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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

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Listen Softly: Book Fringe Special

Golden Hare Books
68 St Stephen Street
Edinburgh EH3 5AQ

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
6:30 PM 7:30 PM

with performers Rosie Garland + Jane Bradley + Jamie Thrasivoulou
MC’d by Claire Askew & Dominic Stevenson
open mic slots available

Don’t miss our Book Fringe special of Listen Softly, our beloved monthly poetry night that creates a supportive and relaxed atmosphere for performance. Featuring three performances Rosie Garland, Jane Bradley and Jamie Thrasivoulou + open mic slots!
Listen Softly is a welcoming, inclusive and supportive spoken word evening, with much joviality and encouragement.
If you are interested in trying out new material or flexing your performance muscles (no experience required) then comment below or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

https://www.bookfringe.com/whatson/listensoftly

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019 14:58

11.8.2019 - Antwerp Queer Arts Fest

Antwerp Queer Arts Festival

De Studio
Maarschalk Gerardstraat 4,
2000 Antwerpen,
Belgium

Lecture / Cabaret
13:30 - 15:00

Rosie Garland, writer and cabaret performer from Manchester (UK), will tell us about the suffragette movement in the UK in a lecture, and jazz it up with a Victorian suffragette song or two.
After her talk she is invited to Fleur Pieret’s salon, where Els Flour of het Archief- en Onderzoekscentrum voor Vrouwengeschiedenis (AVG-Carhif) will address the similarities and differences with the struggle for women’s vote in Belgium.

From there we take it to a salon discussion on which battles still need to be fought today. For this discussion, we invited several panellist, all believing in the benefits of an intersectional feminism and will discuss what that means to them.

Clarice M.D. Gargard (NL) is journalist and UN-Women Representative. In March 2019, her documentary film Daddy and the Warlord (director Shamira Raphaela) was released. The doc deals with her family background and the Liberian civil wars. Her book ‘Drakendochter’ (Arbeiderspers),will be launched in september 2019.

Ilse Ghekiere (BE) is a dancer and activist (#Wetoo, ENGAGEMENT). In 2017 Ghekiere received a grant from the Flemish government in order to research sexism within the Belgian dance scene. She is author of several #metoo-related articles, amongst which #Wetoo: What Dancers Talk About When They Talk About Sexism. She founded ENGAGEMENT, an artist movement that puts issues concerning sexual harrasment, sexism and abuse of power in the art world on the agenda.

Simon(e) van Saarloos (NL) is a writer, performer and philosopher. Her manifest “Het monogame drama” (by August available in English as “Playing Monogamy”) did not go unnoticed. In September the essay “Herdenk herdacht”, about queer oblivion, white remembering and physically commemorating.

AQAF is an international arts festival, questioning gender and sexual diversity, that takes place each year at the beginning of August. Entering its sixth edition, each year we have programmed both local performers and international talent within a variety of art forms: music, literature, film, dance, theatre, exposition, performance…

https://www.queerarts.be/sunday-august-11?fbclid=IwAR2ASQb7qtlvhjDp8hZoZUYu2ZvGRQl4wpbqH2D-TXh-vMHSZsKq2KlOY1E

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019 14:55

27.7.2019 - FaxFiction, Sale

FaxFiction

The Chambers Waterside Arts
1 Waterside Plaza,
Sale, Trafford M33 7ZF

Saturday, July 27, 2019
18:30 21:00
Tickets: £8/£6

Old technology – we all used it, and it’s still there: cassette tapes, floppy discs, videos, 35mm slides, overhead projectors, Ansaphones, games consoles, View-Masters, faxes, Dictaphones, reel to reel, Ceefax…
How did we function with these ancient machines, these relics of the future?
In FaxFiction, seven writers – Sarah-Clare Conlon, Gary Fisher, David Gaffney, Rosie Garland, Valerie O’Riordan, Fat Roland and Nicholas Royle – have created six brand-new short stories focusing on these old technologies, and they will perform their pieces using gathered artefacts as part of this show, made uniquely for Refract:19.

Back with a bang for its third edition this July, is the opportunity to experience things differently at Waterside during Refract:19 . Running from Thursday 18 July to Saturday 27 July, this ten day event promises the very best in live comedy, music, dance, experiential performance and theatre.

https://www.refract.org.uk/events/faxfiction

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LGBT+ tour of The John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library
150 Deansgate
Manchester, M3 3EH

Saturday, July 27, 2019
11:15 AM 1:30 PM
Free event

Towering over Deansgate, The John Rylands Library is one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.
Imposing? Yep. Daunting? Sure. Ever ventured inside? Think it’s not the place for ‘you’?

