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UTTER! Lutonia Saturday February 10th 2018Wardown Museum,Old Bedford Rd,Luton LU2 7HA Doors 7pm, show 7.30pm Rosie Garland & Deanna Rodger feature in this special edition of UTTER!With special musical guests, Slate Islands.UTTER! Spoken Word brings a Panoply of spoken word and literary talent to Luton.The night will be powerful and…
WOMEN’S words MCR – Suffragette Tea Party gala event Manchester Central Library,St Peter's Square,Manchester M2 5PD Doors 5.30pmEvent starts at 6pm A celebratory event to launch the collection of real life stories built around women’s experience of living, working and growing in Manchester.A selection of the stories will be published…
Making Thunder Roar: Emily Brontë Preview eventFriday 2nd February - 7.00pm Old School Room,Church Street,Haworth,Keighley BD22 8DR This is the preview of the new exhibition, "Making Thunder Roar: Emily Brontë", which will open at the Brontë Parsonage Museum on Thursday 1 February. The preview show invites a number of well-known…
Cherie Bebe’s Burlesque Revue Matt and Phreds64 Tib Street,M4 1LG Manchester Sunday 10th December 2017Doors at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm. Enjoy an evening of live cabaret entertainment, music and burlesque debauchery featuring performances from some of the finest burlesque performers in the UK, held at Manchester's iconic…
The Looking Glass Burlesque Pyramid Studio TheatrePalmyra Square South,Warrington,WA1 1BL. Doors are at 7.30pm, show at 8pm.Tickets are £11 for theatre seats and £14 for cabaret tables. The Looking Glass Burlesque returns to its favourite home with an outstanding line-up of burlesque and variety talent. With a changing line-up every…
The Time-Travelling Suffragettes, Louder than Words Festival, Manchester The Principal ManchesterOxford StreetManchesterM60 7HA Sat 11 November 201718:15 – 19:30 GMT Armed with banners, a twinkle in their eye and a spanner or two for throwing into the works, Kitty and Lilibet have travelled to the present day to raise their…
Gothic Styles Street / Fashion Show Sunday, 29 October 2017 at 6:00 pmLocation: Exchange Square,Manchester City Centre,M3 1BD Join us for an extravagant exploration of what it means to have goth style!Real-life goths, punks, steampunks and other assorted ‘weirdo mosher freaks’ will strut, stomp and parade their individual dress sense…
Rosie Garland: 'The Night Brother' - Reading and Book Signing Location: John Rylands Library Historic Reading Room,Deansgate,Manchester M3 3EH6-7pmFree event Introduced and chaired by Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes (Manchester Met). Tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie Garland is an award-winning poet, novelist and singer with post-punk band The March…
‘That’s What She Said’ at Bridlington Poetry Festival Thursday 19th OctoberBridlington Contemporary Art Gallery3 West Street,Bridlington,YO15 3DX 19:30£2.00 (incl. glass of wine) (no conc.) Rosie GarlandThat's What She Said - Women's Words For Books’ Sake present a night of spoken word entirely written and performed by women! A wide range…
That's What She Said - Performance Workshop Thursday 19th OctoberBridlington Library14 King St, BridlingtonYO15 2DE 15:00-17:00£10.00 (no conc.) Rosie GarlandThat's What She Said - Performance Workshop Nervous about presenting your work in public? Want to keep audiences hanging on your every word? In this workshop, award-winning writer and performer Rosie…
Jill Abram presents Stablemates Conversation and poetry with Henry Normal, Rosie Garland andJackie Hagan of Flapjack Press. Wednesday 18th October,6.30pm. Readings start promptly at 7pm Waterstones Birmingham,24-26 High Street, B4 7SL £5 advance booking https://www.waterstones.com/events/stablemates-with-flapjack-press-featuring-henry-normal/birmingham Raining Upwards is Henry Normal’s first all new poetry collection in over 20 years. In…
Leeds Festival of Gothica Leeds City MuseumCookridge Street,LS2 8BH Leeds 14 October at 11:00–16:00Free entry. Take a dark trip into the bones of Leeds Gothica on the 14th of October.Explore gothic literature, fashion and music.Special guest –Rosie Garland, reading from her work! With stalls and installations from jumbo records, ultimate…
Superheroes of Slam 2017 Three Minute TheatreAfflecks Arcade,35-39, Oldham Street,M1 1JG Manchester Tickets £5/£4Book on 0843 208 050019:00–22:00 Hosted by Rosie Garland, aka Rosie LugosiThe Superheroes of Slam 2017 Final will take place on the 12th of October at Three Minute Theatre. This year finalists from Berlin (Germany), Birmingham, Bristol,…
Polari at Birmingham Lit Fest Birmingham Repertory TheatreCentenary Square,Broad Street,Birmingham, B1 2EP 8 October at 19:00–21:00Tickets: £8 / £6.40 concsFestival Pass: Free Polari returns to Birmingham as part of Birmingham Lit Fest and our Tenth Birthday Tour, supported by Arts Council England. Hosted by Paul Burston with Rosie Garland, Scott…
Monday October 2ndFLIM NITE The Three Minute Theatre,Afflecks Palace,35-39, Oldham Street,Northern Quarter,Manchester M1 1JG Doors @ 7.30pmActs @ 8.00pm£2 suggested donation What would 'The Thing' 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…
