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Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word.

The Organic Open Mic

  • Where: Bareburger (East Village)
  • http://www.bareburger.com/
  • 2nd Floor
  • 85 Second Avenue (@ 5th Street)
  • Manhattan, New York
  • (212) 510-8610
  • Date; Tuesday 11th June
  • Show starts @ 7pm
  • Cover charge: $10 (@ the door or in advance)

One of the hottest open mics in the country - featured on MTV's Washington Heights and the Travel Channel's Hidden City!

The Organic Open Mic at the gorgeous Bareburger organic restaurant in downtown Manhattan's East Village. Produced by the long-running Inspired Word open mic series, which has featured Grammy winners, American Idol finalists, Golden Globe Award winners, Emmy nominated actors, and HBO Def Poetry stars, this open mic is open to ALL types of performing artists - comedians, musicians, storytellers, singers, poets, fiction/nonfiction writers, playwrights, spoken word artists, performance artists, dancers.

The event takes place on the second floor, with full-length windows on all sides that offers an especially beautiful view.

http://inspiredwordnyc.com/

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Sunday, 19 May 2013 09:12

19.5.2013 - New blog interviews!

Two new blog interviews / reviews about the launch of The Palace of Curiosities – and how long it's taken to get here.

First up: Tim Diggles - Legend – Rosie Garland (aka Rosie Lugosi)

‘What has always amazed me is that you have so many different aspects to your work. You write in your name Rosie Garland; you write and perform as your alter-ego Rosie Lugosi; you are the lead singer of The March Violets; you are a Goth icon; a legend in the world of burlesque; star of Woman’s Hour and women’s magazines; are there any other facets we don’t know about?’

Read the full interview here - click this link

Next up: Yatterings - More than a sideshow – Rosie Garland's The Palace of Curiosities.
  • 'An assured and magical novel. Her poetic output provides the writing's lyricism and her involvement in cabaret and Goth gives her an eye for the strange.'

Read the full interview here - click this link

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Blimey! I'm being used as the poster girl for next week's (sold out) Literary Death Match event The Hospital Club in Covent Garden.

This event is sold out but you can sign up for the waitlist - as tickets become available you will be contacted:

Waiting List

Here's the lineup of THE READERS

  • * Rosie Garland, the debut author of The Palace of Curiosities
  • * James Benmore, author of Dodger
  • * A.L. Kennedy, actor, writer, comedian
  • * Peter Rosengard, record-breaking life insurance salesman, founder of The Comedy Store

Literary Death Match London - link

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Nice review for my recent workshop for Manchester Literature Festival - Postcards from the Past.

  • Stories from the city, stories from the sea
  • Postcards From The Past Workshop, Saturday 11th May, 2-4.30pm, Stanley Suite, The Midland Hotel

Words by Desmond Bullen.

Long before the supposed modishness of flash fiction, prior to the chirpy burst of Twitter, wit at its briefest found its way inked onto the back of a postcard. Denuded of the envelope's discretion, its commonplaces and tidings were status updates on mass-produced cardboard. To come across one now, forgotten between the pages of a secondhand book, is to have the past blossom with the delicacy of a Polaroid before one's eyes.

The postcard is of a room. The room is in a hotel, the kind with a history; one whose inlaid angels have witnessed the relentless ebb and flow of guests and staff over years weary and gay, over decades heavy and light. The tales they could tell are on the tips of their tongues, but their tongues are still. The people in the room are not. They prowl and declaim, with varying degrees of self-consciousness, giving rise to an unintentional poetry, part Dada, part poetry.

And conducting this displaced cabaret is the quicksilver figure of Rosie Garland, a protean figure – neither poet nor mistress of ceremonies, neither March Violet nor author, but all, and more – now coaxing ink from pens in a workshop that is far more play than toil.

There is paper, too; the inevitable flipchart, the outpourings of the group in marker pen across it, like benign graffiti. And the pads and notebooks, their lines no longer flat, but beating with prose of which its authors might be cautiously proud. Each table has a soul or two brave enough to voice their new-found words to the room at large. Each has a postcard to send that's funny or thoughtful, angry or melancholy, flirtatious or droll.

Wish you were here? I was glad I was.

