Bad Language at Halloween – with Beth Underdown

Beth Underdown box

Our headliner for October 2018 is Beth Underdown, a Rochdale writer whose debut novel The Witchfinder’s Sister is based on the witch-hunts orchestrated by Matthew Hopkins in seventeenth century Essex. She now lives and works in the Peak District, and teaches others how to write. She recently teamed up with the National Trust archive to produce Love makes as many, ghost stories capturing the voices of women at Quarry Bank Mill. We can’t think of a better Halloween headliner.

Spread the word to your ghoul-friends and aaaargh-quaintances that we have ten brilliant open mic readers at Bad Language in Manchester on October 31st. You’re noticing a theme, right? Five of those open mic spaces are reserved for people who have never performed with us before. Line-up announced shortly.

Wednesday 31 October 2018, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Here’s the Facebook event.


Jess Green – Book Tour

Jess Green live in Manchester
We are delighted to bring Jess Green to Manchester for her book tour of the acclaimed A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn.

Jess Green

Jess Green is BBC Poetry Slam Champion 2018, and her poem Dear Mr Gove has clocked up a third of a million views on YouTube.

Her first collection Burning Books was taken from her spoken word show set in an inner city secondary school suffering the cuts and blows of the Coalition government.

Her second collection A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn (Burning Eye Books) sees her falling head over heels in love with Jeremy Corbyn and his “raw Communist sex appeal”.

A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy CorbynWe’re holding this at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Let’s give Jess a brilliant Manchester audience. Advance tickets are £7 and are on sale here.

‘Somehow Jess manages to be hard hitting in a way that’s so subtle you don’t realise until the bruises comes up’ – Scroobius Pip

With support from Jackie Hagan, a Bad Language favourite, and award-winning working-class, queer, disabled, poet, performer, theatre-maker and Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow.

Sunday 28 October 2018, 7pm at International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester. Tickets: £7 in advance. Venue details here. Here’s the Facebook event.

Bad Language in September: bumper open mic

Bad Language is back with a bumper open mic sesh at Gullivers on Wednesday September 26th.

Bad Language is a great place for established and up-and-coming names to try out poetry or fiction. Our audience is super friendly and our performers are super varied. Page poet? Shy novelist? Oulipo unicyclist? Come and read your stuff. (Small print: maybe leave the one-wheeled bike at home.)

Here’s how it works:
> Everyone gets four minutes
> Everyone applauds loads
> Your hosts Joe Daly and Fat Roland will be the most shambolic thing on the night, so our performers look great
> We reserve half our places for those new to Bad Language 

No headliner this month. Just an amazing open mic on one of the nicest stages in Manchester. Come see!

Wednesday 26 September 2018, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Here’s the Facebook event.

Bad Language with Kerry Hadley-Pryce

Bad Language Kerry Hadley Pryce

Our August headliner is the brilliant novelist Kerry Hadley-Pryce.

Amongst other occupations, Kerry worked nights in a Wolverhampton petrol station before studying degrees in English Language and Psychology. She became a secondary school teacher teaching creative writing in the south west before returning to her native Midlands. She wrote The Black Country whilst at MMU’s Manchester Writing School for which she was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for outstanding achievement. Her new novel GAMBLE tells of a guy trying to keep his head in the game, but it’s just not enough…

“Greg Gamble: he’s a teacher, he works hard, he’s a husband, a father. He’s a good man, or tries to be. But even a good man can face a crisis. Even a good man can face temptation. Even a good man can find himself faced with difficult choices.”

“I found Greg Gamble’s thoughts sticking to my own like towpath mud. With sensual, nuanced detail Kerry Hadley-Pryce creates an unrelenting portrait of a man’s dissolution.” Anthony Cartwright

Our open mic spots will be announced shortly.

Wednesday 29 August 2018, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Click here for the Facebook event.

