[EVENT CANCELLED] Bad Language with Iain Maloney

Please note this month’s Bad Language has been CANCELLED in the light of the current pandemic. It’s with deep regret we’ve had to make this decision, but other Manchester spoken word nights have taken similar action and it feels like the right thing to do. We’ll see you again soon!

This month’s Bad Language turns its attention to creative non-fiction as Iain Maloney launches his new memoir The Only Gaijin In The Village.

The last time Iain headlined Bad Language, Iain was in the process moving from the big city lights to a rural village in his native Japan. This new memoir, published in March 2020 by Polygon, tells the story of his life in the countryside as he attempts to fit in, be accepted and fulfil his duties as a member of the community, despite being the only foreigner in the village. A story of culture shock, amateur farming, venomous snakes, potential missile strikes and bees the size of small birds. The Japan Times hailed The Only Gaijin In The Village as a “thought-provoking, lively examination of one immigrant’s quest to create a new home”.

Aberdeen-born Iain Maloney is the author of three novels and a poetry collection. He has been shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and the Guardian Not The Booker Prize. We are delighted to welcome Iain back to the Bad Language stage.

And of course, we have our open mic. We release spots on Tuesday 10th March 2020. Open mic spots are four minutes long including plugging and preamble. There will be ten open mic spaces available, five of which are reserved for people who have never performed with us before. From Friday 10th March (and no earlier!), email openmic@badlanguagemcr.com to ask for a spot.

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel – support this event by donating in advance here. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

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