Bad Language in September: Carys Bray


Carys Bray

Our headliner for September will be CARYS BRAY (pictured).

Carys Bray won the Scott prize for her story collection Sweet Home. Her first novel A Song For Issy Bradley was serialised on BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime. The Guardian praised Carys’ “thoroughness, imagination and dexterity”, while the Express called her novel  a “stunning, unmissable debut”. In her spare time, she is probably working on a way to disappear inside books, like Woody Allen’s Sidney Kugelmass….

Join us for Manchester’s liveliest literary night. It’s at The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester at 7.30pm on Wednesday 24th September. Free: no booking required.

(Want an open mic slot? You’re too late for this month, but send us an email anyway. We have a reserve list.

Author photo: Colin McPherson

MLF 2014: Bad Language, Matt Haig & The Writing Squad

Manchester Literature Festival

Manchester’s hottest live lit night, Bad Language, joins forces with The Writing Squad for a bumper Manchester Literature Festival night headlined by novelist Matt Haig.

The bestselling author of The Radleys and The Last Family in England, Haig will read from new book The Humans (“wonderfully funny, gripping and inventive” – The Times).

The Writing Squad runs writing development programmes across the North, nurturing gifted young writers through workshops, mentoring, performances and creative partnerships.

With the pick of the Bad Language collective’s roster of electrifying performers alongside emerging Writing Squad talent (believe us, they’re brilliant!), expect an evening of fresh, original writing.

Saturday 11th October, 8pm, at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation.

Get your tickets before they sell out. Tickets are £6 / £4 via 0843 208 0500 or click here to buy MLF / Bad Language tickets now.

Download the MLF brochure here.

Bad Language in August: SJ Bradley & Richard Smyth

SJ Bradley & Richard Smyth


This months headliners are SJ BRADLEY and RICHARD SMYTH and are brought to you by our friends Dead Ink Books.

SJ BRADLEY is a cat-owning fiction writer who was shortlisted for the Willesden Herald International Short Story prize (because of her writing, not because of the cat). She was one of the brains behind Fictions of Every Kind, a Leeds-based DIY literary social, and her debut novel is called Brick Mother.

RICHARD SMYTH once wrote a book called Bum Fodder. He has written for Riptide Journal, The Fiction Desk, Litro and, crumbs, New Scientist among others. He won an LS13 prize for his short story Deep, and his first novel is called Wild Ink. We have no idea whether he owns a cat.


Our heaving open-mic list this August will be:


Gareth Moore
Adam Blaize
Jenny Turner
Sarah Jasmon
Joshua Judson
Ben Judge
Harry Jelley
Annette Cookson
Andrew Lawson
Trisha Starbrook
Rebecca Smith


Your hosts, as always, will be the just about competent and awake Fat Roland and Joe Daly

Why not tell us you’re coming? Click here for our Facebook event

Kendal Calling: open mic slots available

Kendal flyer

Spoken word performers – bring your poetry & short stories to Kendal Calling!

Bad Language have open mic spots available at their Sunday night event (7pm in The Academy tent). To sign up, you can:

> Turn up to one of the other nights we’re doing (7pm Friday and 7pm Saturday night in The Academy tent);

> or just turn up on Sunday night. First come, first served.

For those new to Bad Language, this is all about the literature – no music. See on site for more details. Do share this Facebook picture if you think people would be interested.

Kendal Calling 2014: The Bad Language spoken word special

Bad Language August 1st - 3rd 2014We’re taking to the fields in August with a series of Bad Language specials at the Lake District music festival Kendal Calling.

Evening performances on August 1st and 2nd will showcase some brilliant literary talent, namely Anneliese Mackintosh, David Hartley, Jackie Hagan, Kieren King, Lenni Sanders, Luke Yates, Socrates Adams and Zach Roddis. Our Kendal Calling debut will be compered by Joe Daly and Fat Roland.

And on August 3rd, Bad Language will host an open mic literary night for Kendal Calling revellers. Ticket holders will have a chance to sign up for a slot on site.

More information when it appears on the Kendal Calling website. It’s a long cry from the back room of The Castle… now where did we put our tent pegs?

Bad Language Royal Exchange July 2014

Bad Language at the Royal Exchange: July 2014

Bad Language Royal Exchange July 2014Bad Language bring 4 of the finest local talents to the Royal Exchange Theatre.

An hour of spoken word performance from some of the shining stars of Manchester’s live literature scene, compered by Bad Language’s entertainingly deadpan new host Fat Roland.

Featuring: Benjamin Judge. Joy France, Lenni Sanders and Sarah-Clare Conlon.

It’s free entry at starts at 6pm sharp on Friday 18th July. Find us in the Great Hall (the main foyer bit).

Bad Language in July: Anneliese Mackintosh

Anneliese Mackintosh

This month, our headliner will be ANNELIESE MACKINTOSH. We missed having Anneliese last time due to illness, so this is Anneliese Part Two: The Revenge…

Anneliese is a short story writer and associate editor whose work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland. The List declared her as “one of the UK’s most exciting new voices” in a five star review for her debut collection Any Other Mouth. The book was recommended as an essential summer read by the Scottish Book Trust” and is a nominee of the Edinburgh Book Festival’s First Book Award.

We’re tremendously excited about Anneliese finally getting the headline slot she deserves, even if Joe and Fats have to wheel her onto that Castle stage!

Bad Language takes place at The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester at 7.30pm on Wednesday July 30. Entry is free.

Our open mic first-team this month is:

Dominic Simpson
Russell Shire
Zach Roddis
Belinda Westlake
Helen Mort
Jenny Browne
Andrew Lawson
Anna Percy
Gareth Taylor
Steve Garside

Click here for the Facebook event – do join!

(Picture: Edinburgh Book Festival.)