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Dark Halloween with The March Violets Venue: The Abbey3420 W Grace St,Chicago, Illinois 60618 Doors at 6:30pm and show at 7pm$15 advance and $18 door17+ Y-Not, Last Rites & DJ Scary Lady Sarah Present...Support from New Canyons - DJ Scary Lady SarahTickets at: Click here for tickets The March Violets…
Elysium705 Red River St.Austin, TX 78701 THE MARCH VIOLETS featuring William Faith on bass! Local Support TBD Tickets: $13 advance at Click for ticket link $18 at the door The March Violets were a really great band. They were labelmates with The Sisters of Mercy, yet darker and infinitely more…
BAM1045 E Washington Street,Brownsville, Texas THE MARCH VIOLETS featuring William Faith on bass! Brownsville Artists and Musicians is an experimental collaborative of creatives reinforcing the visual and musical underground of our community.
The Korova107 E Martin St,San Antonio, TX 78205, United States THE MARCH VIOLETS featuring William Faith on bass!Support – Hearts FailDJ Sets by Detra & Rickbats Doors: 8:00 PM$10 Presale | $13 Day of Showall ages
Sat 24th OctoberTulsa, OKDowntown Lounge25 N Cheyenne DriveOklahoma, OK 74103Phone: (918) The legendary March Violets come to Tulsa!Featuring William Faith on bass.The Secret Post supports, with OKC death rock The Choke opening the night up.Sex and Death! Come one, come all!  
The Masquerade695 North Avenue NE,Atlanta, GA 30308, United States THE MARCH VIOLETS featuring William Faith on bass! 7.30$15 advance all ages TICKETS: Click to buy tickets
Recessions1823 L St NW,Washington, DC 20036, United States Sharpen your eyeliner, match your blacks, and for the love of before corset! It's time to assemble a dark clad audience for an old school fave... Spellbound is pleased to announce: THE MARCH VIOLETS featuring William Faith on bass! Performing live…
THE MERCURY LOUNGE217 E Houston St,New York,NY 10002, United States   THE MARCH VIOLETS LIVE in NYC!FRIDAY OCTOBER 9 w Special Guest PAWNS! Patrick Cusack & Sean Templarproudly presentTHE MARCH VIOLETS(First time in almost 30 Years)Introducing William Faith on Bass! with Special Guests PAWNS! DJsPatrick (Salvation, The Bank)Sean Templar (The…
Kung Fu Necktie1250 N Front St,Philadelphia, PA 19122, United States The March Violets (featuring William Faith) Click to visit KungFu Necktie site Click to buy tickets! $1010pm21+
Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse745 Bound Brook Rd,Dunellen, New Jersey 08812 Eyrie Twilight, in conjunction with The March Violets, call you to the Roxy and Dukes on Friday, October Fourth to witness an occult revival of epic proportions. Hexwork is here, and we've summoned an epic evening for your enjoyment, including…
Cattivo,146 44th St,Pittsburgh, PA 15201,United States Night Sky Productions present:The March Violets (featuring William Faith)They are supported at the Pittsburgh show by internationally known goth DJ Scary Lady Sarah of Chicago and the Pittsburgh post-punk band Silence $12 advance at$15 at the door, downstairs
Address: 10339 Conant St,Hamtramck,Detroit MI 48212,United States Friday, October 2nd - Small's and Darque Productions LLC welcome:The March Violets perform with William FaithandDJ Scary Lady Sarah with special guestDJ Pleasure Kitten The historic 2-room site with an Art Deco bar & many beer choices hosts national & local rock bands.Doors…
Queerest of the Queer   Venue: Coronet theatre London 19 septCoronet Theatre28 New Kent Road London SE1 6TJ   Click here to buy tickets! 12 HOURS 1 NIGHT 1 Killer line up - including ROSIE LUGOSI on the Cabaret Stage!   Drown out the corporate spectacle of PRIDE with a…
great weather for MEDIA 3MTAfflecks Arcade,35-39, Oldham Street,M1 1JG Manchester£5 entryDoors open 7:00 pm, show starts 7:30 pm great weather for MEDIA is thrilled to return to Manchester, England! Celebrate the publication of our latest anthology, Before Passing, with great weather for MEDIA contributors and special guests. This will be…
JibbaJabba The Banshee Labyrinth (venue 156)29 - 35 Niddry Street, EH1 1LG EdinburghTime: 11:05 pm - 12:05 amFree event Yay, Jibba's back and going wild in Edinburgh, bringing you cheeky lil' hour long versions of Newcastle's eclectic epics! I'm guesting on Weds 19th August, along with Kevin Cadwallender & Steve…
Darkness and Light: Exploring the Gothic Thursday, 16 July to Sunday, 20 December 2015 I was honoured to receive and invitation from Liza Leonard to curate a case at this exhibition! I took as my theme Women and the Gothic. I could have chosen a hundred books, easily, but was…
