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As part of International Women's Week, Loose Muse returns to celebrate the power of women's words with an evening of spoken word featuring guest artists - including Rosie Garland - and a woman-only open mic.To book an open mic slot (poetry, prose and more) leave a message on the wall.Entrance:…
WATERSTONES BRADFORDWednesday 4th March 2015The Wool Exchange,HustlergateBradford BD1 1BL Time: 5.30pm for 6pm startTickets: ring in advance or buy on the door. Coffee, cake & book purchase special deal available for £10 An Evening With Rosie Garland Writer, performer and Waterstones favourite Rosie Garland joins us to celebrate the paperback…
WORD! Presents Rosie Garland Where: The Y7 East Street,Leicester, LE1 6EY Date - Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015Time - 8pm (7pm performers - sign up in the theatre bar)Price - £4/£3 conc WORD! is the East Midland's longest running poetry and spoken word night. Based here at The Y, it takes…
The Book Case, Hebden Bridge. Date: Thursday 26th FebruaryTime: 7pm Venue: The Book Case,29 Market StHebden BridgeWest Yorkshire, HX7 6EU 01422 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Rosie Garland - author event at The Book Case, Hebden Bridge.The Book Case is delighted to present award winning author, Rosie Garland, who will be reading from, and…
Rosie Garland – Vixen paperback launch Where: Booka Books,26-28 Church StreetOswestryShropshire, SY11 2SP Date: Wednesday 25th February – 7.00pm (for 7.30pm start)Tickets: £5 (redeemable against book purchase) Refreshments provided. Join us for an evening in the company of Rosie Garland as she talks about her latest novel Vixen. Vixen is…
Rosie Garland at the Womens' Institute Tuesday 24th FebManchester WIThe Baronial HallChethams School of MusicLong Millgate,Manchester M3 1SB Time: 7pm As a group we hope to present a modern twist of the traditional WI, revisiting fabulous skills such as jam making, knitting, and sewing, but also giving time over to…
"History is a Work in Progress"LGBT History Month in association with The University of Manchester Date: Monday 16th FebTime: 7.30pmVenue: Trof (a dandyish den) at The Deaf InstituteThe Basement135 Grosvenor Street,Manchester M1 7HE Free event – turn up on the night. Join Rosie Garland, Rod Tame, Steph Pike and Gerry…
WATERSTONE'S MANCHESTER DEANSGATEFriday, 13 February 20157:00PM£3 (discounted on book purchase) An Evening With Rosie GarlandRosie GarlandWriter, performer and local favourite Rosie Garland joins us to celebrate the paperback release of her stunning second novel 'Vixen' by discussing the writing process and answering any questions you may have. We loved her…
Bar WoteverRoyal Queer Variety ShowTuesdays at RVTRoyal Vauxhall Tavern372 Kennington Lane,London, SE11 5HY Doors: from 7pm, Stage program from 8.30pm – 10.30ish. Then DJs play until we close at MidnightEntry: £5 / £3 Writer, performer and Wotever favourite Rosie Garland joins us to celebrate the paperback release of her stunning…
When: Thursday 5th February, 7.00 - 10pmWhere: Bar Up,5 Union Cross Yard, HX1 1TS Halifax, West YorkshireTickets: Free eventBooking: on the door It's the first Spoken Weird of the year, and we're delighted to kick off 2015 with world-famous novelist, poet, singer, compere and sorceress of words ROSIE GARLAND. Further…
great weather for MEDIA When: Thursday 29th January 2015, 7.30pmWhere: The Castle Hotel,66 Oldham Street,M4 1LE Manchester, United KingdomTickets: Free event Info: Click for FB event page   Featuring BigCharlie Poet, Cathy Bryant, Maya Chowdhry, Rosie Garland, Jackie Hagan, Kieren King, Sarah Miller, Jane Ormerod, Steph Pike, Gerry Potter, and…
Apples and Snakes presentsHit the Ode Hit the Ode brings the most exciting poets from the region, the country and the world to the heart of Birmingham. Join us! We have poems. Poems written on the backs of lottery tickets and on the margins of holy books; poems which yell…
StereoRenfield Lane,GlasgowDoors 2.30, show 3-5.30pm For the times when it all falls intae place... Rally & Broad present: The Eureka Moment! Helping us oot in fair Glasgow, we have... AIDAN MOFFAT! Multi-talented writer, author, spoken word performer, musician, producer... we could go on. Our headline act for this month is…
The Writers' Toolkit 2014November 29th9:30 am - 4:00 pm The University of Birmingham,Edgbaston, Birmingham,West Midlands B15 2TT £37 / £31 (includes lunch) The Writers' Toolkit is our annual writer networking conference for emerging and established writers. The conference takes place over one day and offers writers the pick of sixteen…
Axis Arts CentreCheshire Campus,Manchester Metropolitan University,Crewe Green RdCrewe, CheshireCW1 5DU Featured guest – Rosie Garland CreativeWritingPlus features an eclectic mix of practitioners from the world of literature, specifically those working in fiction, memoir, scripts, poetry and media writing. The format is simple: from 1-1.50pm, in the informality of the Writing…
The Looking Glass Burlesque returns to Warrington for its annual showstopper spectacular! Join Suzie Sequin and a host of the finest cabaret talent as we take you to the golden age of variety and vaudeville, where corsets, feathers and stockings were the uniform and frivolity and fun were the orders…