Come on this specially-designed tour with Manchester writer Rosie Garland. Nominated for the Polari Prize & winner of the Coop LGBT Novel of the Year, her latest book ‘The Night Brother’ has been described as ‘Orlando meets Jekyll & Hyde’.

Discover how she’s Queering the Rylands, using the collections to inspire her new novel. Find out about ghosts, and the woman who built the library. How we can write our queer stories into new spaces.
Join us and put a queer pin in the map of Manchester.
Here be dragons!

https://superbia.org.uk/events/lgbt-tour-of-the-john-rylands-library

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019 14:46

26.7.2019 - Tate Late, Tate Liverpool

Pride X Tate Liverpool

Royal Albert Dock Liverpool,
Liverpool L3 4BB

26 July 2019 at 18.30–22.30
FREE EVENT

Celebrate Pride in Liverpool with us at our special late night event
We’re kicking off our city’s Pride weekend with an exciting evening of free talks and workshops. Music will come from House of Suarez DJ Dave Brennan. Dave will pay tribute to Keith Haring and the 80s by playing all things vogue and house throughout the evening.
Entry into our ★★★★★ Keith Haring exhibition will be free for the evening.

Schedule for the evening
Includes:
19.00-21.00 Penguin Pride
Enjoy poetry performances and readings by Seán Hewitt, the winner of an Eric Gregory Award, a Northern Writers' Award, and the Resurgence Prize, Rosie Garland, Green Carnation and Polari Prize-shortlisted author, Keith Jarrett, a former UK Slam Poetry Champion and a PhD researcher at Birkbeck and Niven Govinden, a Green Carnation Prize-shortlisted author.

https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/keith-haring/pride-x-tate-liverpool

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A Splendid Day Out

1st June – 2nd June 2019
The Arts of Steam Marquee, Station Buildings, Marine Road
Morecambe LA4 4DB

The Northwest premier Steampunk Festival returns.
Steamageddon!
Imagine a world changed, from miraculous beginning to ruinous end...
SteamAgeddon promises that and more: dance like a dinosaur at the Jurassic Ball, celebrate the end of everything at The Party at the End of the World, brave the wasteland and equip yourselves for what is to come!

The A Splendid Day Out airship will land in the UK’s charming Victorian seaside retreat of Morecambe for its sixth year of top-hole entertainment. Presented by The League of Splendid, another weekend of astounding entertainment and events, will take place throughout Morecambe.

The Winter Gardens will host our Art & Literature festival “Arts Of Steam”. We are delighted to welcome Rosie Garland! She will be joining us for Arts Of Steam in the Winter Gardens all over the weekend, 1st & 2nd June 2019

http://asplendiddayout.com/

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Museums at Night

The John Rylands Library
150 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 3EH

DETAILS TBC

As part of Museums at Night 2019, The John Rylands Library is delighted to welcome Manchester author and Writer-In-Residence Rosie Garland for a special late event.
She’ll be reading from her latest novel, The Night Brother, set in Manchester.

In a special Collection Encounter, she’ll also be showing some of the items in the library collections, and talking about how they inspired her when she was writing the novel.

She’ll also be giving a sneak preview of the new novel she’s writing during her residency in the Library!

https://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/

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Disturbing The Beast: Women Of Weird Fiction launch

Blackwell's Bookshop
University Green,
146 Oxford Road,
Manchester M13 9GP

Wednesday, 8 May 2019 from 19:00-20:30

Join Bad Language for an evening of readings to celebrate Feminist Book Fortnight and the release of Disturbing The Beast, a brilliant brand new collection of weird fiction stories by some of the best women writers in the UK.

The short stories in Disturbing The Beast boast breath-taking prose and thought-provoking plots. The book is produced by Boudicca Press, a new imprint showcasing the work of leftfield female literary talent. The collection smashed its target on Kickstarter, and now you can hear those stories up-close and live - and buy a copy of the book on the night.

The fictional tales swerve mainstream, contemporary literature and provide something much more memorable, with subjects including lesser-talked-about female-centred topics such as sexual abuse, pregnancy issues and body image. Writers in the anthology include Kirsty Logan, Jane Alexander, Rosie Garland, Lorraine Wilson, Aliya Whiteley, Cheryl Powell, Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Caroline Steed and Sam Mills.

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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/

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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