#BadLanguage50: Jo Bell

Jo Bell

This is gonna be a special one. It’s our 50th regular Bad Language event, and we’re delighted to welcome back to our stage JO BELL.

Jo is an outspoken, well-spoken poetry pundit. She is the UK Canal Laureate for the Poetry Society and the Canals & Rivers Trust. Her 52 Project won Best One-Off Event at the 2015 Saboteur Awards.  Her new collection Kith is out now.

“Witty, sexy and deft, Jo Bell’s verse has an easy charm that hides a sometimes painful honesty… Kith is a wonderful collection.” Stuart Maconie

“Jo Bell is one of the most exciting poets now writing and no time is wasted in the company of her work.” Carol Ann Duffy

Open Mic:

Charlotte Maxwell
Adam Farrer
Kate Feld
Maggie Mackay
Amy Whitell
Yvonne Battle-Felton
Sarah Jasmon
Naomi Kruger
Annette Skade
Robert Harper

Wed 24 June 2015 7.30pm
The Castle, Manchester
Free entry

Best Regular Spoken Word Night: Saboteur Awards 2015

Winner: Bad LanguageBad Language won the gong for best regular spoken word night at a grand Saboteur Awards ceremony in London.

Co-founders Joe Daly and Dan Carpenter collected the award and a bottle of bubbly. Winners also included Bad Language performers Jo Bell (Best One-Off Event) and Jackie Hagan (Best Spoken Word Show).

Joe Daly said: “I’m proud of Daniel Carpenter, Fat Roland and Nici West but also all our headliners and the whole community in Manchester and further afield that have supported us, and the incredibly strong live literature scene in the city.”

Bad Language’s next outing at The Castle is our 50th regular event, so expect a big #BadLanguage50 celebration co-hosted by a jubilant and therefore slightly annoying Joe and Fats. Our headliner will be fellow award-winner and poet extraordinaire Jo Bell.

Bad Language in May: Michelle Green

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

Photo: manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

Photo: manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

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

After Hours portrait

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.