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Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:01

The Night Brother

The Night Brother

From the author of The Palace of Curiosities and Vixen comes a dazzling and provocative new novel of adventure, mystery and belonging. The Night Brother shifts tantalisingly between day and night, exploring questions of identity, sexual equality and how well we know ourselves. Perfect for fans of Angela Carter, Sarah Waters, Erin Morgenstern.
Praise from Stella Duffy - "A tumble of poetry, desire and passion... intriguing and delicious."

Rich are the delights of late nineteenth-century Manchester for young siblings Edie and Gnome. They bicker, banter, shout and scream their way through the city’s streets, embracing its charms and dangers. But as the pair mature, it is Gnome who revels in the night-time, while Edie is confined to the day. She wakes exhausted each morning, unable to quell a sickening sense of unease, and confused at living a half-life.
Reaching the cusp of adulthood, Edie’s confusion turns to resentment and she is determined to distance herself from Gnome once and for all. But can she ever be free from someone who knows her better than she knows herself?
Exploring the furthest limits of sexual and gender fluidity, this is a story about the vital importance of being honest with yourself. Every part of yourself. After all, no-one likes to be kept in the dark.

Available in all formats - hardback, paperback, audio, ebook.

The first reviews have come in for ‘The Night Brother’ – and they’re good. Wow!

"Echoes of Angela Carter's more fantastical fiction reverberate through this exhuberant tale... Garland's narrative is enjoyably energetic." - Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times 18.6.2017

"A rich and ambitious tale set in late Victorian Manchester... Garland's prose is a delight: playful and exhuberant. There are shades of Angela Carter in the mad world she creates... Full marks for style.' - Toni Senior, The Times 3.6.2017

Thank you to Happy Meerkat and Little Bookness Lane for loving my words.

“Once again I find myself lost in the reverie of Rosie Garland’s exquisite writing. Extraordinarily enchanting, The Night Brother’s emotional bounty caresses each page… Embracing the intimacies and complexities of the heart and soul, The Night Brother doesn’t feel like a story, but a delectable gift. All that remains is for me to offer a thunderous round of applause for what is simply an expressive, breath-taking wonder.”
Little Bookness Lane – read the full text here
https://littlebooknesslane.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/book-review-the-night-brother-by-rosie-garland/

“The Night Brother is a wonderful historical fiction novel with an amazing and intriguing twist… From the moment I read the first page I was hooked… A real exciting and also thought-provoking page-turner that I can really recommend.”
Happy Meerkat – read the full text here
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1888724819

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THE MARCH VIOLETS HEADLINE CONVERGENCE XX
Bottom Lounge
1375 W. Lake Street,
Chicago IL 60607,
United States

Welcome to Convergence Twenty Chicago! We are extremely honored, dark denizens of the Internet, that our city has again been chosen to continue the fine once-a-decade tradition of being your hosts for a weekend you'll never forget! Sincere thanks to all who voted for Convergence Twenty Chicago.

The March Violets are one of those bands.

Formed in Leeds in the post punk era at the very start of the 80s, they were one of the 4 dark Northern Bands that are often blamed for starting the Gothic scene, The Danse Society, The Sisters of Mercy, The March Violets, and The Southern Death Cult. The Violets released a series of singles that still fill the darker dance floors around the world, the most played being "Snakedance" and "Walk into the Sun."

Three original members reformed in 2008 for a reunion, and since then the Violets have done a few rare concerts, headlined some festivals, and finally managed to write and record their first proper album.

They will be playing some old classics and some new ones from the Made Glorious album. Strangely enough, people who have seen The March Violets in this century say they sound exactly the same as they did back in the early 80's, the Violets agree.

The March Violets' appearance at C20 (their first C*) will mark their first time in the U.S. since 1987, and the first time ever with all three original members -- promising a rare performance from a legendary band that has actually managed to evolve, yet retain their original dark brilliance.

"Play Loud, Play Purple."

WEBPAGE: Click link for Convergence website

TICKETS & ENQUIRIES: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click for official March Violets site

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Suzi Feay has given 'The Palace of Curiosities' an amazing review on the Emerald Steet blog!

WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Two events make this weekend a goodie: International Women's Day and the launch of the inaugural Folio Prize Fiction Festival. There are events celebrating both occasions all weekend but tomorrow, the two overlap at On Reading Women, a discussion on literary heroines with authors Tessa Hadley and Frances Wilson, and literary critic Suzi Feay. There are still tickets left. Can't make it? Don't worry; Suzi has shared her favourite up-and-coming female fiction writers with us...

THE PALACE OF CURIOSITIES

BY ROSIE GARLAND (HARPERCOLLINS, £14.99)

"In this fabulously strange historical debut, a hair-covered young girl with the face of a lioness runs off to join a Victorian freak show and falls in love with a man who cuts himself. Throw in a super-creepy villain and you have a romp filled with sheer, demented fun."

Click here to go to Emerald Street site

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Hit the Ode brings the most exciting poets from the region, the country and the world to the heart of Manchester.
Contact Theatre,
Oxford Rd, Manchester,
M15 6JA

Tickets - £6 / £3

Join us! We have poems. Poems listed as destinations at most big railway stations; poems used by optometrists to assess sharpness of vision; poems some people claim are their long-lost relatives. Great poems. Come and get them.

Our local guest is Rosie Garland, dropping by in between the US and UK legs of her band The March Violets' Spring tour, our national guest is Jasmine Cooray, recently returned from a residency in Singapore. International guest US National Slam winner and Canadian Word Olympics champion, Shane Koyczan.

Suitable for over 14s.

Presented by Apples and Snakes and Ben Mellor.

http://contactmcr.com/whats-on/12872-hit-the-ode/

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Sunday, 23 February 2014 11:03

21.2.2014 - Cover of 'Vixen' unveiled!

