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Friday, 30 March 2018 13:21

23.4.2018 - Burnage Library, Manchester

Burnage Library,
Burnage Lane,
Manchester M19 1EW
Monday 23rd April, 2018
7.15 - 9.15pm – free event

We are delighted to welcome Manchester writer Rosie Garland to our special open-mic reading event at Burnage Library! Come and hear Rosie read from her sparkling works, and take part yourself in the open mic.

Burnage Library is located in the Activity Hub on the corner of Burnage Lane and Shawbrook Road. You can see us on the map in the link below.

http://www.burnageactivityhub.org.uk/wp/?page_id=64

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TWO reviews (in Historia Magazine & Northern Soul) of ‘Making Thunder Roar’ at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, and both say great things about my commissioned poem: “Stand-outs are Rosie Garland’s fiery poem, which perfectly captures Emily’s small world and her all-consuming creative drive”

Plus - here's a picture of the display case and my poem in-situ. Enjoy!

http://www.northernsoul.me.uk/review-making-thunder-roar-at-the-bronte-parsonage-museum/

http://www.historiamag.com/review-making-thunder-roar/

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 14:04

Pushcart Prize 2018 - nominated!

Absolutely delighted to have a poem nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize!
‘The topiary garden’ was first published in Picaroon Issue #7. Thank you to the editors for having such faith in my writing.
You can read the poem here:
https://picaroonpoetry.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/pushcart-prize-2017-18-nominations/

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Friday, 16 February 2018 10:17

13.3.2018 - Milnrow & District WI

MaD (Milnrow & District) Women's Institute

Venue: St James' Church
St James Street,
Milnrow
OL16 3JS

Tuesday 13th March
Time: 7.00pm onwards

We are delighted to welcome Rosie Garland to be our guest at our March International Women’s Day meeting!
There will be cake…
Members and guests very welcome.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/868876533238915/about/

ALL women aged 18 and over are welcome to join the WI. The WI is not a religious organisation; it is non-sectarian and non-party political. Membership for 2018 costs £41 and entitles you to 12 meetings, WI Life magazine and the opportunity to attend various clubs and trips. Guests are welcome to attend!

NFWI website: https://www.thewi.org.uk/
NFWI FB www.facebook.com/thewi

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Friday, 16 February 2018 10:13

11.3.2018 - Sugar & Spice 12, Manchester

Sugar and Spice 12: Standing Stronger Together

11th March 2018
LGBT Foundation,
5 Richmond Street
Manchester M1 3HF

I’m proud to be on a panel discussing “Overcoming Obstacles and Finding Resilience” – between 2-4pm on Sunday 11th March.
"To finish off our weekend of empowerment, confidence and community power, join our panel of inspirational, strong women as they discuss their own experiences of overcoming obstacles and finding resilience."

Sugar and Spice is Manchester’s annual festival for lesbian and bi women to celebrate International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is ‘Standing Stronger Together’.
Sugar and Spice is for all women who identify as lesbian, bisexual or questioning, all or part of the time, including trans women, women of colour, older women, disabled/neurodivergent women, women of all faiths and backgrounds and non-binary/gender fluid people.

This FREE weekend event is back for the twelfth year with socialising, song-writing, discussions, dancing, crafts, photography, intersectional feminist histories, films and so much more! As always, there will be also be free food and holistic therapies for you to enjoy.
#sugarandspice12

http://lgbt.foundation/sugarandspice

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Monday, 15 January 2018 14:52

Bronte 200 commission!

Bronte 200 commission

A proud moment. It’s an honour to announce that I’ve been commissioned to write a piece for the Bronte 200 bicentenary celebrations! I was asked to respond to some of Emily Bronte’s personal possessions and my imagination was sparked…
I’ll be joining other stunning writers to unveil our work at a special preview event of the new exhibition ‘Making Thunder Roar: Emily Bronte’. This will be in Haworth on the evening of Friday 2nd February 2018.

