Bad Language presents Disturbing The Beast: Women Of Weird Fiction

Disturbing the Beast

Join Bad Language for an evening of readings to celebrate Feminist Book Fortnight and the release of Disturbing The Beast, a brilliant brand new collection of weird fiction stories by some of the best women writers in the UK.

The short stories in Disturbing The Beast boast breath-taking prose and thought-provoking plots. The book is produced by Boudicca Press, a new imprint showcasing the work of leftfield female literary talent. The collection smashed its target on Kickstarter, and now you can hear those stories up-close and live – and buy a copy of the book on the night.

The fictional tales swerve mainstream, contemporary literature and provide something much more memorable, with subjects including lesser-talked-about female-centred topics such as sexual abuse, pregnancy issues and body image. Writers in the anthology include Kirsty Logan, Jane Alexander, Rosie Garland, Lorraine Wilson, Aliya Whiteley, Cheryl Powell, Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Caroline Steed and Sam Mills.

We are delighted to have performing at this event:

Rosie is a novelist, poet and member of Goth-inspired band The March Violets. her latest book is The Night Brother, a tale set in dark 19th-century Manchester. You may also know her as Rosie Lugosi The Vampire Queen – and as the new writer-in-residence at Manchester’s historic John Rylands Library.

Sam is the author of The Quiddity of Will Self and co-founder of independent publishing company Dodo Ink. Her journalism and essays have been published in The Guardian, The Independent and The Weeklings. She’s also a freelance editor and is working on her new book, The Fragments of My Father, due out in 2020.

Abi is a fiction writer who was shortlisted for the Bath Novella-in-Flash award. She has also written for TV, theatre and film, founding theatre and film company Faro Productions and cabaret collective First Draft. She has also has written for LGBT History Month and is a graduate of Channel 4’s 4Screenwriting programme.

Book your free ticket here.

Bad Language is Manchester’s leading spoken word night whose recent featured performers have included Jess Green, Shirley May and Beth Underdown, Feminist Book Fortnight is a celebration of feminist books with over 50 events taking part in bookshops across the UK.

Wednesday 8 May 2019, 7pm at Blackwell’s Bookshop, University Green, Manchester. Book your free tickets here. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

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