Bad Language at the Royal Exchange

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Bad Language comes to Royal Exchange Special FX for the first time in 2015 for a free hour of live literature.

In the relaxed environs of the Great Hall, some of our favourite wordsmiths will entertain you almost as much as the happy hour discounts available in the café. JP Daly and Fat Roland will compere proceedings.

This event follows on from a packed Hallowe’en special (pictured below) featuring, among others, Booker shortlistee Alison Moore and the spellbinding Emma Jane Unsworth.

Will this one be as creepy? Will there be ghouls? Or will this be more of an Easter bunny kind of event? You’ll have to come along to find out.

Names to be confirmed. Watch this space for more.

Bad Language Special FX, Royal Exchange Manchester, 20 March 2015, 6pm-7pm. Free.


See more pictures in our photo gallery.

Bad Language at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

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Some of the finest writers in the country will present a multi-room intimate performance at the incredible Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on March 17th as part of the 2015 Wonder Women festival.

Confirmed on the line-up is Booker-shortlistee and Orange-longlistee MJ Hyland, and Bristol Prize and Dylan Thomas Prize shortlistee Marli Roode. Two other readers to complete this dynamic line-up are still to be announced, so keep your ears peeled.

Gaskell's HouseThe audience will be able to get a feel for this beautiful and historic house, and the night will be a celebration of writing and performing in an event of which, Bad Language believes, Elizabeth Gaskell would have been proud.

Bad Language, Gaskell’s House, Tue Mar 17th 7pm, tickets coming soon…

Click here for our Facebook event. Click here for our mention in Creative Tourist. Click here for the full Wonder Women event listings.

Bad Language in February: Michael Conley


Our February headliner is Manchester’s own MICHAEL CONLEY.

He won the 2010 Weasdale Poetry Prize and is one of the support poets for Carol Ann Duffy at the Royal Exchange. He won the 2013 Flashtag Writing Competition and has been featured in Rialto, Magma, Cadaverine and Sentinel.

We’re proper excited about this. He launched a poetry collection called Aquarium on Flarestack, but mostly we’re excited because he’s really flipping brilliant.

Bad Language, The Castle, Wed Feb 25th 7.30pm, free

Our open mic is as follows:
Joe Cooper
Lenni Sanders
Jenny Brown
Dan O’Sullivan
Steve Timms
Ros Ballinger
Victoria Tunnah
Salah Ali

Here’s the Bad Language February Facebook event.

The above pic of Mike is from a great video of him reading in front of some lovely marble at Poets & Players last year. Watch it here.

Bad Language in January: Michael Nath

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Our headliner this month will be MICHAEL NATH (pictured), a James Tait Black Memorial Prize shortlistee. He is doing a British tour for his literary thriller British Story which The Morning Star called “a loud and extraordinarily compelling novel” and which Kirkus Reviews called a “brain-tickling web of delights and surprises“. We mean proper literary: in the book, he namechecks everything from Foucault to Faustus, from Troilus And Cressida to Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

On the 28th, you can buy him a beer and question him on novels and modernism.

Our Facebook event is here.

Our open-mic line-up for January is as follows:

Carol Robson
Jack Nicholls
Jacob Harman
Jasmine Chatfield
Joseph Clarke
Karl Largan
Ros Ballinger
Stephen James
Tony Baxter
Zach Roddis

Tales of Bad Language

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An evening of fact and fiction, of polemic and poetry.

Two of Manchester’s liveliest nights will blur the boundaries between true-life stories without notes (TALES OF WHATEVER) and top literature action (BAD LANGUAGE). Can you separate the truth from the lies? Do you even want to? Who wrote “got head stuck on fence” on that piece of paper?

Expect to be part of the story when you attend Tales of Bad Language.

Admission: free
Join the Facebook event here.

Bad Language in November: Ralph Dartford

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RALPH DARTFORD is now our headliner for the November Bad Language.

Ralph is a founder of spoken word collective A Firm Of Poets. Their anthology Holding Your Hand Through Hard Times will be made into a film next year (it even has a trailer). Ralph’s first Collection, ‘Cigarettes, Beer and Love‘ is published by Ossett Observer Presents. Here are some words about it.

“A book that is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside, just beautiful, no, really beautiful.” Ian McMillan
“I’m reading your book. I like the poem about the old folks … and the pictures.” John Hegley
“A strong collection of poems that feel like they might have been whispered with whisky stained teeth under the light of a single candle.” Now Then Magazine

Ralph writes narrative poems from the heart. Sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet, sometimes as sad as a lost dog. Come see. Join the Facebook event here.

Here’s our amazing open mic selection this month:
Roger Fenton
Andrew Hurley
Heather Flemming
Stephen Quinlan
Kate Feld
Tom Mason
Colin Watts
Luned DeSimon
Dominic Oliver
Howard Beaumont

(Sorry to not be able to bring Melissa Lee-Houghton to you this month. We hope to invite her again soon!)

The lens flare in Ralph’s photo is sponsored by Michael Bay.

Bad Language and Blackwell’s present: Tony O’Neill


New York author TONY O’NEILL will join us on November 25th for a noir-filled night of novel reading, with a special support slot from GRAEME SHIMMIN, author of spy thriller A Kill In The Morning, DAVID HARTLEY, author of Threshold, and FAT ROLAND, author of Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey And Other Short Fiction.

Tony is here to promote Black Neon, which Irvine Welsh calls “pitch black classic slice of neo-noir, where black magic, art house cinema, drug-fuelled madness and apocalyptic violence collide with dizzying effect.”

“I fell in love with every page,” adds Welsh.

Tony is a founding member of the Brutalists, a literary collective alongside Adelle Stripe and Ben Myers. He has played in Kenickie, in The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and with Marc Almond and Kelli Ali. Alongside novels, he has co-written memoirs and has written short stories for the likes of 3:AM Magazine. He’s even written poetry. Basically, he’s done everything.

Tony O’Neill appears courtesy of Bluemoose Books and this event takes place at Blackwell’s bookshop, Oxford Road, Manchester on Tuesday November 25th 2014 at 7pm. Entry is free. Join the Facebook event page here.