in Sudan from 1984-1986. In 1987, semi-fanzine independents Shocking Pink & Spare Rib inspire my move to Manchester where I find a thriving LGBT scene. However, it soon becomes apparent that being a dyke AND a Goth is a step too far. I have no problem making the connections between goth, punk and post-punk, fetish, feminism, queer, vampires and weird literature but I’m damned if I can find a queer pal who’ll go to The Banshee with me. As for my penchant for leather trousers, the less said about that the better. I can come out, but not about everything. However, late 80s feminism is a different blog.

It seems I can still feel isolated in a massive city, and I learn what it’s like to be marginalised within a marginalised community. I need help, and once again find it in the fanzines of the late 80s / early 90s. One particular pleasure is Dominic Regan’s graphic Dom Zombi story in AARGH (Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia ) which drew everything together so succinctly. Others include: For the Blood is the Life, Bats and Red Velvet, The Velvet Vampyre, Udolpho and early issues of Skin Two (produced on Tim Woodward’s kitchen table). Listings of penpals, society meetups and clubs provide me with a flesh & blood community, not simply one of the imagination. All of it pre-internet, off the map, under the radar. I even meet a bisexual Goth.

Jump cut to the present day.
I’m excited and encouraged by the rebirth / renaissance of Xeroxed, glue-and-collage, passed from hand-to-hand zines. There’s a fresh new family of folk learning the liberating impact of turning off search engines so your keystrokes can’t be tracked in order to tailor more bloody advertising into your feed. To quote Keith Lowell Jensen: “What Orwell failed to predict is that we'd buy the cameras ourselves, and that our biggest fear would be that nobody was watching” https://twitter.com/keithlowell/status/347741181997879297

Only last year I met a woman in Athens, Georgia, who knew my work because she’d come across Pink Bomb, a CD fanzine produced in Manchester by the radiant Ste McCabe . Our words don’t need wifi to span the globe. And if you can’t hold something in your hands, it doesn’t really exist.

Fanzines are still there when the battery runs out on your phone. When some yellow-haired dictator decides you can’t Google ‘that’ article any more. Fanzines can’t be deleted at the swipe of a button. So - Buy that ancient typewriter. Get stapling.

© Rosie Garland 2017‏

Published in News
Friday, 18 October 2013 09:31

8.10.2013 - The Skinny feature and interview

Really pleased to have an interview & feature in The Skinny this month!

It's free to pick up in venues round Liverpool & Manchester during October, or click on the link below and go to 'current issues'.

The Skinny - main website

Published in News
Monday, 19 November 2012 13:35

Discovering a Comet (Leaf Books)

Discovering a Comet - Leaf Books 2008

Includes my flash fiction "Sadie Jones Took Me Line Dancing"

http://leafbooks.co.uk/leafs-books/books/products/view/5/8.html

Published in Short Stories
Monday, 19 November 2012 13:52

Wolf-Girls (Hic Dragones 2012)

Wolf-Girls: Dark Tales of Teeth, Claws and Lycogyny, Edited by Hannah Kate (Hic Dragones 2012)

Feral, vicious, fierce and lost… the she-wolf is a strange creature of the night. Attractive to some; repulsive to others, she stalks the fringes of our world as though it were her prey. She is the baddest of girls, the fatalest of femmes – but she is also the excluded, the abject, the monster. The Wolf-Girls within these pages are mad, bad and dangerous to know. But they are also rejected and tortured, loving and loyal, avenging and triumphant. Some of them are even human…

Seventeen new tales of dark, snarling lycogyny. Features Rosie Garland’s short story ‘Cut and Paste’

Order here -  http://www.hic-dragones.co.uk/#/wolf-girls/4565397194

Published in Short Stories
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:40

25.2.2017 - Lesbian Lives Conference, Brighton

Lesbian Lives Conference 2017: Lesbian Love/s

http://www.lesbianlives.org/conference-2017-1/

Saturday 25th February 2017
The LGBTQ Life Research Hub is please to announce that the 2017 International Lesbian Lives conference will be held at the University of Brighton, UK, 24-25 February 2017.
..and I’m delighted that I have been invited to present a paper on ‘Vixen’, with a separately-programmed reading from the novel. Both Sessions are scheduled for the morning of Saturday 25th February.
The theme for the 2017 Lesbian Lives Conference is Lesbian Love/s. The 23rd edition of this conference is hosted by the University of Brighton LGBT and Queer Life Research Hub in conjunction with feminist scholars from University College Dublin.
http://www.lesbianlives.org/

Location:
Sallis Benney Theatre
University of Brighton
58-67 Grand Parade
Brighton
BN2 0JY
Conference programme:
http://www.lesbianlives.org/conference-2017/conference-programme/
For directions, please see the link below:
http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/whats-on/gallery-theatre

Published in Gig List
An evening of light entertainment and education with a genderbending, cabaret twist!

