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Polari Literary Salon Tickets - £5 13 November 2013, 7:45pm Purcell Room,Southbank CentreBelvedere RoadLondonSE1 8XX Southbank Centre is a short walk away from Covent Garden and Westminster and minutes from the Waterloo, Charing Cross and Embankment London Underground and British Rail stations. Charlotte Mendelson introduces her new novel Almost English.…
RFTK Promotions presents Sunday 10th November Newcastle TrilliansPrincess Square,Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8DE Special Guests: Berlin Black, Anxiety Of Love. Tickets on sale now: This will be the first show from The March Violets in Newcastle for around 30 years! A very rare treat to see a great band.…
Grotesque Promotions and Ascension Magazine present Corallo Rock Club Friday 8th November Corallo di ScandianoVialle della Rocca 4/EScandiano (Reggio Emilia),Italy Tickets coming soon Chianti coming soon UNICA DATA IN ITALIA! Era il 1982 quando Andrew Eldritch dei Sisters Of Mercy licenziava sul mercato il primo singolo dei March Violets per…
DV8 Fest presents Sunday 3rd November The ColiseumVictoria Place,Whitby,North Yorkshire YO21 1EZ COST: £13 (advance) Special Guests: Partly Faithful, Luxury Stranger. Doors 18:30 – event over by 10:30 so we can all head on to Nostalgia. Tickets on sale
Club Antichrist Halloween Party Friday 1st November Club Colosseum,1 Nine Elms Lane,Vauxhall, London SW8 5NQ Doors open at 8pm Happy Hours 8-11 Last entry 2.30am, club closes at 6am. Strict dress code: go for it. STRICT Dress code applies: Alternative, Goth, Industrialist, Cybergoth, Punk, Drag Queen, TV/TS, Theatrical, Bondage, PVC,…
The Dark Side of Peel Sunday October 27th Tough Life Boogie - John Peel week / Un-Peeled The ContinentalSouth Meadow Lane,Preston,Lancashire PR1 8JP Tel - 01772 499425 The March Violets with Special Guests: Flesh For Lulu, John Hyatt (Three Johns), The Inca Babies. That is correct. 3 Peel sessions between…
The March Violets at the Ted Hughes Festival Saturday October 26th The Trades Club Holme St Town Centre, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EE Doors open 8pm Tickets on sale now: Tickets £14/12 for Trades Club members Supports TBC The March Violets have been at the forefront of the UK's post-punk…
Creatures of the Night Poetry Slam Fri 25 Oct - 8.30pm till late The White Lion Hotel,Bridge GateHebden BridgeWest YorkshireHX7 8EX FREE Highly esteemed poet and novelist Rosie Garland aka Rosie Lugosi is hosting the spookiest poetry slam ever in Hebden! The Creatures of the Night Poetry Slam Upstairs at…
The Palace of Curiosities Wednesday 16th October 7.30pm The Manchester MuseumThe University of ManchesterOxford RoadManchesterM13 9PL Tickets £6/£4 concessions Book on: 0843 208 0500 Join author Rosie Garland and Victorian sideshow performers for an evening of mystery and excitement in the atmospheric Living World gallery at Manchester Museum. Rosie will…
Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition Tuesday 15th October 2.30 pm Free, booking advised Book on: 0843 208 0500 Venue - St Ann's Church,St Ann's SquareManchesterM2 7LF The winner of this year's international interfaith poetry competition will be announced at this celebratory event, featuring readings from the shortlisted poets and competition judge,…
London's Première Women's Writers Night When? 9th October 2013 Where? The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (closest tube = Covent Garden) Time? 8.00 p.m. Door tax – £5.00 – £3.00 concessions With two brilliant features every month, and a warm atmosphere, why not come and sign up…
Amuse- Bouche An evening of poetic comedy. Steph Pike presents a spoken word night with a twist – featuring Rosie Garland as guest Location: The Kings Arms,11 Bloom Street,SalfordGreater Manchester M3 6AN Time: 8pm (show lasts approx. 2hrs) Price: £3 The first ever UK Women in Comedy Festival will be…
Rosie Garland and the Palace of Curiosities Date: Saturday 5th OctoberTime: 7 – 8.30pmVenue: Ikon Gallery,1 Oozells SquareBrindleyplaceBirmingham, B1 2HS Tickets: £8 / £6 To go to event website - click this link "Gentlemen and Ladies! How happy I am to welcome you to this Palace of Curiosities on…
Poetry and stories to lift your spirits and take away the blues "A gothic twist" Isis Café,910 Stockport Road,Levenshulme, M19 (near Albert Road) 6pm- 8pm poetry/ creative writing workshop The workshop will be run by our special guest writer Rosie Garland. The workshop theme is 'writing from a different angle'.…
The Palace of Curiosities - paperback available from 26th September 2013
