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Rosy Carrick is a writer, performer, translator and compere. Based in Brighton, she gives talks, lectures and performances of her work at events and festivals around the world, and develops collaborative projects with other creative artists around the UK. She has been co-host of the Latitude festival poetry stage (now The Speakeasy) since 2010, and is co-curator, alongside Luke Wright, of the Port Eliot festival poetry stage.

Rosy has a PhD on the poetry of Vladimir Mayakovsky, and has released two books of his work in translation: Volodya (Enitharmon, 2015) and Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (Smokestack, 2017). Her debut poetry collection Chokey (Burning Eye Books) was released in June 2018, and her critically acclaimed multi-award-winning play Passionate Machine is on tour throughout 2019.

On this site you can find out more about Rosy's current and upcoming projects, plus information on appearances and workshops.


“Clever, funny, quarrelsome, querulous, astonishing!” Sabotage Reviews


“Sardonically witty and often surreal […] Carrick is the person you wanted to hang around with at school – wry, cool, erudite and a bit ribald” – Speaker’s Corner


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Rosy Carrick was born in the north-west of England, and now lives in Brighton with her daughter Olive.

She has a BA in English and Writing from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and an MA in Critical Theory and Creative Writing from Sussex University. In 2016 she completed a PhD on the Russian revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, also at Sussex University. Her book of translations Volodya: Selected Works of Vladimir Mayakovsky (Enitharmon) is out now, and her new edition of Mayakovsky's epic poem Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (Smokestack) was released in October 2017 to commemorate the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

As a poet, Rosy has toured the UK and USA, and has performed at an extensive variety of venues ranging from Glastonbury festival, Bristol Old Vic, the Royal Albert Hall and one section of a three-man tent in a Brighton park. For seven years (until Dec 2015), she ran and compered the Brighton monthly performance poetry event Hammer & Tongue, and is co-curator of the Port Eliot Festival poetry stage. Her debut collection Chokey was published in 2018 by Burnng Eye Books.

Rosy’s multi award-winning debut play Passionate Machine premiered at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes in 2018 and is now on tour.

Rosy is currently working on MuscleBound – a new project on bodybuilders, beefcake and BDSM. Sounds sexy right? Keep your eyes peeled…

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Quick-witted, charismatic and full to the brim with surreal and disgusting imagination, Rosy Carrick’s eccentric style, dense rhyme structures and forceful imagery have won her international acclaim, as well as firmly cementing her place as one of the UK’s most unusual and exciting contemporary poets.

Co-curator of the poetry stage at Port Eliot festival, Rosy also co-hosts the Latitude poetry stage and has been at the helm of the Brighton spoken word scene for the last decade. In 2015 she ended her seven year stint as the programmer and co-host of Brighton Hammer & Tongue to focus more on her own work, although she continues to run and host the city’s infamous annual Poets vs. MCs, amongst other projects.

Rosy's first full collection Chokey was published in 2018 by Burning Eye Books. Below are a selection of poems; for more, click on the VIDEOS tab.


A Blithesome Step Forward

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Rosy Carrick's PhD, Vladimir Mayakovsky: The Language of Revolution, was completed in 2016 at Sussex University, under the supervision of Keston Sutherland. A leading expert in Mayakovsky scholarship, she has given conference papers and lectures on the poet's work in the UK, USA and Russia, and is the editor and co-translator of Volodya: Selected Works of Vladimir Mayakovsky, published by Enitharmon Press. For more information and to buy Volodya, click here.

Rosy's new edition of Mayakovsky's epic poem Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (translated by Dorien Rottenberg) was released in October 2017 with Smokestack Books, to commemorate the centenary of the Russian revolution. For more information and to buy a copy, click here.


In 2015, Rosy released an audio cd of excerpts from Mayakovsky's 1923 poem About This. Read by Rosy and George Hyde (who is also its co-translator, with Larisa Gureyeva – the granddaughter of General Vyacheslav Molotov), the cd features an original jazz score by Jonathan Lambert. Veronika Krasnova additionally reads parts of the poem in Russian. It can be bought via Amazon or other online places, or through Rosy by emailing rosy@rosycarrick.com. Copies cost £6 each, plus £2 p&p. Click on the link below to check out the first track.


For upcoming Mayakovsky-related events, check out the SHOWS tab.








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ON TOUR 2019

winner: Brighton fringe award – best new play 2018

winner: Infallibles award for theatrical excellence 2018


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Everyone writes instructions to their future selves. But what happens if the future starts writing back? Rosy Carrick is about to find out…


Rosy Carrick has to build a time machine – because her future self has already done so and is now stuck 100 years in the past. Given that her knowledge of quantum physics is limited to the works of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rosy must summon the help of science’s greatest minds if she is to rewrite history and save herself…

Darting playfully between multiple narratives, this complex and emotional performance explores the realities of time travel and self-determination – taking in Bowie, motherhood and some most heinous hangovers along the way.

Winner of Brighton Fringe’s Best New Play Award 2018 and The Infallibles Award for Theatrical Excellence at Edinburgh Fringe, Passionate Machine is a hilarious and searingly honest story about obsession, salvation and finding yourself – literally.


‘Playful, engaging, refreshing – ★★★★ ’ The List

‘Surprising, audacious, original. Superb – ★★★★ ’ Edinburghfestival.org

‘A truly fascinating and empowering piece – ★★★★ ’ Broadway World

‘Excellent show – this is fresh writing at its very best’ Fringe Review

‘Intelligent, articulate & funny… an entertaining hour full of warmth and compassion’ The Scotsman

‘Elegant, delightful, heartbreakingly beautiful’ Total Theatre

‘A narrative of obsession with a clever and destabilising time-travelling framework, bags of wit and enormous heart… Carrick has crafted something genuinely one of a kind.’ Exeunt

‘Gorgeously crafted, clever and uplifting, it is a deeply original take on autobiography, unlike anthing I’ve seen before.’ Velvet Box Office

Check out the TOUR TRAILER!





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upcoming appearances

Passionate Machine

14-15-16 & 21-22-23 March, Draper Hall, London, 7.30pm. £10/8

17 March, The Old Market, Hove, 7.30pm. £14/10

26 March, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 7.45pm. £14/8

27 March, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 8pm. £PayWhatYouCan

27 April, FAYAP, Framlingham, 7.30pm. £10/8

02 May, Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate, 7.30pm. £10/8

23 May, The Riverfront, Newport, 7.45pm. £12/10

30 May, Theatre Shop, Clevedon, 7.30pm. £12

07 June, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, 7pm. £12/8

16-22 Sept, The Butterfly Club, Melbourne Australia, 5.15pm. $35-28

28 Sept, Pound Arts, Corsham, time and price tbc.

25 Oct, The Old Fire Station, Oxford, 7.30pm. £14-10

28 Nov, Arts Depot, Finchley, London, 7.30pm. £18/12

02 Dec, NST, Southampton, time and price tbc.



26-30 June, Glastonbury Festival Poetry & Words Stage, Fri, Sat, Sun (compere)

11 July, Feminist Swearing Night Brighton, Junkyard Dogs, 7pm. £5

25-28 July, Port Eliot Festival Poetry Stage, Fri @5.20PM

06 Nov, Boom Poetry Brum, The Victoria, Birmingham, time and price tbc.



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For booking, press & any other inquiries please email Rosy directly at rosy@rosycarrick.com