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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 upcoming solo theatre show Passionate Machine is being co-produced by Writers' Centre Norwich, and her first poetry collection Chokey (Burning Eye Books) is due for release on June 1st 2018.

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

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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) 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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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.


Passionate Machine is co-produced by Writers' Centre Norwich, with additional support from Apples and Snakes SouthEast and New Writing South Brighton.  Following festival previews it will be on tour from Autumn 2018. For a review of the Brighton work-in-progress show (June 2017), 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

April 07

Ink Festival

Halesworth, £25/20 (weekend ticket)


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, £10


MAY 21-23

Brighton Fringe

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


june 14

Book Launch for Chokey

The Rialto, Brighton, £5

With a tattoo parlour, a XXX video booth, a Wind in the Willows re-enactment zone, a shrine to fallen heroes (starting with Patrick Swayze), performances straight out of a Lynch film and a real-life Miss Trunchbull-style chokey to get yourselves locked into, welcome to the weird and wonderful imagination of Rosy Carrick!

July 12-15

Latitude Festival

Henham Park, Suffolk, £200


july 27-30

Port Eliot Festival

St. Germans, Cornwall, £170




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