Rosie Garland is a queer novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets. Rosie has a passion for language nurtured by weekly visits to public libraries as a child. Her work has appeared in Under the Radar, The North, Spelk, Rialto, Mslexia, amongst others.
Rosie struggled initially to get her debut novel published as her agent told her no one would be interested in the subject, but Rosie persevered and eventually entered a writing contest – and won! “The Palace of Curiosities” was nominated for both The Desmond Elliott and Polari First Book Prize and “Vixen” was a Green Carnation Prize nominee. Her latest novel, “The Night Brother,” is described by The Times as a “a delight: playful and exuberant… with shades of Angela Carter.”
Rosie has performed internationally as “The Time-Travelling Suffragette” and her infamous alter-ego “Rosie Lugosi the Lesbian Vampire Queen.”
“I’m a performance poet as well as a writer and I come from the DIY ethic of punk. When I moved to Manchester in the 1980s, it’s industrious, ‘can-do, will-do, stuff-you-if-you-say-I-can’t-do’ attitude was a good fit, right from the start,” remembers Rosie.
In 2009 Rosie was diagnosed with throat cancer and credits The Christie hospital in Manchester and the NHS for nine years all clear. “It’s something which really informs my outlook. Life is short, so do it now,” she says.