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The Verb - BBC Radio 3

Date – 21th June 2013

Time – 22.00 – 22.45

  • Tune in to 90-93 FM
  • Rosie presents her new short story, commissioned for BBC Radio 3 The Verb's season of Mid-Life Fairy Tales.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qwhv8

BBC Radio 3: the week's schedule - click this link

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The People's Cafe this Saturday! Featuring Rosie Garland and openstage!

Share your words

Saturday 8 Jun, 7-9 pm.

Bayanihan Community Center, 40-21 69 Street, Woodside, Queens, NY

$3

http://www.survivorspoetry.org/the-network/new-york/

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Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word.

The Organic Open Mic

  • Where: Bareburger (East Village)
  • http://www.bareburger.com/
  • 2nd Floor
  • 85 Second Avenue (@ 5th Street)
  • Manhattan, New York
  • (212) 510-8610
  • Date; Tuesday 11th June
  • Show starts @ 7pm
  • Cover charge: $10 (@ the door or in advance)

One of the hottest open mics in the country - featured on MTV's Washington Heights and the Travel Channel's Hidden City!

The Organic Open Mic at the gorgeous Bareburger organic restaurant in downtown Manhattan's East Village. Produced by the long-running Inspired Word open mic series, which has featured Grammy winners, American Idol finalists, Golden Globe Award winners, Emmy nominated actors, and HBO Def Poetry stars, this open mic is open to ALL types of performing artists - comedians, musicians, storytellers, singers, poets, fiction/nonfiction writers, playwrights, spoken word artists, performance artists, dancers.

The event takes place on the second floor, with full-length windows on all sides that offers an especially beautiful view.

http://inspiredwordnyc.com/

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Sunday, 19 May 2013 09:12

19.5.2013 - New blog interviews!

Two new blog interviews / reviews about the launch of The Palace of Curiosities – and how long it's taken to get here.

First up: Tim Diggles - Legend – Rosie Garland (aka Rosie Lugosi)

‘What has always amazed me is that you have so many different aspects to your work. You write in your name Rosie Garland; you write and perform as your alter-ego Rosie Lugosi; you are the lead singer of The March Violets; you are a Goth icon; a legend in the world of burlesque; star of Woman’s Hour and women’s magazines; are there any other facets we don’t know about?’

Read the full interview here - click this link

Next up: Yatterings - More than a sideshow – Rosie Garland's The Palace of Curiosities.
  • 'An assured and magical novel. Her poetic output provides the writing's lyricism and her involvement in cabaret and Goth gives her an eye for the strange.'

Read the full interview here - click this link

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Blimey! I'm being used as the poster girl for next week's (sold out) Literary Death Match event The Hospital Club in Covent Garden.

This event is sold out but you can sign up for the waitlist - as tickets become available you will be contacted:

Waiting List

Here's the lineup of THE READERS

  • * Rosie Garland, the debut author of The Palace of Curiosities
  • * James Benmore, author of Dodger
  • * A.L. Kennedy, actor, writer, comedian
  • * Peter Rosengard, record-breaking life insurance salesman, founder of The Comedy Store

Literary Death Match London - link

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Nice review for my recent workshop for Manchester Literature Festival - Postcards from the Past.

  • Stories from the city, stories from the sea
  • Postcards From The Past Workshop, Saturday 11th May, 2-4.30pm, Stanley Suite, The Midland Hotel

Words by Desmond Bullen.

Long before the supposed modishness of flash fiction, prior to the chirpy burst of Twitter, wit at its briefest found its way inked onto the back of a postcard. Denuded of the envelope's discretion, its commonplaces and tidings were status updates on mass-produced cardboard. To come across one now, forgotten between the pages of a secondhand book, is to have the past blossom with the delicacy of a Polaroid before one's eyes.

The postcard is of a room. The room is in a hotel, the kind with a history; one whose inlaid angels have witnessed the relentless ebb and flow of guests and staff over years weary and gay, over decades heavy and light. The tales they could tell are on the tips of their tongues, but their tongues are still. The people in the room are not. They prowl and declaim, with varying degrees of self-consciousness, giving rise to an unintentional poetry, part Dada, part poetry.

And conducting this displaced cabaret is the quicksilver figure of Rosie Garland, a protean figure – neither poet nor mistress of ceremonies, neither March Violet nor author, but all, and more – now coaxing ink from pens in a workshop that is far more play than toil.

There is paper, too; the inevitable flipchart, the outpourings of the group in marker pen across it, like benign graffiti. And the pads and notebooks, their lines no longer flat, but beating with prose of which its authors might be cautiously proud. Each table has a soul or two brave enough to voice their new-found words to the room at large. Each has a postcard to send that's funny or thoughtful, angry or melancholy, flirtatious or droll.

Wish you were here? I was glad I was.

The Postcards From The Past competition, sponsored by The Midland Hotel, closes on 20 July.
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Kickin' At The Parkside: JANET HAMILL and friends

Venue: The Parkside Lounge, 317 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, United States
Time: 4pm

A great afternoon for poetry and music in NYC with JANET HAMILL and musical friends Greg Feller- (Drummer/percussionist), Mark McNutt– (guitar) and Bob Torsello.

Hosted by George Wallace. Come on out and let us do this thing!

JANET HAMILL is a former thirty-year resident of NYC. She is the author of five books of poetry and short fiction, as well as two CDs of spoken word and music. A sixth book, Tales from the Eternal Café is forthcoming from Three Rooms Press. Her work has been nominated for the William Carlos Williams Prize and the Pushcart Prize.She is presently enrolled as an MFA candidate in Poetry at New England College in Henniker, NH.

