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Rosie Garland

Tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie is a novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets. She also performs twisted cabaret as Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, cabaret chanteuse and mistress of ceremonies. With a passion for language nurtured by libraries, she started out in spoken word, garnering praise from Apples and Snakes as ‘one of the country’s finest performance poets’.

Her award-winning short stories, poems and essays have been widely anthologised. She has six solo collections of poetry including 'Everything Must Go' (Holland Park Press 2012), which draws on her experience of throat cancer. Her latest collection is ‘As In Judy’ (Flapjack Press). Rosie was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2017. She has also received the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year, the Diva Award for Solo Performer, and a Poetry Award from the People’s Café, New York.

Her firm belief in the power of persistence stems from personal experience. Following twelve years at a reputable literary agency (who failed to place her novels), in 2011 she entered the inaugural Mslexia Novel Competition and won. This debut novel was published as ‘The Palace of Curiosities’ (HarperCollins 2013) and was nominated for both The Desmond Elliott and the Polari First Book Prize. Second novel, ‘Vixen’, was a Green Carnation Prize nominee. Third novel, ‘The Night Brother’ is out now with Borough Press.

Reviews for 'The Night Brother':

"The Night Brother is a rich and ambitious tale set in late Victorian Manchester... Garland's prose is a delight, playful and exhuberant... Full marks!" - The Times

"Echoes of Angela Carter's more fantastical fiction reverberate through this exhuberant tale...Garland's narrative is enjoyably enegetic" - The Sunday Times

"A tumble of poetry, desire and passion... intriguing and delicious." Stella Duffy

Praise for her previous novels:

"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