Bad Language in July: Wyl Menmuir


Open mic spots are now available for Bad Language in July.


This month’s Bad Language is on July 27 at The Castle in Manchester

Our headliner is Salt Publishing’s WYL MENMUIR. He’s a Stockport lad living in Cornwall and his debut novel is The Many. He’s a freelance editor and literacy consultant, and when he’s not writing, you’ll find him out on the water or up on the cliffs – anywhere there’s a view of the sea.

“Ominous, subtle and beautiful – an intensely resonant trawling of suffering’s deep currents.” — Michael Marshall Smith on The Many

We have ten 4-minute open mic places, the performers of which are David Scott, Kate Feld, Karl Lagen, Marli Roode, Jimbo Agogo, Lily Beck, Omar Malas, Phil Olsen, Alice Spencer & Lucie Apampa.

Wednesday 27 July 2016 7.30pm at The Castle pub, Oldham Street, Manchester. Free admission. 

Join our Facebook event here

Bad Language in June: Richard Barrett

Our headliner for Bad Language on June 29th at The Castle is RICHARD BARRETT. 

Richard Barrett’s poetry collections include A Personal History of ApathyEndless / Nameless with Rachel Sills, and HUGZ. His new collection LOVE LIFE! is forthcoming on Stranger Press. He’s currently working on The Saragossa Manuscript, which takes in the 1990s West Yorkshire rave scene, and Super Normal, described as “a non-fiction prose account of Richard’s contribution to the history of the world during the years 2013 to 2015”.

Locals may know Richard best as a mainstay of Manchester poetry night The Other Room. And when he’s not being experimental with poetry, he spends time following celebrity Twitter feuds.
Our open mic line-up is:

Ava MacPherson, Cátia Soeiro, Christopher Nosnibor, Daniel Boylan, Daniel O’Sullivan, Fielding Ronshaugen, Leonie Ferrer, Maria Alejandra, Rob Miur, Stan Benes.

Wednesday 29 June 2016 7.30pm at The Castle pub, Oldham Street, Manchester. Free admission. Click here for the Facebook event.

Bad Language in May: Iain Maloney

We’re delighted to welcome Iain Maloney back to the Bad Language stage for the first time on his own.
Iain Maloney is the author of three novels – The Waves Burn Bright, Silma Hill and First Time Solo – and editor of In The Empty Places, a collection of short stories and art. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and in 2014 he was shortlisted for the Guardian Not The Booker prize.

He is also a freelance editor and journalist, sits on the editorial board of Eastlit Magazine and is Reviews Editor of Shoreline of Infinity.

He was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland and he currently lives in Japan. He studied English at the University of Aberdeen and graduated from the University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing Masters in 2004.

Our open mic for this month features:

Trevor Moss
Joe Clarke
Helen Clare
George Irwell
Luca Larpi
Jamie Ryder
Jahmel COleman
Tara Misu
Zoe Bangs
Clare Archibald

Bad Language in April: Lara Williams

Lara Williams

We are excited to welcome one of Manchester’s finest to our stage as her debut collection launches… alongside, of course, our open mic stars (scroll down for names).

Lara Williams’ ‘Treats’ is released on Freight Books and Lara will be reading from it at our April event.
Lara Williams is a writer based in Manchester. She has had short fiction published by McSweeney’s, Litro and various other publications and websites, and her journalism and non-fiction has appeared in the Guardian, NME and the Manchester Evening News.

Praise for Treats:
‘Lara Williams is one to watch. Five stars.’ The List
‘Something Katherine Mansfield might have written, if she lived in a world with iPhones and Topshop.’ Huffington Post
The Skinny’s literary discovery of 2016 so far, it may well remain so by year’s end.’

Open mic stars this month are: Alistair Norman, David Scott, Jamie Ryder, Jasmine Chatfield, Jim Coyle,Naomi Sumner, Sam Illingworth, Sarah-Clare Conlon, Sean Stapleton, Tarsa Misu.

This month, Bad Language will be a solo endeavour as Fat Roland guides the ship all night, alone, bobbing on choppy waters.

Literary Death Match Manchester, 22 April 2016


The legendary Literary Death Match makes its Manchester debut. Presented by LDM, Bad Language and Picador, you’ll witness literature, spectacle, tipsiness and hilarity in droves.

(Quick ticket link.)

Four writers read their own work for seven minutes or less, and are then judged by three all-star judges. Two finalists are chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match finale, a vaguely-literary game to decide the ultimate winner.

Literary Merit: Joe Stretch, Somerset Maugham Award-winning author of The Adult, Friction and Wildlife
Performance: Rebecca England, writer, actor and cast member in Murder, Inc.
Intangibles: Harriet Dyer, Laughter Lounge Award-winning comedian and performer, host of Barking Tales

* Sarah Butler, author of Before the Fire and Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love
* Emma Chapman, author of Dylan Thomas Prize long-listed How To Be A Good Wife and The Last Photograph
* Keisha Thompson, poet, singer, philosophy & politics graduate
* Trevor Byrne, author of Ghosts and Lightning, a Book of the Year in The Guardian and The Irish Times

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga.

Friday April 22nd, Gorilla Manchester. We start at 7.15pm. Tickets are £8 and can be bought here.

Bad Language with Nikesh Shukla, 30 March 2016


Bad Language’s headliner in March is the amazing Nikesh Shukla.

Nikesh was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, won Best Novella at the Sabotage Awards, and his novel Meatspace was compared by the Guardian to Douglas Coupland’s Generation X. He is a movie writer, podcaster and former writer-in-residence for BBC Asian Network and Royal Festival Hall.

With Sunny Singh and Media Diversified, Nikesh recently launched the Jhalak Prize For Book Of The Year By A Writer Of Colour. This followed growing calls for better representation of BAME writers in UK publishing. He is also editor of the forthcoming essay collection The Good Immigrant.

As ever, we have ten open mic spots which this month are filled by:

Trevor Moss

David Hartley

Jeffrey Philip Poyser

Niamh Smith

Roma Havers

Nija Dalal-Small

Naomi Summer

Tara Sherman

Lily Beck

David Scott

Wednesday 30 March 2016 7.30pm at The Castle pub, Oldham Street, Manchester. Free admission. Click here to join the Facebook event.

Voices of the City at Manchester Jewish Museum


In May, we host our first event at Manchester Jewish Museum. We have commissioned new and established writers to create a series of short stories and poems inspired by archival footage of Manchester from the collections at North West Film Archive.

Using footage chosen by the authors, new writing will weave through historical shots, creating a unique live literature experience in one of the city’s finest hidden gems. The new work will blend both fact and fiction to show the way North Manchester used to live and lives now.

Our line-up will be:
Marli Roode
Rodge Glass
Polly Checkland Harding
Abi Hynes
Benjamin Judge
David Hartley

This event is in partnership with Manchester Jewish Museum and Manchester After Hours. A collection of the writing will be available to purchase after the event.

Thursday 12 May 2016 9pm at Manchester Jewish Museum, Cheetham Hill Road. Tickets are £5 – buy your tickets now.