Check out the Gig List page for further details!

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 14:26

16.2.2018 - Poetry Circus, Edinburgh

POETRY CIRCUS: BROKEN HEARTS

Friday 16 February
The Bongo Club
66 Cowgate
Edinburgh EH1 1JX

19:00-22:00 £4 (EB) / £5

For everyone who’s ever been in love, fallen out of love or had their heart broken on St Valentine’s day, Poetry Circus are back with Broken Hearts, a sumptuous evening of stunning spoken word cabaret featuring special guest poets Rosie Garland, Elizabeth McGeown, Elise Hadgraft & Catherine Wilson plus Poetry Circus regulars Matt MacDonald, Lloyd Robinson & Suky Goodfellow, and, of course, a stellar supporting cast of stupendous emerging talent. Songs from Rachel Kelly and performance from Andromada Mystic and Georgia Dunn.

http://www.thebongoclub.co.uk/event/poetry-circus-broken-hearts/

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 14:20

10.2.2018 - UTTER! Luton

UTTER! Lutonia

Saturday February 10th 2018
Wardown Museum,
Old Bedford Rd,
Luton LU2 7HA

Doors 7pm, show 7.30pm

Rosie Garland & Deanna Rodger feature in this special edition of UTTER!
With special musical guests, Slate Islands.
UTTER! Spoken Word brings a Panoply of spoken word and literary talent to Luton.
The night will be powerful and enlivening, full of bubbling words and running rhythms, voice and mind connecting directly in a room alive with ideas. Compered by Lee Nelson “Our very own peoples’ poet” – Luton News, the keeper of Luton’s live-poetry flame, veteran of the Glastonbury and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

http://www.lutonculture.com/wardown-house/whats-on/

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WOMEN’S words MCR – Suffragette Tea Party gala event

Manchester Central Library,
St Peter's Square,
Manchester M2 5PD

Doors 5.30pm
Event starts at 6pm

A celebratory event to launch the collection of real life stories built around women’s experience of living, working and growing in Manchester.
A selection of the stories will be published in a beautiful, hand-crafted magazine based on the historic The Suffragette magazine to honour 100 years since women got the right to vote in 1918.
It will also feature commissioned writers such as Rosie Garland, Reshma Ruia, Kate Feld and Michelle Green.
PLUS The Time Travelling Suffragettes!

http://womenswordsmcr.com/blog/2017/12/14/selections-for-the-suffragette/

http://womenswordsmcr.com/

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 14:13

2.2.2018 - Making Thunder Roar, Haworth

Making Thunder Roar: Emily Brontë

Preview event
Friday 2nd February - 7.00pm

Old School Room,
Church Street,
Haworth,
Keighley BD22 8DR

This is the preview of the new exhibition, "Making Thunder Roar: Emily Brontë", which will open at the Brontë Parsonage Museum on Thursday 1 February. The preview show invites a number of well-known Emily admirers to share their own fascination with her life and work. Specially commissioned contributions from Maxine Peake, Sally Wainwright, Caryl Phillips, Rosie Garland and Helen Oyeyemi amongst others result in a thought-provoking selection of Emily’s possessions, writing and artwork as well as some of the well-loved household objects she used daily.

#Emily2018

https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/483/bronte-treasures/501

The Brontë Parsonage is home to the world's largest collection of Brontë artefacts, manuscripts and personal belongings. During 2017 we are offering a unique opportunity to go beyond the security cord into the Parsonage Library for a close-up viewing of some of the items not on display. During these special hour-long sessions, a member of our curatorial team will share facts and stories about a number of carefully-selected objects, offering a specialist insight into the lives and work of this inspirational family. Fascinating and moving in equal measures, Brontë Treasures is a not-to-be-missed experience.

https://www.bronte.org.uk/bronte-200

http://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/news/208/bronte-society-reveals-plans-for-emily-brontes-bicentenary-celebrations

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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