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Monday, 06 June 2016 09:45

15.6.2016 - 'Neurodiverse', Sheffield

Mugen Tea House
Scotland Street,
Sheffield
S3 7AA

Entry is £5/3

 7pm

A night of poetry and entertainment provided by neuroatypical performers - plus the Yorkshire launch of a new book, 'Autism Equality in the Workplace'.

We have two guest performers Janine Booth and Rosie Garland.
Plus local performers Sez Thomasin, Kate Garrett, Rob de Born, Carol Eades and Fran Crichlow.

The Mugen Tea room has an excellent range of teas, but no booze, so bring your own bottle and donate an opening fee. :)

 

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I am immensely honoured that the cover design commission for my next novel has been chosen for the Bridgeman Studio Award 2016!
The theme is 'Night'.

It's free to enter, with a closing date at the end of June. There's also a £1K commission prize for the winning artwork.
It's also worth pointing out that it's worldwide, too.

Click for info and entry to the BSA2016

There's even a link for US folk...

Click for info & entry to the BSA2016 if in the USA

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Word Jam Open Mic poetry and music
A special event in association with Chorlton Arts Festival
Tues 24 May
Tea Hive,
53 Manchester Rd,
Chorlton, Manchester M21 9PW.

7.30pm (doors 7pm), £5/£3.

A semaphore exploding mind flow, hosted by Tony Curry with special guests Captain of the Lost Waves and Rosie Garland.

Captain of the Lost Waves is a singer-songwriter whose effervescent tales of mirth, myth and wonder have received 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Rosie Garland is a writer and performer, also well known as her alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen. She is the author of five poetry collections, two novels, and is a winner of the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year.

Please contact host This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your open mic spot.

http://www.chorltonartsfestival.com/

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Welcome to the Surrey New Writers Festival 14th May 2016

Venue: Glive,
London Road,
Guildford, GU1 2AA

Tickets: Full Price £6 per session (Students: £4 per session) Festival Pass: £25 (Students: £20)

12.45-13.45
Panel 2, A Portfolio Career: When One Genre Isn't Enough
(Panelists: Rosie Garland, Michael Roke, Michael Bedo, Gill Hoffs)
These panelists write, publish, and perform in more than one genre; the artists on this panel work in two or more of fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry, and performance. How does their work in more than one genre set them apart as writers, and what are the challenges in creating and maintaining a portfolio writing career?

The Surrey New Writers Festival is an annual public festival affiliated with the Creative Writing programme at the University of Surrey. We aim to create a festival that will engage with writing and creativity in dynamic ways. Our programming is of interest not only to current and potential Surrey students, but also to the wider community of Guildford and surrounding areas.

Our 2016 Festival will take place on Saturday May 14th. Events are for the public and will be held at GLive in Guildford. Tickets can be purchased through GLive's' box-office (GLive.co.uk)
Public events include interactive discussion panels featuring novelists, scriptwriters, literary agents, publishers, and others who work in the creative industries. After the panels, we'll have a wine and nibbles reception, followed by a Saturday Night Soiree.
Join us for an exciting day of creative exchanges at the Surrey New Writers Festival!

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/englishandlanguages/literature_events/surrey_new_writers_festival/

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Thursday 12th May
Time: 7-10pm
Venue: The Baronial Hall,
Chetham's Library
Long Millgate,
Manchester, M3 1SB

Free entry

A group of us are organising a poetry event called Poet's Corner which is going to be held at Chetham's Library on May 12th as part of Manchester After Hours.

We are inviting a diverse mix of local poets to perform on stage within the beautiful surroundings of one of the oldest libraries in the UK and intend to inject a sense of energy and excitement in to a typically serene and quiet environment. Our event is aimed at new and existing audiences of poetry / spoken word and encourages people to appreciate the work of contemporary poets whilst making connections to and celebrating Manchester's literary past.

http://museumsatnight.org.uk/news/manchester-after-hours/
Get the full listings at: www.creativetourist.com/manchester-after-hours
Stay tuned at #mcrafterhours

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Thursday, 17 March 2016 15:12

March 2016 - Jed Phoenix blog feature!

I'm guest feature on the blog of inspirational designer Jed Phoenix!
You can read the full text below, or click on the link.

