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Saturday 11th May, 2 - 4.30pm

Midland Hotel (Stanley Suite), Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS

If you are thinking of entering our Postcards from the Past writing competition and would like some inspiration and top tips on writing history-inspired fiction, book a place on this special workshop with much admired author Rosie Garland. Rosie will be talking about the research behind her startling debut novel A Palace of Curiosities, featuring Victorian freak show stars The Lion Faced Girl and The Flayed Man, and leading participants through a series of practical workshops to generate new story ideas.

This is a free event organised by Manchester Literature Festival. Capacity is limited so places must be booked in advance by emailing

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Please include a day time telephone number in your email and 'Postcards from the Past' in the subject line.

Gay's the Word bookshop is delighted to host this event celebrating publication of The Palace of Curiosities, the incredible début novel from Rosie Garland (aka the performer Rosie Lugosi).

Gay's The Word,

66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB, UK

Thursday, 9 May 2013

19:00 until 21:00

Event Entry £2 - complimentary refreshments - please RSVP here on Facebook.

"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."

- Sarah Waters

Set in Victorian London, this luminous and bewitching debut is a profound love story lurking in the boundaries of what is perceived as human...

"Gentlemen and Ladies! How happy I am to welcome you to this Palace of Curiosities on such an auspicious occasion. What luck! What serendipity! For tonight we have mirth! Wit! And Jollity! See The Lion-Faced Woman and The Marsyas of Modern Times, Star Attractions at Professor Arroner's Astonishing Marvels!"

BAD LANGUAGE RETURNS TO THE CASTLE HOTEL WITH HEADLINER ROSIE GARLAND.

The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

19:30 until 22:30

Bad Language has been called, 'a realm of uncertainty and surprise' (The Mancunion, 2013).

Rosie Garland has always been a cuckoo in the nest.

She is an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing with 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.

Most recently she won the inaugural Mslexia Novel Competition and her debut novel The Palace of Curiosities (HarperCollins) is out now.

'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

'Reminds me of Angela Carter' Jenni Murray

'Rosie Garland has conjured a dream-like magical realist debut about Victorian circus freaks ... an alternately brutal and beautiful story about love and belonging in a vividly conveyed underworld, rich in carny phantasmagoria and lyrical romance' METRO

http://www.rosiegarland.com/books/fiction.html

We also have our monthly open mic which will open for submissions on the 5th April. If you would like a slot, please e-mail us from the 5th April onwards to book your place.

Slots are FOUR MINUTES length, and we reserve a number of spaces for first time performers at Bad Language. Simply e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place.

Gay's the Word bookshop is delighted to host this event celebrating publication of The Palace of Curiosities, the incredible début novel from Rosie Garland (aka the performer Rosie Lugosi).

Gay's The Word,

66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB, UK

Thursday, 9 May 2013

19:00 until 21:00

Event Entry £2 - complimentary refreshments - please RSVP here on Facebook.

"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."

- Sarah Waters

Set in Victorian London, this luminous and bewitching debut is a profound love story lurking in the boundaries of what is perceived as human...

"Gentlemen and Ladies! How happy I am to welcome you to this Palace of Curiosities on such an auspicious occasion. What luck! What serendipity! For tonight we have mirth! Wit! And Jollity! See The Lion-Faced Woman and The Marsyas of Modern Times, Star Attractions at Professor Arroner's Astonishing Marvels!"

Waterstones Deansgate celebrates World Book Night.

Date – 23rd April 2013

Venue – Waterstones, 91-93 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW

Time - 6-8pm

Rosie Garland will be reading from her latest poetry collection, 'Everything Must Go' as well as her debut novel, 'The Palace of Curiosities'. Copies of both are available on the night!

With refreshments, music, and poetry from Carcanet poets too.

Waterstones Manchester Deansgate

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

landline: 0161 837 3000

Follow us on Twitter @waterstonesMCR

http://www.worldbooknight.org/

World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed WBN books in their communities to share their love of reading.

BAD LANGUAGE RETURNS TO THE CASTLE HOTEL WITH HEADLINER ROSIE GARLAND.

The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

19:30 until 22:30

Bad Language has been called, 'a realm of uncertainty and surprise' (The Mancunion, 2013).

Rosie Garland has always been a cuckoo in the nest.

She is an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing with 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.

Most recently she won the inaugural Mslexia Novel Competition and her debut novel The Palace of Curiosities (HarperCollins) is out now.

'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

'Reminds me of Angela Carter' Jenni Murray

'Rosie Garland has conjured a dream-like magical realist debut about Victorian circus freaks ... an alternately brutal and beautiful story about love and belonging in a vividly conveyed underworld, rich in carny phantasmagoria and lyrical romance' METRO

http://www.rosiegarland.com/books/fiction.html

We also have our monthly open mic which will open for submissions on the 5th April. If you would like a slot, please e-mail us from the 5th April onwards to book your place.

Slots are FOUR MINUTES length, and we reserve a number of spaces for first time performers at Bad Language. Simply e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place.

Loose Muse comes to Manchester!

Wednesday 17th April

Thomas Bar, 49-51 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1NA

This long-established monthly event set up and run by Agnes Meadows is London's only regular event for women writers of all genres.

http://loose-muse.com/home-2/

Spring Rhythm: Poetry of Emergence from John Siddique, Rosie Garland and Simon Rennie

When: April 14, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

Where: Wainsgate Chapel, Wainsgate Lane, Old Town, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8SU

Cost: £8/£6/£2 (18 and under). Tickets available on the door!

Contact: Dave Nelson01422 843315

Rosie Garland is a writer, poet, novelist and singer with The March Violets. She also has a well-known alter ego, Rosie Lugosi – performer, cabaret chanteuse, and decadent hostess of events such as 'Burlesque!' at The Lowry, Salford Quays. She has held residencies at The Grand Theatre in Blackpool and the greenroom in Manchester.

