Bad Language in May: Michelle Green

We’re please to announce our headliner for May is the ever wonderful Michelle Green.



Michelle Green is a British-Canadian writer and spoken word artist. Her short stories have appeared in Short Fiction Journal and the interactive story mapping app LitNav. In 2005, she worked for a humanitarian aid agency in Darfur, and the short stories collected in Jebel Marra (Comma Press), although fictional, are informed by that experience.

Reviews of Jebel Marra:
‘Muscular, thought-provoking, memorable’- The Guardian
‘An original and intelligent collection’ – Bookmunch
‘Jebel Marra is a red mountain of intrigue, humour, love, hate and suffering’ – Max Dunbar Blog

Our open mic joining Michelle this month is:
Brandon Bissell
Col Ben
Conan The Librarian
Harry Jelley
Jake Kraweckyj
Joe Clarke
Judgement Dave
Lenni Sanders
Matt Jordan
Ros Ballinger

Bad Language at Manchester After Hours

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We will link up the city for this year’s After Hours festival (part of Museums At Night 2015).

Walk the city to hear six stories at three special locations (still to be announced). Choose one writer, or one venue – how you interweave these six standalone tales into the evening is up to you.

May 14th 2015, various venues, 6pm-8.30pm.

Click here to launch our Manchester After Hours microsite with all the information you need.

April headliner and Forward Prize winner, Liz Berry

Bad Language in April: Liz Berry

LizBerryApr2015posterOur headliner for April is Black Country native and Forward Prize winner, Liz Berry.

April headliner and Forward Prize winner, Liz BerryLiz Berry ‘s poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies, been broadcast on BBC Radio and recorded for the Poetry Archive. Her debut pamphlet The Patron Saint of School Girls was published by tall-lighthouse in 2010 and she’s is an assistant poetry editor at Ambit magazine.

Her debut collection, Black Country was a Poetry Book Society recommendation, an Observer Poetry Book of the Month and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

Open mic announced shortly…

Bad Language in March: Chris Killen

Chris Killen headlines Bad Language CHRIS KILLEN will be our March headliner. His much-awaited follow-up to The Bird Room is In Real Life, a tale of a love triangle, hopes of stardom and the ubiquity of social media. The Independent called In Real Life “funny and poignant”, while the Financial Times rather brilliantly called the book “a historical novel about the internet”. Oh and the Daily Mail told him to “cheer up”.

Here is Chris writing about lost friendships.  And here he is interviewing himself.

Open mic: Andy Hulme | Adam Farrer | Dominic Oliver | Jack Nicholls | Jamie Carragher | Jasmine Chatfield | Karl Largan | Pad Hughes | Rachel Kendall | Stephen Quinlan

Chris Killen & open mic, Wed 25 March 2015 7.30pm at The Castle (free)

Eddie Argos (Art Brut): The Spoken Word Tour

Eddie Argos

Eddie Argos is the world-renowned lead singer and songwriter with Art Brut, a London band that have spent the last decade redefining the meaning of stardom.

For the first time Eddie is stepping into the limelight to tell stories that happened along the way while Art Brut became the world beating pop behemoth they are today.Heartwarming story or cautionary tale? You be the judge.

Join the May 26th Facebook event. Buy your ticket by clicking here.

“A John Cooper Clarke for the Barfly generation.” NME

“One of his generations great poets of the mundane.” Spin Magazine

“Full of the bathetic genius that English pop used to excel in.” The Guardian

Eddie Argos, 26 May 2015 7.30pm, Gullivers, Manchester. Buy your tickets now.

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.

Our wordsmiths this time are:

Benjamin Judge, a hugely entertaining writer, editor and Bookmunch contributor;

– Michael Conley, an astonishingly talented support poet for Carol Ann Duffy and recent Bad Language headliner;

Rod Tame, a widely renowned performance poet with a penchant for sonic screwdrivers, gays and geeks.

Kate Feld, a brilliant creative non-fiction writer best known for The Manchizzle, the Real Story and the Blog North Awards.

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.

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 – postponed

Please note this event has been postponed. More information will be announced as it comes.

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 House

The 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.