The Postcards From The Past competition, sponsored by The Midland Hotel, closes on 20 July.
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Kickin' At The Parkside: JANET HAMILL and friends

Venue: The Parkside Lounge, 317 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, United States
Time: 4pm

A great afternoon for poetry and music in NYC with JANET HAMILL and musical friends Greg Feller- (Drummer/percussionist), Mark McNutt– (guitar) and Bob Torsello.

Hosted by George Wallace. Come on out and let us do this thing!

JANET HAMILL is a former thirty-year resident of NYC. She is the author of five books of poetry and short fiction, as well as two CDs of spoken word and music. A sixth book, Tales from the Eternal Café is forthcoming from Three Rooms Press. Her work has been nominated for the William Carlos Williams Prize and the Pushcart Prize.She is presently enrolled as an MFA candidate in Poetry at New England College in Henniker, NH.

Two drink minimum. Two bucks in the hat. Open mic. You know the drill!

www.parksidelounge.net

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Blackwell's and Bad Language present an evening with Rob Newman and guests.

Tuesday 4th June 2013 – 7pm

GORILLA
54-56 WHITWORTH STREET
MANCHESTER, M1 5WW

Author and comedian ROBERT NEWMAN reads from and discusses his stunning new novel The Trade Secret.

Supporting will be brilliant and entertaining writing talents ROSIE GARLAND and ANNELIESE MACKINTOSH.

  • ADVANCE BOOKING STRONGLY ADVISED. £3 advance. £4 on the door. Use your £3 ticket to get £3 off Rob's new book on the night!
  • TICKETS HERE: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/221755
  • EVENT INFO HERE: http://blackwellmcr.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/rob-newmans-manchester-book-launch-4.html
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Thursday, 02 May 2013 13:21

27.5.2013 - Prestwich Book Festival

An evening of Strange and Dark Fictions

Prestwich British Legion,
225 Bury Old Rd, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1JE

Monday 27 May, 7.30pm

Tickets £6 (+booking fee) in advance from our Eventbrite online shop

For more information on Hic Dragones, check out the website: http://www.hic-dragones.co.uk/

To say it's an honour to have Rosie Garland performing for us at the Prestwich Book Festival is an understatement.

Rosie is a legend in Manchester. She's built up an impressive following on the cabaret circuit as Rosie Lugosi. Before that she sang in post punk goth band The March Violets. She's written several books of poetry and her short stories have been published extensively. In 2009 she was diagnosed with throat cancer: the experience inspired the poems in her most recent collection Everything Must Go (Holland Park Press 2012). She came to Prestwich last year to perform at Vocabaret and gave us a sneak preview of the poems in that collection - there was hardly a dry eye in the house. Now she's back to talk about her first novel The Palace of Curiosities. After many years of writing and getting rejection letters, Rosie submitted her novel in draft to a competition - and won. As a result, she got a six figure advance and a publishing deal from Harper Collins. It's fantastic to see her career going from strength to strength.

But we weren't content with bringing you just one great writer - no, Rosie is simply the topping on a very tasty, er, pizza of an evening taking place on Monday, 27th May. This evening will be a veritable feast of all that is strange and dark in writing. So you'll hear from local boy made good, first time author Toby Stone, acclaimed Salford-based horror writer Simon Bestwick and a showcase of talent from Hic Dragones:

  • Jeanette Greaves: contributor to Wolf-Girls and Impossible Spaces
  • Daisy Black: writer, medievalist and heavy metal morris dancer
  • Nancy Schumann: author of Take a Bite, a history of female vampires in folklore and literature
  • Richard Freeman: writer and one of the UK's few cryptozoologists
  • Beth Daley: graduate of the Creative Writing PhD programme at the University of Manchester

It's worth pausing at this point to say that Hic Dragones are a small, independent publishing house, based in Crumpsall, They focus on strange fiction and aim to be "intelligent, but a bit weird". Right in the heart of north Manchester, they are making waves on the literary scene, and have published some big name authors, including all of the above. It's a pleasure to be working with them.

To top off the evening, we'll have a stall from Rock and Goth Plus, our own local rock and goth supply shop.

And did I mention this all takes place at the gloriously refurbished British Legion, right next to Heaton Park metro?

