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Rosie the Disobient, Image: Lisette May Monroe

Lisette May Monroe and Adrien Howard

Please tell us who you are and what you’ve been working on recently.

We are Lis and Adrien we work as artists based in Glasgow and we collaborate on Rosie's Disobedient Press. Rosie’s is an artist-led publishing project which focuses on writing from marginalised perspectives with a focus on queer, working class and feminist writers. At its core is a belief in the importance of accessibility to writing. The press works directly with artists to create unique projects on a small scale and across multiple forms, including online and printed publishing, writing, sound and live events. We are currently working on our first collection 'Sleeper' which takes a mechanic's garage as it's starting point, we invited contributions from 9 artists and writers, some have never been published and some have international reputations. We are delighted that they all had something they input about maintenance and repair. The book will be real in the next few weeks.

What drew you to each other’s practice?

We met working behind a bar in a quiet cinema in Glasgow, the bar would be busy mainly for the 20 minutes before each film then you could go 2 hours without serving a single person. We ended up knowing so much about each others’ practices before even seeing each others’ work, we realised through these long conversations we approach work in the same way. We also both had a history of artist-led organising and a drive to make the spaces for our own works to occupy. Six years later, we still manage to find things to talk about.

How will you use the 1:1 FUND?

We will be using this funding to develop a collaborative publication, we love offering a platform on Rosie’s Disobedient Press and find so much energy and joy in working with others. However we always wanted the press to test our own practises and explore how it can challenge our own processes and making. We committed to making a joint publication each year however with funding being limited we have not been able to afford this so far. We want to use the fund to fulfil this and also test and experiment with the potentials of a publication can be.