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.

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.


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!


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.

An Evening with Rob Newman

Come along and meet author and comedian ROBERT NEWMAN reading from and discussing his stunning new novel The Trade Secret.

Supporting will be brilliant and entertaining writing talents ROSIE GARLAND and ANNELIESE MACKINTOSH. Your compere is ‘idiot fictionist’ FAT ROLAND.

Use your ticket to get £3 off Rob’s new book on the night!

£3 advance. £4 on the door. Tickets available here.

Hosted by leading Manchester literary lovelies Blackwell’s and Bad Language.

Bad Language – May

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

Our headliner for May will be Gregory Normington.

His novels include The Ship of Fools (2002), Arts and Wonders (2004), Ghost Portrait (2005) and Serious Things (2008), all published by Sceptre. The Lost Art of Losing, a collection of aphorisms, was published by Vagabond Voices in 2012, and in 2013 Comma Press will bring out his first collection of short stories.

Gregory Norminton wrote the stories ‘Fall Caesar’, ‘The Poison Tree’ and ‘The Fortress at Bruges’ for BBC Radio 4, and his short stories have appeared in editions of Prospect, Resurgence, London Magazine and Zembla.

Norminton’s work for radio includes dramatisations of The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster and Utz by Bruce Chatwin. He is an occasional contributor to The Verb on BBC Radio 3.

He is the editor for acclaimed short story collection Beacons.

Joining him on the open mic will be:

Dave Hartley

Alex Klineberg

Sarah O’Neill

Matthew Lidis

Geraint Thomas

Kieren King

Adam Baird

Lee Moore

Mark Powell

Dominique Olivier


Bad Language in April

Bad Language returns to The Castle for our amazing April event. Headlining the night will be none other than Rosie Garland, author of The Palace of Curiosities.

Joining her onstage will be some of the finest spoken word performers in the North West.

Anneliese Mackintosh
Dale Lately
Tom Mason
Zach Roddis
Lenni Sanders
Jake Duff
Chris Matthews
Guy Garrud
Rod Tame

I think you’ll agree that, that there is one fine line up of performers!

Join us at 7:30pm on Wednesday 24th of April for the best free spoken word in the city! Please do get down early to secure a seat.


Bad Language in collaboration with Freight Books are proud to present Rodge Glass who will be launching his collection of short stories, ‘LoveSexTravelMusik’ at the Bakerie Tasting Store in the heart of the Northern Quarter, on May 9th.


Rodge Glass is the author of the crticially acclaimed Manchester United focussed novel, ‘Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs’ which The Guardian called, “an intriguing look at football’s strange, quasi-religious hold over the men who contort their faces in anguish and ecstasy every Saturday afternoon.”


His latest collection examines the EasyJet generation, and has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award. Traveller Magazine called it, “Beautiful, profound, sometimes heartbreaking, this literary triumph shows the levelling impact of low-cost travel, from the lads’ weekend in Eastern Europe that spirals out of control to the middle-aged woman considering local love options in Tunisia.”


He will launch the novel at The Bakerie Tasting Store with support from flash fiction pioneer David Gaffney, and Anneliese Mackintosh who was featured most recently in the ‘Best British Short Stories 2013’


Bad Language co-founder Daniel Carpenter said of the event, “This is a chance for audiences to see three of the most exciting and innovative authors in the North West at one of the most unique venues in the city centre.”


The event will be free to attend, and will start at 19:30.




Rodge Glass is the author of the novels No Fireworks and Hope for Newborns, as well as Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography, which received a Somerset Maugham Award in 2009. He was co-author of the graphic novel Dougie’s War: A Soldier’s Story, which was nominated for several awards. In April 2012, his novel ‘Bring me the Head of Ryan Giggs’ was published to critical acclaim, and his latest book is a collection of short stories, ‘Lovesextravelmusik’.


Anneliese Mackintosh has had her work published in Edinburgh Review, Gutter, Outside of a Dog, The Year of Open Doors, From Glasgow to Saturn, and in US literary journals Zygote in my Coffee, Up The Staircase Quarterly, and Citizens For Decent Literature, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland.


David Gaffney is the author of three critically acclaimed micro-fiction collections – Sawn-off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007) and Edgehill Prize-longlisted The Half-life Of Songs (2010) – and novel Never Never (2008). His new collection of short stories, More Sawn-off Tales, is out in May 2013. He comes from Cleator Moor in West Cumbria, and now lives in Manchester.

Freight Books is a new imprint focused on publishing high quality fiction for an English speaking readership. They are committed to publishing work by established writers, brilliant debuts, short story collections, forgotten classics, occasional novels-in-translation and, from time to time, poetry collections. As with their sister publication, Gutter, Scotland’s leading magazine of new writing, Freight’s publications are characterised by brilliant writing, scrupulous editing and the highest standards of presentation.

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