Loose Muse Women's Poetry Anthology Launch Thomas's Bar & Restaurant,49-51 Thomas Street,Manchester M4 1NAEntrance £3.00 Doors open 7.30pm Performances start 8pm Featuring 5 Manchester poets (including Rosie Garland, Steph Pike, Rebecca Audra Smith and others) and 2 London Poets. Plus Open Mic (The open mic is women only but men…
Women's Stage, Manchester Pride 17:30 - 23:00 // Saturday 24 August Sackville Gardens,Sackville StreetManchester A stage celebrating female performers, including live bands, acoustic and comedy performances. ROSIE WILL BE ONSTAGE 6PM-6.30PM. Featuring Rosie Lugosi, Claire Mooney, Becca Williams, Lucy Mae, Heather Peace, Dixie Day & others
Stirred @Queer Alt.Manchester Date: Friday 23rd August Time: 6pm Venue: The PentHouse NQ, Hilton House26-28 Hilton StreetNorthern QuarterManchesterM1 1EH 'Resistance may only be a paper's width but use it all' - Anna Percy Stirred will be performing feminist, queer poetry at The PentHouse as part of Queer Alt.Manchester. Featuring…
Wotever Sex Show starts: 19:00 Doors open 30mins before the show Venue: Royal Vauxhall Tavern,372 Kennington Lane LondonSE11 5HY.020 7820 1222 Wotever World returns to the Hot August Fringe each Tuesday to present the ever-popular Wotever Sex series. This year we explore the topics of Lust, Love and Death. Chirpy…
The Isle of Arran Poetry Adventure 2013 St.Columbas,Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, Scotland A week of writing workshops on the beautiful isle of Arran, facilitated by Gerry Potter-Poet, Rosie Garland, Steph Pike, Anna Percy, John G.Hall, Steve Waling, Leanne Bridgewater, Chanje Kunda and more.
One World, One Heart, One Pride Saturday 27 July 2013 Rosie Lugosi and Claire Mooney host Oldham's 9th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Pride – One World, One Heart, One Pride. Oldham is committed to stamping out homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. After the fabulous parade there's a great Oldham Pride…
A Summer Soirée Date - Wednesday 10th July 2013Time - 7pm.Avenue - The Manchester Grammar School, Old Hall Lane, Manchester M13 0XTTickets - £20 Fundraising dinner event for the new teenage cancer unit at The Christie in Robert Broude's name. Guests and speakers include Val McDermid – crime writer, author…
The First National Poetry Competition to be organized on the Wirral. Watch out for the results of this year's Open Poetry Competition. Now in its third year, winners will be advised on 26th June, and the results announced generally on 6th July 2013. Shortlisted poets: Please find below a…
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival – theatre event and reading from The Palace of Curiosities Date: Saturday 29 JuneTime: 5pmVenue: The Birchcliffe Centre,Birchcliffe Road,Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG Cost: £8 (£6) To book advance tickets, click the link below Roll up! Listen to poet Rosie Garland read from her bewitching first novel.…
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival – creative writing workshop Date: Saturday 29 JuneTime: 11am-1pmVenue: Upstairs at The Birchcliffe Centre,Birchcliffe Road,Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG Cost: Free but BOOK IN ADVANCE (20 places) - click the link below Suitable for 12+ Ok, so you've already read out your poetry on stage... or you…
Don't Get it Right – Get it Written! Date - Friday 28th June 2013Time - 4:00pm - 6:00pmVenue - World Peace Cafe,76 High LaneManchester M21 9XF A free writing workshop facilitated by Rosie Garland, suitable for new and experienced writers who want to get their creative caffeine flowing. There'll be…
An Evening Of Curiosities With Rosie Garland Supported By Stirred Poets. Date - Thursday 27 June 2013Time - 20:00 - 21:30Venue - The Albert Club,39-41 Old Lansdowne Road,Manchester, M20 2PATickets - £3 on the door Born in London to a runaway teenager, Rosie has always been a cuckoo in the…
'Try Reading Someone New' event Rosie Garland is well known as a poet and performer. Her first published novel set in 1850s London, is the story of Eve and Abel; both freaks of nature searching for escape. It explores what it's like to be different, and traces their struggle for…
The Verb - BBC Radio 3 Date – 21th June 2013 Time – 22.00 – 22.45 Tune in to 90-93 FM Rosie presents her new short story, commissioned for BBC Radio 3 The Verb's season of Mid-Life Fairy Tales. BBC Radio 3: the week's schedule - click this link
Blender! Trans* Performance Showcase 103C of the Philly Convention Center1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United StatesDoors at 8pm, Show at 9pmFREE Admission to Conference Attendees (with badge)General Public: $5 Donation (No one turned away due to lack of funds) All Ages Hosted by The Notorious OMG and Midwest GenderQueer…

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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