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A Splendid Day Out 31st May – 2nd June 2019Winter Gardens,Morecambe The Northwest premier Steampunk Festival returns.Steamageddon!Imagine a world changed, from miraculous beginning to ruinous end...SteamAgeddon promises that and more: dance like a dinosaur at the Jurassic Ball, celebrate the end of everything at The Party at the End of…
Museums at Night The John Rylands Library150 Deansgate,Manchester M3 3EH DETAILS TBC As part of Museums at Night 2019, The John Rylands Library is delighted to welcome Manchester author and Writer-In-Residence Rosie Garland for a special late event.She’ll be reading from her latest novel, The Night Brother, set in Manchester.…
Disturbing The Beast: Women Of Weird Fiction launch Blackwell's BookshopUniversity Green,146 Oxford Road,Manchester M13 9GP Wednesday, 8 May 2019 from 19:00-20:30 Join Bad Language for an evening of readings to celebrate Feminist Book Fortnight and the release of Disturbing The Beast, a brilliant brand new collection of weird fiction stories…
Gothic Reading Group, MMU: The Night Brother Contemporary Gothic Reading GroupNew Business School,Ground floor cafe area,Manchester Metropolitan University,All Saints, All Saints Campus,ManchesterM15 6BHFree event – all welcome17.30 – 18.30 Please join us for the first of the Modern and Contemporary Gothic Reading Group sessions for 2018/2019. We will kick-start the…
Sonic Waves: Music and Sound Beyond Borders Date: Wednesday 8th May 2019Time: 10am – 5:30pmLocation: Geoffrey Manton BuildingManchester Metropolitan UniversityRosamond St W, Manchester M15 6EB Tickets: £10 (£5 unwaged) - Available on the OnlineShop Rosie Garland of The March Violets is delighted to present her paper “Radiant Girls: ‘You can’t…
Fallowfield Library Book Group The Place,Fallowfield Library,Platt Lane,Manchester M14 7FB 11am – 1pmFree event – with free refreshments Fallowfield Library Book Group are thrilled to welcome Rosie Garland to our April meeting. Our current read is her debut novel The Palace of Curiosities. Rosie will be answering questions about the…
Desire, love, identity LGBT poetry evening Bolton Central Library and MuseumLe Mans CrescentBoltonBL1 1SE18:30 – 20:30Thu, 11 April 2019 Free event Bolton Museum is hosting a celebration of LGBT poetry to coincide with our exhibition Desire, Love Identity - In Bolton. Special guests Rosie Garland & Dominic Berry will read…
Burnage Library,Burnage Lane,Manchester M19 1EWMonday 8th April, 20197pm start – 9.30pmFree event Back by popular demand! Following the success of our event in 2018, we are delighted to welcome Manchester writer Rosie Garland back to our special open-mic reading event at Burnage Library! Come and hear Rosie read from her…
The Next Step Write Like A Grrl writing course,Manchester I’m delighted to be guest writer at the closing session of The Next Step, Write Like A Grrl.Looking forward to celebrating with everyone who has taken part of the course. We’ll have a Q&A, discussing persistence, developing our writing, and the…
Not Quite Light Festival Five Four Studios54 Oldfield Road,Salford,Manchester M5 4LZ 2-4pmTickets £6 The Dark City How does the darker side of the city inspire writers? The festival hub will be at Five Four Studios, and here there will be a day of talks, workshops, music and art.In the afternoon…
Death & the Sacred Symposium MMU Brooks Building53 Bonsall StreetHulme,Manchester, M15 6GX This interdisciplinary symposium aims to explore, analyse and debate the relationship between death and the sacred in art and narrative.09:00-18:00 1pm – 2.30pmWe are thrilled to be inviting Andrew Michael Hurley (author of The Loney and Devil’s Day…
Celebrate International Women's Day with Flapjack Press! Manchester Central LibrarySt Peter's Square,Manchester, M2 5PD 5.30pm – 8pmfree event Join us for an evening of poetry hosted by Rosie Garland ("literary hero" - The Skinny).With performance from award-winning poets, playwrights and spoken word artists Cathy Crabb, Sarah Miller, Anna Percy, Melanie…
English Literature & Creative Writing at Lancaster UniversityVisiting Writers Series - Rosie Garland Ruskin LibraryBailriggLancaster University,Lancaster, LA1 4YZ Tuesday, 26 February 2019 from 18:00-19:00 Join us for an evening of conversation with Rosie Garland. Everybody is welcome, this event is free and no registration is needed. Tagged ‘literary hero’ by…
MMU Manchester and the City module – student seminar The John Rylands LibraryDeansgateManchester “The Night Brother - MMU Manchester and the City module” This student tour & seminar is part of my writing residency at The John Rylands Library, Manchester, in association with Manchester Metropolitan University. 21st February 10am-12 noon
“Everything That Can Happen” anthology launch The Betsey Trotwood56 Farringdon RoadLondonEC1R 3BL Free event19:00 – 22:00 Everything That Can Happen is an anthology of poems about the future.The poems – or perhaps prophecies – explore time, language, changing landscapes, future selves, uncertainty, catastrophe and civilisation. An android fills out a…
