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Death & the Sacred Symposium

MMU Brooks Building
53 Bonsall Street
Hulme,
Manchester, M15 6GX

This interdisciplinary symposium aims to explore, analyse and debate the relationship between death and the sacred in art and narrative.
09:00-18:00

1pm – 2.30pm
We are thrilled to be inviting Andrew Michael Hurley (author of The Loney and Devil’s Day and alumni of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Manchester Writing School), Rosie Garland (Author of Vixen, The Night Brother and writer in residence at John Rylands Library) and Jenn Ashworth (Author of A Kind of Intimacy, Cold Light, The Friday Gospels and Fell).

https://www.facebook.com/events/2055128788065939/
https://venues.mmu.ac.uk/events/death-and-the-sacred-symposium/

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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/

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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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English Literature & Creative Writing at Lancaster University
Visiting Writers Series - Rosie Garland

Ruskin Library
Bailrigg
Lancaster University,
Lancaster, LA1 4YZ

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 from 18:00-19:00

Join us for an evening of conversation with Rosie Garland.

Everybody is welcome, this event is free and no registration is needed.

Tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie Garland is a novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets. With a passion for language nurtured by public libraries, her writing has appeared in New Welsh Reader, The North, Rialto, Butcher’s Dog, Bangalore Review, Mslexia, Envoi, etc. She’s received writing commissions from Bronte Parsonage Museum, Tate Modern and Women’s Words Manchester as well as nominations for the Pushcart and Forward Prizes. Her latest poetry collection, As In Judy, is published by Flapjack Press.

Debut novel, The Palace of Curiosities, was nominated for both The Desmond Elliott and the Polari First Book Prize and Vixen was a Green Carnation Prize nominee. Her latest novel The Night Brother (Borough Press) was reviewed in The Times as "A rich and ambitious tale with shades of Angela Carter... Garland's prose is a delight: playful and exuberant.”

https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/english-literature-and-creative-writing/news-and-events/events/?view=fulltext&day=26&month=2&year=2019&id=d.en.394094×tamp=1551204000&

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“Everything That Can Happen” anthology launch

The Betsey Trotwood
56 Farringdon Road
London
EC1R 3BL

Free event
19:00 – 22:00
https://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 passport form. A space-walker sends a postcard home. The local cricket pitch is lost underwater. Frozen limbs thaw from cryogenic sleep.

The Emma Press will be launching the anthology at the Betsey Trotwood with an evening of readings from the anthology poets, including Rosie Garland, Amy Acre, Carole Bromley, Joe Carrick-Varty, Rishi Dastidar, Annie Fisher, Pamela Johnson Tim Kiely, Alice Merry, Ilse Pedler, Emma Simon and more.

The book will also be available to buy on the evening.
Read more about Everything That Can Happen https://theemmapress.com/books/future-poems/

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:20

12.2.2019 - Huddersfield Lit Fest launch event

Festival Preview – Celebrating Doctor Who

Huddersfield Library
Princess Alexandra Walk
HD1 2SU

Tuesday 12 February 2019
Doors 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 Tardis
Share your favourite memories of the show (in keeping with our Festival theme of ‘Memory’)

Hosted by novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets, Rosie Garland

Find out 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Doctor Who
Raffle for Kirkwood Hospice

No age restrictions (U16s should be accompanied by an adult)

Date: February 12, 2019
Start time: 06:00 p.m.
End time: 07:30 p.m.
Venue: Huddersfield Library,
Phone: 01484951108
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:20

January 2019 - short fiction highlights

Great to start the new year with a slew of short fiction highlights!

My story ‘Burning Girl’ is in the ‘Disturbing the Beast’ anthology from Boudicca Press, out February 2019.

My flash fic, ‘Your sons & your daughters are beyond’ is being published in Longleaf Review on Feb 10th 2019 http://longleafreview.com/

… flash fic ‘What goes on in the bushes’ is featured in issue 16 of The Cabinet of Heed, mid-January 2019
https://cabinetofheed.com/

I’ve been
Longlisted in TSS flash fiction competition, winter 2018
https://www.theshortstory.co.uk/flash-fiction-400/flash-fiction-results/
&
Longlisted in Reflex flash fiction competition, winter 2018
https://www.reflexfiction.com/flash-fiction-contest-schedule/

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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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Royal Albert Hall and For Books' Sake present ‘That's What She Said’

Elgar Room
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP

Monday 17 December 2018
Starts: 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.

Shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK at the 2017 Saboteur Awards, That’s What She Said showcases the best new writing and performance by women, featuring established and emerging authors with a mix of performance, poetry, storytelling, slam and more.

Expect fierce, feminist truth, fiction, politics and poetry from internationally renowned megababes - a night of spoken word featuring the most incendiary, intoxicating women writers and performers around

Performers will include iconic author Salena Godden, poet, and writer for the Guardian and The Huffington Post Penny Pepper, award-winning literary hero Rosie Garland and artist and social activist Reece Lyons.

Come and celebrate For Books' Sake's best year yet with this ridiculously iconic line-up.
‘[The] biggest spoken word night in London for women’
Evening Standard

Entry via Door 12
This event has mixed standing and unreserved cabaret-style seating, and you may be asked to share a table

https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2018/thats-what-she-said-2/

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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 crown of 50,000 people. What an experience.

All part of the run-up to the unveiling of Hazel Reeves wonderful statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in St Peter’s Square, Manchester on December 14th 2018.

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  • '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
  • January 2019 - short fiction highlights
    January 2019 - short fiction highlights
    Great to start the new year with a slew of short fiction highlights!

    My story ‘Burning Girl’ is in the ‘Disturbing the Beast’ anthology from Boudicca Press, out February 2019.

    My flash fic, ‘Your sons & your daughters are beyond’ is being published in Longleaf Review on Feb 10th 2019 http://longleafreview.com/

    … flash fic ‘What goes on in the bushes’ is featured in issue 16 of The Cabinet of Heed, mid-January 2019
    https://cabinetofheed.com/

    I’ve been
    Longlisted in TSS flash fiction competition, winter 2018
    https://www.theshortstory.co.uk/flash-fiction-400/flash-fiction-results/
    &
    Longlisted in Reflex flash fiction competition, winter 2018
    https://www.reflexfiction.com/flash-fiction-contest-schedule/

    Written on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:20
  • 1.12.2018 - Man City match - singing The Pankhurst Anthem
    1.12.2018 - Man City match - singing The Pankhurst Anthem

    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 crown of 50,000 people. What an experience.

    All part of the run-up to the unveiling of Hazel Reeves wonderful statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in St Peter’s Square, Manchester on December 14th 2018.

    Written on Friday, 07 December 2018 11:01
  • November 2018 - The John Rylands Library writer-in-residence
    November 2018 - The John Rylands Library writer-in-residence

    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 to discover this incredible library with such a surprising history,” remembers Rosie Garland, singer with Leeds post-punk band The March Violets and writer-in-residence at The John Rylands Library.
    “It’s always been one of my favourite places in Manchester and the idea that I’m now working in it and writing about it as the Library’s first writer-in- residence is a dream come true.”

    Read full article here
    https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/magazine/features/novel-library-research/

    Written on Monday, 12 November 2018 10:43