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Monday, 19 August 2013 20:17

30.9.2013 - Hard Rain Poetry, Levenshulme

Poetry and stories to lift your spirits and take away the blues
"A gothic twist"
Isis Café,
910 Stockport Road,
Levenshulme, M19 (near Albert Road)
6pm- 8pm poetry/ creative writing workshop

The workshop will be run by our special guest writer Rosie Garland. The workshop theme is 'writing from a different angle'. Suitable for new writers as well as those who have been writing for ages. The sessions are a relaxed way to share poetry, ideas and creativity. No writing or poetry experience necessary.

8pm -10pm poetry performance/reading with open mic

Guest writer

Rosie Garland is an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing in cult gothic band The March Violets, to twisted alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen. She has five solo collections of poetry and is winner of the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year and a Poetry Award from the People's Café, New York.

Rosie won the Mslexia Novel competition in 2012 and her debut novel 'The Palace of Curiosities' was published in March 2013 by HarperCollins. http://www.rosiegarland.com/

"I've always found myself writing about outsiders; whoever they might be. I'm interested in characters who won't (or can't) squeeze into the one-size-fits-all templates they have been provided, and the friction that occurs when they try. I love exploring what happens on the outside, on the edge, on the fringes.'

Open mic: This is an opportunity to share- bring your own poems or poems that have a twist or show things from an unusual angle. Musicians also very welcome to perform.

Everyone welcome, no writing experience necessary

A FREE event

Hard Rain Poetry is a voluntary community project

which encourages local creative expression.

Supported by Isis cafe

Sessions run on the last Monday of every month

Published in Gig List
Loose Muse Women's Poetry Anthology Launch
Thomas's Bar & Restaurant,
49-51 Thomas Street,
Manchester M4 1NA
Entrance £3.00

Doors open 7.30pm

Performances start 8pm

Featuring 5 Manchester poets (including Rosie Garland, Steph Pike, Rebecca Audra Smith and others)

and 2 London Poets.

Plus Open Mic

(The open mic is women only but men are very welcome to attend and listen to some amazing women's poetry)

http://loose-muse.com/

Published in Gig List
Sunday, 04 August 2013 13:49

23.8.2013 Stirred @Queer Alt.Manchester

Stirred @Queer Alt.Manchester

Date: Friday 23rd August

Time: 6pm

Venue: The PentHouse NQ,

Hilton House
26-28 Hilton Street
Northern Quarter
Manchester
M1 1EH

http://thepenthousenq.com/

'Resistance may only be a paper's width

but use it all'

- Anna Percy

Stirred will be performing feminist, queer poetry at The PentHouse as part of Queer Alt.Manchester.

Featuring Rosie Garland, Sarah Logan, Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Steph Pike and others tbc.

Come give your support to this free alternative festival.

http://stirredpoetry.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/mass-writing-is-action/

https://www.facebook.com/Q.Alt.Manchester

'Because we feel-we can act.

Inaction is a weapon of mass destruction.'

https://www.facebook.com/events/570566976336265/

Published in Gig List
Thursday, 04 October 2012 08:53

Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go Everything Must Go - Holland Park Press, 2012

Read one of the poems here:

A donor’s card

"There’s nothing here that I’ll be needing.
I don’t do souvenirs. No grave-goods,
no grave. No-one will do their back in
digging me a hole; nor have the job

of unpeeling rotten carnations from my marker.
Stretch me out in a place of arc-lights. Open me up.
Reveal my inner workings, the plot twist no-one was expecting.
Let the harvesting commence. May my heart thump love

in the warm nest of another’s ribs, my liver filter
someone else’s happy anniversary, my lungs give voice
to laughter and whistling out of tune at bus stops.
Lay me to rest under the bright faces, the white coats of angels."


Being told you have cancer is a life-changing event. Especially when you are a singer and performer and the diagnosis is throat cancer. Everything Must Go is Rosie Garland’s unflinching perspective on her relationship with the illness.
‘A wry look at what life can do to you, expressed with poetic clarity’ (Bernadette Jodh)
Neither melodramatic nor tearful, it paints vivid pictures, so you can see the waiting room or the ward and feel that you’re joining her on this journey. Rosie is a true performer and this shines through in the poems, which have a dynamic and rhythmic beat, especially when things get tough. Most importantly, she shows how any disease – and cancer especially – attacks your humanity and more specifically your femininity. Yet the way she puts this into words is also uplifting.

“Who is this stranger who crept in and stole my body, and left me with a sack of sticks?”
and
”Throwing up over the consultant when he asks you how you’re feeling.
Throwing up so hard it comes out of your nose.
Acquiring the skill of throwing up accurately.”

You can read each poem on its own, but together they tell the story of a journey. This is a rather rare occurrence in poetry collections and makes Everything Must Go something special.

‘Everything Must Go’
By Rosie Garland
Published by Holland Park Press
RRP £8.99 (paperback)
ISBN 9781907320224

Reviewed by Lynsey Evans in “Book a Poet”

“Wow. ‘Everything Must Go’ is breath-taking in its laid-bare honesty. Rosie Garland’s poems tell of her battle with cancer from the moment she’s told until she receives the news its in remission. It’s not a pitiful or melodramatic narration, or even negative – Rosie expresses her experiences; her initial numbness and shock, her hair loss, her sickness, the wanting to disappear, the hospital, the pain and weakness, the treatment, the loss of her femininity – it’s heart-breaking but Rosie is so strong in her poems that’s it’s somewhat uplifting. My personal favourites from the collection are ‘Camouflage’ and ‘Dignity’. Quite stunning and bought a tear to my eye.
Highly recommended”
Source: http://www.bookapoet.co.uk/book_reviews/book_reviews/august_2012/

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