Festival Preview – Celebrating Doctor Who Huddersfield LibraryPrincess Alexandra WalkHD1 2SU Tuesday 12 February 2019Doors 6pm, ends approx 7.30pm Find out more about this year’s events, pick up a brochure and take part in our Celebration of Doctor Who.Come dressed as your favourite character - Take a selfie with our…
Verbose Fred’s Ale House843 Stockport RoadLevenshulme,Manchester M19 3PW Free eventdoors are at 7.30pm The live literature night Verbose – first event for 2019!Come to Fred’s Ale House in Levenshulme on 28th Jan for an evening of poetry and stories about magic realism & the surreal. Our headliners are Rosie Garland,…
Royal Albert Hall and For Books' Sake present ‘That's What She Said’ Elgar RoomRoyal Albert HallKensington GoreLondon, SW7 2AP Monday 17 December 2018Starts: 9:30pm As part of the Royal Albert Hall's Christmas Season, For Books’ Sake are presenting a late night End of Year Special of That’s What She Said.…
HAUNT Manchester presents Black Christmas The Peer Hat,14-16 Faraday Street,M1 1BE Manchester Saturday, 15 December 2018 from 12:00-19:00Free event Readings start at 3pm – featuring Rosie Garland at 4pm Have you been naughty this year? Have you been very, very naughty?Then you might be the perfect guests to receive the…
Emmeline Pankhurst statue unveiling St Peter’s Square,Manchester M2 3AE MiddayFree event As well as brass bands, speeches and a full choir – Rosie Garland is honoured to be singing at the unveiling event.The statue of Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled in St Peter’s Square, Manchester on Friday, 14th December 2018…
What an adventure!On Saturday December 1st I sang the Pankhurst Anthem – specially written by Helen Pankhurst & Lucy Pankhurst - in Etihad Stadium in front of the Manchester City crowd at half time! I can honestly say I've never sung in front of a crowd of 50,000 people. All…
The Looking Glass Burlesque Pyramid & Parr HallPalmyra Sq.,Warrington WA1 1BL Saturday, 24 November 2018 from 19:30-22:30Tickets £11- £14 The Looking Glass Burlesque returns to it's Warrington home for the annual spectacular showcase of some of the finest burlesque and cabaret talent in the UK. Starring a bevvy of internationally-acclaimed…
FLIM NITE presents 'Pan's Labyrinth' The Three Minute TheatreAfflecks Arcade,35-39, Oldham Street,Manchester M1 1JG What would ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ look like chewed up and spat out by comedians, theatremakers, writers and musicians? We have created a labyrinthine underworld in order to test the moral strength of our artists and let the…
Finally, I can announce that I am inaugural Writer-in-Residence at The John Rylands Library in Manchester. It’s fantastic news.How? I put together a proposal, & asked. The power of asking, indeed. Read the article in the University of Manchester magazine, here: “When I first moved to Manchester I was stunned…
‘Manchester Dark, Manchester Light - the inspiration behind The Night Brother’. Saturday 3rd November 20183pm – 4.30pmStarting point: The Craft Centre,Oak Street,Manchester M4 5JD Limited places - £10Special offer - Oak St Cafe at the Craft Centre will be offering cake and coffee/tea for £5 for anyone showing their walking…
The Freakeasy Halloween Showcase Banshee Labyrinth29-35 Niddry Street,Edinburgh,EH1 1LG Free event Time: 8pm – 10.30pm Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. The Freakeasy crawls in search of blood, to terrorize your neighborhood. That's right folks, the Freakeasy is back! And for the Halloween special.…
That’s What She Said Tribeca,50 Sackville St,Manchester M1 3WF£5 "The biggest spoken word night in London for women" (Evening Standard) returns to Manchester!Shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK (Saboteur Awards, 2017), That's What She Said showcases the best new writing and performance by women, featuring iconic and…
Verbalise The Brewery Arts Centre122A Highgate,Kendal LA9 4HE 7.30pm This month our guest is the novelist Rosie Garland who is also famous for being Rosie Lugosi Vampire Poet! Spoken word open mic for poets, novelists, actors, comedians and storytellers, anyone with original material and something to say. Open mic is…
Workshop: a 10 Step Program for Dealing with the Internal Critic 22 September at 10:00–13:00 GIFT Cafe ChesterGrosvenor Park Road,CH1 1QQ Chester, Cheshire Ever write a short story, only to doubt it? Find yourself apologising for your poems when sharing them with others? Do you lie awake at night thinking…
That’s What She Said The Scottish Poetry Library (Venue 203)5 Crichton's Close,Edinburgh EH8 8DT16th August 2018 19:30-21.30Free event 'The biggest spoken word night in London for women' (Evening Standard) returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for three incendiary shows. After being shortlisted for Best Regular Spoken Word Night (Saboteur Awards 2017),…
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  • 'How to ask for a residency' - The John Rylands blog
    'How to ask for a residency' - The John Rylands blog
    How to ask for a residency

