Our open mic names this month are: Anna Percy, Chris Bainbridge, Dan Parr, Fionna Allen, Gloria Dawson, Harry Jelly, Lewi Martin, Lisa Luxx, Mark G & Naomi Sumner.
This month’s headliner is Manchester writer Neil Campbell. He has written short story collections (Broken Doll, Pictures From Hopper), poetry collections (Bird, Bugsworth Diary), a short fiction chapbook (Ekphrasis) and a Nightjar book (Jackdaws). If that’s not enough, he has also appeared in Unthology (Bad Language headliners at the start of this year), Stockholm Review and Best British Short Stories.
For his debut appearance at Bad Language, we’ll be celebrating Neil’s first novel Sky Hooks (Salt). It’s not published until later in October, but we will have exclusive copies for sale on the night.
Praise for Neil’s previous work: “A vital writer, in touch with people and the natural and constructed worlds around us,” says Nicholas Royle. “The dialogue is note perfect and has a studied, savage banality,” says Paul Magrs. “Stories… as eerie and lonely as any Hopper painting,” says Nuala Ní Chonchúir.