Rosie has won the DaDa Award (Performance Art), Alternative Oscar (solo performer), Diva Award (solo performer), Poetry Award (People's Café, New York), and a Blue Peter Badge (for drawing a Tyrannosaurus Rex). Following her successful fight against throat cancer, Things I Did While I Was Dead includes both new and many of her award-winning poems, published in a solo collection as herself for the first time. Rosie's fiction debut, The Palace of Curiosities, is published by HarperCollins in 2013.

John Siddique is the author of six books the most recent of which is Full Blood. His poetry, essays and articles have featured in Granta, The Guardian, Poetry Review, The Rialto and on BBC Radio 4. Jackie Kay speaks of Siddique's writing as being 'A brilliant balancing act.' Siddique is the former British Council Writer-in-Residence at California State University, Los Angeles. Think-Tank QED considers John to be one of the 21 most influential people in the UK with South Asian heritage. John is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at York St. John's University and was recently awarded the title of Honorary Creative Writing Fellow by the University of Leicester in recognition of his contribution to literature.

Simon Rennie has been performing and publishing poetry since 2005. He has performed his work at events, festivals, and university readings across the North of England. In 2007 he established the long-running poetry event, Inn Verse. His publications include the collections Little Machines (Knives Forks and Spoons Press 2009) and Unless Otherwise Stated (KFSP 2011). In 2013 a collection edited by Simon featuring contributors to Inn Verse will be published by Type Factory Press. Simon has been described by Keir Thomas, editor of The Best of Manchester Poets, as 'surely one of the best poets in this part of the country', and by John G. Hall as 'one Manchester's finest poetry engineers'. The poet and librettist, Michael Symmons Roberts, has described Simon's poetry as 'full of assurance, skill and wit'.

http://wainsgate.co.uk/ai1ec_event/poetry-event/?instance_id

Join us on 28th March 2013 for the launch of Best of Manchester Poets Volume 3, Published by Puppywolf. Dedicated to publishing writers living or working within Greater Manchester, UK.

A chance to take a look at the book, buy a copy, and listen to some of the poets who are in it!

It's hosted by the lovely DOMINIC BERRY and taking place like last year at Eighth Day cafe on Oxford Road (just up a bit from the old BBC building).

Where: Eighth Day Café, 111 Oxford Road, M1 7DU Manchester, United Kingdom

When: Thursday 28th March 2013

Time: 7.30pm – 10.00pm

Cost: FREE entry

Snacks, soft drinks and alcohol available for purchase.

http://www.puppywolf.co.uk/news/

The Palace of Curiosities - BOOK LAUNCH

WATERSTONE'S MANCHESTER DEANSGATE

Wednesday, 27 March 2013, 7:00PM

Tickets £3, available from the shop or through Twitter @waterstonesMCR

Rosie Garland returns to Manchester Deansgate with her astonishing debut novel 'The Palace of Curiosities'. Set against the backdrop of a Victorian freak show, it is a magical realist tale to both disgust and enchant. Come and support a breaking author on her home turf for what promises to be a wonderful evening.

Further details: 0161 837 3000

http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayDetailEvent.do?searchType=2&store=346|WATERSTONE%27S%20MANCHESTER%20DEANSG&sFilter=1

Date: Thursday 14th March

Start: 8.00pm

Tickets: £7 / £5

Where: THE ROEBUCK, 50 GREAT DOVER STREET, SE1

Weblink: www.bangsaidthegun.com

I'm guesting at BANG SAID THE GUN

EVERY Thursday – Stand up poetry for people who don't necessarily like poetry.A full on verbal romp including Top Acts + the World Famous RAW MEAT STEW Open Mic Spot – read a poem, tell a joke, juggle a pigeon, dance a jig and win your own slot at the next Bang Said The Gun night.

What they say about it:

"...an amazing night at The Roebuck. Like all the best things in life, it's done with commitment, belief and passion. If you haven't been, you get the joy of discovering it for yourself every Thursday."

Phil Jupitus

"Bang Said the Gun is one of the best poetry nights in the country; the combination of excitement, enthusiasm and deep, deep concentration on the poems is a wonder to behold! Long may it continue!"

Ian McMillan

Date: Friday 8th March

Start: 8.30pm

Tickets: £6.00 (Door) / £5.50 (advance)

Where: Eden bar, Canal Street, Manchester M1 3PJ

Weblink: https://www.facebook.com/events/204887849635944/

Sparkle (Manchester) is proud to support

An amazing evening of poetry, comedy and acoustic sets

Including Rosie Garland, Dominic Berry, Sarah Miller, Rod Tame - & many more.

Late disco with the musical stylings of Dr Lee

Tickets £5.50 (advanced booking) from Eden or by Paypal - see the website www.ourvoices2013.co.uk

In support of "LGBT Youth North West" and "Manchester Rape Crisis"

Date: Friday 15th-Sat 16th February

Tickets: £6.00 (Door) / £5.50 (advance)

Where: Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton

Weblink: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/lgbt/events/events/lesbian-lives-conference-2012

Really excited to be invited to the 20th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference, 'The Modern Lesbian'

I'm delivering a paper, 'Performing queer femininity and performing it all wrong.'

I'm also performing as Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen!

Held on 15-16 February 2013 and hosted by University of Brighton LGBT and Queer Life Research Hub in conjunction with Women's Studies Centre, University College Dublin.

The Lesbian Lives Conference is the world's only annual academic conference in Lesbian Studies - it is a large international event that draws speakers and participants from all continents and hosts the best-known as well as emerging scholars in the field. The theme for the 20th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference is The Modern Lesbian.

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