    Since I wrote about the Power of Asking, I’ve been heartened by how many writers have told me they’re going to ask for Writers’ Residencies too. There are plenty of questions: What do you say? What do you ask for? This blog offers a few suggestions.

    Where do you want your residency to be?
    Chip shop, bus stop, lighthouse, theatre, cemetery. The choice is yours. Think of where you’d love to write. It may be a place you pass every day on the way to work, or somewhere you’ve stumbled on by chance. Perhaps you have a connection already. For example, when I was invited to read at The John Rylands Library, I fell in love with this Mancunian gem. It sparked a train of thought…

    What do you want to do?
    I’ve a pretty simple plan: my next novel is set in The John Rylands and I’m exploring what it’s like to write ‘on site’, drawing inspiration from the spirit of the place. You’ll have your own ideas. It’s a wonderful opportunity to try something new, with time to focus on your writing in an inspiring workspace. The clearer you are about what you’d like to create and how it’s connected to the venue you’ve chosen, the better. Do your research, and put together a proposal. I’ve broken this down below.

    How long is a residency?
    Weeks, months, or a year – it’s largely up to you and the organisation. My residency is running for a calendar year; time to produce a first draft of the novel. I’ve committed to being on site for one day a week, but can’t keep away from the place…

    What can you offer?
    As well as being clear about what you want to achieve, think about what you can offer your host organisation. Ideas can include giving talks, workshops, writing tutorials or readings, and writing blogs on the progress of the residency. You might produce a poem etched in the window, or devise a grand finale performance. There’s no limit.
    If you’re unsure, ask for advice from writer friends (or friends of friends) who’ve done residencies in the past. If you don’t know any – ask the internet. Social media can be a lot more supportive than you might imagine.

    How do you get an introduction?
    You’ll need to approach your chosen organisation to find out of they’re interested in your idea. I asked writer friends for signposting, and got an introduction. People were only too pleased to help, a warm reminder that we’re in this together. There’s a community of writers out there, and we are pretty groovy people.

    What about money?
    This blog is about building your own residency from scratch, not applying for a funded opportunity. So, when the question of money and payment arose (pretty much the first question), I said no. Nowhere has money for residencies, unless it’s a regular gig like The Forestry Commission
    And, unsurprisingly, these residencies are massively oversubscribed.
    A personal tip is to source funding elsewhere. I applied to The Arts Council - Successfully.

    Then again – aim for the stars! One writer told me she’s asking for a residency at a private members’ club with buckets of money. Needless to say, she IS asking them to fund it.

    What’s the worst that can happen?
    Fear of the word no can stop us asking in the first place. Your chosen venue may say no. But they’re not going to poke you with forks. Trust me on this one. And in the words of Steve Jobs: “Most people don't get experiences because they never ask. I've never found anybody who didn't want to help me when I've asked them for help.”

    Keep going. Keep asking.

    Written on Sunday, 24 March 2019 10:08
  • 'The Power of Asking' blog - The John Rylands Library
    'The Power of Asking' blog - The John Rylands Library

    As part of my Writer’s Residency at The John Rylands Library, I’m writing a series of blogs… here’s the first – The Power of Asking.

    “I’ve just been appointed the first writer-in-residence at The John Rylands Library. How did I manage this wonderful achievement? I asked.

    Sounds easy.

