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Welcome to my news page!
Updated details of reviews, commissions and awards are right here.
Forthcoming readings and events can be found on the 'Gig List' page – please click that tab for more info.

Debut novel 'The Palace of Curiosities' (HarperCollins 2013) is available in all formats (hardback, e-book, paperback & audio). The same goes for 'Vixen' (Borough Press, 2014) and ‘The Night Brother’ (Borough Press, 2014).
Support your local independent bookshop, if you are blessed enough to have one... or buy direct from HarperCollins.

Latest poetry collection ‘As In Judy’ is available direct from Flapjack Press.

'Everything Must Go' is also available direct from the publisher, Holland Park Press.

Really delighted to be interviewed in Issue 3 of Network Buzz!Here's the link:Click to read Network Buzz online or you can read the full interview here... Thomas Anderson Inclusive Networks interview 2015 has got off to a great start thank you. I'm now working for myself which is wonderful. Hope…
The Vixen paperback launch continues!   Thanks and gratitude for the wonderful welcomes and enthusiastic audiences so far. That's Bar Wotever (London), Manchester Waterstones, The Book Case (Hebden Bridge), Booka Books (Oswestry), the WI Manchester & The Arvon Foundation at Lumb Bank!   Coming up - Word at the Y…
'Vixen' is out in paperback! Launched in London on 10th February at Bar Wotever, and in Manchester on Friday 13th February (lucky for some!). There are many more launch events and readings coming up in February / March 2015... check out the Gig List page for details of one close…
I'm delighted to have been invited to be Guest Speaker on an Arvon course at Lumb Bank in February 2015! Looking forward to working with Adam Marek & Kerry Hudson. http://www.arvon.org/
A great start to 2015! I've had poems published in The North & The Midwest Quarterly.This is such an encouragement – to keep going, to keep sending out. Click to go to The North page About The North'Excellent' — The Guardian'Redressing the balance of English poetry' — Poetry Review'The North…
As if it wasn't exciting enough to be invited to speak at The British Library on its Gothic panel on 9th November...   I was invited to talk on the Steve Lamacq show on BBC Radio 6, live from the Library! Click the link to hear me ramble on about…
I was delighted to be invited to read at The Feminist Library - and they invited me to write a blog about my passion for libraries!   "I wish I could wax lyrical about all the reasons why I'm a fan of libraries – but there's neither space nor time.…
A stellar day in the neo-gothic pomp and circumstance of John Rylands Library's magnificent Historic Reading Room. It's been a dream of mine to read there... and dreams come true.A delicious highlight of the event was the specially designed (and rather foxy) cake by the talented Annabel de Vetten of…
Vixen is longlisted for The Green Carnation prize 2014! The thirteen strong longlist of titles celebrating LGBT writing have been announced after several days of debates between the judges over an exceptional list of submissions, the most the prize has seen in its history to date. This list takes us…
Thank you to Write-Track for featuring me on their blog for a second time!Here is the text in full, with the link at the end. On the Write Track - Adventures with writing habitsRosie Garland – the bonus interview: channelling characters and living a creative life In our first interview…
Thank you to Write-Track for featuring me on their blog!Here is the text in full, with the link at the end. On the Write Track - Adventures with writing habits Keeping going – novelist Rosie Garland on persistence and creative rituals Three years ago Rosie Garland had pretty much given…
I was delighted to be asked by Waterstones Bookshop to be a guest contributor to their blog- and here it is. Strange things have been happening since I embarked on my second novel, Vixen... read on! Coincidence and synchronicity Was Rosie Garland really being stalked by foxes because she'd just…
Diva magazine has given 'Vixen' a great review! 'A compelling story about love and devotion set against the backdrop of superstition, pestilence and hardship that dominate the muddy 14th century landscape. Poetic, surprising and ultimately deeply moving, Vixen will have you hooked faster than it takes to drink a jug…
My second novel, Vixen, launches today – 17th July 2014! It has already featured as Grazia magazine's Best Historical fiction pick for summer 2014. Plus, this wonderful review is in the August 2014 issue of Diva magazine. 'A compelling story about love and devotion set against the backdrop of superstition,…
Vixen has been dubbed 'Best for Historical Fiction fans' in Grazia's Summer reading list!
I was interviewed recently for WordMothers – a wonderful blog run by Australian writer Nicole Melanson. WordMothers is dedicated to showcasing women's work in the literary arts around the world. It features female author interviews and women in the book industry discussing what they're really passionate about.Here's the link! Or…
The March Violets are doing a little West Coast Tour this June! First up: June 21 - Seattle – El Corazon. June 22 - Portland - The Hive @ Star Theater. June 25 - San Francisco - Death Guild @ DNA Lounge. June 27 - Vegas - Scarlet @ LVCS.…
Authors Writing on Books The Palace of Curiosities – reviewed by Max Scratchmann Much as I want to like all of these books, there are, I'm afraid, a lot of fairly dull bodice-rippers and penny-dreadfuls lurking beneath the stunning cover art on the slew of mock-Victorian novels currently on the…
#mywritingprocess – Blog Tour I was asked to participate in this blog tour by wonderful wordsmith Steph Pike Its purpose is to share current activities, link writers to their wider community and to spend a little time considering our latest projects - which could be either to tantalize readers or…
Suzi Feay has given 'The Palace of Curiosities' an amazing review on the Emerald Steet blog! WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT Two events make this weekend a goodie: International Women's Day and the launch of the inaugural Folio Prize Fiction Festival. There are events celebrating both occasions all weekend but…
My second novel, 'Vixen', is not out till 19th June 2014... but the cover has just been released! Beautiful design by Alex Allden at HarperCollins, from an amazing image created by artist Lindsey Carr. Click to go to Lindsey Carr's website Colour me excited.
Issue 79 of The Rialto has just come out - and my poem 'Asking for Directions' is in it. The best Valentine's Day gift I could ask for. I am very proud to have a second poem in this amazing magazine (described by Carol Ann Duffy as 'simply the best').…
Someone out there loves your work. Maybe they just haven't seen it yet. Here's my blog on Women Writers, Women Books. Get submitting. Then the person who loves your work might actually get to see it. Click for Books By Women website This month, three judges decide the winner of…
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…
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…
'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…
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…
I've been invited to be guest lecturer at the Creative Writing Department of Staffordshire University. It's a great honour. It's also open to interested members of the public – the date is Thursday 30th January 2-4pm. For details see the Gig List page. I shall be focussing on editing and…
The March Violets 'Made Glorious' tour 2013 is underway and ongoing! Taking in venues and events such as Antichrist (London), The Trades Club (Hebden Bridge), Un-Peeled (Preston), Corallo (Italy), Bannermans (Edinburgh), The Cluny (Newcastle), 02 Academy (Islington) & Whitby Goth Weekend – it's going to be a very busy month.…
I had a wonderful experience as guest reader at The Arvon Foundation! Lumb Bank in Heptonstall is a magical place – I've attended writing retreats there in the past, so it was a great honour to be invited to be guest reader. Lemn Sissay and Hannah Pool are amazing tutors:…
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