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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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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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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.


A Blithesome Step Forward

Pain Specific





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


What would you change if you could travel through time – and how do you know you haven’t already done it?

Join Rosy Carrick as she faces this very conundrum, armed with little more than a pile of sci-fi publications, her extensive knowledge of 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 mystery-adventure of anticipation and responsibility, all wrapped up in a set of real-life circumstances that will have you questioning everything you think you know about time, space and your many various selves!


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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Poem: 'heart'



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upcoming appearances

Oct 8

Hollie McNish Plum Tour: Brighton

The Old Market, Hove, £12/8

I'm Hollie's support act for this Brighton date of the tour.

Oct 21

Art Out of Revolution

Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London, £10

A brilliant and eclectic night at which I'll be doing a 45 minute performance/reading/presentation based on Mayakovsky's work.

nov 3

Liberating Arts Festival

Exeter University, £15-169

Sponsored by Culture Matters and Smokestack Books.

After the Russian revolution of 1917 it seemed for a brief moment that radical culture and revolutionary politics could co-exist as natural bedfellows in the wider struggle against capitalism. Unashamedly passionate, rigorously political and highly experimental, Vladimir Mayakovsky was the most significant poet of the early Soviet era. In his colossal body of work it is possible to trace the trajectory of that unique moment in cultural history, and to expose its inevitable incompatibility under Stalin's rule.

At this event, poet and Mayakovsky scholar Dr Rosy Carrick will perform some of Mayakovsky's extraordinary works, before exploring their difficult relationship between formal innovation and manifest political content, and questioning the relevance of such a dynamic in our own contemporary culture. 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?

Nov 7

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Book Launch

Brighton, venue tbc, £3 suggested donation

Launch event for my new edition of Dorien Rottenberg's translation ofMayakovsky's epic work Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, featuring performances from special guests Keston Sutherland, Verity Spott and more tbc.

nov 10

The Stand-Up Poetry Club

The Corn Hall, Diss, £tbc

Me, Luke Wright and Martin Newell doing poems and making merry.

Nov 24-25

Pen:Chant Protest & Revolution

Home, Manchester, £10 (plus workshop price tbc)

I'm performing poetry (my own and my translations of Mayakovsky) in the evening events and will be running an additional 2 hr writing workshop on Sat 25, from 4-6pm. Check the theatre website for more info.



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