Bad Language Christmas Party


Celebrate a brilliant Bad Language year as we shelter from the winter cold around a warm Joe & Fats, hosts of your favourite spoken word night.

On December 12th, we’re going to party downstairs at Gullivers. We may put up some balloons. We might bring mince pies. We may even have a guest visit from Santa Claus himself. Hmmm. Maybe just the balloons. You can get involved in the Bad Language Christmas Party three amazing ways:

– ATTEND! Turn up, have a drink, try not to fight, let’s talk the evening into a blurry stupor;

– READ! Bring a story or a poem to read. We’ll read around an imaginary campfire and/or burning reindeer. Pieces to be no more than two minutes, and we’ll keep going until we run out of time or get bored.

– DONATE! On the night, we’ll have a book swap. Bring along books you no longer want. Put them under the tree (pretend we have a tree). Then take away a donated book. Let’s find some of your old books a new home.

So (1) come along; (2) if you want to, bring a two-minute piece to read; (3) if you fancy, bring a book or three to donate in the hope that you go home with something even better! No headliners. No acts. Just us & you & stories & books.

Any questions? Email us

And do leave comments on the Facebook event – let us know what you’re going to read… but keep your book donations secret!

Saturday 12th December 8.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Free entry. Click here to join the Facebook event.

Bad Language in November: Marli Roode


For our final headline event of 2015 we are delighted to welcome back friend of Bad Language, Marli Roode.

Marli has previously headlined Bad Language to support Call It Dog, a novel which she started at Manchester’s Centre For New Writing and which went on to be shortlisted for a Dylan Thomas Prize. Marli has appeared in the Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies, was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and performed at our extra special event at The Portico in 2014 as part of Manchester After Hours.

‘The tone is consistently one of taut, sombre reflectiveness, with indications in Roode’s artfully worded descriptions of the range of this gifted young writer.’ The Guardian

Our open mic stars this month are: Alabama Griffiths, Andrew Georgeson, Fran Slater, Jacob Harman, Jenny Browne, Joe Molloy, Nick Parker, Roma Havers, Stephen Curtis, Tammy MacDonald. All stars, the lot of ’em!

Wednesday 25th November 7.30pm at The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester. Free entry. Click here to join the Facebook event.

Bad Language in October: Curious Tales

CuriousTales and open mic

Curious Tales will headline the October Bad Language ahead of the launch of their latest anthology ‘Congregation of Innocents’, described as ‘blazing its own brave path through the weird landscape of contemporary publishing’ by The Telegraph. Richard Hirst and Jenn Ashworth from the collective will grace our stage.

Joining Curious Tales will be some superb open mic acts, including previous headliners, old timers, and brand new performers:

Jo Bell
Philip Poyser
Harry Jelley
Bethany English
Stephen Quinlan
Barry Green
Gary Smillie
Maria Roberts
Sarah Dixon
Felicity Cluff
Joseph Clark

Wednesday 28th October 7.30pm at The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester. Free entry. Click here to join the Facebook event.

Tales of Bad Language at Manchester Science Festival


Our usual December bash with Tales of Whatever has moved… to Manchester Science Festival.

Can you tell fact from fiction? Tales of Whatever challenges people to tell real-life stories without notes and was a big hit at popular festival Latitude, while Bad Language has been voted the UK’s best spoken-word night. Together, we present Tales of Bad Language, a lively evening of shaggy dog science stories and audience participation for Manchester Science Festival 2015.

Sunday 25th October 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Entry is £5, on the door only so get there early. Click for details. Click here to join the Facebook event.

An Evening With Robert Newman And Bad Language


Comedian, author, and lecturer ROBERT NEWMAN is back in Manchester to launch his latest book and Radio 4 show.

Our last event with him was roaring success when we launched his book ‘Trade Secrets’ to a packed room. We’re excited to be bringing Robert to our first show at HOME for his latest book, ‘The Entirely Accurate Encyclopaedia of Evolution‘. This is his fourth book and there will be an extended question and answer session and the chance to purchase the book and get it signed.

Friday 2nd October 7pm at Home, First Street, Manchester. Ticket price is £4 in advance (click here) and is redeemable against the cost of the book. Click here for the Facebook event.

Time Out’s #1 Most Popular Comedy Show in London

‘…enlightening and beautiful…’ Russell Brand

‘… funnier than ever…’ Stewart Lee

‘A sustained, witty swipe at Dawkins’s world-view… You see that chink of light in the dark, overcast sky, that’s you that is.’ Daily Telegraph

Bad Language in September: Kerry Hadley-Pryce

Kerry Hadley FB

We are excited to bring Kerry Hadley-Pryce to our stage as September’s headliner. Her book ‘The Black Country‘ is out now on Salt.

Kerry Hadley-Pryce wrote The Black Country whilst studying for an MA in Creative Writing at MMU, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement 2013-2014. She lives in the Black Country.

Facebook event here.

Bad Language with Kerry Hadley-Pryce and open mic
The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester
Wednesday 30 September 2015
7.30pm: free 

Our open mic list this month is: Adam Farrer, Rachel Tudor-Barry, Nick Degg, Karl Largan, Michelle Green, David Greaves, John Klark, Lara Williams, Sam Rossi-Harries and Rob Muir.

Bad Language in August: open mic slots now available

Open mic spots are now available for Bad Language in August. All you have to do is email us ( That’s it. The event is at The Castle on Wednesday August 26th. Here’s how it works in more detail, all of which is on our open mic page:

– We are a literature night: poetry or prose.

– You don’t need to send us your work. Just email for a slot (

– If you email *before* the 10th, you’re too early.

– Come along. Delight us. Be the best you can be.

– There are ten open mic spaces available.

Five of those spaces are reserved for people who have never performed with us before.

– Open mic spots are four minutes long. The time limit is self-policing. Don’t abuse it.

– No-one can perform for more than two events in a row.

– We have a reserve list, and often reserve listees do end up getting a spot.

– If you blow our socks off, we might book you for other, larger events elsewhere.

We’re posting this a day late because Fats is typing this from the Edinburgh Fringe. He’ll all be lah-de-dah annoying when he gets back home to Bad Language-land. Feel free to heckle him.