 Brought to you by Wotever World, who run Bar Wotever every Tuesday night at the RVT.

Tonight's topic is: ForePlay. Crimson Skye's Silvertongue Society presents Aural Text with erotica read by Pretty Miss Cairo, Rosie Lugosi and Crimson Skye herself. There will also be sexy dance moves from The DreamBears and Pants People, tongue exercise from poet Jay Walker, and advice on how to be a man from cabaret darling, Lolo Brow.
More acts to be confirmed!
Show starts: 19:00
Doors open 30mins before the show
Venue: Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5HY
Tickets £8
Click to buy advance tickets

Click for RVT website

 

 

Published in Gig List
Thursday, 19 September 2013 11:08

13.11.2013 - Polari Literary Salon, South Bank London

Polari Literary Salon

Tickets - £5

13 November 2013, 7:45pm

Purcell Room,
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

Southbank Centre is a short walk away from Covent Garden and Westminster and minutes from the Waterloo, Charing Cross and Embankment London Underground and British Rail stations.

Charlotte Mendelson introduces her new novel Almost English. She is joined by poet Dean Atta, authors Rosie Garland and Patrick Flanery, Helen Lederer and singer Dee Chanelle. Also tonight, we announce the winner of the Polari Prize.

Described by The New York Times as 'London's most theatrical salon', Polari returns for the autumn, showcasing the best in established, new and up-and-coming LGBT literary talent and performance.

'Always fun, always thought-provoking - a guaranteed good night out.' Sarah Waters

'Lively, funny and inspiring - a gay-themed salon of interest to anyone remotely interested in literature, whatever their sexual bent.' Patrick Gale

To go to Polari site - click this link

To go to Southbank Centre site & buy tickets - click this link

Published in Gig List
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 day lined up at Gallery Oldham – including headline acts X Factor's Kitty Brucknell and Britain's Got Talent's Showbears, some great live music, some dance, sporting and circus activities too - so come along and join in the fun.

Published in Gig List
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:10

15.6.2013 - Blender! Showcase, Philadelphia PA

Blender! Trans* Performance Showcase

103C of the Philly Convention Center
1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States
Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm
FREE 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

  • Music by DJ Evil V
  • · Featuring performances by:
  • · Liberty City Kings and Burlesque, of Philadelphia, PA
  • · Midwest GenderQueer, of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • · ScrewSmart, of Philadelphia, PA
  • · Lydia Neon, of Oshkosh, WI
  • · Johnny Blazes, of Boston, MA
  • · Koomah, of Huston, TX
  • · Alaya Richmond, of Philadelphia, PA
  • · Rebecca Kling, of Chicago, IL
  • · Rasta Boi Punany, of Philadelphia, PA

· Plus special guest, Rosie Lugosi, Vampire Queen of London, England

Produced by Midwest GenderQueer and Lascivious Jane

  • Don't miss out on the After Party happening 11pm-2am After party at in the balcony at the Troc http://www.thetroc.com/

Blender! Trans* Performance Showcase is a diverse show of trans* centered performance art, spoken word, song, drag, and burlesque, and more! Blender! hosts performers with a wide variety of identities from all over the country, and the world, presenting stories of the trans* experiences, diversity, queerness, and community. Don't miss this amazing show, the official show for the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference!

This venue is physically accessible and smoke free. There will accessible seating for anyone who may have specific needs. For more information please contact organizers at blender(at)trans-health.org

Published in Gig List
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 16:03

2.6.2013 - 1st Italian Femme Conference, Rome

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 most interesting festival events is the very first Italian Femme Conference, hosting lecturers and researchers from different parts of the world; among others our keynote speaker Natacha Chetcuti (sociologist and researcher at the GTM/CRESPPA-CNRS in Paris) and Federica Frabetti Senior Lecturer in Communication, Media and Culture at Oxford Brookes University and Rosie Garland (UK).
  • All events will be translated into English/Italian.'

The Teatro Valle is a theatre and former opera house in Rome, Italy. Commissioned by the Capranica family, the architect Tommaso Morelli designed the theatre which was built in 1726.

http://www.teatrovalleoccupato.it/

http://www.eyeswilddrag.it/

Published in Gig List
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News and Events

  • Cover reveal for 'What Girls Do In The Dark' (Nine Arches Press)
    Cover reveal for 'What Girls Do In The Dark' (Nine Arches Press)

    I thought it wasn't possible to feel any more thrilled about joining Nine Arches Press
    - then I see the stunning cover of my new poetry collection, 'What Girls Do In The Dark'.
    Out October 2020
    https://www.ninearchespress.com/publications/poetry-collections/what-girls-do-in-the-dark.html

    Written on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 13:31
  • April 2020 - The Night Brother, Must-Read Manchester
    April 2020 - The Night Brother, Must-Read Manchester
    Manchester Confidential chooses The Night Brother as a must-read Manchester novel!

