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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 bookshop.org or HarperCollins.

Latest poetry collection 'What Girls Do in the Dark' out now with Nine Arches press.

Also available - ‘As In Judy’ direct from Flapjack Press. And 'Everything Must Go' direct from the publisher, Holland Park Press.

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:…
Many thanks to Cat Lumb for her blog review of The Palace of Curiosities paperback launch at the Manchester Museum for Manchester Literature Festival! Excerpt here: "When I asked her what had kept her going when it didn't seem like her book was ever going to be published she answered…
Really pleased to have an interview & feature in The Skinny this month! It's free to pick up in venues round Liverpool & Manchester during October, or click on the link below and go to 'current issues'. The Skinny - main website
I'm absolutely delighted to have won second prize in the Manchester Cathedral Religious Poetry Competition 2013! And coming second to such a great poet as Elizabeth Burns (who came first) is a particular honour. The three prize-wining poems and seven highly-commended poems will be published in the Manchester Cathedral Poetry…
The Palace of Curiosities is now available in paperback! Order it direct from HarperCollins here: Click this link to order Described as 'Bewitching' by Good Housekeeping. 'A jewel-box of a novel' - Sarah Waters.
As of 17th September 2013, ALL tickets for this event have been sold. Many apologies, and check out 'The Palace of Curiosities' event at Birmingham Literature Festival on October 5th.
The March Violets 'Made Glorious' Tour 2013. ALL dates - 10 gigs - are now confirmed. That should be it now... Please come along and have fun. Click on this link to buy tickets for any date!
Headlines' interview Really delighted to have a full-page interview in the autumn edition of 'Headlines' – the magazine of the Christie Hospital trust. I talk about how the experience of throat cancer changed my life – and how I have fought to get my voice back. Both creatively and literally...
'First person' - Stella Magazine 'Twisted Sister' Where I recall my seven-year ordeal at the hands of a female stalker. It took a long, long time - but I got my life back. With the help of friends, family and Greater Manchester Police. If anything I say in this article…
Just returned from a week on the Isle of Arran, Scotland... A week spent in the company of wonderful writers such as Gerry Potter, Mel Rees, Stevie Turner, John G Hall, Sarah Miller, Chanje Kunda, Steve Waling, Steph Pike, Anna Percy, Leanne Bridgewater, Charlotte Henson - and so many more…
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