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ROSY CARRICK

 

 

Rosy Carrick is a writer, performer, compere, actor and academic based in Brighton. She gives talks, lectures and performances of her own work at events, conferences and festivals around the world, and develops collaborative projects with other creative artists around the UK. In 2016 Rosy completed a PhD on the Russian revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky at Sussex University. She teaches English literature, critical theory, poetry and performance skills at schools, Universities and community settings around the UK, leaving a trail of bewildered lovestruck fools in her wake...

On this site you can find out more about her poetry, her research on Mayakovsky and any other current and recent projects, plus information on upcoming appearances and workshops. A performance showreel can be found here.

 

 

“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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about

 

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 submitted her PhD on the Russian revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, also at Sussex University. Her book Volodya: Selected Works of Vladimir Mayakovsky (Enitharmon) is out now.

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, described by the Guardian as having 'reinvented the medium for the hip hop generation'. Since 2007 she has also co-managed and compered the cult movie-themed cabaret club event Trailer Trash!, and has been co-host of the Latitude festival poetry stage since 2010.

In 2014 Rosy appeared in the 'golf-noir thriller' short film The Swing The Hole and The Lie, written and directed by Barry Adamson, and is currently working on several other film and radio acting projects. Her YouTube series 'Rosy Carrick's Beauty Tips for School', a feminist subversion of regular LA beauty vloggers, has developed into a live act featuring the same character, for performance at cabaret club nights and other events.

Rosy models for a range of art and editorial projects, and is also a life model for various art schools in Brighton. She speaks French and Russian, is a keen time traveller and has a wild fetish for bodybuilders of the classic variety.

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Poetry

Fantastically scathing 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. 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. Long-time host of the Latitude festival poetry stage, she also continues to run and host Brighton’s infamous annual Poets vs. MCs, amongst other projects.

 

Poems

A Blithesome Step Forward

Pain Specific

Chokey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Mayakovsky

 

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 is currently editing a new publication of Mayakovsky's epic poem 'Vladimir Ilyich Lenin', translated by Dorien Rottenberg. Out of print for over thirty years, it will be released in October 2017 with Smokestack Books, to commemorate the centenary of the Russian revolution.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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wanna look #fitas?

now you can...

 

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Lipgloss

 

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Hairdye

 

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Blusher

 

BEAUTY TIPS #4

Vajayjay

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upcoming appearances

6th April

Hammer and Tongue Brighton

Komedia Studio,Brighton, £7

I will be back for one night only to host H&T, alongside poetry dreamboat Luke Wright.

5th May

Bang Said the Gun UK Tour

Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham, £15

BSTG is on the road! Catch me in Fareham alongside Elvis McGonagall.

6th May

Mr Fluffypunk's Penny Gaff

Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud, £9/£7.50

Rosy Carrick, Luke Wright, Elvis McGonagall & Bill Jones, all under one roof!

3rd June

Passionate Machine

Writers' Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, 8pm, £5

What would you change if you could travel through time? Join Rosy Carrick as she faces this very conundrum, armed with little more than a pile of sci-fi publications, her extensive knowledge of 80s time travel movies and a devil-may-care attitude towards the seductive power of parallel timeline construction. Spanning centuries, continents and a variety of moral dilemmas, this is a performance that artfully and hilariously combines mystery, intrigue, self-reflection… and a set of circumstances that will have you questioning everything you thought you believed in!

(This is a work in progress event)

21-25th June

Glastonbury Festival

2017 brings me back to the happy fields of Glastonbury to [wo]manhandle you through yet another spectacular Poetry & Words Stage line-up!

Pilton, £238

13-16th July

Latitude Festival

On Sunday 16th I will be hosting, and performing my own poetry on the Literary & Poetry stage. On Saturday 15th, on the same stage, I will also be presenting:

The Language of Revolution

Unashamedly passionate, rigorously political and highly experimental, Vladimir Mayakovsky was the most significant poet of the Russian revolution. An exploration of his explosive work by Mayakovsky scholar Dr. Rosy Carrick will be followed by performances and discussion from special guest poets Stuart Calton and Hollie McNish. At a time when more and more people in the UK feel disempowered and divided, what does it mean to have a language of revolution, and more importantly how can we use it?

Henham Park, Suffolk, £197.50

27-30th July

Port Eliot Festival

Port Eliot has a brand new poetry stage this year and it will be fantastic! I'll be performing and compering.

St. Germans, Cornwall, £165

22nd Aug

Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Language of Revolution

Unashamedly passionate, rigorously political and highly experimental, Vladimir Mayakovsky was the most significant poet of the Russian revolution. An exploration of his explosive work by Mayakovsky scholar Dr. Rosy Carrick will be followed by performances and discussion from special guest poets Sean Bonney and Hollie McNish. At a time when more and more people in the UK feel disempowered and divided, what does it mean to have a language of revolution, and more importantly how can we use it?

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, £tbc

7-10th Sept

Festival No. 6

Poetry and hosting

Portmeirion, Wales, £205

 

 

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contact

 

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

 

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