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.

You can let us know you’re coming by joining the Facebook event.

Bad Language in March

Bad Language returns to The Castle hotel on Wednesday 27th March for another night of spoken word, prose and poetry.

Our headline act this month will be Luke Samuel Yates, who will be reading from his pamphlet, ‘The pair of scissors that could cut anything’ published by The Rialto.

We will also be welcoming back our co-host Nici West, who will be performing and on hosting duties.

On the open mic, we’ve got a bevvy of exciting performers both new and returning:

Dale Lately

Mathew P Lomas

Phil Craggs

Dan Holloway

Paul Smethurst

Alan Keogh

Sophie Hall

Adam Baird

Kate Rowan

Facebook link here.


Bad Language in February

Bad Language is back this February on Wednesday 27th. Headlining the night is debut novelist Sarah Butler, author of “Ten Things I Learned About Love”. Heart-wrenching and life-affirming, this is a unique story of love lost and found, of rootlessness and homecoming and the power of the ties that bind.

‘Heartbreaking and hopeful, Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love criss-crosses London in a search for fathers and daughters, family and home. For anyone who has ever wondered where they belong, or to whom they belong, the answer can be found within Sarah Butler’s tender debut novel’ Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers

‘A very enjoyable read . . . subtle and clever’ Clare Morrall, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Astonishing Splashes of Colour.

As well as her, we have a bevvy of amazing spoken word performers

Lee Moore
Feargus Roulston
Geriant Thomas
Jake Kraweckyj
David Judge
Richard Hirst
Steve Garside
Fat Roland
Dave Hartley

That’s The Castle Hotel, from 7:30pm on 27/02. FREE ENTRY.

Bad Language in January

On Wednesday 30th January, Bad Language returns to The Castle for their first event of 2013! We’ve got a whole host of incredible performers on the open mic, as well as critically acclaimed novelist Jenn Ashworth who will be headlining.

On the open mic will be:

David Greaves
Adrian Slatcher
Mark Powell
Sarah Bradley
Ste Price
Akinyemi Oludele
Tom Mason
Laura Wake
Dean Lilleyman



Bad Language’s Second Birthday

On Wednesday 28th November, Bad Language turns two!

To celebrate, we’ve put together an incredible line-up featuring some of our personal highlights of the year. Rodge Glass performed at our open mic early 2012, reading from his novel ‘Bring me the Head of Ryan Giggs’, we helped him launch it in April at the first of our Waterstones events. He’ll be performing alongside writer Anneliese Mackintosh who recently featured at our stage at the Carefully Planned All-Dayer in October. At the same performance where we first saw Rodge, our headliner was the rather fantastic Socrates Adams who will also be appearing. He read from his debut novel (longlisted for the Not the Booker award) ‘Everything’s Fine’. This year he has seen that book released across the pond, and has starred in award winning film ‘Wizard’s Way’. Our final personal highlight is the incredible Claire Massey who launched two chapbooks through publisher Nightjar Press with us earlier in the year. She has been hard at work with Lancaster Litfest and her haunting prose is not something to miss.
But it wouldn’t be Bad Language without some amazing open-mic performers. Alongside all of Bad Language performing, there will be performances from:

Sian Rathore

Clare Conlon

Matthew P Lomas

Ste Price

Claire Symonds


Everything kicks off at 7:30 at The Castle Hotel on Oldham Street. It’s free entry, so get there early to grab a seat. Bring balloons.

Bad Language in October

Ladies and gentlemen, here’s our incredible line-up for the October event. Joining headliner Conrad Williams on stage will be

  1. Michelle Green
  2. Martin Christie
  3. Roger Fromanotherplanet
  4. Phillip Craggs
  5. Mathew P Lomas
  6. Fat Roland
  7. Tom Mason
  8. Dave Hartley
  9. Marianne Daniels

Bad Language’s very own Nici West will also be performing alongside host Joe Daly. We encourage you to come in your finest Halloween costumes. Pumpkins are welcomed.

FREE ENTRY – 19:30 at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street.

Bad Language at The Castle September

Here’s an exclusive look at the line-up for this month’s Bad Language at The Castle. Alongside our headliner Matt Panesh aka Monkeypoet, we’ve got some amazing performers.

Dale Lately
Martin Christie
Martin Kratz
Annelise Mackintosh
Anne Louise Kershaw
Leo Cookman
Ste Price
Tom Mason
Abi Fernandez-Arias Hynes

Bad Language’s very own Daniel Carpenter will also be performing.