Get your tickets now. This will be one Bank Holiday Monday to remember.

Prestwich Book Festival - An Evening of Strange and Dark Fictions

The Palace Of Curiosities

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VOCABARET

The Blue Cat, 17 Shaw Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4AG,

Thursday 23rd May, show starts 8pm

Only £5 advance, £6 on the door

Loud and lively, yet up-close and personal, Vocabaret nights have quickly gained near-legendary status in Prestwich where they play to sell-out audiences. Founded by Tony Walsh (aka Longfella), Poet-in-Residence for Glastonbury Festival 2011, Vocabaret combines nationally and internationally renowned poets and musicians in 'All Killer, No Filler' line-ups which would grace any festival in the land. An unforgettable night of laughter and tears is guaranteed, all at The Blue Cat for an unbelievable £5!

Rosie Garland (aka Rosie Lugosi) is a legend in many circles. Born in London to a runaway teenager, Rosie has always been a cuckoo in the nest. She's an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing in post-punk gothic band The March Violets, to performing internationally as her alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, cabaret chanteuse and mistress of ceremonies.

She has published five solo collections of poetry and her award-winning short stories, poems and essays have been widely anthologized. She is winner of the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year and a Poetry Award from the People's Café, New York. Her award-winning debut novel 'The Palace of Curiosities' was released in March 2013 by HarperCollins. http://www.rosiegarland.com/

Quiet Loner (aka Matt Hill) is one of the UK's leading Americana artists with a string of 5-star and 10/10 reviews for his new album of contemporary protest songs, "Greedy Magicians." Joining us fresh from a tour of the Netherlands with Kirsty Magee, Matt earned a standing ovation at Vocabaret in Prestwich recently for his understated but powerful songs, attracting favourable comparisons to names like Elvis Costello and Billy Bragg. http://quietloneruk.wordpress.com/about/

Our host, Tony Walsh is 'one of the UK's most renowned performance poets.' A favourite on the festival circuit, he's a Glastonbury regular and has electrified audiences at prestigious poetry, literary and music events around the UK and beyond. His poetry has been commissioned by BBC tv and radio and published in the UK, the USA and Russia. Vocabaret will be one of several launch events for his acclaimed debut poetry collection, 'SEX & LOVE & ROCK&ROLL.' 'Fabulous stuff...' Irvine Welsh

http://longfella.co.uk/

Simply unmissable, tell your friends!

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Thursday, 02 May 2013 13:07

21.5.2013 - Literary Death Match, London

Where: The Hospital Club, 24, Endell Street, WC2H 9HQ

When: Doors at 7, Show at 8:15 (sharp); afterdrinks after

Cost: £12 adv/on the door

Sponsored by the charming HarperFiction, Literary Death Match returns to England to rip, roar and rumble in our cosiest London venue yet: The Hospital Club in the heart of Covent Garden.

This one's going to be very special, and tickets are quite limited, so be sure to get yours early!

The night will feature four writers reading their own wonderful tales for seven minutes or less, judged by three all-star judges. Two finalists will be chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match finale, a vaguely-literary game that will steal your affection and make your heart pound.

HarperFiction are delighted to introduce debut author Rosie Garland, and up for grabs are copies of her bewitching novel The Palace of Curiosities along with new books from Lionel Shriver, Tracy Chevalier, Robert Dinsdale and Nathan Filer, and shiny pencils too. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the dazzlingly luminous Literary Death Match London, sponsored by HarperFiction.

THE JUDGES

Literary Merit: Ben Fountain, Pen/Hemingway & Books Critics Circle Award champ for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Performance: David Arnold, composer/musical wunderkind who has scored five James Bond films.

THE READERS

* A.L. Kennedy, actor, comedian and award-winnnig author of, most recently, On Writing

* Peter Rosengard, record-breaking life insurance salesman, founder of The Comedy Store

* Rosie Garland, the author of the novel The Palace of Curiosities, and five collections of poetry

* James Benmore, author of the novel Dodger

Hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga & Suzanne Azzopardi.