Click link to visit Jed Phoenix blog page


Monday, 14 March 2016
Jed Phoenix
Rosie Garland is a creative talent and wearer of a JPoL tie. She's a singer, poet, performer and writer who has experience of the rock n roll lifestyle and been on Radio 4's Women's Hour. She has won awards and secured book deals. But it hasn't been all plain sailing. There have been many bumps along the way.This blog post, will go into more detail about:
· Rosie Garland, singer, writer and performer
· Rosie Garland in the face of adversity
· What's next for Rosie Garland


Rosie Garland, singer, writer and performer
It is hard to deny that Rosie Garland embodies elements of the dark side in her creative endeavours. To quote from her Facebook profile "I've always written about outsiders; whoever they might be. I'm interested in character who won't (or can't) squeeze into the one-size-fits-all template they have been provided, and the friction that occurs when they try. I know that comes from always being an outsider myself. I celebrate it, proud in the face of the overwhelming sludge of "normality"". During a talk at the British Library on the subject of "Goth: The scene that wouldn't die", Rosie states that being "outside" suggests that there's a mainstream "inside" that people want to be in. Rosie, perhaps drawing from her associations with queer culture, asserts that she's just different. She doesn't even care whether people think she's goth or not. She cares more about whether her audience like her lyrics, poetry or novels. Despite current fashion trends that wish to emulate the glamour and style of the scene, goths are often sneered at. Rosie quotes from Tank Girl - The Oddessy, Issue 3, during a talk at the British Library "The fact that I've paid absolutely no attention to what goths wear is an even bigger insult to them and their turdy culture" - Jamie Hewlett.
Rosie Garland was born to a teenage runaway, so perhaps being an outsider is in her very DNA. She went to Leeds University in the early 1980s and came out both as a post graduate and as a singer in post-punk/gothic rock band The March Violets, with whom she's toured the US, UK and Europe. Her alter-ego Rosie Lugosi, the Vampire Queen, appeared on a multitude of stages as "A truly unique performer and one that straddles the literature, SM and queercore scenes with ease" - Designer Magazine. As a cabaret performer, Rosie Lugosi was able to bring her poems to life and be Queer for Britain. In the late 1980s, Rosie was inspired by the Roszika Parker book "The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine", which interwove the history of embroidery and the history of women. With an enthusiastic group of Manchester-based women, Rosie formed a group called Spinsters. Together they wrote a show called Tailormaids, looking at the history of unmarried women and how that tied in to the textile industry. Rosie and her fellow Spinsters pooled a range of talents: film-makers, theatre technicians, visual artists, singers, performers, researchers, musicians, fundraisers and writers. The sum was, as Rosie states, definitely greater than the parts, securing Arts Council funding to tour the show around art galleries and performance venues.
In 2013 Rosie Garland signed a book deal with Harper Collins and The Palace of Curiosities was published. A series of readings and book signings up and down the country were followed by the release of her second novel Vixen in 2014. But, like many subversive creative talents, Rosie Garland's success has been hard won.


Rosie Garland in the face of adversity

Rosie left The March Violets in the mid 1980s as the band, riding on a wave of good reviews and indie chart success, introduced more pop-sounding members. Rosie ploughed her energy into teaching for a couple of years at a sixth form college in Sudan - a far cry from the ever-increasing commercialisation of the band.
Between touring with Spinsters/Subversive Stitch Exhibition in the 1990s, establishing Club Lash in Manchester and continuing to perform as Rosie Lugosi, Ms Garland worked on her writing craft. She had an agent, submitted short stories and poetry to competitions, and offered up her take on the life and adventures of the outsider in the hope that they'd be published and promoted to as wide an audience as possible. For over a decade, Rosie Garland's agent told her that her style, her subject matter, her background wasn't flavour of the month; that there weren't any publishers willing to take a punt on her. Yet she continued to write and perform, just as Van Gogh continued to paint before folk other than his brother took a punt on him by buying his paintings. To be creative even though you face rejection after rejection takes passion, discipline and commitment . And those are traits that Rosie Garland seems to have in spades.
In 2007, Rosie Garland teamed up with Simon Denbigh and Tom Ashton again for a one-off gig in Leeds with The March Violets. The reception to the gig was fabulous and the band were invited to play at a number of venues and festivals around the UK and Europe. Plans, however, were interrupted by the news Rosie received at the beginning of 2009. She had throat cancer. For some, being a singer with throat cancer would have tipped them over the edge. But Rosie channelled her emotions into her solace - poetry. The effects that this consuming disease had on Rosie's femininity and connection to others is expressed in Dignity:
"Tolerating strangers who whisper 'You're so brave', And resisting the urge to deck them. Going bald. Watching your tits shrivel to the size of peanuts, And your arse go as flat as a burst paper bag. Remaining polite When the close friend disappears off the face of the earth When you tell him your diagnosis.....
...Standing up And saying 'I've got cancer' Without need, Without self pity. Standing up And saying 'I'm clear'"
Rosie had to learn how to sing again. And she did just that, taking to the stage at the O2 Academy in London for The March Violets Reunion gig in November 2010.