Two drink minimum. Two bucks in the hat. Open mic. You know the drill!

www.parksidelounge.net

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Blackwell's and Bad Language present an evening with Rob Newman and guests.

Tuesday 4th June 2013 – 7pm

GORILLA
54-56 WHITWORTH STREET
MANCHESTER, M1 5WW

Author and comedian ROBERT NEWMAN reads from and discusses his stunning new novel The Trade Secret.

Supporting will be brilliant and entertaining writing talents ROSIE GARLAND and ANNELIESE MACKINTOSH.

  • ADVANCE BOOKING STRONGLY ADVISED. £3 advance. £4 on the door. Use your £3 ticket to get £3 off Rob's new book on the night!
  • TICKETS HERE: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/221755
  • EVENT INFO HERE: http://blackwellmcr.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/rob-newmans-manchester-book-launch-4.html
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Thursday, 02 May 2013 13:21

27.5.2013 - Prestwich Book Festival

An evening of Strange and Dark Fictions

Prestwich British Legion,
225 Bury Old Rd, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1JE

Monday 27 May, 7.30pm

Tickets £6 (+booking fee) in advance from our Eventbrite online shop

For more information on Hic Dragones, check out the website: http://www.hic-dragones.co.uk/

To say it's an honour to have Rosie Garland performing for us at the Prestwich Book Festival is an understatement.

Rosie is a legend in Manchester. She's built up an impressive following on the cabaret circuit as Rosie Lugosi. Before that she sang in post punk goth band The March Violets. She's written several books of poetry and her short stories have been published extensively. In 2009 she was diagnosed with throat cancer: the experience inspired the poems in her most recent collection Everything Must Go (Holland Park Press 2012). She came to Prestwich last year to perform at Vocabaret and gave us a sneak preview of the poems in that collection - there was hardly a dry eye in the house. Now she's back to talk about her first novel The Palace of Curiosities. After many years of writing and getting rejection letters, Rosie submitted her novel in draft to a competition - and won. As a result, she got a six figure advance and a publishing deal from Harper Collins. It's fantastic to see her career going from strength to strength.

But we weren't content with bringing you just one great writer - no, Rosie is simply the topping on a very tasty, er, pizza of an evening taking place on Monday, 27th May. This evening will be a veritable feast of all that is strange and dark in writing. So you'll hear from local boy made good, first time author Toby Stone, acclaimed Salford-based horror writer Simon Bestwick and a showcase of talent from Hic Dragones:

  • Jeanette Greaves: contributor to Wolf-Girls and Impossible Spaces
  • Daisy Black: writer, medievalist and heavy metal morris dancer
  • Nancy Schumann: author of Take a Bite, a history of female vampires in folklore and literature
  • Richard Freeman: writer and one of the UK's few cryptozoologists
  • Beth Daley: graduate of the Creative Writing PhD programme at the University of Manchester

It's worth pausing at this point to say that Hic Dragones are a small, independent publishing house, based in Crumpsall, They focus on strange fiction and aim to be "intelligent, but a bit weird". Right in the heart of north Manchester, they are making waves on the literary scene, and have published some big name authors, including all of the above. It's a pleasure to be working with them.

To top off the evening, we'll have a stall from Rock and Goth Plus, our own local rock and goth supply shop.

And did I mention this all takes place at the gloriously refurbished British Legion, right next to Heaton Park metro?

Get your tickets now. This will be one Bank Holiday Monday to remember.

Prestwich Book Festival - An Evening of Strange and Dark Fictions

The Palace Of Curiosities

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VOCABARET

The Blue Cat, 17 Shaw Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4AG,

Thursday 23rd May, show starts 8pm

Only £5 advance, £6 on the door

Loud and lively, yet up-close and personal, Vocabaret nights have quickly gained near-legendary status in Prestwich where they play to sell-out audiences. Founded by Tony Walsh (aka Longfella), Poet-in-Residence for Glastonbury Festival 2011, Vocabaret combines nationally and internationally renowned poets and musicians in 'All Killer, No Filler' line-ups which would grace any festival in the land. An unforgettable night of laughter and tears is guaranteed, all at The Blue Cat for an unbelievable £5!

Rosie Garland (aka Rosie Lugosi) is a legend in many circles. Born in London to a runaway teenager, Rosie has always been a cuckoo in the nest. She's an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing in post-punk gothic band The March Violets, to performing internationally as her alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, cabaret chanteuse and mistress of ceremonies.

She has published five solo collections of poetry and her award-winning short stories, poems and essays have been widely anthologized. She is winner of the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year and a Poetry Award from the People's Café, New York. Her award-winning debut novel 'The Palace of Curiosities' was released in March 2013 by HarperCollins. http://www.rosiegarland.com/

Quiet Loner (aka Matt Hill) is one of the UK's leading Americana artists with a string of 5-star and 10/10 reviews for his new album of contemporary protest songs, "Greedy Magicians." Joining us fresh from a tour of the Netherlands with Kirsty Magee, Matt earned a standing ovation at Vocabaret in Prestwich recently for his understated but powerful songs, attracting favourable comparisons to names like Elvis Costello and Billy Bragg. http://quietloneruk.wordpress.com/about/

Our host, Tony Walsh is 'one of the UK's most renowned performance poets.' A favourite on the festival circuit, he's a Glastonbury regular and has electrified audiences at prestigious poetry, literary and music events around the UK and beyond. His poetry has been commissioned by BBC tv and radio and published in the UK, the USA and Russia. Vocabaret will be one of several launch events for his acclaimed debut poetry collection, 'SEX & LOVE & ROCK&ROLL.' 'Fabulous stuff...' Irvine Welsh

http://longfella.co.uk/

Simply unmissable, tell your friends!

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    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.

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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
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    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
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    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