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I'm absolutely delighted to have won second prize in the Manchester Cathedral Religious Poetry Competition 2013!

And coming second to such a great poet as Elizabeth Burns (who came first) is a particular honour.

The three prize-wining poems and seven highly-commended poems will be published in the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition booklet. To order, please send a cheque or postal order for £4.00 made payable to Manchester Cathedral, to:

Poetry Competition
Manchester Cathedral
Victoria Street
M3 1SX

The annual prize-giving ceremony, which is part of the Manchester Literature Festival calendar, is to take place in St Ann's Church, on Tuesday 15 October at 2.00 pm. The afternoon will feature readings from the shortlisted poets and the competition judge, Nicola Slee.

This is a free event, but places can be booked via the Manchester Literature Festival website.

Click this link to go to Manchester Cathedral's website

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Monday, 30 September 2013 14:53

26.9.2013 - TPOC: PAPERBACK AVAILABLE NOW!

The Palace of Curiosities is now available in paperback!

Order it direct from HarperCollins here:

Click this link to order

Described as 'Bewitching' by Good Housekeeping.

'A jewel-box of a novel' - Sarah Waters.

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The March Violets 'Made Glorious' Tour 2013.

ALL dates - 10 gigs - are now confirmed. That should be it now...

Please come along and have fun.

Click on this link to buy tickets for any date!

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The March Violets – Made Glorious Tour
Brudenell Social Club
33 Queen's Rd
Leeds LS6 1NY

Doors: 18.30

Tickets: £15

Saturday 23rd November

Double headline, Very Special Guests

Chameleons Vox + Witch Hunt + Free Aftershow

Yes indeed.

Tickets on sale now

To buy tickets - click this link

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The March Violets – Made Glorious Tour

Friday 22nd November

O2 Academy2 Islington
N1 Centre
16 Parkfield St,
Islington,
London N1 0PS

Doors: 18.30

Tickets (advance): £15

Special Guests: The Last Cry and TBC

Tickets on sale now

To buy tickets - click this link

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The March Violets
Edinburgh Bannermans Rock & Whisky Bar
212 Cowgate,
Edinburgh EH1 1NQ

Date - Sunday 17th November

Doors: 8pm-1am

Special Guests: Dead Eyes Opened, + TBC.

Tickets on Sale Now: £12

To buy tickets - click this link

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Violets and DV8 present

Friday 15th November

Spanky Van Dyke's
17 Goldsmith St
Nottingham NG1 5JT

Doors: 7pm – 2am

Tickets: £13

Special Guests: Simon York (from Luxury Stranger), Jordan Reyne, Witch Hunt.

Batronic Aftershow till 2am with DJ Heathen and DJ GlitterHawk

Tickets from Spanky's and Music Exchange soon, and here right now:

To buy tickets - click this link

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Polari Literary Salon

Tickets - £5

13 November 2013, 7:45pm

Purcell Room,
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

Southbank Centre is a short walk away from Covent Garden and Westminster and minutes from the Waterloo, Charing Cross and Embankment London Underground and British Rail stations.

Charlotte Mendelson introduces her new novel Almost English. She is joined by poet Dean Atta, authors Rosie Garland and Patrick Flanery, Helen Lederer and singer Dee Chanelle. Also tonight, we announce the winner of the Polari Prize.

Described by The New York Times as 'London's most theatrical salon', Polari returns for the autumn, showcasing the best in established, new and up-and-coming LGBT literary talent and performance.

'Always fun, always thought-provoking - a guaranteed good night out.' Sarah Waters

'Lively, funny and inspiring - a gay-themed salon of interest to anyone remotely interested in literature, whatever their sexual bent.' Patrick Gale

To go to Polari site - click this link

To go to Southbank Centre site & buy tickets - click this link

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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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RFTK Promotions presents

Sunday 10th November

Newcastle Trillians
Princess Square,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8DE

Special Guests: Berlin Black, Anxiety Of Love.

Tickets on sale now:

https://shop.ticketscript.com/channel/web2/get-dates/rid/VZ7SR44K/eid/181255/language/en/format/html

This will be the first show from The March Violets in Newcastle for around 30 years! A very rare treat to see a great band.

The band were one of the prominent post-punk drum-machine machine bands in the 80s - and since their 2007 reformation (original members Si Denbigh, Rosie Garland, Tom Ashton with new bass player Jo Violet) they've played a string of stunning shows - and so it's a great chance to see them here in Newcastle.

Support comes from Anxiety of Love and Berlin Black.

Tickets are £14 adv and on sale now.

In person : Trillians, Charnel House, Reflex Records, Hot Rats

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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