    It wasn’t. If you’re anything like me (and the longer I live, the more I realise I’m not alone), asking is far more difficult than it sounds.

    Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. Unless you were born with a set of silver spoons in your mouth (which is everyone reading this, right?), then you’ve worked out that opportunities don’t fall magically into your lap. You’ve had to work hard to get where you are.

    I like what Julia Cameron (author of the inspirational ‘The Artists Way’) says: “Pray to catch the bus, then run as fast as you can.” It’s a reminder to put myself into the path of opportunities. The bus does not come to the front door. I have to leave the house, and darn well run for it.

    I have to take a deep breath, and ask. So, why is it so difficult?

    Here’s my take. I grew up with a spectacularly unhelpful dictum: Ask, don’t get. Don’t ask, don’t want. I shared this with friends recently, and was shocked to discover it’s very common. I end up stuck in a bizarre Catch 22 situation, thinking that if I have to ask for something, then I don’t deserve it. Or, that I must to wait for someone else to ask me. The most I’m allowed to do is stand around looking hopeful.
    This lose-lose mentality is combined with a vicious internal critic. I call her Mavis (I’ve blogged about her here and run Anti-Mavis workshops). She never, ever says anything nice. If someone says they like my writing, Mavis jumps in and whispers ‘they’re only being nice.’ In fact, she can be neatly summed up by this great Savage Chickens cartoon (Doug Savage):

    Naturally, my internal critic undermined any notion that somewhere as amazing as The John Rylands Library would want the likes of me.

    So – standing up and asking for what I want can be pretty damn hard. I’m swamped with fears of rejection, coming over as needy, an underachiever, someone who’s failed because they need to ask.

    Luckily, this isn’t a poor-me blog.

    Years ago I decided that I was not going to let fear of rejection stop me living a life that is too darn short as it is. I take inspiration from Jia Jiang, whose TED talk about dealing with rejection is well worth 15 minutes of anyone’s time.

    So, however hard it is to ask, to put myself forward, to send that manuscript to a competition or agent – I take several deep breaths and do it. In the words of Susan Jeffers: ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’.

    And here’s the good news. The John Rylands Library is delighted to have a writer-in-residence. Correction: The John Rylands Library is delighted to have me as a writer-in-residence.

    I have told Mavis to put that in her pipe and smoke it.

    Coming next – what I asked for, and how to ask for a residency.”

    Written on Saturday, 02 March 2019 15:36
  • January 2019 - short fiction highlights
    January 2019 - short fiction highlights
    Great to start the new year with a slew of short fiction highlights!

    My story ‘Burning Girl’ is in the ‘Disturbing the Beast’ anthology from Boudicca Press, out February 2019.

    My flash fic, ‘Your sons & your daughters are beyond’ is being published in Longleaf Review on Feb 10th 2019

    … flash fic ‘What goes on in the bushes’ is featured in issue 16 of The Cabinet of Heed, mid-January 2019

    I’ve been
    Longlisted in TSS flash fiction competition, winter 2018
    Longlisted in Reflex flash fiction competition, winter 2018

    Written on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:20
  • 1.12.2018 - Man City match - singing The Pankhurst Anthem
    1.12.2018 - Man City match - singing The Pankhurst Anthem

    What an adventure!
    On Saturday December 1st, I sang the Pankhurst Anthem – specially written by Helen Pankhurst & Lucy Pankhurst - in Etihad Stadium in front of the Manchester City crowd at half time!

    I can honestly say I've never sung in front of a crown of 50,000 people. What an experience.

    All part of the run-up to the unveiling of Hazel Reeves wonderful statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in St Peter’s Square, Manchester on December 14th 2018.

    Written on Friday, 07 December 2018 11:01
  • November 2018 - The John Rylands Library writer-in-residence
    November 2018 - The John Rylands Library writer-in-residence

    Finally, I can announce that I am inaugural Writer-in-Residence at The John Rylands Library in Manchester. It’s fantastic news.
    How? I put together a proposal, & asked. The power of asking, indeed.

    Read the article in the University of Manchester magazine, here:

    “When I first moved to Manchester I was stunned to discover this incredible library with such a surprising history,” remembers Rosie Garland, singer with Leeds post-punk band The March Violets and writer-in-residence at The John Rylands Library.
    “It’s always been one of my favourite places in Manchester and the idea that I’m now working in it and writing about it as the Library’s first writer-in- residence is a dream come true.”

    Read full article here

    Written on Monday, 12 November 2018 10:43