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GAYDIO – The Sunday Forum with Andrew Edwards
What's it like to grow up different?

Writer Rosie Garland is perhaps better known as Rosie Lugosi the Lesbian Vampire Queen. Rosie started out in the gothic rock band The March Violets in the 1980s and has developed a hugely successful career as an award winning poet and and cabaret performer. Her most famous alter ego is Rosie Lugosi the Lesbian Vampire Queen and Rosie reveals to Andrew what it feels like to perform the character.

Rosie is enjoying new success as a novelist and her first book The Palace of Curiosities was published last year and won wide acclaim. Novelist Sarah Waters dubbed it "a jewel box of a novel".

Rosie has eclectic tastes in music and you can hear her choices and her reasons in the interview. Rosie also talks about her coming out as a lesbian and more recently as bisexual. The Mix Tape is on Gaydio on Sunday morning from 7am and then on demand from 10am nwplayer.gaydio.co.uk and 88.4FM.

Click here to listen to the full interview

Click here to visit the GAYDIO site

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My poem 'The Sum of all Meat' has just been announced winner of the Ariadne's Thread first Poetry Competition.

I'll admit to being surprised... it's a poem about an abattoir worker and I thought it would put the judges off. Another example of the importance of writers having the courage of their convictions. A fabulous start to 2014!

To check out Ariadne's Thread magazine – click the link.

Ariadne's Thread website

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'The Palace of Curiosities' is declared winner of the Cooperative Respect 'Loved by You' Awards Book of the Year 2013!

Drum roll please...

The Cooperative were amazed by the positive response to the 'Respect 'Loved by You' Awards'.

The awards generated lots of interest: 8,753 nominations were received and the awards reached over 2.5 million people on Twitter with lots of support from community groups, celebrities and charities. The winners of the awards were those that received the most nominations.

The awards were an opportunity for people from all over the UK (anyone in the world could vote too) to vote for their favourites in 27 diverse categories. Categories ranged from 'LGBT Charity of the Year' to 'Inclusive Event of the Year'. We worked hard to ensure all areas of life and interests were covered in the categories, and to ensure they had a real community feel.

"We believe the awards offer a rare opportunity for the smallest community groups and events to be celebrated alongside the biggest. We don't think there are enough opportunities to celebrate the inspiring work and positive impact of more isolated and community based groups, events and initiatives."

Click to go to the Cooperative website

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Saturday 22nd February

Time: 7.30 till late

Venue: Todmorden Town Hall
Bridge Street
Todmorden
West Yorkshire, OL14 5AQ
International Women's Event

Tickets on the door, sliding scale

Evening entertainment with DJ Lady Heidi, Tasha Rocks and Rosie Lugosi!

Click to go to Facebook event page

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ELOP, winner of the Stonewall Community Group of the Year Award 2012,

will be hosting a fantastic fundraising evening of fine comedy, great entertainment and LGBT celebration.

Award-winning stand-up British comedian Shazia Mirza will be compering and opening up the night of entertainment with side-splitting performance, including Rosie Lugosi, Jen Brister and Mo Younger. All of this while guests enjoy free alcoholic & soft drinks & finger-food sharing plates at their tables.

Michael Cashman MEP is one of the other specially invited guests who will be making an appearance on the night. And to top it all off, there will be a wonderful Special CHARITY AUCTION with prizes!

All monies raised for the evening contribute to the delivery & expansion of ELOP front-line LGBT support services so if you are interested in joining ELOP for this fabulous night of comedy and entertainment, whilst supporting a very worthy cause, please book your tickets/tables now!

Price: £50 (minimum donation) per person, or reductions for whole table bookings for 10 people (subject to availability).

If you would like to attend or find out more about this event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or call 020 8509 3898

Venue: State Street Bank,
20 Churchill Place
Canary Wharf,
London E14 5HJ

Time: drinks reception from 6pm

Click here to go to ELOP main webpage

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:43

18.2.2014 - Shindig Poetry night, Hebden Bridge

Shindig Spoken word night with Open Mic
Nelsons Wine Bar,
Crown St
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire HX7 8EH

Tue 18th February

8pm for 8:30

Free Entry

Special Guest! Rosie Garland

Support- Ian Whiteley

Guest then open mic. 4 minute slots. Every Third Tue of the month.

