International Women's Day - Reading and Q&A with Rosie Garland

A live reading and talk with author and poet, Rosie Garland, followed by a Q&A. Conducted via Zoom by SGS at the University of Surrey.

Join us in celebration of International Women's Day 2022 for this online event with award-winning author and poet, Rosie Garland.

Rosie Garland writes long and short-form fiction, poetry and sings with post-punk band, The March Violets. Her publications' themes range broadly from liberation and miscommunication to serial killers and transformation.

Her works include:
Things I Did While I Was Dead (2010)
The Palace of Curiosities (2013)
Vixen (2015)
What Girls Do In The Dark (2020)

This event is organised by the Sex, Gender and Sexualities research group at the University of Surrey.

‘Why I Write Poetry’

I’m honoured – my essay ‘Don’t Fence Me In’ is included in this wonderful collection! (Nine Arches Press, ed Ian Humphreys)

‘What motivates poets in the 21st century? How do they find their voice? What themes and subject matters inspire them? How do they cope with set-backs and deal with success? What keeps them writing?

In Why I Write Poetry twenty-five contemporary poets reflect with insight, wit and wisdom on the writing life, each offering their distinctive take on what inspires and spurs them on to write poetry. Also - individual writing prompts to help you create your own new poetry.’

The Poetry Society Best Books of the Year

A wonderful way to end a difficult year – ‘What Girls Do in the Dark’ selected by Pippa Hennessy as a Poetry Society Best Book of the Year!
“Finally, Rosie Garland’s What Girls Do in the Dark (Nine Arches) – Garland is a true gothic polymath. This is reflected in her poetry, which roams through astrophysics, war zones, quantum theory, human biology, history, relationships and non-relationships, and more. The poems in What Girls Do in the Dark take this variety to extremes, yet somehow manage to bring concrete details and abstract ideas from all these areas together into a coherent, explosive, dazzling, gorgeous whole.”
– Pippa Hennessy is a bookseller at Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham.

Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2021

Thank you Henry Normal for selecting What Girls Do in the Dark for Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2021!

Books: Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2021
Henry Normal, poet and writer
What Girls do in the Dark (Nine Arches Press) by Rosie Garland is my favourite poetry book of the year. Garland was a singer in the 1980s post-punk/goth band The March Violets. More recently, she’s established herself as a poet and novelist with several titles. I had the honour to read with her in Birmingham a while back, so when her new collection was released I was already interested. From the first poem I was captivated. She has a way of keeping one foot tentatively in the world we know with the other searching for a foothold in an unseen or imaginary world. I was inspired and transported by these poems in a way I’ve not experienced since first getting excited by the possibilities of poetry in my teens. I suspect it would not be good form to choose one of my poetry books for this feature but even if it was, I would choose Garland’s What Girls do in the Dark.

Poetry Spa – LIVE and in-person event

The Birmingham and Midlands Institute,
9 Margaret St,
Birmingham B3 3BU

10am to 4pm

Celebrating wellness through poetry and reading!
Poetry Spa is in association with Nine Arches Press & the West Mids Readers’ Network. Hosted by the wonderful Roz Goddard, with mindful reading and meditation.
I’m thrilled to be the afternoon guest writer. I’ll run a 2 hour-long workshop and then read some of my poetry and discuss my writing with Roz.

Blackwells Manchester - An Evening of Queer Gothic Horror

Blackwell's Bookshop
146 Oxford Road
M13 9GP
Mon, 21 February 2022
18:30 – 20:30 GMT

Join us for an evening celebrating two incredibly exciting debuts - Leon Craig's PARALLEL HELLS and Alison Rumfitt's TELL ME I'M WORTHLESS.
About this event
We're delighted to be welcoming two incredibly exciting new authors to the shop for an evening of queer Gothic horror - Leon Craig and Alison Rumfitt will be discussing their brilliant debuts PARALLEL HELLS and TELL ME I'M WORTHLESS with author and poet Rosie Garland.

Doors: 18.30, event starts: 18.45
Tickets for the event are £3.00.

'That’s What We Said' VERVE POETRY FESTIVAL Special

Hosted by Bridget Hart
19th February 2022 @ 7:30 pm
7:30pm – 9:30pm

For Books’ Sake presents: That’s What We Said, a queer feminist poetry night led by non-binary and women performers. We aim to curate live poetry events that celebrate the power of queer identities, resilience and joy. Join us for a long-overdue party at VERVE this year, with very special guests Rosie Garland, Maz Hedgehog, Jasmine Gardosi and afshan d’souza-lodhi.

There are six open mic slots available for the night, open to marginalised genders. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The event will be also BSL interpreted and live-streamed.

Thursday, 30 December 2021 10:57

9.2.2022: Arvon at Home - Guest Reading ONLINE

Arvon at Home - Guest Reading ONLINE

Reading and Q&A with Rosie Garland via Zoom
Wednesday February 9th 2022, 19:15 GMT

Now more than ever we need stories – to engage, to distract, to entertain, to nourish, and to help us make sense of what we’re living through. And so while you can’t come to us, instead we will come to you, bringing a taste of Arvon into your home one night a week. Every week an Arvon tutor will join us as a guest, to read from their own work and answer your questions live and in person online.

This Live Guest Reading is with Rosie Garland on Wednesday 9th February at 19:15 GMT

The reading and interactive Q&A will be hosted on Zoom. This is a live event and will not be recorded.

We are more committed than ever to helping writers find inspiration, and to make space for their own creativity, no matter the setting. So join us from the comfort of your sofa and listen to writers share their work, the stories behind their work, and invaluable writing advice directly from their own desk (or maybe the kitchen table).

'Beautiful Collisions’ – workshop ONLINE

Tuesday 25th January 2022
7-9pm, online

I’m facilatating a writing workshop with Nine Arches Press, as part of their ‘Recharge your Writing’ poetry workshop course for Spring 2022.

UPDATE – THIS COURSE HAS SOLD OUT!/Recharge-Your-Writing-Poetry-Workshop-Course/p/419348727/category=0

Drop the Block, Beautiful Collisions, Banging the Drum, Entering the Forest, Prompts & the past - enticing workshop titles in our series starting Tue 11 Jan, 7-9pm with tutors
Tutors include – Rosie Garland, Caleb Parkin, Ian Humphreys, Jacqueline Saphra, Khairani Barokka

Thursday, 30 December 2021 10:52

18.11.2021: Polari Salon, G-A-Y Manchester LIVE

London's award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon returns to Manchester.
About this event
A night of cabaret, drag, story-telling, poetry and performance with a literary bent.
Hosted by author Paul Burston with special guests Rosie Garland, Val Qaeda, Dale Booton and more TBA.

£6 early bird, £8 in advance, £10 cash only on the door.
"The most exciting literary movement in London - crackling with energy, ideas, excitement" - Huffington Post
"Lively, funny and inspiring" - Patrick Gale
"Always fun, always thought-provoking – a guaranteed good night out" - Sarah Waters
Out of respect for others, audience members are kindly asked to wear a face covering when not seated.