Tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie Garland
is a UK-based novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets.
She performs twisted cabaret as The Time-Travelling Suffragette. With a
passion for language nurtured by public libraries, she has received writing
commissions from Bronte Parsonage Museum, The Tate Gallery and Women’s Words
Manchester, amongst others. Apples and Snakes describe her as ‘one of the
country’s finest performance poets’.
Her belief in the power of persistence stems from personal
experience. Following twelve years at a reputable literary agency (who failed
to place her novels), in 2011 she entered the inaugural Mslexia Novel
Competition and won. This debut novel was published as The Palace of
Curiosities (HarperCollins 2013). As she puts it, “someone out there loves
your work: maybe they just haven’t seen it yet”.
Fiction, Historical fiction, Poetry.
Publications & Performance History
Fiction: Rosie Garland’s debut novel, ‘The Palace of Curiosities’
(HarperCollins 2013), explores what it's like to be different on the fringes of
Victorian society. Her second novel, ‘Vixen’ (Borough Press 2014), tells of
love and devotion against the backdrop of superstition, pestilence and hardship
of the 14th century. Third novel, ‘The Night Brother’ (Borough Press
2016), explores questions of identity, sexual equality and how well we really
Rosie’s short fiction and poetry have been published
in anthologies (Emma Press, For Books’ Sake, Crocus, Cinnamon), journals
(including New Welsh Reader, Bare Fiction, Mslexia, Butcher’s Dog, Under the
Radar, Envoi, The North, The Rialto, Bangalore Review) & she’s received
nominations for both the Pushcart and Forward Prize.
Recent solo collections, poetry: As in Judy (Flapjack
2016), Everything Must Go (Holland Park Press 2012), Things I Did While I Was
Dead (Flapjack Press 2010)
Writing residencies and commissions include: Emmeline
Pankhurst Statue Project, Bronte Parsonage, Women’s Writes Manchester, Tate
Modern, Whitworth Art Gallery, BBC Radio 3 and John Rylands Library.
Visit Rosie's website for a full list of publications.
Workshop & Reading Experience
An experienced workshop facilitator and writing mentor, Rosie
has worked with a wide range of organisations incl: For Books’ Sake, Apples and
Snakes, Writing West Midlands, Portico Library Young Person’s Reading Project,
Survivors’ Poetry, as well as universities, libraries and museums.
Rosie is committed to sharing best practice, and has spoken
about her work at conferences and on panels including: New Writers’ Conference,
University of Surrey; Women in Performance, Lancaster University; Northern
Lights Writers’ Conference; Challenge and Change, Sheffield Hallam University.
She’s also written articles and papers for books and journals including Feral
Feminisms and Occupational Therapy Without Borders.
Selected recent readings and festival appearances include:
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Manchester Literature
Festival, Museums at Night, Bradford Literature Festival, Elizabeth Gaskell
House, Birmingham Literature Festival, Louder Than Words Festival, Latitude,
Bridlington Poetry Festival, Women of the World Southbank, DaDaFest, Ledbury
Poetry Festival, The Arvon Foundation, Cheltenham Festival of Literature and
Writing on the Wall, Liverpool.
Group size preference
Group age preference
W/shop 16 years and up
Reading: any age
Area prepared to travel
Anywhere; UK, Europe, Worldwide.
Press and publicity quotes:
"Rosie Garland writes in a tumble of poetry, desire and
passion, as intriguing and delicious as the story she tells." Stella Duffy
"A rich and ambitious tale with shades of Angela
Carter... Garland's prose is a delight: playful and exuberant.” The Times
review of The Night Brother
‘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
‘Garland's lush prose is always a pleasure.’ The Guardian
‘An alternately brutal and beautiful story about love and
belonging in a vividly conveyed underworld, rich in carny phantasmagoria and
lyrical romance.’ - The Metro review of ‘The Palace of Curiosities’.
‘Poetic, surprising and ultimately deeply moving, Vixen
will have you hooked faster than it takes to drink a jug of ale and – unlike
ale – it will stay with you long after you’ve reached the final page.’ Diva
‘Rosie has an eye for the unusual detail. Candid, tender and
surprising, these are poems about love and longing, myth and mirrors, the self
and the other self… She packs a powerful punch.’ Jackie Kay on ‘Things I Did
When I Was Dead’
“Rosie started our series of performance poetry workshops
with a fantastic workshop where people explored ways to bring poetry to life
for an audience. Everyone was buzzing with enthusiasm afterwards and dying to
get on a stage.” Apples and Snakes
“Thanks so much, Rosie, for coming to speak to my class.
What a wonderful vision of life you can offer them as a possibility!” Minnie
Bruce Pratt, Lecturer, Syracuse University New York