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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.

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…
The March Violets announce the first round of dates for the Made Glorious Tour in Oct / Nov! These gigs are confirmed, more to be announced, so, diaries at the ready... Ted Hughes Festival Saturday October 26th The Trades Club Holme St Town Centre, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EE Tickets on…
A wonderful time was had by all the fundraising evening for the Young Oncology Unit at the Christie Hospital... I was honoured to be invited to be one of the speakers - in the company of inspiring (and entertaining) women like Val McDermid and Susan Calman. Not to mention the…
I'm absolutely delighted to report that I have just won The Wirral Festival of Firsts Poetry Competition 2013, with my poem 'A Short History Of Unicorns'. www.festivaloffirsts.com The judge was Colin Watts, a poet I respect. I don't know about other writers out there – but when a poet whose…
neo:studios is an artist led, not-for-profit organisation, founded to aid the development of creative practitioners. http://www.neoartists.co.uk/ Each month for the duration of 2013 neo:writers will be publishing and promoting the work of a different poet. My new poem 'Eclipse' is featured for June 2013. Plus Scott Devon interviews me... Read…
Thanks to Eric Page at GScene Magazine for this great review! GSCENE JUNE 2013 Book review: 'The Palace of Curiosities' - Eric Page Cast out by Victorian society, eve and Abel find succour from an unlikely source. They soar to fame as The Lion Faced Girl and The Flayed Man,…
I'm delighted to be guesting on The Verb - BBC Radio 3! Date – 21th June 2013 Time – 22.00 – 22.45 Here's the science... · Tune in to 90-93 FM · I'll be reading my new short story, commissioned for BBC Radio 3 The Verb's season of Mid-Life Fairy…
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.…
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…
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…
Female authors lead Desmond Elliott Prize longlist http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22280049 ''The longlist for the sixth Desmond Elliott Prize, which honours the best in debut fiction, has been unveiled, with seven of the 10 novels by women. The nominees include Beatrice Hitchman, Anna Raverat, Sarah Ridgard, Goth singer Rosie Garland and poets Ros…
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…
The Palace of Curiosities is number one in the Waterstones hardback fiction chart! This is amazing news. Picture snapped 16th April 2013 at Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester. If you look VERY closely there's a black sticker on each cover, reading 'Signed By The Author'.
However many readings I've done (and I've done plenty over the *ahem* years) this one was different. This was The Big One. I was so nervous I couldn't sit still. Seventy tickets pre-sold, and 30 more folk turned up on the night. The room was packed: standing room only. I…
The countdown for the launch of The Palace of Curiosities has not merely commenced, it's gone from 'this month' to 'in a fortnight'. Friends are aware that I'm excited. Like duh! Excited seems a mundane, workaday word to describe how I feel. This is bigger than every night before Xmas…
Great quotes and what they mean... I've recently received some feedback from Sarah Waters about my upcoming novel 'The Palace of Curiosities'. Reading it is a bizarre sensation: disbelief mixed with tingling excitement. It's a good quote. An astonishingly good quote. I've been sitting on it for a couple of…
I've recently returned from a week in Spain. I stayed south of Malaga - the unfashionable side – and it's still regarded as a downmarket destination. But I love it. In January it's almost deserted, it's cheap and the weather? Clear blue skies, sunshine, bit of a nip in the…
I've been busy uploading images and info to 'The Violet Vaults' section of the website - there's a lot of old March Violets scrapbooks to trawl through. And it's sparking off a whole heap of memories as I do so... Today I have been posting the singles from 1982-1984. Check…
As if by magic - the next tagee for The next Big Thing! Today it's Bernadette Jansen op de Haar of Holland Park Press, describing what it's like to translate rather than create... and how that can be a special balancing act... Read on! http://hollandparkpress.co.uk/magazine_detail.php?magazine_id=228&;language=English Hannah Kate, telling us about…
Ok: so I’ve done some guest blogs - for the fabulous Mslexia magazine (http://www.mslexia.co.uk ) amongst others. But I am new to personal blogging. So when the wonderful Michelle Green http://www.michellegreen.co.uk asked me to pick up the baton for The Next Big Thing, I thought, no time like the present…
Award winning writer and performer Rosie Garland, aka, Rosie Lugosi, performs her poem 'I Want to be a Teenager in Devon' at the Manchester Book Market 2011. Her poetry collection 'Things I Did While I Was Dead' is published by FlapJack Press. http://www.flapjackpress.co.uk/page5.htm
The London Book Fair kicks off today with six-figure sums having already been spent on books ranging from the new Ian McEwan to a stunning debut from Iranian author Sahar Delijani Alison Flood guardian.co.uk, Monday 16 April 2012 10.48 BST Despite gloom on the high street and anxiety about the…
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