Compere Winston Plowes 07986 222678

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:17

12.2.2014 - INCITE! Poetry night, London

Incite! Poetry has become the LGBT poetry event in London!

It meets on the second Wednesday of the month from now on. Trudy Howson (award winning poet and actor) is the new volunteer facilitator – why not come along to what has become a truly exciting poetry evening?

The Phoenix Artists Club
1 Phoenix Street
London WC2H 8BU

Free event

7.00pm – 9.30pm

The evening features performance poets, or guests, plus an open mic hour. It is completely fabulous and free!

The first part is normally the performance part and the second half -after an interval – is for Open Mic.

For further information see Facebook Incite Poetry

It starts at 7pm and usually goes on until 9:30pm with free jazz performances for attendees afterwards.

Click here for Camden LGBT Forum website

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THE QUIET COMPERE TOUR OF THE NORTH - FIRST STOP - MANCHESTER

Three Minute Theatre,
Affleck's Arcade
35-39, Oldham Street
Manchester, M1 1JG

FRI 31ST JAN, 2014 Doors at 7:00pm

Sarah L Dixon, The Quiet Compere introduces her ten poets, ten minutes format at the delightful 3 Minute Theatre.

Book for this stunning line-up now as the ticket number are limited.

Jeff Dawson

Rosie Garland

Charlotte Henson

Jackie O'Hagan

Shirley May

Steph Pike

copland smith

Rebecca Audra Smith

Rod Tame

Tony Walsh

The Quiet Compere Tour is 'Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England'.

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/252313

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Guest lecturer in creative writing

Focus on editing and rewriting with a focus on fiction.

Plus Q&A.

Aimed at students on the Creative Writing BA – but others are invited.

Thursday 30th January, 2-4pm

Creative Writing Department
Staffordshire University
College Rd,
Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire ST4 2DE
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I'm struck by the number of people who see biblical overtones in The Palace of Curiosities (especially how I named the characters), and who suppose that was my intention.

First up, there were no biblical intentions on my part. Secondly, if that's how you read the novel, that's absolutely fine by me.

The two main protagonists in the novel are called Eve and Abel. Some readers have seen a conscious tip 'o' the pen to the Genesis story: Eve being the first woman (except for Lilith of course – but moving swiftly on...) and Abel (her son, the 'nice' brother of Cain). All very compelling. Except that when I was writing the novel, none of the above crossed my mind.

Eve is named after my grandmother. Born in 1895 she was (just) a Victorian, and a wonderfully strong-minded woman to boot. She nurtured my love of reading and what greater gift could I have asked for. I named Eve in her honour.

As for Abel – his name is inspired by linguistic theory. There's a link below with references to more detailed studies, but here it is in brief. Human babies worldwide make very similar noises when they start to 'babble', regardless of the language they are born into. These first sounds are invariably ma-ma-ma and then da-da and ba-ba (hence words for mother / father in many languages being based on these clusters).

At the start of the novel, Abel is being 're/born' – with profound memory loss. I wondered what on earth he would say when asked his name. Maybe it went something like this, I reasoned.

- What's your name, mate?

- Ma-ma-ma.

- What did you say? Speak up, mate. Can't hear you.

- Ab-ba-ba.

- Abel, is that what you're trying to say? Eh?

- Yes. I am Abel (he breathes a sigh of relief, as he was getting panicky at not even remembering his own name).

So, no Bible. He's just babbling.

However, don't feel you have to believe me. I only wrote the darn thing.

That's the magic of novels. When they are out there - on the shelves, on your Kindle - they don't 'belong' to the author any more. They no longer exist in the vacuum of the author's mind.

What you bring to The Palace of Curiosities (and thank you for reading) is your own eye, your own ear, your own history, your own imagination. A whole life I have no idea about because it is yours. As soon is the book is read – it changes. Each reader makes it anew.

That is the alchemy of reading – and how very wonderful it is.

Further reading:

Click this link to go to Wiki page about language acquisition

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