Rosie Garland

One of Val McDermid’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase


“A poet, short story writer and novelist whose work also incorporates a wide range of performance.”

Val McDermid

Will take you to strange places, yet bring you back safely

Novelist, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets, Rosie Garland has a passion for language nurtured by public libraries. Her work’s appeared in Under the RadarThe NorthSpelkRialtoMslexia and elsewhere. Debut novel, The Palace of Curiosities, was nominated for both The Desmond Elliott and Polari First Book Prize and Vixen was a Green Carnation Prize nominee. Latest novel The Night Brother is described by The Times as “a delight: playful and exuberant… with shades of Angela Carter.” She’s performed internationally as The Time-Travelling Suffragette and infamous alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Lesbian Vampire Queen.

Read an interview with Rosie in CultureWord

“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, Mslexia 2012

“In ‘The Night Brother’, Garland crafts a study in dualism that would make Henry Jekyll jealous, and establishes herself as one of Britain’s best new historical novelists.” Kaite Welsh, Diva October 2017

“Echoes of Angela Carter’s more fantastical fiction reverberate through this exuberant tale… Garland’s narrative is enjoyably energetic.” Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times June 2017

“Bewitching” Good Housekeeping, May 2013

“A cross between Philip Pullman and Angela Carter, she takes us on an evocative and wonderful journey, full of magical delights and stunning set pieces… Her style is a joy. She made me gasp with the audacity of her ideas and smile with the lush beauty of her prose.” Eric Page, GScene June 2013

I’m absolutely thrilled! It’s a great honour to be selected for such an exciting and prestigious opportunity.




2017 – The Night Brother (Borough Press)

2014 – Vixen (Borough Press)

2013 – The Palace of Curiosities (HarperCollins)

Short fiction

Recent journals & anthologies include:

2019 – Spelk

2019 – Disturbing the Beast (Boudicca Press)

2019 – Confingo

2019 – Ellipsis

2019 – Retreat West

2019 – Longleaf Review

2018 – Cabinet of Heed

2018 – Bath Flash Fiction Award

2018 – Dorset Fiction Award

2018 & 2019 – Casket of Fictional Delights

2017 – A Hand to Hold (Immanion Press)


2016 – As In Judy (Flapjack Press)

2012 – Everything Must Go (Holland Park Press)

2010 – Things I Did While I Was Dead (Flapjack Press)

2003 – Creatures of the Night (purpleprosepress)

2000 – Coming Out at Night (purpleprosepress)

1997 – Hell and Eden (Dagger Press)

Selected journal / anthology publication of individual poems

2019 – Luminous, Defiant (Listen Softly London anthology), The Rialto, Riggwelter, The Anthology of Tomorrow (Flapjack Press anthology), Picaroon, Everything That Could Happen (Emma Press anthology)

2018 – The North, Mslexia, Poem of the North, Picaroon, making Thunder Roar (Bronte Parsonage commission), In Transit (Emma Press anthology), Something in the Water (Women’s Words Manchester City Council commission)

2017 & before – New Welsh Reader, The Other Side of Violet (Great Weather for Media anthology), Under the Radar, Butcher’s Dog, Mslexia, Rialto, Painted Bride Quarterly, Bare Fiction, Popshot, Fat Damsel, Freak Circus, Kulchur, Envoi, The Four Quarters, Bangalore Review, Quaint, Chicago Literati, Ariadne’s Thread, Lamplit Underground, The Midwest Quarterly, SAMPAD, Suburban Review, Melancholy Hyperbole, Ver, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Best of Manchester Poets 1, 2, & 3, Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, Prole, Loose Muse, Switched-on Gutenberg, The Healing Muse, The Intima, The Cannon’s Mouth, East Coast Literary Review, The Lake, Plenitude, Sculpted – Poetry of the North West … etc


2018 – ‘Performing Queer Femininity and performing it all wrong’, (Feral Feminisms)

2010 – ‘Blessed Are The Cracked’, Occupational Therapy Without Borders (Elsevier)

Music (singer)

2015 – The March Violets: Mortality (Rebirth Records)

2013 – Made Glorious (Rebirth Records)

2011 – Love Will Kill You (Rebirth Records)

2007 – Trinity (Rebirth Records)

plus 1980s back-catalogue of The March Violets singles & albums, incl Snake Dance, Natural History, The Botanic Verses.

Contact Rosie



Twitter: @rosieauthor

Instagram: @rosiegarlandwriter/



Represented by Anna Webber, United Agents


The Borough Press, contact Carla Josephson


Image © Absolut Queer