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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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Thursday, 02 May 2013 13:07

21.5.2013 - Literary Death Match, London

Where: The Hospital Club, 24, Endell Street, WC2H 9HQ

When: Doors at 7, Show at 8:15 (sharp); afterdrinks after

Cost: £12 adv/on the door

Sponsored by the charming HarperFiction, Literary Death Match returns to England to rip, roar and rumble in our cosiest London venue yet: The Hospital Club in the heart of Covent Garden.

This one's going to be very special, and tickets are quite limited, so be sure to get yours early!

The night will feature four writers reading their own wonderful tales for seven minutes or less, judged by three all-star judges. Two finalists will be chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match finale, a vaguely-literary game that will steal your affection and make your heart pound.

HarperFiction are delighted to introduce debut author Rosie Garland, and up for grabs are copies of her bewitching novel The Palace of Curiosities along with new books from Lionel Shriver, Tracy Chevalier, Robert Dinsdale and Nathan Filer, and shiny pencils too. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the dazzlingly luminous Literary Death Match London, sponsored by HarperFiction.

THE JUDGES

Literary Merit: Ben Fountain, Pen/Hemingway & Books Critics Circle Award champ for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Performance: David Arnold, composer/musical wunderkind who has scored five James Bond films.

THE READERS

* A.L. Kennedy, actor, comedian and award-winnnig author of, most recently, On Writing

* Peter Rosengard, record-breaking life insurance salesman, founder of The Comedy Store

* Rosie Garland, the author of the novel The Palace of Curiosities, and five collections of poetry

* James Benmore, author of the novel Dodger

Hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga & Suzanne Azzopardi.

Join Literary Death Match on Twitter and/or Facebook now to keep up with the latest announcements!

http://www.literarydeathmatch.com/upcoming-events/may-21-2013.html

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Female authors lead Desmond Elliott Prize longlist

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22280049

''The longlist for the sixth Desmond Elliott Prize, which honours the best in debut fiction, has been unveiled, with seven of the 10 novels by women.

The nominees include Beatrice Hitchman, Anna Raverat, Sarah Ridgard, Goth singer Rosie Garland and poets Ros Barber and Jenni Fagan.

Judging panel chair Joanne Harris said it was an "exciting time" for female writers as well as debut fiction.

The winner of the £10,000 prize will be revealed at a ceremony on 27 June.

The longlist also includes three journalists - Kevin Maher, Kevin Smith and Wendy Wallace - and former junior chess champion Gavin Extence.

The shortlist will be revealed on 23 May.''

DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE LONGLIST 2013

• The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber

• The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

• The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

• The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland

• Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchman

• The Fields by Kevin Maher

• Signs of Life by Anna Raverat

• Seldom Seen by Sarah Ridgard

• Jammy Dodger by Kevin Smith

• The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace

Harris, the best-selling author of Chocolat, said being up for the prize was "a landmark moment in an author's career".

The award is named after acclaimed publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, who died in 2003.

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'The Palace of Curiosities' novel launch

Rosie Garland & The Palace of Curiosities theatre troupe

  • Roll up! Roll up! Listen to Rosie Garland read from her luminous and bewitching novel, hailed by Sarah Waters as 'A jewel-box of a novel'! Marvel at the delights in the Victorian cabinet of mysteries!

19 May 2013

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
St George's Hall
St George's Place, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 1JJ

Rosie Garland launches her debut novel The Palace of Curiosities, hailed by Sarah Waters as 'a jewel-box of a novel', joined by a circus troupe who will dazzle and amaze.

The circus troupe, also called, The Palace of Curiosities brings a touch of mystery and excitement. Their fabulously inventive props and razor sharp wit entertain audiences of all ages.

Featured in Catherine Jones's top 10 picks of what to see during the literature festival! (Liverpool Echo, 23.4.2013)

http://www.writingonthewall.org.uk/event-listing/palace-of-curiosities.html

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Gay's the Word bookshop is delighted to host this event celebrating publication of The Palace of Curiosities, the incredible début novel from Rosie Garland (aka the performer Rosie Lugosi).

Gay's The Word,

66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB, UK

Thursday, 9 May 2013

19:00 until 21:00

Event Entry £2 - complimentary refreshments - please RSVP here on Facebook.

"The Palace of Curiosities is a jewel-box of a novel, with page after page, scene after scene, layer after layer of treats and surprises. Garland is a real literary talent."

- Sarah Waters

Set in Victorian London, this luminous and bewitching debut is a profound love story lurking in the boundaries of what is perceived as human...

"Gentlemen and Ladies! How happy I am to welcome you to this Palace of Curiosities on such an auspicious occasion. What luck! What serendipity! For tonight we have mirth! Wit! And Jollity! See The Lion-Faced Woman and The Marsyas of Modern Times, Star Attractions at Professor Arroner's Astonishing Marvels!"

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The Vixen paperback launch continues!

 

Thanks and gratitude for the wonderful welcomes and enthusiastic audiences so far.

That's Bar Wotever (London), Manchester Waterstones, The Book Case (Hebden Bridge), Booka Books (Oswestry), the WI Manchester & The Arvon Foundation at Lumb Bank!

 

Coming up - Word at the Y (Leicester), Waterstones Bradford, Polari at Huddersfield Literature Festival, INCITE (London), Watford Central Library for Herts Litfest 2015 & Literary Death Match in Shoreditch, London. Check the gig list page for details...

 

Oh yes - I've never had an entire window painted in my honour before - thanks to the amazing artistic skills of Louisa Jones at Booka Books in Oswestry!

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The Palace of Curiosities is number one in the Waterstones hardback fiction chart!

