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Rose Collis


Rose Collis is a multi-media writer, alternative historian and performer. Her work includes biography, journalism, theatre, short fiction, websites, exhibitions, radio, literary talks and guided walks. Since 1985, her features, interviews and reviews have appeared in over 30 publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Independent, The Times, TV Times, The Bookseller, Time Out, City Limits, Diva, Gay Times and Tribune.

Her critically-acclaimed books include Death and the City (Hanover Press 2013), The New Encyclopaedia of Brighton (2010), ‘This Effing Lady’: Coral Browne (Oberon Books 2007), Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment: A Tale of Female Husbandry (Virago 2000 & 2001); A Trouser-Wearing Character: The Life and Times of Nancy Spain (Cassell 1997 & 1999); and Portraits To The Wall (Cassell 1994).

Her diverse talks and lectures have included sell-out events at the Royal National Theatre, the National Film Theatre, the Edinburgh Book Festival, the Brighton Festival, World Book Night, Polari on the South Bank, LGBT History Month, West London Literary Festival, Brighton Museum, Charleston, Bishopsgate Institute London and the University of Brighton.

In 2012, she created ‘Trouser-Wearing Characters‘, the first ever one-woman musical cabaret show written and performed by a female author. The show has been performed at theatres and festivals throughout the UK and, in spring 2013, completed a triumphant five-week tour of four major arts festivals in New Zealand and Australia.

Rose Collis: Trouser Wearing Characters

Rose Collis sings Rene Adoree

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