Below Stairs at Blacks Club Blacks Club, 67 Dean St,SohoLondon, W1D 4QH 7.30-10.30pm PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are free but in order to secure a place, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Special Guest - ROSIE GARLAND Tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie Garland is an award-winning poet, novelist and singer.…
The Black Rose Ball 2017 Saturday 2nd September Rosie Garland book launch and readingThe Gothic Café,De Grey Rooms,St. Leonards Place,York YO1 7HD 2pm-3pm£4 advance, £5 on the door Special Black Rose Ball event.Come and meet Rosie Garland – singer with the legendary March Violets - and hear her read from…
The Other Side of Violet Friday 1st September Three Minute TheatreAffleck’s ArcadeAffleck’s Palace,35-39, Oldham Street,Manchester M1 1JG 7pm-9pm£5 entry on door The Other Side of VioletSpoken word extravaganzaCelebrate the publication of great weather for MEDIA's latest anthology, The Other Side of Violet, with an astounding evening of spoken word from…
Fluid Love Rosie Garland & Jess RichardsSun 27 Aug 3:30pm - 4:30pmWriters' Retreat,Charlotte Square Gardens,Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ£8.00, £6.00 Set in 19th-century Manchester, writer and performance poet Rosie Garland's The Night Brother takes the reader to the outer limits of gender fluidity as it explores the complex nature of identity through…
Hammer & Tongue poetry slam Fri 25 Aug19:30 – 20:30 Banshee Labyrinth (Venue 156)Banqueting Hall29-35 Niddry St,Edinburgh EH1 1LG Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 558 8209Part of PBH's Free Fringe. The Royal Albert Hall and the National Slam Final await nightly poetry slam winners. Open to all, wow…
She Grrrowls - PBH Fringe Festival Black Market Room 1,Venue 39932 Market Street,EdinburghEH1 1QB 19:20-20:20pm She Grrrowls makes its debut appearance at the PBH Free Fringe in Edinburgh from 6th - 27th August this year at Black Market!Featuring Rosie Garland, Carmina Masoliver, Rorie Evans & Drastik Measures on 23rd August.…
That's What She Said Bar Bados, Venue 3265 Cowgate,Edinburgh,EH1 1JW 17.45 – 18.45 The 'biggest spoken word night in London for women' (Evening Standard) makes its Edinburgh Fringe debut. A different line-up every night of incredible, irreverent poetry, performance, stand-up and storytelling by women, with featured headliners including 'one of…
FREAK Circus Poetry Bordello Woodland Creatures, Venue 282260-262 Leith Walk,Edinburgh,EH6 5EL 8-9pm One show ONLY for FREAK Circus at The Fringe in 2017! 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 of Britain’s finest…
The Books Tent Wilderness Festival,Cornbury ParkOxfordshire Our Books Tent is entirely devoted to the literary arts. Ink-slinging, scribing, musing, brain-storming, spinning-yarns, telling tales. Expect takeovers from major publishers, talks and debates with incredible writers, masterclasses on writing from inspirational people, workshops, poetry, readings and a rapt audience of fellow lovers…
Polari with The Time-Travelling Suffragettes! Stein Bier KellerMorley St,Bradford BD7 1AJ Friday, 7th July 20177:00 pm - 9:30 pm Polari: The LGBT Literary SalonPaul Burston with VG Lee, Kirsty Logan, The Time-Travelling Suffragettes and David McAlmont Polari founder and your host for the evening, Paul Burston, will introduce acclaimed vocalist…
WORD CLUB The Chemic Tavern9 Johnston Street,LS6 2NG Leeds19:45–22:30 Poetry wi' Chips! June's WORD CLUB features co-headlining slots from the fabulous literary polymath, Rosie Garland, and Hull dynamos, Jim Higo and Mickey Higgins. We will have the usual open-micers and the event will be co-hosted by Mark Connors and Gill…
Bad Language - farewell to The Castle The Castle pub,Oldham Street,Manchester.Free admission. Wednesday 28 June 2017, 7.30pm On Wednesday 28 June, we hold our last regular event at The Castle. Come and celebrate literature, laughter and lashings of booze with a special Bad Language featuring guest readers that have helped…
Wordfest 2017 An evening with Rosie GarlandStretford Library,Bennett StreetStretfordM32 8APTuesday 27 June, 7.30pm Free event – All are welcome to come to the events but booking is recommended.Join us for an evening with author Rosie Garland as she talks about her new novel, The Night Brother. From the author of…
Waterstones NewcastleEmerson Chambers,Blackett Street,Newcastle, NE1 7JF Tickets are £3, available in store or online. The Night BrotherWe are thrilled to welcome Rosie Garland in conversation with Kaite Walsh to discuss her new book, 'The Night Brother'. From the author of The Palace of Curiosities and Vixen comes a bold new…
Grrrl Con 2017 Fri 16th, Sat 17th and Sun 18th June 2017presented by For Books’ Sake and Write Like a Grrrl Date: Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017Venue: We will be using two venues in the city centre of Manchester: Mad Lab and Ziferblat. We’ll send more…

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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