Introducing the new Bad Language co-host

On Wednesday we bid farewell to Dan and Nici, who have been co-hosting Bad Language events for three years. They’ll be stepping down from the monthly Manchester events to run things on a national level.

We introduced you all to our brand new co-host, Fat Roland, who wrote this lovely blog about what he wants to do with the events.

If you want to see the full announcement again, here it is!

An Announcement

This Wednesday, our usual Bad Language event will mark a sad occasion. Yes, we will have the usual incredible open mic performances, and we have a brilliant headliner in the shape of Emma Lannie, but we will also be saying goodbye to two of our hosts.

Daniel Carpenter and Nici West were two of the co-founders of Bad Language, and later this month they will be upping sticks and moving to the big smoke where they’ll be looking to spread the Bad Language word.

But do not fear, this is not the end of Bad Language in Manchester. Fellow co-founder and host Joe Daly will still be running both the monthly event at The Castle and more events in the city, and not only that but he will be joined by a BRAND NEW HOST who will be joining the Bad Language family for their Manchester endeavours.

But who is this host? Where did they come from?

We’ll be introducing you to them this coming Wednesday, but to keep you guessing, here’s an anagram that just might give you a clue:

‘Lonely Touting’

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A selection of books from performers and headliners over the past three years.

Bad Language in February

Another month, and another Bad Language event is upon us.

This month we have two excellent literary events for you to get involved in.

First up, Bad Language are doing an hour of completely free words at the Royal Exchange as part of their SFX season on Friday 21st February. You can find information on that here.

We also have our regular Bad Language event at The Castle Hotel.

Our headliner for February will be Emma Lannie, who will be reading from her debut collection, ‘Behind a Wardrobe in Atlantis’.

Emma J. Lannie explores extraordinary moments within ordinary lives, that are evocative of fairy tale and myth. A magical collection of short fiction.

“Lannie explores the subtle dislocations that occur within relationships in a clear-eyed prose that is eloquent, graceful, and quiet. These tales occupy a landscape of emotional and physical impacts, of fallible characters longing for a connection but who find themselves at odds with the world, a world often sorrowful and darkly beautiful. Illuminating the fragility of human relationships, these are the sorts of stories we tell ourselves to survive. A truly remarkable first collection, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.” Ray Robinson.

On the open mic will be one of Bad Language’s very own hosts, as well as:

Tony Baxter
Tom Smith
Jackson Gadd
Sue Barnard
Alan Creedon
Stephanie Sabathy
Nadine West
Tom Kwei
Jake Duff

That’s Wednesday February 26th at 19:30. Free entry.

FACEBOOK LINK

Bad Language in January

Bad Language returns to The Castle Hotel, deep in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter for another night of absolutely brilliant spoken word and poetry.

Our headliner is the fantastic Stephen McGeagh. His first novel, Habit is described as, “Think Bret Easton Ellis. On a writing break in the north of England. And all he packed was Fight Club and some early Stephen King novels. Stephen McGeagh’s powerful debut will stay with you for a long time.”

On our open mic, we’re proud to have a host of amazing spoken word performers, writers and poets. This month we’ve got:

Joy France
Sarah Dixon
James Varney
Fin Jackson
John G Hall
Dominic Simpson
Polly Checkland
Lenni Sanders
Trevor Meany

So get yourselves down to The Castle on Oldham Street on the 29th of January at 7:30pm. The event is free, and you can find more details here.

Bad Language’s Third Birthday

Three years is a long time, so come on down to The Castle on the 27th November and celebrate with us! There will be cake! There will be ale! There will also be words (probably).

We’re properly excited to announce the line-up for Bad Language’s third birthday. It’s a selection of some of the best performers we’ve had on stage in our three years at The Castle, so we hope you enjoy it.

Dave Hartley
Jackie Hagan
Jo Bell
Abi Hynes
Fat Roland
Trisha Starbrook

Your three hosts, Joe Daly, Nici West and Daniel Carpenter will also be reading some of their own work throughout the night.

27TH NOVEMBER / THE CASTLE HOTEL / FREE ENTRY / 19:30

Bad Language – October

Halloween is upon us, and we’ll be hosting our regular Bad Language event on October 30th at The Castle Hotel.

