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2018 Nominations round-up!

It’s always wonderful to receive nominations for my work, and I can announce a few beauties.

First up, absolutely delighted to have a poem nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize!
‘The Topiary garden’ was first published in Picaroon Issue #7. Thank you to the editors for having such faith in my writing.
You can read the poem here:
https://picaroonpoetry.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/pushcart-prize-2017-18-nominations/

… and I’m honoured to have my poem ‘Extinction events’ (featured in New Welsh Reader 115) nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem by the lovely people at New Welsh Review.
https://www.newwelshreview.com/article.php?id=2032

and finally, my short story ‘An Eye for An Eye’ (in 'Darkest Midnight in December' edited by Storm Constantine, Immanion Press) has been nominated for the BSFA Awards! These are awarded each year to the best Novel, Short fiction, Artwork and work of Non-Fiction as voted for by the members of the British Science Fiction Association.

https://bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-awards-stage-2/

Published in News
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 13:46

A foxy short story for Hallowe'en...

Thank you to the gorgeous people at For Books’ Sake for featuring my new short story ‘Eye for an Eye’ as their Weekend Read for Hallowe'en…

it’s also a sneak peek into the forthcoming anthology ‘Darkest Midnight in December’ from Immanion Press (December 2017), edited by Storm Constantine.

Read on…

Published in News
Monday, 19 November 2012 13:52

Wolf-Girls

Wolf-Girls: Dark Tales of Teeth, Claws and Lycogyny, Edited by Hannah Kate (Hic Dragones 2012)

Feral, vicious, fierce and lost… the she-wolf is a strange creature of the night. Attractive to some; repulsive to others, she stalks the fringes of our world as though it were her prey. She is the baddest of girls, the fatalest of femmes – but she is also the excluded, the abject, the monster.

The Wolf-Girls within these pages are mad, bad and dangerous to know. But they are also rejected and tortured, loving and loyal, avenging and triumphant. Some of them are even human…

Seventeen new tales of dark, snarling lycogyny. Features Rosie Garland’s short story ‘Cut and Paste’

AVAILABLE

Price: £8.99 (plus P&P)

http://www.hic-dragones.co.uk/#/wolf-girls/4565397194

EXTRACT from 'Cut and Paste'

Annie wakes up talking.

‘He looked like Michael Jackson, but with a real nose.’

‘Oh god,’ I groan.

‘He was really hitting on me.’

I push back the covers, give up on dozing. The moment she opens her mouth I can smell her breath, stale with beer from the night before.

‘Gross,’ I mutter. ‘I hate Michael Jackson. I always hated him, even before he died. Even before all that stuff with the twelve year old boys.’

‘Acquitted.’

‘Yeah, right.’

I grunt something about being able to afford the most expensive lawyers in the world, but Annie is gazing off to the left, picking plaque off her teeth and wiping it on the sheet. She stopped listening when I wouldn’t let her get away with acquitted. It makes me want to go on some more: pound her with words. She stops listening so fast.

‘He said he was a cosmetic surgeon,’ she says.

‘You’re not having plastic surgery.’

‘It’s not plastic.’

‘That’s how you’d end up looking.’

She sighs, continues as though I’ve said nothing. ‘I might. You know.’

‘What?’

‘See him. Meet up with him.’

‘Who? Michael Jackson? He’s gone where you can’t follow.’ I smirk.

‘No. Him. The guy I met at the party.’

‘What?’ This wakes me up for sure. ‘Are you nuts?’

Published in Short Stories
Monday, 19 November 2012 13:45

The Sandhopper Lover and other stories

Room With A Partial View - The Sandhopper Lover and other Stories (Cinnamon Press)

I was still determined to go, even without you. The flight from Stansted blurred into every other flight I had taken from there; the coach transfer from Pisa was held up by road works. By the time I arrived in the centre of Florence and bumped my wheeled case from the bus station to the hotel I’d seen enough of rolling Tuscan hills.

            ‘You are alone?’ asked the clerk at Reception.

            ‘Yes.’

            ‘But you have double room?’

            ‘Yes. Paid for. Is there a problem?’ I glared.

            ‘No, no.’ He clattered at the keyboard, squinting at the screen. ‘You have Room 301.’ He gave me a swipe card.

            ‘It’s a double room?’

            ‘Yes.’

            He was almost telling the truth. The bed was a double, and there was just enough space to squeeze around it and open the wardrobe door three-quarters of the way. I checked the hotel layout map taped to the back of the door. A red sticker indicated you are here. The here was a narrow slot squashed between rooms more than twice its size.

            I edged past the television and opened the window. It’s the first thing I do on holiday. Facing me was a brick wall. I stood on tiptoe and caught a glimpse of a domed building showing its pate over the top of the wall. I flipped through my guidebook: the Medici Chapel.

It was unfair. I’ve had worse (don’t get me started on New York), but if any room in this hotel was going to look out at bricks and mortar, it was going to be mine. I leaned out of the window. The room next door had a great view: the wall didn’t stretch that far. It had a balcony, too. That’s when I saw her foot.

