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Festival Internazionale di arte queer 2 June 2013, 10.30 – 19.00 Teatro Valle Occupato Via del Teatro Valle, 21, 00186 Rome, Italy 'For the very first time in Italy, we invite you to a new femme-inist queer perspective, to a space open to femmes and their allies. One of the…
GendErotica – The Great Fem Show Festival Internazionale di arte queer Saturday 1st June, 21.30 – 1am Nuovo Cinema PalazzoPiazza dei Sanniti 9/A00185 – Roma (zona san Lorenzo) 'For the very first time in Italy, we invite you to a new femme-inist queer perspective, to a space open to femmes…
A gripping evening featuring stories from writers including Edgar Allan Poe, hosted by English and Creative Writing staff and guest author, Rosie Garland. Lisa Mansell, Paul Houghton and Mark Brown will present a lecture, readings and installations to keep you in suspense. Date: Tuesday May 28th, Time: 7.30 - 9.30…
An evening of Strange and Dark Fictions Prestwich British Legion,225 Bury Old Rd, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1JE Monday 27 May, 7.30pm Tickets £6 (+booking fee) in advance from our Eventbrite online shop For more information on Hic Dragones, check out the website: To say it's an honour to have…
VOCABARET The Blue Cat, 17 Shaw Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4AG, Thursday 23rd May, show starts 8pm Only £5 advance, £6 on the door Loud and lively, yet up-close and personal, Vocabaret nights have quickly gained near-legendary status in Prestwich where they play to sell-out audiences. Founded by Tony…
Where: The Hospital Club, 24, Endell Street, WC2H 9HQ When: Doors at 7, Show at 8:15 (sharp); afterdrinks after Cost: £12 adv/on the door Sponsored by the charming HarperFiction, Literary Death Match returns to England to rip, roar and rumble in our cosiest London venue yet: The Hospital Club in…
'The Palace of Curiosities' novel launch Rosie Garland & The Palace of Curiosities theatre troupe Roll up! Roll up! Listen to Rosie Garland read from her luminous and bewitching novel, hailed by Sarah Waters as 'A jewel-box of a novel'! Marvel at the delights in the Victorian cabinet of mysteries!…
Saturday 11th May, 2 - 4.30pm Midland Hotel (Stanley Suite), Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS If you are thinking of entering our Postcards from the Past writing competition and would like some inspiration and top tips on writing history-inspired fiction, book a place on this special workshop with much admired…
Gay's the Word bookshop is delighted to host this event celebrating publication of The Palace of Curiosities, the incredible début novel from Rosie Garland (aka the performer Rosie Lugosi). Gay's The Word, 66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB, UK Thursday, 9 May 2013 19:00 until 21:00 Event Entry £2 -…
BAD LANGUAGE RETURNS TO THE CASTLE HOTEL WITH HEADLINER ROSIE GARLAND. The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE Wednesday, 24 April 2013 19:30 until 22:30 Bad Language has been called, 'a realm of uncertainty and surprise' (The Mancunion, 2013). Rosie Garland has always been a cuckoo in the…
Waterstones Deansgate celebrates World Book Night. Date – 23rd April 2013 Venue – Waterstones, 91-93 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW Time - 6-8pm Rosie Garland will be reading from her latest poetry collection, 'Everything Must Go' as well as her debut novel, 'The Palace of Curiosities'. Copies of both are available…
Loose Muse comes to Manchester! Wednesday 17th April Thomas Bar, 49-51 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1NA This long-established monthly event set up and run by Agnes Meadows is London's only regular event for women writers of all genres.
Spring Rhythm: Poetry of Emergence from John Siddique, Rosie Garland and Simon Rennie When: April 14, 2013 @ 3:00 pm Where: Wainsgate Chapel, Wainsgate Lane, Old Town, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8SU Cost: £8/£6/£2 (18 and under). Tickets available on the door! Contact: Dave Nelson01422 843315 Rosie Garland is…
Join us on 28th March 2013 for the launch of Best of Manchester Poets Volume 3, Published by Puppywolf. Dedicated to publishing writers living or working within Greater Manchester, UK. A chance to take a look at the book, buy a copy, and listen to some of the poets who…
The Palace of Curiosities - BOOK LAUNCH WATERSTONE'S MANCHESTER DEANSGATE Wednesday, 27 March 2013, 7:00PM Tickets £3, available from the shop or through Twitter @waterstonesMCR Rosie Garland returns to Manchester Deansgate with her astonishing debut novel 'The Palace of Curiosities'. Set against the backdrop of a Victorian freak show, it…
Date: Thursday 14th March Start: 8.00pm Tickets: £7 / £5 Where: THE ROEBUCK, 50 GREAT DOVER STREET, SE1 Weblink: I'm guesting at BANG SAID THE GUN EVERY Thursday – Stand up poetry for people who don't necessarily like poetry.A full on verbal romp including Top Acts + the World…
Date: Friday 8th March Start: 8.30pm Tickets: £6.00 (Door) / £5.50 (advance) Where: Eden bar, Canal Street, Manchester M1 3PJ Weblink: Sparkle (Manchester) is proud to support An amazing evening of poetry, comedy and acoustic sets Including Rosie Garland, Dominic Berry, Sarah Miller, Rod Tame - & many more.…
Date: Friday 15th-Sat 16th February Tickets: £6.00 (Door) / £5.50 (advance) Where: Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton Weblink: Really excited to be invited to the 20th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference, 'The Modern Lesbian' I'm delivering a paper, 'Performing queer femininity and performing it all wrong.' I'm also performing…
Agent - fiction Charlotte Robertson at AitkenAlexander Associates Web: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Publisher - fiction Suzie Dooré at The Borough Press (HarperCollins Publishers) Web: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.               Contact Rosie Directly >>
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Agent - fiction Anna Webber at United Agents Web: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Publisher - fiction Suzie Dooré at The Borough Press (HarperCollins Publishers) Web: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rosie Garland Tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie writes long and short-form fiction, poetry and sings with post-punk band The March Violets. She also performs twisted cabaret as Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, cabaret chanteuse and mistress of ceremonies. With a passion for language nurtured by libraries, she started…
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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