A Queer Eye for Words: Exploring LGBTQ+ Poetry and Prose

Join writer Rosie Garland for this interactive creative writing workshop where you will have the chance to explore the richness of queer poetry and prose, and discover exciting strategies to create your own. You can expect a variety of practical exercises and prompts to springboard you into writing. There will be time for discussion about what it means to write queerly. You’ll get the chance to read and discuss short extracts of queer writing in different forms – from poetry to fiction and beyond. The focus will be on practical strategies to help participants develop and improve skills and techniques. With plenty of time for participants’ questions, she will reflect on the positives and potentials of writing queerly.
Date October 9, Sunday: 7 AM PDT / 10 AM EDT / 3 PM GST / 7:30 PM IST

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Revenants and Remains Creative Writing Workshop

Furness Abbey: Saturday 08 Oct 2022 at 14:00.

Furness Abbey
Manor Road,
Barrow in Furness,
LA13 0PJ

Creative Writing Workshop with Rosie Garland
Ghost stories are central to understanding the history, buildings and possessions of medieval monasteries. As part of the Revenant and Remains series of events, join us for a creative writing workshop inspired by Furness Abbey and led by novelist and poet Rosie Garland.

A programme of public events, tours and workshops funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Revenants and Remains Creative Writing Workshop

Roche Abbey: Saturday 01 Oct 2022 at 13:30.
Conisborough Castle,
Castle Hill, Conisbrough,
Doncaster, DN12 3BU

Creative Writing Workshop with Rosie Garland
Ghost stories are central to understanding the history, buildings and possessions of medieval monasteries. As part of the Revenant and Remains series of events, join us for a creative writing workshop inspired by Roche Abbey and led by novelist and poet Rosie Garland. This event will take place at Conisbrough Castle.

A programme of public events, tours and workshops funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Chorlton Book Festival - Writers’ Cafe

The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre,
Manchester, M21 9JG

In-person Creative Writing workshop with Rosie Garland
Saturday 24, 10.00–12 noon

The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre
Buy a drink (cake delicious, but optional), settle in and soak up the creative atmosphere.
There’ll be authors dropping in to inspire you, including Jackie Kay, Elaine Bousfield, Martin Griffin and Rosie Garland. We’ll even offer writing prompts if you need ideas!
The Writers’ Café has been organised by the brilliant Jo Somerset and we’re hoping it will become a regular fixture. Places limited and booking is essential.

Retreat West Flash Fiction Festival

Saturday 17th September
Online event

14.00 – 15.00 Workshop

Collaborative Flash Writing with Meg Pokrass and Rosie Garland

Discover the creative potential of working with another writer. A workshop exploring the creative duet of collaborative writing, and how and where to begin. Using a variety of readings and discussion, Meg Pokrass & Rosie Garland will introduce participants to collaborative writing. Their collaborative flash fictions have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize & Best Small Fictions 2022. They will draw on their own experience of building a successful writing partnership, with insights on how it can be done. With plenty of time for participants’ questions, they will reflect on the positives & potential pitfalls of writing collaboratively – not forgetting the sheer darn fun.

Meg is the author of six flash fiction collections, an award-winning collection of prose poetry, two novellas-in-flash and a collection of microfiction, ‘Spinning to Mars’ – recipient of the Blue Light Book Award in 2020. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Washington Square Review, Wigleaf, Waxwing and McSweeney’s. She is the Series Founder and Co-Editor of Best Microfiction.

Writer and singer with post-punk band The March Violets, Rosie writes poetry, prose and things that fall between & outside. Her latest collection ‘What Girls do the Dark’ (Nine Arches Press) was shortlisted for the Polari Prize 2021, & Val McDermid has named her one of the UK’s most compelling LGBT+ writers. Her story “The Hanging of Game Birds” was selected for inclusion in Best Microfiction 2021.

