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For Books' Sake presents That's What She Said 26th October7pm-10pmTickets £4 Venue: Polari at Via,28 Canal Street,M1 3EZManchester It's here! We've been running That's What She Said in London for over a year and now it's finally coming North for a very special Halloween launch event. That's What She Said…
Thursday 13th October7.30pm The Red Shed18 Vicarage St South,Wakefield WF1 1QX Red Shed Readings now approach their 25th event.Since their inception the Readings have featured over thirty guest readers and as many support readers in addition to musical contributions of a fine and varied nature. Equally important is the open…
Verbose – bringing words to the 'burbs Monday 26 September 20167.30-10pmFree entry Fallow cafe,2a Landcross Road,Fallowfield,Manchester, M14 6NA. Featuring Bare Fiction contributors Rosie Garland, Michael Conley and Rachel Mann. "Fallowfield's number one live literature night"– Manchester Evening News"One of the best nights going"– Manchester Wire Verbose is a monthly spoken…
"The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker" "These writers are the boneshakers. Let their impact rattle, rise, and wrap itself around you." Three Minute TheatreAfflecks Arcade,35-39 Oldham Street,M1 1JG Manchester 2 September 19:00–21:00£5 in advance or on door great weather for MEDIA is thrilled to return to Manchester and 3MT With…
Scary Lady Sarah and William Faith - wedding Metro Chicago3730 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 6061328th August, 18.00 CDT We can finally say with 100% certainty that the wedding ceremony/dinner/dancing/reception will all take place at Metro, which has been a big part of both of our musical lives for many…
Hebden Bridge Steampunk Weekend presents:In association with Cabaret HeavenA Fantastical Steampunk Cabaret The Trades ClubHolme StreetTown Centre, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EE £12/£10 [+10% Booking fee]Doors open 8pm Compered by the incomparable Mysti Valentine with Mike Hancock, this night will feature the strange and wonderful, including Rosie Lugosi (Lesbian Vampire Queen),…
Saucy Shindig Malones (venue 280)14 Forrest Rd.EdinburghEH1 2QN Time: 9pm – 10.30pm Join GlasVegas showgirl Roxy Stardust as she presents an hour (and a bit!) of burlesque and cabaret!Friday 12th - Rosie Lugosi, Maisie Martini, Luna TikTok & Shir Madness – hosted by Jacques Bruxelles
Saucy Shindig Malones (venue 280)14 Forrest Rd.EdinburghEH1 2QN Time: 9pm – 10.30pm Join GlasVegas showgirl Roxy Stardust as she presents an hour (and a bit!) of burlesque and cabaret!Thursday 11th - Rosie Lugosi, Maisie Martini, Rebecca Rose & Shir Madness – hosted by Jacques Bruxelles
FREAK Circus Poetry Bordello Venue: Woodland Creatures260-262 Leith Walk,Edinburgh EH6 5EL Fringe Venue number 282 Time & date - Wednesday 10th August6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Get ready for a night of poetic passion and pulsating word-power as FREAK Circus, the resident poetry promoters at Woodland Creatures, present a programme…
Bare Fiction‎Launch of The Knowledge Weapon by Annette C. Boehm.with special guests Rosie Garland & Emma McGordon Blackwell's Bookshop ManchesterBridgeford Street,nr Arthur Lewis Building,M13 9PL ManchesterThis is a free event.Entry from 6pm ready for 6:30pm start. Annette's book launch tour continues in Manchester with this event at Blackwell's University Bookshop…
Bridgeman Studio Award 2016: And the winner is.... Standing in The News Building at London Bridge last Thursday the view of London was extraordinary, but for once it paled in comparison to the wealth of talent on display inside the room. The judging for the Bridgeman Studio Award 2016…
Mugen Tea HouseScotland Street,SheffieldS3 7AA Entry is £5/3  7pm A night of poetry and entertainment provided by neuroatypical performers - plus the Yorkshire launch of a new book, 'Autism Equality in the Workplace'. We have two guest performers Janine Booth and Rosie Garland.Plus local performers Sez Thomasin, Kate Garrett, Rob…
FLIM NITE - The Silence of the Lambs  What would 'Silence of the Lambs' look like distorted by poets, comedians, and musicians? FLIM NITE is a monthly performance event based at Three Minute Theatre in Manchester's Northern Quarter. At no point do we show the film in question! Each of…
Word Jam Open Mic poetry and musicA special event in association with Chorlton Arts FestivalTues 24 MayTea Hive,53 Manchester Rd,Chorlton, Manchester M21 9PW. 7.30pm (doors 7pm), £5/£3. A semaphore exploding mind flow, hosted by Tony Curry with special guests Captain of the Lost Waves and Rosie Garland. Captain of the…
Welcome to the Surrey New Writers Festival 14th May 2016 Venue: Glive,London Road,Guildford, GU1 2AA Tickets: Full Price £6 per session (Students: £4 per session) Festival Pass: £25 (Students: £20) 12.45-13.45Panel 2, A Portfolio Career: When One Genre Isn't Enough(Panelists: Rosie Garland, Michael Roke, Michael Bedo, Gill Hoffs)These panelists write,…
