Bad Language with Lenni Sanders

Our headliner this month is Lenni Sanders, a well-known face on the Manchester scene as a poet, Writing Squad alumni and as half of the duo Dead Lads. We’ll be celebrating Lenni’s debut pamphlet Poacher available on the wonderful Emma Press.

Our open mic superstars will be David Bond, David Hartley, Jess Smith, Lucy Holt, Megan Holland, Rose Proudfoot, Steve Mingle, Sul Mulroy, Terry Caffrey – plus a special spot from Johnny Payne.

Your hosts will be Fat Roland (the one with the cartoons) and Joe Daly (the one who always always complains about his trousers).

Wednesday 30 October 2019, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language with Jean Sprackland


Bad Language with Jean Sprackland, Gullivers Manchester, 7.30pm, pay what you want

Our next Bad Language is on September 25th with Jean Sprackland.

Jean Sprackland is winner of the Costa Poetry Award and the Portico Prize for Non-Fiction in 2012. Her books have also been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the TS Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Award. She teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Arvon Foundation. She is also Chair of the Poetry Archive, the world’s premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work.

Open mic applications are closed for this event. Watch this space for the names of this month’s wonderful open mic performers.

“‘These poems are exact and well-made, their lightness of touch often given drive by a fierce vocabulary.’ – Peter Scupham, The Literary Review on Green Noise

Wednesday 25 September 2019, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language: End-Of-Summer Open Mic Spectacular

It’s hot, but summer is about to come crashing to an end – all the more reason to say goodbye to August with a BAD LANGUAGE OPEN MIC SPECTACULAR.

Yes, we’re late organising this because Fats has been in Edinburgh and Joe has been learning water polo in the fountains of Piccadilly Gardens.

We have a TONNE of open mic places to give away. Do you fancy a four-minute spot of poetry or prose? Email right away.

We especially welcome applications from under-represented voices (and yes, on the open mic scene, that includes women!). Tell your networks.

Don’t want to read – come along and be part of our ever-fabulous audience. Let’s have a summer-ending sun-exploding super-literary social!

Wednesday 28 August 2019, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language in June: open mic + extra Fat Roland

Bad Language is back with the last show before Fat Roland goes to the Edinburgh Fringe. So we’ll have a couple of extra open mic acts plus Fats doing some Fringe preview stuff. Sound good?

Bad Language is a literature organisation based in Manchester dedicated to the promotion and development of new writing. Every month we feature a bunch of brilliant open mic people doing fiction and poetry – and half of those people will be brand new to our stage.

Doors 7.30pm, with all the wordy fun happening from 8pm until 10pm. Admission: pay what you want.

(Next month, it will be a guest co-host with Joe, like Have I Got News For You.)

Wednesday 26 June 2019, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language in May: Glen James Brown

We are very excited to welcome Glen James Brown as our headliner for May. His Orwell Prize-longlisted working class novel Ironopolis was described as ‘nothing short of a triumph’ by The Guardian.

Glen was born in County Durham in 1982 and studied English at Leeds Becketts University. In 2013 he won an AHRC scholarship to study for an M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, where he graduated with distinction and the Kate Betts Memorial Award. Ironopolis is his first novel. He lives in Manchester.

Ironopolis is set on a sprawling fictional council estate that is being demolished and rebuilt by a housing association, the working-class community being split up and scattered forever. It takes the form of 6-interconnected narratives across three generations and 60 years. All the people in the book find themselves haunted by a creature called Peg Powler, who is a ‘real’ bit of Teesside folklore.

Our open mic names will follow shortly.

Wednesday 29 May 2019, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Short Short Story Slam

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The ultimate fiction fight comes to Manchester as writers wrangle to become champion of the Short Short Story Slam. 

Writers will arm themselves with their sharpest short stories in a series of tense but hilarious head-to-heads. Each contestant will get written off one-by-one until only one winning wordsmith remains.

Who will prevail? The funny contestant with the naughty words? The arty contestant with the quill and the beret? The contestant you’re pretty sure is a badger dressed as a novelist? You decide – like a rampaging rum-sozzled panel of Booker judges, it’s the audience that decrees who stays and who gets deleted.

Get your limited £5 early-bird tickets now!

Performers in our Short Short Story Slam:
Jack Greeney | Sarah Taberner | Nicky Grant | Miles Hadfield | Addae G | Mark Powell | Dave Hartley | Ian Peek
We could do with more performers – especially women. Fancy a go?

This authorial apocalypse is hosted by Bad Language, a leading light in Manchester’s literary scene, taking on the mantle from its original hosts, short story performers The Flashtag Writers.

Tuesday 18 June 2019, 7pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Buy £5 early-bird tickets here. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language presents Disturbing The Beast: Women Of Weird Fiction

Disturbing the Beast

Join Bad Language for an evening of readings to celebrate Feminist Book Fortnight and the release of Disturbing The Beast, a brilliant brand new collection of weird fiction stories by some of the best women writers in the UK.

The short stories in Disturbing The Beast boast breath-taking prose and thought-provoking plots. The book is produced by Boudicca Press, a new imprint showcasing the work of leftfield female literary talent. The collection smashed its target on Kickstarter, and now you can hear those stories up-close and live – and buy a copy of the book on the night.

The fictional tales swerve mainstream, contemporary literature and provide something much more memorable, with subjects including lesser-talked-about female-centred topics such as sexual abuse, pregnancy issues and body image. Writers in the anthology include Kirsty Logan, Jane Alexander, Rosie Garland, Lorraine Wilson, Aliya Whiteley, Cheryl Powell, Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Caroline Steed and Sam Mills.

We are delighted to have performing at this event:

Rosie is a novelist, poet and member of Goth-inspired band The March Violets. her latest book is The Night Brother, a tale set in dark 19th-century Manchester. You may also know her as Rosie Lugosi The Vampire Queen – and as the new writer-in-residence at Manchester’s historic John Rylands Library.

Sam is the author of The Quiddity of Will Self and co-founder of independent publishing company Dodo Ink. Her journalism and essays have been published in The Guardian, The Independent and The Weeklings. She’s also a freelance editor and is working on her new book, The Fragments of My Father, due out in 2020.

Abi is a fiction writer who was shortlisted for the Bath Novella-in-Flash award. She has also written for TV, theatre and film, founding theatre and film company Faro Productions and cabaret collective First Draft. She has also has written for LGBT History Month and is a graduate of Channel 4’s 4Screenwriting programme.

Book your free ticket here.

Bad Language is Manchester’s leading spoken word night whose recent featured performers have included Jess Green, Shirley May and Beth Underdown, Feminist Book Fortnight is a celebration of feminist books with over 50 events taking part in bookshops across the UK.

Wednesday 8 May 2019, 7pm at Blackwell’s Bookshop, University Green, Manchester. Book your free tickets here. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.