My second novel, 'Vixen', is not out till 19th June 2014...

but the cover has just been released!

Beautiful design by Alex Allden at HarperCollins, from an amazing image created by artist Lindsey Carr.

Click to go to Lindsey Carr's website

Colour me excited.

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RESURRECTION
Kramladen
Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße,
67663 Kaiserslautern
Kaiserslautern, Germany

Live: The March Violets - support Vidi Aquam (Italy), Arts of Erebus (DE/FR)

Plus After party "Dance Dead Rhythms" (Gothic - Post Punk - Batcave - Death Rock - Wave: DJ Iconoclast - Resurrection - DJ Wahni - Gotham Sounds)

Kosten: 18 Euro

FACEBOOK EVENT: Click for Facebook event page

ADVANCE TICKETS: click to buy advance tickets

Kramladen venue website

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SCHUNCK & NIEUWE NOR presents: GRAUKUNST

GRAUKUNST is an exhibition of works by well-known pioneers as young artists, rooted in and inspired by the musical underground of the eighties. The exhibition was shown at the Melkweg Gallery in Amsterdam, following the Grauzone Festival in 2013. Now we present GRAUKUNST at Schunck * & Nieuwe Nor in Heerlen.

The exhibition opening event will feature a special performance poetry reading by

Rosie Garland (The March Violets, UK)

Exhibition opening concert April 10, 18h – 19.30

Schunck * entrance hall
Bongerd 18,
6411 JM Heerlen,
Netherlands

Click to go to event website

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Poppodium Nieuwe NOR

Pancratiusstraat 30,
6411KC Heerlen
NETHERLANDS

20:30 until 23:30

FACEBOOK EVENT: click for Facebook event page

ADVANCE TICKETS: click here for ticket link

De legendarische band The March Violets komt op 10 april voor een exclusief Nederlands optreden naar Poppodium Nieuwe NOR in Heerlen. De band, die met labelmaatjes The Sisters of Mercy destijds aan de wieg stond van het gothic (rock)-genre, maakte in 1981 haar debuut in Leeds. Ultra-donkere nummers als ''Snake Dance' en 'Walk Into The Sun' zijn nog altijd krakers op de dansvloer.

The March Violets is een niet-alledaagse, unieke groep die eigenlijk zo onwaarschijnlijk is dat ze eigenlijk niet zou moeten bestaan. Als een van de eerste bands maakten ze, met labelmaatjes van Sisters of Mercy, gebruik van een drumcomputer op het podium. Toch is hun sound nog donkerder dan die van The Sisters, hun teksten verwarrender en hun humor zo bizar dat ze hun nummer beschrijven als 'simplistische pop anthems voor een blanke generatie'.

In 1981 maakte The March Violets haar debuut in Leeds, de stad waarvan wordt gezegd dat deze aan de basis staat van de gothic rock, met acts als The Danse Society, The Sisters of Mercy, Southern Death Cult en Red Lorry Yellow Lorry. Twee albums brachten ze uit op het Merciful Release-label vol met post-punk energie, woeste poëzie en songs als 'Snake Dance' en 'Walk Into The Sun', nog altijd krakers op de dansvloer. 'The Violets' waren niet alleen Gothic Doom Rock, ze hadden Soul en een donkere grillige energie die dreigde zichzelf te verscheuren. En wat onvermijdelijk was gebeurde; in 1987 hield de band ermee op.

In 2007 en 2010 kwam de band voor exclusieve reünie-shows in Engeland weer bij elkaar en in 2012 maakte men voor het eerst de overstap naar het Europese vasteland om op grote festivals als Wave Gothik Treffen en Shadowplay (Waregem) te spelen. En nu, met drie van de vier originele bandleden, komen ze op 10 april 2014, voor het eerst naar een club in Europa, in de stad waar wave, ebm en gothic rock nog steeds op veel bijval kunnen rekenen, Heerlen. Let op: op 10 mei staat ook clan of xymox (waarmee huidig March Violets' gitarist Tom Ashton ook nog deel uitmaakte) in poppodium NIEUWE NOR tijdens de tweede editie van het 'Repost' festival!

De kaartverkoop start op zaterdag 18 januari om 10:00 uur.

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Friday, 14 February 2014 16:54

5.4.2014 - The March Violets, York

A little Purple Do...
The Fulford Arms
121 Fulford Road,
York, YO10 4EX

United Kingdom

7pm till late

A little purple do... Convivial and intimate. We decided to do a thing where we rehearsed, maybe a new Song, definitely a full set, then screened the Dan E Falicki film 'An Anti American' that Tom did the score for. With Free Popcorn!

We will be providing general chitchat, and some other stuff. Unholy Racket will have an exhibition of his prints. There'll be a raffle for something good, some Psydwr, Si's Caipirinha Cocktails, probably some gourmet food available from the chefs. A bit of a disco afterwards. Who knows what may turn up.

Limited Numbers, Late Licence, Lots of Lounging around.

Tickets will be £12, available from the Fulford Arms, or online at

Click to buy tickets

Click to go to The March Violets website

Bring your Paypal receipt as a ticket, and as entry into the raffle.

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Holland Park Press author reading
Great Western Studios
65 Alfred Road
London W2 5EU

Free entry

7pm – 10pm

Rosie Garland reads her award-winning fiction & poetry, alongside fellow Holland Park Press author, Arnold Jansen op de Haar.

The gallery in the Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road W2 5EU, is our spectacular venue. It's only 5 minutes walk from Royal Oak & Westbourne Park tube station and buses 18 & 36 stop nearby. Here is a handy map.

It's all free but to make sure we cater for all of you, please let us know if you're coming by emailing or phoning us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

07792611929.

Click to go to Holland Park Press website

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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