We’re having a fun time right now. We’ve just sold out at Manchester Literature Festival, had an amazing night at the Portico Library, returned to a great reception at the Royal Exchange, and later this month we’re making our London debut at Mirrors festival.
One of our Manchester Literature Festival stars will be our headliner at this month’s special one-off Bigger Bad Language on October 26th at Gullivers.
Mark Pajak’s hot-off-the-press first collection Spitting Distance is the poetry winner of the 2016 Bridport Prize. We’re delighted to welcome him to the Bad Language stage just days after his Bridport win.
Other credits include being a Laureate’s Choice poet, getting commended in Buzzwords Cheltenham poetry prize and The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition, and winning a 2016 Northern Writers Award. He is this year’s Apprentice Poet in Residence at Ilkley Literature Festival.
His collection is full of “insight and imaginative,” says Carol Ann Duffy. “Fresh, urgent, alive, awake, with such a strong visceral impact… There is a fierce intelligence at play here,” says Patience Agbabi.
Alongside Mark on our Gullivers stage, we will have our ten open mic stars. This time, most of them never have performed for us before. Those names are:
Barbara Robinson, Barry Evans, Bryce Main, Charles Eades, Emily Stuart, Johnny Rodgers, Phil Olsen, Ros Ballinger, Stephanie Lonsdale
Wednesday 26 October 2016 7.30pm upstairs at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Free admission.