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ROSY CARRICK

 

 

Rosy Carrick is a writer, performer, translator and compere 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. Rosy has a PhD on the Russian revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, and has released two books of his work in translation. She runs workshops in English literature, critical theory, poetry and performance skills at schools, Universities and community settings around the UK, and is currently working on her first full-length show, Passionate Machine.

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 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) will be released in October 2017.

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 (now The Speakeasy) since 2010. She is co-curator (with Luke Wright) of the Poetry Stage at Port Eliot festival.

Rosy is currently working on Passionate Machine, a brand new live show about time travel. Her first full collection of poetry will be published by Burning Eye in the Summer of 2018.

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Poetry

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 will be published in the Summer of 2018 by Burning Eye Books. Below are a selection of poems; for more, click on the VIDEOS tab.

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's new edition of Mayakovsky's epic poem 'Vladimir Ilyich Lenin' (translated by Dorien Rottenberg) 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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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passionate machine

 

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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…

Featuring a diverse cast of real-life characters including David Bowie, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Rocky Balboa, and set against the questionable theoretical framework of all your favourite time travel movies, this solo performance blends fact and fiction to create an exhilarating story about letting go, having the courage to take the untrodden path, and finding yourself – literally.

 

After a sold-out work-in-progress performance as part of the Brighton Fringe 2017, this show is currently in production, and will be on tour in 2018. For a review of the Brighton show, click here. To check out the time travel blog that Passionate Machine is based on, click here. Upcoming performances will be listed in the SHOWS section of this website.

 

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VIDEOs

 

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Poem: 'heart'

 

 

Interviewing dolph lundgren

 

 

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Lipgloss

 

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Hairdye

 

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Blusher

 

BEAUTY TIPS #4

Vajayjay

 

time travel teaser trailer

 

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upcoming appearances

Jan 18

15th Annual Poets vs MCs

Concorde 2, Brighton £5/4

COMPERING

feb 16

Trope

Brighton Dome, £6.50/£3

COMPERING

April 13-15

The British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Conference 2018

Cambridge University University

I will be talking about Vladimir Mayakovsky and Russian Futurism, alongside Jamie Rann, James Womack and Connor Doak

may 11

Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Norwich Arts Centre, £tbc

PASSIONATE MACHINE

MAY 21-23

Brighton Fringe

The Warren: The Blockhouse, Brighton, 6.15pm, £9.50/8

PASSIONATE MACHINE

june 1

Book Launch for Chokey

Brighton, venue tbc

The launch of my first full poetry collection!

july 27-30

Port Eliot Festival

St. Germans, Cornwall, £170

POETRY

 

 

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contact

 

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

 

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