Join Literary Death Match on Twitter and/or Facebook now to keep up with the latest announcements!

http://www.literarydeathmatch.com/upcoming-events/may-21-2013.html

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Dealing with the internal critic

Or

A 12-Step Programme for Coping with Mavis

I have a voice in my head. It never says anything nice. It undermines any attempt I make to write. Examples of the things it says are you're a fraud, you'll never amount to anything and who told you you could write, anyway? On and on and on, wittering ad nauseam.

Sound familiar? You're not alone. It seems like whenever I 'fess up to this internal censor, a common response from fellow-creatives is a stunned good god, you get that too?

Simply put, this inner censor wants me to stop writing. It's been there since I was in my early teens, and shows no sign of going away. Sure, it's had to change its script a little over the past few months what with the launch of my debut novel 'The Palace of Curiosities', but it has simply developed nasty new mantras. One example: when people say they like 'The Palace of Curiosities', they're only being nice.

I used to listen and believe every word I heard. Result? I stopped writing. For years. Call it writers' block if you will. An important part of my writing life has been improving how I deal with these internalised put-downs. I've shared some ideas below – if any of them help, that's great.

1 - First off, I worked out when the voice first appeared. 'Forever' was not an acceptable answer. Speaking personally, my earliest creative efforts were encouraged. However, that changed in my teens when I started to explore the weird, the odd, the different, the opposite of sugar and spice. Suddenly (and it was sudden) the support and praise evaporated. Ta-dah! My internal censor was born at the precise moment in my life when I was developing into an independent person, and it grew fat on raging hormones and adolescent angst.

2 – We are born free of internal censorship – it comes later. My ability to write and my love of writing were both there before the censor. It helped to separate that out.

3 – Another key was to recognise it was a voice in my head, but not 'my' voice. I can separate my self from the put-downs. Who first planted doubts in your head? You sure as hell didn't.

4 - Part of the externalising process was to create a character and give it a name. I call my internal censor Mavis, because it's silly and helps diminish the yap-yap-yap. She is not a huge terrifying demon; she's small and she's squeaky. It's much harder to take such a creature seriously.

5 – She makes herself pretty easy to spot, as her script lacks originality. She trots out the same old tune, the same old words. I recognise Mavis on one of her rants, rather than believing that what she says is true. It isn't.

6 – However, I don't try to ignore her: she just shouts louder. I acknowledge she's there, say hello Mavis; listen to what she has to say, then I get on with whatever it was I was doing. My suggestion? Hear it, note it, move on.

7 - Develop your own practical strategies. One of mine is writing early in the day. Mavis isn't a morning person. I get up before she does, while she's still snoozing. Once I've started and am on a roll it's not so difficult: the blank page is when she's at her most undermining.

8 - I write longhand when I'm starting out, whether it's a novel or a poem. There are many reasons why I do this (and they're the subject of a different blog). As a strategy for getting round Mavis it works like this: to the censor, handwriting is 'scribbling', ie not serious or important. She stops paying attention - and I get to explore ideas without her peering over my shoulder and sneering 'well, that's not very good is it?' If she does start snooping around I say I'm just scribbling. Nothing for you to bother about. I work under the radar and sneak my words past her – rough, unedited words – but words. I can't edit nothing, which is what she's aiming for.

9 – Don't try to reason or argue with the censor. You'll use up all your creative energy and never, ever win. There's no point trying to reason with the unreasonable. My censor says things which logically I know aren't true. But oh boy, does my fearful emotional jelly of a self wobble. That's her power. If I try to engage logic, I end up going in circles. She always has an argument to top mine. She always gets the last word. She's always got a 'yeah, but - '. These arguments leach away time and energy when I could be writing.

10 - Speak out. Say she exists. Stop being ashamed. Stop believing her.

11 - Talk to other creative people. Find out what their internal censors act like. Share strategies for coping.

12 - For years I tried to repress her, ignore her, make her go away. It didn't work. I've accepted I'll never be rid of her. And maybe, just maybe, there's a positive side to all of this head-talk. It keeps me on my toes. With Mavis around I won't become one of those writers who think that every word they commit to paper is perfect and woe betide any foolish mortal who dares suggest they might need to edit the hell out of it.

And if I do become big-headed, blasé or swan around saying do you know who I am? – tell me. Loud and clear.

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