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Sunday, 15 September 2013 12:46

30.8.2013 - interview in Headlines magazine

Headlines' interview

Really delighted to have a full-page interview in the autumn edition of 'Headlines' – the magazine of the Christie Hospital trust.

I talk about how the experience of throat cancer changed my life – and how I have fought to get my voice back. Both creatively and literally...

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Creatures of the Night Poetry Slam

Fri 25 Oct - 8.30pm till late

The White Lion Hotel,
Bridge Gate
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire
HX7 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 White Lion

Lock up your daughters, sharpen your stakes

(and pencils) and join Manchester's very own

Undead Mistress of Ceremonies, Rosie Garland

(aka Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen) as she

welcomes all poets, rappers and wondrous

wordsmiths to the spookiest Poetry Slam ever!

SHRIEK!

As she ensures the audience are

sitting uncomfortably

SHUDDER!

At the cornucopia of wondrous

words

GASP!

At the lashings of poetic talent

SWOON!

At the special surprise guests

SHIVER!

As you judge the best act of the night

Tickets are available from www.wegottickets.com

Hebden Bridge Visitor & Canal Centre,

Butler's Wharf, New Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AF.

Tel: 01422 843831

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For full festival programme, click this link

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Sunday, 15 September 2013 10:13

15.10.2013 - Manchester Cathedral Poetry Prize

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 Square
Manchester
M2 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, Nicola Slee.

http://www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk/events/manchester-cathedral-poetry-competition-297

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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 for the open mic session?

ROSIE GARLAND feature for October!

Loose Muse is a monthly event set up and run by Agnes Meadows since 2005. It is London's only regular event for women writers of all genres. It takes place on the second Wednesday of each month (except August when there is no event), at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2 (nearest tube is Covent Garden). Each event starts at 8.00 p.m. and finishes around 10.00 p.m. Entry is £5.00 or £3.00 concessions.

Men are always very welcome to attend Loose Muse events – in act around 20% of our regular audience is made up of men who find the evenings interesting and informative, which is very good news.

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Wednesday, 04 September 2013 06:43

8.10.2013 - Amuse Bouche, Women in Comedy Festival

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,
Salford
Greater Manchester M3 6AN

Time: 8pm (show lasts approx. 2hrs)

Price: £3

The first ever UK Women in Comedy Festival will be held across Greater Manchester from October 1st until 27th 2013.

The festival is a cross-collaboration between the growing number of women's comedy producers, performers and supporters, spearheaded by Hazel O'Keefe founder of Laughing Cows Comedy. Celebrating all things funny and female across a variety of platforms including live performances, comedy theatre, spoken word, book readings, sketch, improvisation, photography, workshops and debates.

To go to Women in Comedy Festival main website - click this link

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Just returned from a week on the Isle of Arran, Scotland...

A week spent in the company of wonderful writers such as Gerry Potter, Mel Rees, Stevie Turner, John G Hall, Sarah Miller, Chanje Kunda, Steve Waling, Steph Pike, Anna Percy, Leanne Bridgewater, Charlotte Henson - and so many more I can't list them here!

Peaceful mornings spent sitting at my window in Lamlash, overlooking Holy Isle. I did my morning pages with a pot of coffee, watching the seals swim in to take up position on the rocks.

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Monday, 19 August 2013 20:17

30.9.2013 - Hard Rain Poetry, Levenshulme

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'. Suitable for new writers as well as those who have been writing for ages. The sessions are a relaxed way to share poetry, ideas and creativity. No writing or poetry experience necessary.

8pm -10pm poetry performance/reading with open mic

Guest writer

Rosie Garland is an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing in cult gothic band The March Violets, to twisted alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen. She has five solo collections of poetry and is winner of the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year and a Poetry Award from the People's Café, New York.

Rosie won the Mslexia Novel competition in 2012 and her debut novel 'The Palace of Curiosities' was published in March 2013 by HarperCollins. http://www.rosiegarland.com/

"I've always found myself writing about outsiders; whoever they might be. I'm interested in characters who won't (or can't) squeeze into the one-size-fits-all templates they have been provided, and the friction that occurs when they try. I love exploring what happens on the outside, on the edge, on the fringes.'