Joining Dylan Thomas Prize shortlisted author Marli Roodie on stage are some of the finest spoken word artists, writers and poets in the North West.

Marli was born in South Africa in 1984 and moved to the UK when she was 17. After earning both a BA and an MA in Philosophy and Literature, she worked as a freelance journalist in London before beginning work on her novel, Call It Dog, at Manchester University’s Centre for New Writing. Her short stories Second Degree and Spring Tide were published in the 2009 and 2010 Bristol Short Story Prize Anthologies; Pieces Green was shortlisted for the 2011 Bridport Prize.

http://marliroode.co.uk/

The full line-up is as follows:

Mark Powell
Tom Kwei
Rosie Daniels
Dominic Simpson
Gareth Cutter
Matthew Lloyd
Joe Cooper
Jennifer Browne
Claire Urwin

Facebook event link here.

Bad Language – September

This month our regular Bad Language event at The Castle welcomes the incredible Tony Walsh to the stage. He’ll be headlining the night and will be accompanied by an amazing line-up of open mic performers including:

Tom Mason
Dave Hartley
David Judge
Dave Viney
James Lawton
Adam Blaize
Geraint Thomas
Thomas Kwei
Jake Kraweckyi

There will be announcements about some brilliant new Bad Language events coming in the next few months, as well as The Castle’s usual array of wonderful drinks.

You can find the Facebook link to the event here

FREE ENTRY / THE CASTLE HOTEL / 25TH SEPTEMBER / 19:30

Bad Language – August

Bad Language returns to The Castle Hotel for another night of the best spoken word in the North West.

Our headliner for August is Sarah Dobbs. Sarah is the author of Killing Daniel, published by Unthank Books and has appeared in a number of anthologies. She is currently working on her latest novel, Lemonade Girl.

http://sarahjanedobbs.wordpress.com/

Joining her for our open mic sessions are nine of the finest performers of spoken word around:

Trisha Starbrook
Lee Moore
Luke Helly
Adam Baird
Owen Lowery
Leo Cookman
Jasmine Chatfield
LJ Spillaine
Joanna Hope

Your host Dan Carpenter will also be performing.

FREE ENTRY / THE CASTLE HOTEL OLDHAM ST / 19:30 / 28TH AUGUST

Bad Language at The Castle Hotel – July

Bad Language returns to The Castle Hotel for another night of the best spoken word in the North West.

Our headliner for July is Quietus editor John Doran.

Recently on his 42nd birthday Quietus Editor and VICE columnist John Doran decided that he was going to write a novel. Not being schooled in these matters he decided to start from the beginning and set about starting with a world-beating first sentence. After studying the opening words of literature’s great tomes, he devised a scientific formula to construct an opening line so powerful it would literally make your tits fall off if you heard it unprepared. So there you have it… come and hear John Doran read the first sentence of his debut novel. It will make you weep like a child. And if it doesn’t, he’ll repeat it until it does.

John Doran was born in St Helens and has written for the BBC, the WIRE, Metal Hammer, the Stool Pigeon, VICE, the Word, Plan B and Careless Talk Costs Lives.

Joining him onstage on the open mic this month is:

Zach Roddis
Dale Lately
Jake Duff
Luke Helly
Owen Lowery
Michael Wilson
Kate Ashley
Trisha Starbrook
Eli Regan

Which we think you’ll agree is a rather wonderful lineup indeed!

THE CASTLE HOTEL / 31ST JULY / 19:30 / FREE ENTRY

Bad Language – June

June is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting Bad Language events of the year. Not only do we have short story writer Zoe Lambert, author of the magnificent collection ‘The War Tour’ headlining, but we have these amazing people performing on the open mic:

Katie Anderson
Sian Rathore
Benjamin Judge
Rob Cutforth
Michelle Green
Niamh Smith
Innes Morrison
Lara Williams
Chris Gill

Your hosts for the night will be Joe Daly, and Nici West who will also be reading some of her brilliant work.

Amongst those onstage are a good number of brand new performers, so if you want to be there at the beginning of the next big spoken word performer’s career – get down to The Castle on June 26th at 7:30pm.

Entry is Free.