Saturday, 20 August 2022 15:47

3.9.2022: The Black Rose Ball, York

The Black Rose Ball

Sat, 3 September 2022
18:00 – 23:00 BST
York Cemetery, 30 Cemetery Road, York YO10 5AJ

The Black Rose Ball is a gothic masquerade ball in aid of charity. This year, the ball will be held in a different location than usual - in the very unique chapel in the Victorian cemetery in York. Set in beautiful cemetery grounds; it is a wonderful venue for the ball.

Dark Tales with Rosie Garland
Rosie will entertain with a selection of her gothic tales, including spine-tingling surprises exclusively for Black Rose Ball guests.
A ghastly & gorgeous aperitif, to get your evening off to a spooky start.
Be afraid; be deliciously afraid.

Black Rose Bazaar
The Black Rose Bazaar will be in the visitor centre, next to the chapel. Doctor Geof will be on hand to draw portraits; and there will be a small selection of stalls (details to be announced nearer the time).
Dance the night away to the best of Goth/ Dark Wave/ Dark Electro/ Mittelalter, provided by DJs Victoria Fenbane, Rosenkavalier and Vilkas the chapel itself.

Stockport Pride 2022

Sunday 31st July, 11:00–18:00
Stockport Market Place, Churchgate

Celebrating Stockport's LGBTQ+ Community
Rosie Lugosi on stage at 5pm!

Beyond 100 Queer Poems with John McCullough, Rosie Garland & Stanley Iyanu

Saturday 16 July 2022, 6-7pm
Belgrade Theatre, B2
Belgrade Square,
Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GS

Tickets: £8 / £6 (concs)

The new poetry anthology 100 Queer Poems, published this summer by Vintage and edited by Mary Jean Chan and Andrew McMillan, offers just glimpse of the rich varieties of poets, poetries and histories which might fall under the umbrella of Queer. Here, we go within and beyond the confines of the anthology to present three of our most exciting queer poets – John McCullough, Rosie Garland and Stanley Iyanu.

Livestreamed and BSL interpreted
Age guideline: 14+

Mslexia Novel School - ONLINE

Our first ever virtual writing course is running from 11-15 July 2022, and there are only 48 places available.

Mslexia Novel School is for writers embarking on a new novel or rethinking a work-in-progress. Four leading writer-tutors will each focus on a single aspect of the novel writing craft, creating a varied week of high-quality workshops.

Craft is crucial. But this will be a week that will nurture the whole writer.
That’s why, in addition to our core Novel School material, we’re also including motivation and goal-setting workshops led by experienced writing coach Bec Evans, drop-in surgeries with counsellor Hilary Jenkins for anyone who’s feeling a bit lost, and informal socials led by our course MC Rosie Garland – novelist, poet and performer extraordinaire – who will introduce you to fellow writers on the course.

We know individual attention is all-important, so our novel workshop groups will be limited to 12 people – which means your tutors will have time to get to know you and your writing. The core teaching takes place from 10am-4pm, but groups will come together for the coaching workshops and socials – to form a community of likeminded writers who will become your friends for life.

Book now to secure your place!

BOLD Queer Poetry Soirée

Thursday 7th July
Above the Stag Theatre & Bar,
72 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7TP

Doors 19:30, show 19:45-21:30
£12 (live) £6 (livestream)

Do come to BOLD's end-of-season musical finale on July 7th with post-punk Rosie Garland, poet Simon Madrell & virtuoso violinist Kate Conway hosted by the divine Nathan Evans
Tickets here:

‘a wonderful collection of fascinating stories by unique voices'—Kathy Burke on Inkandescent’s Mainstream anthology

‘one of the most compelling LGBT+ writers in the UK today’—Val McDermid on Rosie Garland

‘has things to teach me about being human, about how to live with trauma, loss and love.’
—Will Harris, RENDANG (Best First Collection, Forward Prize 2020) on Simon Maddrell

Inkandescent were founded by Justin David and Nathan Evans to champion diverse writers underrepresented in mainstream publishing. Recent publications include Address Book by Neil Bartlett and the Mainstream anthology.