This is amazing news. Picture snapped 16th April 2013 at Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester. If you look VERY closely there's a black sticker on each cover, reading 'Signed By The Author'.

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However many readings I've done (and I've done plenty over the *ahem* years) this one was different. This was The Big One. I was so nervous I couldn't sit still. Seventy tickets pre-sold, and 30 more folk turned up on the night. The room was packed: standing room only. I found out afterwards that Waterstones had to shift the event to the largest room they had.

There was my novel, stacked on a table. Posters with my name. No, I didn't think I'd ever get to this point, yet here I was.

The audience were, in a word, wonderful: so much love and generosity. What an astonishing launch event. I honestly don't think it could have been better. Waterstones even sold out of books! I thought no-one bought hardback fiction any more. Clearly I was wrong. The manager emailed me and said the event was 'one of the best of Deansgate's history'. What, me? Yes, I'm stunned.

There's been some great feedback – the mistressful Elizabeth Baines has posted a blog review of the night, here:

http://elizabethbaines.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/rosie-garlands-launch-of-palace-of.html?spref=fb

And what a sign-off! 'The characters are fascinating, and Victorian London is vividly captured, and of course the language sparkles like sharp-cut jewels.'

The Palace of Curiosities is number one in the Waterstones hardback fiction chart!

This is amazing news. Picture snapped 16th April 2013 at Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester. If you look closely there's a black sticker on each cover, reading 'Signed By The Author'.

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BAD LANGUAGE RETURNS TO THE CASTLE HOTEL WITH HEADLINER ROSIE GARLAND.

The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

19:30 until 22:30

Bad Language has been called, 'a realm of uncertainty and surprise' (The Mancunion, 2013).

Rosie Garland has always been a cuckoo in the nest.

She is an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing with post-punk gothic band The March Violets, through touring with the Subversive Stitch exhibition in the 90s to 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.

Most recently she won the inaugural Mslexia Novel Competition and her debut novel The Palace of Curiosities (HarperCollins) is out now.

'The Palace of Curiosities is a jewel-box of a novel, with page after page, scene after scene, layer after layer of treats and surprises. Garland is a real literary talent: definitely an author to watch.' Sarah Waters

'Reminds me of Angela Carter' Jenni Murray

'Rosie Garland has conjured a dream-like magical realist debut about Victorian circus freaks ... an alternately brutal and beautiful story about love and belonging in a vividly conveyed underworld, rich in carny phantasmagoria and lyrical romance' METRO

http://www.rosiegarland.com/books/fiction.html

We also have our monthly open mic which will open for submissions on the 5th April. If you would like a slot, please e-mail us from the 5th April onwards to book your place.

Slots are FOUR MINUTES length, and we reserve a number of spaces for first time performers at Bad Language. Simply e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place.

Gay's the Word bookshop is delighted to host this event celebrating publication of The Palace of Curiosities, the incredible début novel from Rosie Garland (aka the performer Rosie Lugosi).

Gay's The Word,

66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB, UK

Thursday, 9 May 2013

19:00 until 21:00

Event Entry £2 - complimentary refreshments - please RSVP here on Facebook.

"The Palace of Curiosities is a jewel-box of a novel, with page after page, scene after scene, layer after layer of treats and surprises. Garland is a real literary talent."

- Sarah Waters

Set in Victorian London, this luminous and bewitching debut is a profound love story lurking in the boundaries of what is perceived as human...

"Gentlemen and Ladies! How happy I am to welcome you to this Palace of Curiosities on such an auspicious occasion. What luck! What serendipity! For tonight we have mirth! Wit! And Jollity! See The Lion-Faced Woman and The Marsyas of Modern Times, Star Attractions at Professor Arroner's Astonishing Marvels!"

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Waterstones Deansgate celebrates World Book Night.

Date – 23rd April 2013

Venue – Waterstones, 91-93 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW

Time - 6-8pm

Rosie Garland will be reading from her latest poetry collection, 'Everything Must Go' as well as her debut novel, 'The Palace of Curiosities'. Copies of both are available on the night!

With refreshments, music, and poetry from Carcanet poets too.

Waterstones Manchester Deansgate

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

landline: 0161 837 3000

Follow us on Twitter @waterstonesMCR

http://www.worldbooknight.org/

World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed WBN books in their communities to share their love of reading.

BAD LANGUAGE RETURNS TO THE CASTLE HOTEL WITH HEADLINER ROSIE GARLAND.

The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

19:30 until 22:30

Bad Language has been called, 'a realm of uncertainty and surprise' (The Mancunion, 2013).

Rosie Garland has always been a cuckoo in the nest.

She is an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing with post-punk gothic band The March Violets, through touring with the Subversive Stitch exhibition in the 90s to 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.

Most recently she won the inaugural Mslexia Novel Competition and her debut novel The Palace of Curiosities (HarperCollins) is out now.

'The Palace of Curiosities is a jewel-box of a novel, with page after page, scene after scene, layer after layer of treats and surprises. Garland is a real literary talent: definitely an author to watch.' Sarah Waters

'Reminds me of Angela Carter' Jenni Murray

'Rosie Garland has conjured a dream-like magical realist debut about Victorian circus freaks ... an alternately brutal and beautiful story about love and belonging in a vividly conveyed underworld, rich in carny phantasmagoria and lyrical romance' METRO

http://www.rosiegarland.com/books/fiction.html

We also have our monthly open mic which will open for submissions on the 5th April. If you would like a slot, please e-mail us from the 5th April onwards to book your place.

Slots are FOUR MINUTES length, and we reserve a number of spaces for first time performers at Bad Language. Simply e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place.

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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
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    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