Open mic: This is an opportunity to share- bring your own poems or poems that have a twist or show things from an unusual angle. Musicians also very welcome to perform.

Everyone welcome, no writing experience necessary

A FREE event

Hard Rain Poetry is a voluntary community project

which encourages local creative expression.

Supported by Isis cafe

Sessions run on the last Monday of every month

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Loose Muse Women's Poetry Anthology Launch
Thomas's Bar & Restaurant,
49-51 Thomas Street,
Manchester M4 1NA
Entrance £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 are very welcome to attend and listen to some amazing women's poetry)

http://loose-muse.com/

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Sunday, 04 August 2013 13:49

23.8.2013 Stirred @Queer Alt.Manchester

Stirred @Queer Alt.Manchester

Date: Friday 23rd August

Time: 6pm

Venue: The PentHouse NQ,

Hilton House
26-28 Hilton Street
Northern Quarter
Manchester
M1 1EH

http://thepenthousenq.com/

'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 Rosie Garland, Sarah Logan, Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Steph Pike and others tbc.

Come give your support to this free alternative festival.

http://stirredpoetry.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/mass-writing-is-action/

https://www.facebook.com/Q.Alt.Manchester

'Because we feel-we can act.

Inaction is a weapon of mass destruction.'

https://www.facebook.com/events/570566976336265/

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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.

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  • 10.8.2019 - Val McDermid's 10 most compelling LGBTQI writers in the UK today
    10.8.2019 - Val McDermid's 10 most compelling LGBTQI writers in the UK today

    I’m thrilled to announce that Val McDermid has selected me as one of the 10 most compelling LGBTQI+ writers working in the UK today!

    Val said: “These writers are writing for everyone. These are not words for a niche readership. These are not writings for a ghetto. These are the works of writers who have something to say that can be – and should be – heard by as many people as possible.”

    She continued: “Auden was wrong when he claimed “poetry makes nothing happen”. Words do change the world, reader by reader. They open our eyes, they provoke thought. The work of these 10 writers… will awaken in us fresh delight in the wonder of words.”

    The list was commissioned by the National Centre for Writing and British Council, supported by Arts Council England as part of a two-year programme to promote writing from the UK to an international audience. It also includes the amazing Colette Bryce, Juno Dawson, Juliet Jacques, Keith Jarrett, Kirsty Logan, Andrew McMillan, Fiona Mozley, Mary Paulson-Ellis & Luke Turner.

    The Guardian - The Word Is Out. Val McDermid selects Britain's 10 most outstanding lgbtq writers

    Written on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 08:44
  • 20.6.2019 - Peterloo: massacre or riot? The John Rylands Library
    20.6.2019 - Peterloo: massacre or riot? The John Rylands Library
    Peterloo – massacre or riot?

    On June 20th 2019, The John Rylands Library staged a live performance event to mark the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre. It was a first for the library and I was excited to take the part of Jemima Bamford – one of the thousands of men, women and children who gathered at St Peter’s Field in August 1819. I donned bonnet and shawl and created a speech, imagining how she might have spoken out against the actions of the militia, who charged into an unarmed crowd, and murdered up to 23 people.

    Then joined by 5 other actors, I took part in a public debate as we decide: was Peterloo a massacre or a riot? At the end of the debate, votes were cast, and Manchester decided overwhelmingly – massacre.

    Written on Sunday, 21 July 2019 10:32
  • 8.6.2019 - Guest vox with The Bellwether Syndicate, Wave-Gotik Treffen
    8.6.2019 - Guest vox with The Bellwether Syndicate, Wave-Gotik Treffen
    Guest vox with The Bellwether Syndicate at Wave-Gotik Treffen

    The high point of WGT 2019 was being invited to be guest vocalist with The Bellwether Syndicate from Chicago! Rocking out to a special rendition of The March Violets track ‘Snake Dance’…
    The gig on Saturday 8th June 2019 at Taubchenthal, Leipzig was packed out – and what a crowd…

    A great pleasure to work with William Faith, Sarah Rose (aka Scary Lady Sarah), keyboards Phil Destefano, bassist Paul Sin & drummer extraordinaire Stevyn Grey

    https://www.wave-gotik-treffen.de/ro/go4it.php?id=197&loc=en

    Written on Sunday, 21 July 2019 10:20
  • '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