Bad Language Says Goodbye To The Castle

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On Wednesday 28 June, we hold our last regular event at The Castle. Come and celebrate literature, laughter and lashings of booze with a special Bad Language featuring guest readers that have helped make The Castle our home over the past six and a half years.

Bad Language began in November 2010 with a couple of tentative discussion events followed by an anthology launch and a literary pub quiz. The first monthly Bad Language event at The Castle was on 26 January 2011.

Headliners have been numerous, from Anneliese Mackintosh to Wyl Menmuir, and we have branched out to events at the Royal Exchange, Manchester Literature Festival, Kendal Calling and, coming soon, Manchester International Festival. At the heart of Bad Language has been our open mic, and that won’t change when we move from The Castle.

This month, we put our open mic on hold as we invite some of our favourite readers to see off The Castle in style. Bring balloons, bring cake, bring a little pedalo for Joe. Then on 26 July 2017, we relaunch Bad Language at Gullivers, with the next open mic spots available from 10 July.

Come and say goodbye to an amazing venue space – and thanks to The Castle staff for oiling the wheels of live literature for so many years.

Wednesday 28 June 2017, 7.30pm at The Castle pub, Oldham Street, Manchester. Free admission.

MIF: We Need to Talk About Power

Bad Language and FutureEverything, the award-winning lab for digital culture, join forces to ask ‘What Can We Demand of the Digital Age?’

We Need To Talk About Power is a special literature event for Manchester International Festival will explore the relationship between power and digital culture at a time when we need to reinvent the role of narrative to suit our rapidly evolving, technologically mediated society. With contributions from Andrew O’Hagan, the acclaimed author and journalist, and Deanna Rodger, a leading spoken-word artist and the curator of Come Rhyme With Me.

The event is part of We Need To Talk About Power, which also features double-Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy talking about HOME1947 and the partition of British India, and Turner Prize nominee Lubaina Himid, who will give an illustrated talk on art, power and black history.

To see the other Interdependence sessions of provocative MIF conversation, click here.

Saturday 1st July 2017, 10.30am at Halle St Peter’s Blossom Street, Manchester. Tickets £5 – buy now.

An Evening with MMU Writers – June 13th

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We are excited to be teaming up with new research collective Feminsims in Public for a special event showcasing past and present MMU Writers – full details are below.

Researcher collective Feminisms in Public has teamed up with multi award-winning literature organisation Bad Language to present An Evening with MMU Writers, an event that takes an alternative look at writing talent from Manchester Metropolitan University.

The writers on the evening’s line-up include winners of the Bridport Prize, Not the Booker Prize and a British Fantasy Award, all of whom will read pieces that creatively respond to the theme of gender and sexuality. A unique insight into the creative work taking place as part of and alongside world-leading research, An Evening with MMU Writers will take place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation on 13 June. Tickets are free, and can be booked via Eventbrite.

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Bad Language with Gregory Norminton

Our headliner on 31 May 2017 is author Gregory Norminton. Gregory has had several novels out on Sceptre, the imprint which is also home to Melvyn Bragg and David Mitchell, and has a fifth novel, The Devil’s Highway, coming out next year. His stories have appeared on BBC Radio 4 and he is no stranger to BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. When he’s not being broadcast to the world, he lectures in creative writing at MMU. Tonight, we celebrate the follow-up to his 2013 short-story collection Thumbnails: The Ghost Who Bled (Comma Press) contains short fiction that spans centuries and continents, from deeply insecure time travellers to medieval mystics and futuristic body modification cults,

As ever, there are ten open mic spots on offer. Read the detail here, then email us on openmic@badlanguagemcr.com.

“[The Ghost Who Bled] is a sublime collection of short stories by a writer whose breath-taking flexibility of style gives life to an array of different voices… Unfailingly beautiful, deceptively simple and lyrically powerful.” The Irish Times

“There is a yesteryear quality to much of Gregory Norminton’s writing, at least in these stories, several of which look backward in style to classics of the genre.” Asian Review Of Books

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 7.30pm at The Castle pub, Oldham Street, Manchester. Free admission. Join the Facebook event here.

Bad Language at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Manchester After Hours - Bad Language at Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Multi award-winning literature organisers Bad Language present an immersive evening of storytelling in the beautifully-restored surrounds of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

The city’s finest writers and live performers will read specially-commissioned pieces responding to the living history of the house of Elizabeth Gaskell, author of Mary Barton and North And South, in a promenade style performance.

This is part of the 2017 Manchester After Hours festival. Performances from 6.30pm. No booking necessary.

Thursday 18 May 2017, 6.30pm at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Plymouth Grove, Manchester. Free admission. Join the Facebook event here.

Bad Language with Beth Underdown

The Castle Manchester 26 April 2017 7.30pm Free

Our headliner this month is a debut novelist. Beth Underdown used to work at Phaidon Press before joining the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing as lecturer. Her first book The Witchfinder’s Sister centres around Alice Hopkins, brother of Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General who hunted down over a hundred so-called witches in the seventeenth century Essex. Beth Underdown is no stranger to Bad Language, and we’re delighted to welcome her to our stage.

‘Beth Underdown grips us from the outset and won’t let go…at once a feminist parable and an old-fashioned, check-twice-under-the-bed thriller.’ Patrick Gale, author of Notes from an Exhibition
‘A tense, surprising and elegantly-crafted novel.’ Ian McGuire, author of The North Water

Our open mic this month is: Essjay, Zena Barie, Francis Wyne, Mark Rawlins, Cameryn Moore, Jo Howard, David Judge, Kofi Gyamfi, Rosie Fleeshman, Katie Cleaver.

Wednesday 26 April 2017, 7.30pm at The Castle pub, Oldham Street, Manchester. Free admission. Join the Facebook event here.

Bad Language with David Gaffney

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Our headliner this month is DAVID GAFFNEY, author of Sawn-Off Tales and all-round short story guru.

His creative projects have revolved around lost cat posters, motorway junctions, Powerpoint software, Piccadilly train station, and “Men Who Like Women Who Smell of Their Jobs”. He has worked on an opera, a live graphic novel, and has penned work for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine. His latest work is a novel All The Places I’ve Ever Lived – part ghost story, part murder ballad and part crime thriller. Copies of David’s book will be available on the night.

These are the open mic superstars joining us this month:

Abi Hynes
Beverley Butcher
Bryce Main
Chris Neilan
Gavin Pate
Sarah-Clare Conlon
Sean Stapleton
Steve Timms
Susan Wainwright
Victoria Tann

Wednesday 29 March 2017 7.30pm at The Castle pub, Oldham Street, Manchester. Free admission. Join the Facebook event now.

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