Saturday 15th November – Sunday 16th NovemberThe Palace HotelOxford St,Manchester M60 7HA   Saturday 15th November, 5pm – 6.15pmWriting poetry and writing lyrics – with Si Denbigh & Rosie GarlandWhat is the synergy between poetry and lyrics? Can one form feed and inform the other?This workshop features practical exercises to…
Writing Histories – reading with Rosie GarlandDetails tbc5 Westminster Bridge Rd,London SE1 7XWThe Feminist Library was founded as the Women's Research and Resources Centre in 1975 by a group of women concerned about the future of the Fawcett Library to ensure that the history of the women's liberation movement survived.Click…
Liberté! Egalité! Cabaret! Part Deux The Lexington96-98 Pentonville Rd,London N1 9JB7pm-12midnight adv £10 The Queer Alternative is back with our second cabaret event to raise funds for Pride in London and beyond. Acts include: Plus special guest ROSIE LUGOSI - The March Violets / Poet, performer, author, Lesbian Vampire Queen!*PROFESSOR…
Cultures of the Dark Side: A Day of Gothic Music and FashionPart of the Terror and Wonder: The Gothic ImaginationThe UK's biggest ever Gothic exhibition. The British Library96 Euston RoadLondonNW1 2DB Sun 9 Nov 2014, 13.00-20.00A packed day of free talks, discussions and performances – most of them free entry…
 For Books' Sake, Halloween Witchfest The Proud Archivist2-10 Hertford Rd,London N1 5SH Tickets - £8 advance, £10 on the doorDoors 6pm, event starts at 7pmFor Books' Sake are very excited to have two ghoulishly glorious grrrls giving you the full on Hallowe'en treatment!Obviously with Hallowe'en being a Friday we've allowed…
The Two Rosies: Life as a Goth Icon The John Rylands Library,150 Deansgate,Manchester,M3 3EH 12 noon – 1pmFreeClick here to get your free ticket via EventbriteFollowing the phenomenal success of the Gothic Manchester Festival 2013, which launched the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, we are back with a new programme…
Delighted to announce that Rosie Garland is appearing at TWO events at Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival! #1 – Writing workshopFriday 24 October 20143:00pm-4:00pmVenue: Number One Riverside,Smith Street,Rochdale, OL16 1XUPrice: £2Click to book tickets for the writing workshop # 2 - Meet the author - reading and book signingFriday 24…
Polari Literary Salon Featuring Paul Burston, Neil Bartlett, Rosie Garland, Jonathan Harvey & VG LeeWednesday 15 Oct 20147.30pm until 9.30pmContact THEATREOxford RoadManchesterM15 6JATickets £6/£5 Book on:0161 274 0600 London's award-winning LGBT literary salon began life in November 2007 in the upstairs room of a bar in Soho. Events are now…
Welcome to booQfest - Northampton's LGBT Literary Festival. Venue: The Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DPRosie Garland's event - 12noon till 2pmCost – free event The festival celebrates a Queer perspective of the written and spoken word on Saturday 11th October 2014. WHAT'S NEW IN 2014This year,…
Darkulture festival THE FROZEN AUTUMN + ATTRITION + TERMINAL GODS + CORTEX DEFECT + SYD.31+ DJS BAERSJ / LE FREAK / EVENSTAR / AIDAN+ Vampire Queen ROSIE LUGOSI - aka novelist Rosie Garland+ Horror Novelist SIMON BESTWICK+ stalls and other curiosities The Zoo27 September 2014.126 Grosvenor street,Manchester,M1 7HL, UK Full…
Wordplay Venue: The Square Chapel,10 Square Rd,Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 1QG Time: 7.30pmTickets: £3 (on the door) A brand new monthly event filled to the brim with poetry, music, spoken word and storytelling in the comfort of the cosy Square Chapel bar. Featuring world-class established poets alongside up-and-coming spoken word…
Join multi-award winning poet Cathy Bryant and her guests Angela Topping, Rosie Garland and Sarah Miller for an evening of poetry and laughter as Cathy launches her new book, 'Look at All the Women'. Thursday 28th AugustThe Eighth Day111 Oxford Rd,Manchester M1 7DU At 19:00–21:30Free eventFull disabled access and all…
BD3 London Launch! We're very excited that we'll be hosting a wonderful evening of poetry from some of our issue three contributors at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden, London. We'll have readings from: Jo Brandon, Natacha Bryan, Neil Fulwood, Rosie Garland, Howard Laughton, Danny O'Connor and Tom Vickers. The…
An evening of light entertainment and education with a genderbending, cabaret twist!  Brought to you by Wotever World, who run Bar Wotever every Tuesday night at the RVT. Tonight's topic is: ForePlay. Crimson Skye's Silvertongue Society presents Aural Text with erotica read by Pretty Miss Cairo, Rosie Lugosi and Crimson…

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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.

    https://rylandscollections.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/how-to-ask-for-a-residency/

    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.”

    https://rylandscollections.wordpress.com/2018/12/10/the-power-of-asking/

    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 http://longleafreview.com/

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

    I’ve been
    Longlisted in TSS flash fiction competition, winter 2018
    https://www.theshortstory.co.uk/flash-fiction-400/flash-fiction-results/
    &
    Longlisted in Reflex flash fiction competition, winter 2018
    https://www.reflexfiction.com/flash-fiction-contest-schedule/

    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
    https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/magazine/features/novel-library-research/

    Written on Monday, 12 November 2018 10:43