What's next for Rosie Garland

Rosie continues to perform with The March Violets. Following a Pledge Music campaign, they spent a month touring the East Coast of America at the end of 2015. The Pledge Music campaign was a roaring success, with the project fully backed within two weeks. 10% of the money raised after the goal was met went to Macmillan Cancer Support. Their Mortality album is due out this year.
Rosie's reading and speaking gigs see her travelling the UK. Earlier this month, she was guest lecturer at the University of Surrey as part of the "Cultures in Contact" seminar series. Coming up, she's on the panel of a discussion about "A Portfolio Career: When One Genre Isn't Enough" at the Surrey New Writers Festival on May 14th 2016. Rosie will also be a special guest at the Chorlton Arts Festival in Machester on May 24th. Just around the corner, however, Rosie will be returning to Bar Wotever at London's iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern on Tuesday 15th March to help celebrate everything Goth, Bi and Fabulous!
Rosie Garland truly is a creative force to be reckoned with. She is warm-hearted and humble, talented and deep. If you haven't already read The Palace of Curiosities, Vixen, Everything Must Go, Things I Did While I Was Dead or any of Rosie Garland's other books, then do. Her writing captivates you and takes you on a journey into a visual and a visceral world. She also makes amazingly tasty plum jam...

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Wednesday, 09 March 2016 11:14

6.5.2016 - 'More Raw Material', Nottingham

'More Raw Material'

Friday 6th May, from 6.30pm.

Sillitoe Room
Waterstones,
1-5 Bridlesmith Gate,
Nottingham NG1 2GR

An incredible evening of literature featuring the writers of UNESCO's newest city of literature & paying tribute to Nottingham's legendary author, Alan Sillitoe.

Join us for wine, nibbles, and, of course, books in the Sillitoe Room at Waterstones Nottingham with readings from More Raw Material, an incredible new anthology showcasing the best of Nottinghamshire Lit from Independent publisher, Lucifer Press.

Starring special guests, Henry Normal, Rosie Garland, Harry Paterson, Bethany W. Pope, Harry Gallagher, Robert Kenchington, Ruth Fanlight, Neil Fullwood and David Sillitoe.
Entry is free but please register in advance by calling the shop or dropping by to speak to one of our lovely booksellers!
Further details: 0115 947 0069
https://www.waterstones.com/events/more-raw-material/nottingham

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Wednesday, 09 March 2016 11:07

10.4.2016 - Stockport Writers' Group

Stockport Writers' Group

The group is free and open to anyone with a desire to write.
Meet at the Hatworks on second Sunday of each month, 11-1.

The Hatworks
Wellington Mill,
Wellington Road South,
Stockport SK3 0EU

Guest speaker for 10th April – Rosie Garland

 

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Stirred Poetry's literary heroes

I've been named a Literary Hero by Stirred Poetry in the February edition of The Skinny!

"Rosie Garland commands the stage fully whether she is performing poetry, playing with her punk band March Violets or hosting cabaret. I learned stage craft watching her perform. Her novels, Palace of Curiosities (2013) and Vixen (2015), have been highly praised. She is particularly inspiring when she talks about the long, hard slog of writing, getting published, and managing to shut up her inner critic. We have been honoured to have her perform for us." [Anna Percy]

Read the whole article here -

The Skinny - Feb 2016

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 19:05

7.4.2014 - Verse Matters, Sheffield

Matters of Verse. Verse that Matters.

Moor Theatre Deli,
17 The Moor,
Sheffield S1 4PF

Verse Matters is a feminist arts event in Sheffield. Verse Matters provides a platform for poetry, spoken word, storytelling, puppetry, music and comedy, showcasing the work of talented people in a friendly, supportive environment.

On 7th April Verse Matters features Rosie Garland!

Verse Matters takes place on the first Thursday of the month at the Moor Theatre Deli (S1 4PF). For more info about the monthly line-up see the Verse Matters website: https://versematters.wordpress.com/events/

Each event has three featured artists and an open mic with six performers (4 minutes each). Please get in touch if you'd like to share a poem, a song, a story, a page of your favourite book - even (especially) if you've never shared anything before. Some of our performers tell stories that have been erased by society: refugees, detainees, prisoners. Others will be speaking in public for the first time. Others are experienced poets, dramatists and performers. All are respected and appreciated.

Cost: Pay what you can. £3 suggested donation.
Free entry for open mic participants.
We look forward to welcoming you to Verse Matters! For more info see https://versematters.wordpress.com/ or get in touch with Rachel Bower at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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

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    Naturally, my internal critic undermined any notion that somewhere as amazing as The John Rylands Library would want the likes of me.

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    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’.

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    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