Antwerp Queer Arts Festival – Vampire Night We close the Antwerp Queer Arts Festival and Antwerp Pride with a Lesbian Vampire Night at Red & Blue. We change Red & Blue into a vintage cinema to show the cult movie Daughters of Darkness (1971), about lesbian vampires, directed by the…
Antwerp Queer Arts Festival - Literature evening Venue: Bibliotheek Permeke (Antwerp Central Library Permeke)De Coninckplein 25-26 (entrance Dambruggestraat)2060 AntwerpTickets: 5 euroDoors open 20.00, start 20.30, end 22.30. This evening we are joined by two female authors: the Belgian journalist and writer Gaea Schoeters and the British writer and cabaret chanteuse…
North Manchester FM: Hannah's Bookshelf   Saturday, 25th July 2015, 4-6pm. Listen in to Hannah's Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. As usual, Hannah Kate will be chatting about books she's read and books she loves.It's Hannah Kate's literature show, on every Saturday 4-6pm, where she talks books, writing and related…
The Big Comfy Bookshop Part of Coventry's FIRST Pride! Time: 3-4pmSaturday 27th June Tickets: free! Turn up on the day.Venue: The Big Comfy BookshopUNIT 2F, FARGO VILLAGEFAR GOSFORD STREETCOVENTRY CV1 5EA Join us for an afternoon with Rosie Garland!She will be reading from Vixen and The Palace of Curiosities, talking…
Polari The Southbank Centre,Belvedere Road,London SE1 8XX Time: 7.30 startLevel 5, Function Room Tickets: £5 (concessions £2.50) Rosie Garland heads the bill.Plus Helen Humphries, SJ Naude, Carl Stanley and Talim Arab Rosie Garland reads from her second novel, Vixen.Described as poetic, sexy and deeply moving, Vixen finds a natural home…
Part of Independent Booksellers Week 2015 Bookseller Crow on the Hill50 Westow StreetCrystal PalaceLondon SE19 3AF Time: 7 for 7.30 and finished by 9pm. Rosie Garland will be reading alongside Brooklyn author Kathleen Alcott whose debut Infinite Home is out in July. Click to go Bookseller Crow webpage
Presenting a fund-raiser for Pride in London 2015 in aid of The Queer Alternative The Lexington,96-98 Pentonville Road,N1 9JB London,United Kingdom Time: 19:30–00:00Date: 21 June Compere: Rosie Lugosi     Performances by:JOE BLACKDusty LimitsAvery EdisonEm BruléeKiki LovechildSnake FervorJonathan CollinsRope and BonesAndromada Mystic DJs: Wanderlust, Andy RavenSable, The Scot + Raffle…
Thursday 11th June Poetry Reading in the back roomThe Albert,Victoria LaneHuddersfield HD1 2QF(opposite the Library) 8.00pmFree, all welcomeFour exciting readers:Rosie Garland + others tbc "The Albert will, to future literary historians, be as important a site as those coffee houses that Dr Johnson messed about in; and those trenches that…
Birmingham Alternative & Burlesque Mega-Fair @ The InstituteHosted and emceed by ROSIE LUGOSI The Institute78 Digbeth High StreetDigbethBirminghamB5 6DY Saturday 6th June 11am - 5pm Join us in the Edwardian splendour of Birmingham's most iconic venue for 'The Ultimate Alternative Shopping & Entertainment Experience' only this time BIGGER & BETTER.…
ebb and flo bookshop12 Gillibrand St,ChorleyPR7 2EJTickets available from the bookshop or Eventbrite (link below)£5 (glass of wine included and £2 redeemable against the book). Rosie Garland – reading from Vixen, talking about writing and answering questions!Arrive from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Click link to buy tickets from Eventbrite…
The March Violets play Wave-Gotik Treffen! Date: Saturday 23rd May 2015Time: 22.20hVenue: TäubchenthalAddress: Markranstädter Straße 1Tram: 1,2,3 & 60,N1Stop at: Adler (1,2), Markranstädter Straße (3), Siemensstraße(60), Adler(N1) Click link to go to WGT Official website
Friday 1 May @ 10.30pmat Hebden Bridge Little TheatreThe Late Night Dark Cabaret - SOLD OUTHosted by Rosie Lugusiand starring Tronicat La Miez (Germany), Raven Noir, Mimi Amore and Lou SafireTickets: £15.00*  
Our divinely decadent Burlesque! nights continue to draw in the crowds! Join Lesbian Vampire Queen Rosie Lugosi as she paves the way for a host of mesmerizing variety acts guaranteed to leave you in awe. Dress to impress and join us for some cabaret like no other in the plush…
Jenni Pascoe with support from Apples and Snakes presents JIBBAJABBA   Newcastle's favourite night of quick-fire spoken word entertainment, featuring special guests from the worlds of music, comedy and of course – POETRY! Apples and Snakes are delighted to support this essential evening by airlifting in some super-cool guests from…

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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