Thursday 12th MayTime: 7-10pmVenue: The Baronial Hall,Chetham's LibraryLong Millgate,Manchester, M3 1SB Free entry A group of us are organising a poetry event called Poet's Corner which is going to be held at Chetham's Library on May 12th as part of Manchester After Hours. We are inviting a diverse mix of…
'More Raw Material' Friday 6th May, from 6.30pm. Sillitoe RoomWaterstones,1-5 Bridlesmith Gate,Nottingham NG1 2GR An incredible evening of literature featuring the writers of UNESCO's newest city of literature & paying tribute to Nottingham's legendary author, Alan Sillitoe. Join us for wine, nibbles, and, of course, books in the Sillitoe Room…
Stockport Writers' Group The group is free and open to anyone with a desire to write.Meet at the Hatworks on second Sunday of each month, 11-1. The HatworksWellington Mill,Wellington Road South,Stockport SK3 0EU Guest speaker for 10th April – Rosie Garland  
Matters of Verse. Verse that Matters. Moor Theatre Deli,17 The Moor,Sheffield S1 4PF Verse Matters is a feminist arts event in Sheffield. Verse Matters provides a platform for poetry, spoken word, storytelling, puppetry, music and comedy, showcasing the work of talented people in a friendly, supportive environment. On 7th April…
The Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Palace, Northern QuarterDoors @ 7.30pmActs @ 8.00pm£2 suggested donation What would 'Jaws' 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 point do we…
Royal Vauxhall Tavern372 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5HYUnited Kingdom Rosie Garland / Rosie Lugosi is back!! We pledged her via March Violets Crowdfunding!+Jonathan Collins, Stand Up! It will be a night celebrating everything Goth, Bi and Fabulous!!!Bar Wotever Host in March: Dusty Limits ROSIE GARLANDRosie Garland is an all-round cuckoo…
Huddersfield Literature Festival Poetry Slam The Parish28 Kirkgate,Huddersfield HD1 1QQ8pm £3 (£1.50)Age guidance: 16+A no-holds barred celebration of voice and volume for performance poets of all skill levels, with a top prize of £50.Loud, funny, hard hitting – bring your poems, raps, comedy and confessions to be performed live and…
Thursday Lates Wonder Women Takeover Venue: The Whitworth Art Gallery,Oxford Road,Manchester, M15 6ER 6.30pm – 7.30pmFree event Regarding Women - Portrait Gallery Amid a collection of art works dominated by the male perspective, three writers present new work on women looking at themselves, interrogating the way they are depicted, and…
Transgressions in sex and relationships Monday 7th March 2016, 6:45pm startRosie Garland and Luke Gittos will explore our interest in transgressing sex and relationshipsThe Salon organises discussions that happily move from a problematic or tricky topic in current affairs one month, through a morally difficult subject of scientific research the…
School of English and LanguagesUniversity of SurreyGuildford,Surrey GU2 7XH2.30pmWhere? 19AD04Open to: Staff, Students Rosie Garland is guest lecturer at the University of Surrey, as part of the 'Cultures in Contact' seminar series.    
Event: LONDON: WINTER TALES - organised by Oil 54 and Arcane Publishing Date: 27th February 2016Venue: The Harrison, King's Cross (basement venue) Harrison street,London WC1H 8JFTimes: It will probably be an early start so we can fit everyone comfortably (eg 6pm to 11pm). To Be Confirmed Line-up: we are…
Polari on Sea tour 2016 Venue: The Printworks HastingsWhere:14 Claremont,America Ground,Hastings,East SussexTN34 1HA Time: 7.30 – 10.30pm Polari returns to Hastings for a second season, funded by Arts Council England! Opening night - Hosted by Paul Burston with Rosie Garland, VG Lee, Keith Jarrett and Nick Maes. Booking soon. Please…
Rosie Garland is guest lecturer at University of Northumbria, Newcastle on Tyne. Tuesday 16th February: student seminar presentation about The Palace of Curiosities & Neo-Victorian literature. Part of Neo-Victorianism: Contemporary Literature and Culture Module. Weds 17th February: research seminar (staff and postgraduates) Faculty of Arts, Design & Social SciencesDepartment of…
A Flood of Words 18 Februaryat 19:30–22:30 Ladies and Gentlemen please show your support for the Calder Valley flood appeal by making your way in an orderly fashion to The Fox and Goose public house, in Hebden Bridge (7 Heptonstall Road, HX7 6AZ) for 'A Flood of Words'. A spoken…
The John Rylands Library150 DeansgateManchesterGtr Manchester2pm – 3pmFree event Take a closer look behind-the-scenes of the Darkness and Light exhibition with author and co-curator Rosie Garland.We'll give you further insight into our Gothic collections and the dark histories behind them, providing you an exclusive look at items that aren't on…

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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