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Levenshulme Women’s Institute Inspire Café,747 Stockport Rd,Levenshulme,Manchester M19 3AR7.30-9.30pm Levenshulme WI are delighted to announce that our guest speaker this month will be the phenomenally talented, and true local legend, Rosie Garland, who will be reading, talking, answering questions and generally being fabulous for our entertainment. She'll be bringing her…
Langley Writers Free creative writing workshops every third Thursday of the month 2-4pm Demesne Community CentreAsby CloseMiddletonManchesterM24 4JF All welcome, whether your new to writing or a pro. Warm welcoming group. Free tea, coffee and biscuits. Our guest workshop facilitator for May is Rosie Garland!
MAH17: Bad Language at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Elizabeth Gaskell’s House84 Plymouth Grove,Manchester, M13 9LW 18 May 2017, free entryPerformances 6.30pm – 9pm Live literature organisation Bad Language has been the recipient of not one, but two Saboteur Awards (a record in the history of the award) in recognised for drawing…
The Time-Travelling Suffragettes have their first outing in London on Sunday May 14th, at The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, WC1H 8JF London, which is a hop & a skip from King’s Cross.7pm£10 door, £8 advance It would be really nice to see you there. Joined by the Autorotation & Hi-Reciprocity.…
poetrynites@thebookcase on Saturday May 13thwith Rosie Garland, Jodie Hollanderand Charlotte Wetton Same time (7 – 9 pm)Same price (£6 with wine and refreshments)Same fantastic poetry lined up at Hebden Bridge’s The Book Case! The Book Case29 Market StHebden BridgeWest YorkshireHX7 6EU01422 Rosie Garland might be better known as Mslexia…
New writing & music at Sandbar, Manchester 120 Grosvenor Street, M1 7HL free event!7.30pm-10pmDetail tbc
Wonderful news – I have been awarded a 2017 Hawthornden Fellowship! So – from mid-March to mid-April I will be living in Hawthornden Castle, on a wonderful writing retreat. I’ll be sharing the month with five other writers, all of whom are a mystery. Judging by the photographs, ‘stunning’ is…
Rebel Dykes & For Books’ Sake at Wonder Women Festival HOME2 Tony Wilson Place,Manchester, M15 4FN12th March 2017 4:00-6.00pmFrom £4 Created by a Manchester-based queer film crew, Rebel Dykes tells the story of a bunch of kick-ass women from London in the post-punk 1980s. The Rebel Dykes challenged norms ahead…
Women of the World Festival Cabaret Clore Ballroom,Level 2Southbank CentreBelvedere RoadLondon SE1 8XX 9-11pm Diva Hollywood is producing and hosting the Friday night Cabaret event for the Wow Festival in March at The South Bank. A diverse and delicious cabaret, which is not for the faint hearted. Celebrating topics of…
WORD! is the longest running poetry and spokenword night in the Midlands. Y Theatre7 East Street,Leicester, LE1 6EY £4 / £7 8pm (performers 7pm) Based at the Y Theatre, Leicester, it takes place on the first Tuesday of every month, between 8.00 and 10.30pm. The evening is composed of an…
Dolly Mixtures Royal Exchange Theatre,St Ann's Square,Manchester, M2 7DH Free entryFrom 7.30pm Cabaret and spoken word evening to celebrate Wonder Women Manchester Festival. Featuring Rosie Garland, Kate Fox, Stefanie Fetterman, Jane Bradley & many more...A variety showcase of the most cutting edge feminist theatre and performance. From poetry to classical,…
UTTER! LutoniaThe Hat Factory65 - 67 Bute Street,Luton LU1 2EY Thursday 2nd March, 201719:30 - 22:30£5 / £3 concessionsTo book tickets please call 01582 878100UTTER! Spoken Word brings a Panoply of spoken word and literary talent from the locality and beyond.The bill features: Rosie GarlandThe night will be powerful and…
Lesbian Lives Conference 2017: Lesbian Love/s Saturday 25th February 2017The LGBTQ Life Research Hub is please to announce that the 2017 International Lesbian Lives conference will be held at the University of Brighton, UK, 24-25 February 2017...and I’m delighted that I have been invited to present a paper on…
UNIQLO TATE LATE Tate ModernBanksideLondonSE1 9TGFree entry6pm-10pm Experience the gallery after-hours with a mix of art, music, film and workshopsThis month we celebrate women in art by taking inspiration from the pioneering contemporary female artists in our collection. Pop-Up Feminist Library Check in to the Feminist Library to explore Tate’s…
Campus Pride Campus Pride rolls out across campus in February, with a special live literature event on Wednesday 22nd, featuring Rosie Garland!Plus OPEN MIC.Free event Venue:Stage 2Leeds Beckett University Student UnionCity Campus,Portland Building,Portland Way,Leeds LS1 3HE Time: 6.30pm for a 7pm startContact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Time-Travelling Suffragettes at ‘Rock Art’ HOME2 Tony Wilson Place,First Street,Manchester M15 4FN 6-9pmEntry price: FreeJoin us for an appearance of The Time-Travelling Suffragettes at Club BIG, a pop-up music club and performance space that hosts a range of special gigs, performances and events. Fri 17th Feb 2017 As part…
WI talkMilnrow & District WI,Hollingworth AcademyCornfield St,Milnrow,Rochdale OL16 3DR 7pm I’ll be talking to this WI group about being a writer, as well as reading a selection of fiction and poetry.