AVAILABLE from

http://www.cinnamonpress.com/the-sandhopper-lover/

Published in Short Stories
Monday, 19 November 2012 13:35

Discovering a Comet

Sadie Jones Took Me Line Dancing, Discovering a Comet (Leaf Books, 2008)

EXCERPT:

Sadie Jones is a cowgirl. She’s my mum’s new friend, but isn’t like a mother. She’s got this thing she does with her eyes: you know she’s never changed a nappy.

My mum has taken up dancing. It’s one of her new pursuits since Dad’s affair with Brian really worked out. It’s not to meet men, she tells me. Or women, she adds, like I’d be worried about that.

AVAILABLE FROM

http://leafbooks.co.uk/leafs-books/books/products/view/5/8.html

Published in Short Stories

News and Events

  • April 2020 - The Night Brother, Must-Read Manchester
    April 2020 - The Night Brother, Must-Read Manchester
    Manchester Confidential chooses The Night Brother as a must-read Manchester novel!

    Dystopian classics to modern crime - Nine must-read Manchester novels

    “Fantasy, romance, sci-fi, comedy…we’ve got a genre for everyone
    There’s a very good reason Manchester is a UNESCO City of Literature, as we highlighted before its bid to join the prestigious network in 2017. Innovative publishers, diverse bookshops and a lively events scene make it an unrivalled literary melting pot.

    Rosie Garland’s The Night Brother is our historical highlight
    Ever the entertainer, Rosie Garland sung in post-punk band The March Violets and now performs ‘twisted cabaret’ as Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen. But she’s also a literary maverick with an array of essays, short stories and poetry to her name (much of which she also reads at spoken words events citywide) and three acclaimed novels. Her latest, The Night Brother, navigates themes of gender and identity through two siblings in Victorian Manchester. Rich and Gothic, it’s a must for fans of Angela Carter.”

    https://confidentials.com/manchester/dystopian-classics-to-modern-crime-nine-must-read-manchester-novels

    Written on Thursday, 16 April 2020 18:18
  • April 2020 - The Night Brother - Best Northern Read
    April 2020 - The Night Brother - Best Northern Read

    An unexpected & encouraging piece of news!
    Northern Soul has selected 'The Night Brother' as a Best Northern Read

    Desmond Bullen, Northern Soul writer
    “In days that can seem desolate and uncertain, there’s a lot to be said for windows into a better world and, ultimately, joyfully, that is exactly the view that The Night Brother by Rosie Garland affords. Not that its window seat is cheaply achieved. Far from it.
    Rooted with disbelief-suspending specificity in Manchester at the end of the 19th century, Garland’s novel blossoms compellingly from the exquisite simplicity of its central conceit, one which owes the tiniest debt to the 1971 horror film Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde. Edie and her brother Gnome are joined in a very particular symbiosis, so that their singular sibling rivalry threatens to be the undoing of both. Themes that could be leaden in other hands emerge from the premise with a beautiful lightness of touch, developing into a persuasive fable of inclusivity and self-acceptance. This is a book that sings a rainbow at its end.”


    https://www.northernsoul.me.uk/books-best-northern-reads-part-one/

    Written on Thursday, 09 April 2020 15:26
  • 'What Girls Do In The Dark' - new poetry collection with Nine Arches Press
    'What Girls Do In The Dark' - new poetry collection with Nine Arches Press
    New collection forthcoming in October 2020 from Nine Arches Press

    I’m thrilled to be on the 2020 list of Nine Arches Press!
    I’m in the company of a fantastic group of poets. I couldn’t be happier.

    https://www.ninearchespress.com/about-us/news.html

    “Midlands-based independent poetry publisher Nine Arches Press, which achieved Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation status in 2018, will publish eleven new books of poetry in 2020, from a mix of established and emerging poets from across the UK and across the world…

    Acclaimed novelist Rosie Garland will also join the 2020 list in October with her third full collection of poems What Girls Do in the Dark, a book alive with galactic, glimmering energy. Rosie’s award-winning short and long fiction, poems and essays have been widely anthologised and in 2019 she was selected by Val McDermid as one of the 10 most compelling LGBTQI+ writers working in the UK.”

    Image: Poets confirmed for the Nine Arches Press 2020 list
    Top: l-r: Jennifer Wong, Rishi Dastidar, Abegail Morley, Geraldine Clarkson, Nina Mingya Powles.
    Bottom: l-r: Peter Kahn, Maria Taylor, Gregory Leadbetter, Rosie Garland, Kate Fox

    Written on Saturday, 08 February 2020 14:20
  • 11th & 12th January 2020 - Bhubaneswar Literary Meet & Mumbai Spoken Fest
    11th & 12th January 2020 - Bhubaneswar Literary Meet & Mumbai Spoken Fest

    I’m deeply honoured!
    The British Council has invited me to read, perform, and present workshops in India…
    I’ve been invited to TWO exciting literary events: Bhubaneswar Literary Meet (11th January 2020) AND Mumbai Spoken Fest by Kommune (12th January 2020).

    I can’t wait – not only for the opportunity to share my work in India for the first time… but to meet so many inspiring writers!

    Written on Monday, 23 December 2019 14:19
  • 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