Bad Language with Clare Shaw

GulliversIt’s coming home, it’s coming home, live literature in Manchester is coming home. (Joe, will that do?) Bad Language is back for July

Our headliner this month is Clare Shaw. Her first two collections with Bloodaxe were Straight Ahead (2006), which was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers’ Award for Poetry and attracted a Forward Prize Highly Commended for Best Single Poem, and Head On (2012), which according to the Times Literary Supplement is ‘fierce, memorable and visceral’. Her third collection, Flood, is published by Bloodaxe in June 2018. She is a Royal Literary Fellow, and a regular tutor for the Writing Project, the Poetry School, the Wordsworth Trust and the Arvon Foundation. She also works as a mental health trainer and consultant and has taught and published widely in the field, including Our Encounters with Self-Injury (eds. Baker, Biley and Shaw, PCCS 2013) and Otis Doesn’t Scratch (PCCS 2015), a unique storybook resource for children who live with self-injury. Clare lives in Hebden Bridge with her daughter and their two pet rats; she enjoys rock climbing and wild swimming in cold and beautiful places.

Here are our open mic names this month:

Alan O’Gorman
Sam Smith
Ruthie Adamson
Chris Bainbridge
Boo Hoo
Keri-Ann Moriarty
Miles Hadfield
Bob Horton
Kofi Gyamfi
Mel Tomkins
Laura Bagnall
Nicky Grant
Mary Lockwood
Lewis Gospel

We’ve got old names, new names, and some super sharp(ish) hosting from Joe and Fats. Not been to a spoken word event before? Come and see how Manchester does live literature.  You’ll love it, honest!

Wednesday 25 July 2018, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Click here for the Facebook event.

Bad Language in June – bumper open mic!

A microphone at Bad Language

Fed up with the summer already? Want to hide from that awful sun? Come inside where the literature is hot and the hosts are as fun as hayfever.

At Bad Language on June 27, we’re having a bumper open mic. Expect a packed line-up of talented writers performing four minutes of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction. And unlike most other nights, we especially reserve at least half our slots for newcomers to our stage.

Our open mic names this month are: Adam Evans, Becca Henry, Ben Judge, Chris Moriarty, Dave Smith, Helen Darby, Kate Feld, Lenni Sanders, Lewis Harlock, Mike Conley, Paul Fahey, Ruth Adamson, Sean Dixon, Stuart Cannell

Your hosts will be Bad Language founder and coffee expert Joe Daly, and general shambolic idiot and trampolinist Fat Roland. It’s a friendly stage and you will have a good time. Honest.

See you there, wordchums!

Wednesday 27 June 2018, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Facebook event here.

Bad Language with Malachy Tallack

Malachy Tallack

We are delighted to welcome celebrated non-fiction writer Malachay Tallack as he celebrates the launch of his first novel ‘The Valley at the Centre of the World’

Originally from Shetland, Malachy Tallack is the author of two non-fiction titles, ’60 Degrees North’ and ‘The Un-Discovered Islands’. Both fused nature writing, history and memoir; the first was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award and the second was named Illustrated Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2016. Malachy won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2014, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2015. He is a singer-songwriter as well as a writer and journalist, and lives in Glasgow.

‘What I’ve been waiting for: a moving, authentic novel of the Scottish islands in the twenty-first century.’ Amy Liptrot, Bestselling author of THE OUTRUN

‘A desperately beautiful novel. Tallack writes with such tenderness for his characters and quiet awe for the patch of earth he places them upon. Now that I’ve turned the last page, I find myself experiencing a strange kind of loneliness.’ Sara Baume, author of SPILL SIMMER FALTER WITHER and A LINE MADE BY WALKING

Remember, this is a pay what you feel event, so we hope you feel generous…

Daniel Tasker, Ros Ballinger, Lewis James, Lloyd Matthews, Francesca Giacomozzi, Nicky Grant, Touche LaMore, Jenny Turner, Ellaney Hayden, Joe Woodhouse

Wednesday 30 May 2018, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Free admission. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.