    Dystopian classics to modern crime - Nine must-read Manchester novels

    “Fantasy, romance, sci-fi, comedy…we’ve got a genre for everyone
    There’s a very good reason Manchester is a UNESCO City of Literature, as we highlighted before its bid to join the prestigious network in 2017. Innovative publishers, diverse bookshops and a lively events scene make it an unrivalled literary melting pot.

    Rosie Garland’s The Night Brother is our historical highlight
    Ever the entertainer, Rosie Garland sung in post-punk band The March Violets and now performs ‘twisted cabaret’ as Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen. But she’s also a literary maverick with an array of essays, short stories and poetry to her name (much of which she also reads at spoken words events citywide) and three acclaimed novels. Her latest, The Night Brother, navigates themes of gender and identity through two siblings in Victorian Manchester. Rich and Gothic, it’s a must for fans of Angela Carter.”

    https://confidentials.com/manchester/dystopian-classics-to-modern-crime-nine-must-read-manchester-novels

    Written on Thursday, 16 April 2020 18:18
  • April 2020 - The Night Brother - Best Northern Read
    April 2020 - The Night Brother - Best Northern Read

    An unexpected & encouraging piece of news!
    Northern Soul has selected 'The Night Brother' as a Best Northern Read

    Desmond Bullen, Northern Soul writer
    “In days that can seem desolate and uncertain, there’s a lot to be said for windows into a better world and, ultimately, joyfully, that is exactly the view that The Night Brother by Rosie Garland affords. Not that its window seat is cheaply achieved. Far from it.
    Rooted with disbelief-suspending specificity in Manchester at the end of the 19th century, Garland’s novel blossoms compellingly from the exquisite simplicity of its central conceit, one which owes the tiniest debt to the 1971 horror film Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde. Edie and her brother Gnome are joined in a very particular symbiosis, so that their singular sibling rivalry threatens to be the undoing of both. Themes that could be leaden in other hands emerge from the premise with a beautiful lightness of touch, developing into a persuasive fable of inclusivity and self-acceptance. This is a book that sings a rainbow at its end.”


    https://www.northernsoul.me.uk/books-best-northern-reads-part-one/

    Written on Thursday, 09 April 2020 15:26
  • 'What Girls Do In The Dark' - new poetry collection with Nine Arches Press
    'What Girls Do In The Dark' - new poetry collection with Nine Arches Press
    New collection forthcoming in October 2020 from Nine Arches Press

    I’m thrilled to be on the 2020 list of Nine Arches Press!
    I’m in the company of a fantastic group of poets. I couldn’t be happier.

    https://www.ninearchespress.com/about-us/news.html

    “Midlands-based independent poetry publisher Nine Arches Press, which achieved Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation status in 2018, will publish eleven new books of poetry in 2020, from a mix of established and emerging poets from across the UK and across the world…

    Acclaimed novelist Rosie Garland will also join the 2020 list in October with her third full collection of poems What Girls Do in the Dark, a book alive with galactic, glimmering energy. Rosie’s award-winning short and long fiction, poems and essays have been widely anthologised and in 2019 she was selected by Val McDermid as one of the 10 most compelling LGBTQI+ writers working in the UK.”

    Image: Poets confirmed for the Nine Arches Press 2020 list
    Top: l-r: Jennifer Wong, Rishi Dastidar, Abegail Morley, Geraldine Clarkson, Nina Mingya Powles.
    Bottom: l-r: Peter Kahn, Maria Taylor, Gregory Leadbetter, Rosie Garland, Kate Fox

    Written on Saturday, 08 February 2020 14:20
  • 11th & 12th January 2020 - Bhubaneswar Literary Meet & Mumbai Spoken Fest
    11th & 12th January 2020 - Bhubaneswar Literary Meet & Mumbai Spoken Fest

    I’m deeply honoured!
    The British Council has invited me to read, perform, and present workshops in India…
    I’ve been invited to TWO exciting literary events: Bhubaneswar Literary Meet (11th January 2020) AND Mumbai Spoken Fest by Kommune (12th January 2020).

    I can’t wait – not only for the opportunity to share my work in India for the first time… but to meet so many inspiring writers!

    Written on Monday, 23 December 2019 14:19