WordPlay Loom LoungeDean Clough,HX3 5AX Halifax, West Yorkshire 7.45-10pm WordPlay brings the best on the block to Halifax.Organised by poet and sheep farmer Keith Hutson the evening features guest poet Rosie Garland and concludes with a series of ‘Open spots’. Writers interested in gaining performance experience should ‘pre-book’ with Keith…
‘Dark in the Day’ book launch City Central LibraryBethesda St,Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3RS 7pm Please join Storm Constantine, Rosie Garland & Creative Writing students for a reading event to celebrate Dark in the Day (Immanion Press).…In the blink of an eye, around the corner, The Weird is everywhere. It’s in the…
‘Rock Art’ Preview night HOME2 Tony Wilson Place,First Street,Manchester M15 4FN Entry price: FreeJoin us for a preview of John Hyatt’s new exhibition Rock Art, featuring Club BIG, a pop-up music club and performance space that hosts a range of special gigs, performances and events. Fri 3 FebJon Langford with…
The first Polari of 2017, now in its tenth year! Curated and hosted by author Paul Burston with Stella Duffy, Rosie Garland, Nathan Evans, Chris Chalmers and Ann Mann Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival HallThe Southbank CentreBelvedere Road,SE1 8XX London £5 You’re guaranteed mischief and sparkle as this…
Bad Language Wednesday 25th January 20177.30pmThe Castle pub,Oldham Street,Manchester Free admission. Saboteur Award-winning Bad Language is a live literature promotion team based in Manchester.Our special guest in January 2017 is Rosie Garland! As always, our open mic is ready and waiting – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and grab a slot. Remember, if…
Poems Prose and Pints The Tap and Spile 42 Tower Street,Harrogate, HG1 1HS Entry: £1Time: 7.30pm Open Mic EventWith special guest – Rosie Garland Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 7.30pm for 8pm, intimate space for spoken word with supportive audience, which welcomes performers, readers and listeners. Lively and innovative…
Writers in The Bath The Bath Hotel,66 Victoria St,Sheffield. S3 7QL7.30pm£4 This is my Sheffield launch of ‘As In Judy’ – my new poetry collection with Flapjack Press. It’s my first solo poetry publication since 2012. I’m really excited: I’ve had wonderful editing from Char March, and both John Hyatt…
‘As In Judy’ book launch 7th December, 6-8pm (doors 5.30) Manchester Central Library,Media LoungeSt Peter’s SquareManchesterM2 5 PD Free event With special guests Lisa Matthews & Genevieve Walsh! ‘As In Judy’It’s how I introduce myself when meeting people for the first time: ‘Hi, I’m Rosie Garland. As in Judy’. My…
FLIM NITE The Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Palace, Northern QuarterDoors @ 7.30pmActs @ 8.00pm£2 suggested donation What would 'Die Hard' look like distorted by poets, comedians, and musicians?With guests including Rosie Garland FLIM NITE is a monthly performance event based at Three Minute Theatre in Manchester's Northern Quarter. At no…
The Looking Glass Burlesque Pyramid & Parr Hall,Palmyra Square South, WA1 1BL WarringtonDate/Time: Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 8:00pmTicket Price: £13 Cabaret Seating/£10 Theatre Seating(£14.75/£11.75 inc online booking fee)Hosted by Rosie Lugosi - The Looking Glass Burlesque returns for another jam-packed evening of vintage style fun and frolics. Step back in…
The Flapjack Press Open Mic Poetry Night  Chorlton Library, Manchester Road, Manchester M21 9PN   featuring Rosie GarlandThursday 7.00pmFree event The wonderful Flapjack Press are bringing their famous open mic night to Chorlton Book Festival.Hosted by Tony Curry and featuring the very special guest poet Rosie Garland! To reserve your…
Goth City Festival - a Night of the Dark Arts   Fox and Newt9 Burley Street, LS3 1LD Leeds Doors 7.45pm–23:00Entry £4. All proceeds to PAFRAS. 'A Night of the Darks Arts' is a varied night of acoustic and spoken word gothic, set in the splendid gig room of the…
Polari On Tour Grand Theatre, Blackpool33 Church Street, FY1 1HTBlackpool 20:00–22:30Tickets £6 Part of this year's Polari National Tour, funded by Arts Council EnglandLondon's award winning LGBT literary salon Polari comes to The Grand as part of a national tour funded by Arts Council England.Curated and hosted by author Paul…

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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