Born in London to a runaway teenager, Rosie has always been a cuckoo in the nest. She's an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing in post-punk gothic band The March Violets, through touring with the Subversive Stitch exhibition in the 90s to her alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, cabaret chanteuse and mistress of ceremonies.
She has published five solo collections of poetry and her award-winning short stories, poems and essays have been widely anthologized. She is winner of the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year and a Poetry Award from the People's Café, New York. Her most recent poetry collection, 'Everything Must Go' (Holland Park Press 2012) draws on her experience of throat cancer.
She won the Mslexia Novel competition in 2012 and her debut novel 'The Palace of Curiosities' was published in March 2013 by HarperCollins. Her second novel, 'Vixen', (Borough Press 2014) is now available in all formats.
'The Palace of Curiosities is a jewel-box of a novel, with page after page, scene after scene, layer after layer of treats and surprises. Garland is a real literary talent: definitely an author to watch.' Sarah Waters
'Poetic, surprising and ultimately deeply moving, Vixen will have you hooked faster than it takes to drink a jug of ale and - unlike ale - it will stay with you long after you've reached the final page.' Diva Magazine
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14.7.2016 - We have a winner! The Bridgeman Studio Award 2016
Bridgeman Studio Award 2016: And the winner is....http://www.bridgemanimages.com/en-GB/blog/bridgeman/post/9211/previewStanding in The News Building at London Bridge last Thursday the view of London was extraordinary, but for once it paled in comparison to the wealth of talent on display inside the room. The judging for the Bridgeman Studio Award 2016 was an…
25.6.2016 - Podcast with Sister BangBang of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
ChinWag with Sister BangBang Thank YOU Sister BangBang for your fun podcast interview! 16 ChinWag with Rosie GarlandWriter, performer, poet, singer, chinwagger extraordinaire - this is part of what the magnificent Rosie Garland is! We get to chat about Rosie's career as a writer (third book soon to be…
- 6.6.2016 - 'Telling the truth and telling it slant: writing Vixen'
15.5.2016 - “Definitely an Author to Watch”: article in Neo-Victorian Studies
Many thanks to Lin Pettersson, doctoral researcher at the University of Malaga, Spain, for her great article about The Palace of Curiosities, published in Neo-Victorian Studies. Neo-Victorian Studies8:2 (2016)pp. 200-223 "Definitely an Author to Watch": Rosie Garland on the (Neo-) Victorian FreakLin Pettersson(University of Malaga, Spain)Abstract:This interview with Rosie Garland,…
- The Bridgeman Studio Award 2016 - cover design commission