Bad Language with Ian Humphreys – open mic spots now available

Open mic spots are now available for this event. We have 10 four-minute spots for poetry or stories… apply now! openmic@badlanguagemcr.com

We start 2020 with an old friend of Bad Language and the writer of one of the best poetry books of 2019.

Ian Humphreys wowed everyone with his debut collection Zebra (Nine Arches Press, 2019), which was longlisted for this year’s Portico Prize. He has been widely published in journals including The Poetry Review, The Rialto and Magma. Ian has won the Hamish Canham Prize and his work has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes for Poetry. A fellow of The Complete Works, his poems feature in Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe, 2017).

Ian will be reading from his work on January 29th alongside our brilliant open mic. If you want a place on the open mic, we release spots on Friday 10th January 2020. Open mic spots are four minutes long including plugging and preamble. There will be ten open mic spaces available. Five of those spaces are reserved for people who have never performed with us before. From Friday 10th Jan (and no earlier!), email openmic@badlanguagemcr.com to ask for a spot.

Praise for Zebra:
“In all of its magnificent bounty Zebra must be one of the poetry collections of 2019.” – Yorkshire Times
“A powerful, moving, original body of work.” – Jean Sprackland
“Glorious in every sense of the word, this is an important book.” – Clare Shaw

Wednesday 29 January 2020, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language End-of-Year Special

Our last event of 2019 will be a superb stunning sublime sterling stupendous splendiferous superlative synonym-stretching celebration of spoken word.

And as ever, half of our performers have never read with us before. Never! Ooo!

Join us on November 27th for a bumper open mic special for our last event of the year. We’ve had an amazing 2019 — fabulous open mic acts, loads of first-timers and the return familiar faces. You can see some of our 2019 headliners and open mic acts pictured in this month’s event photo.

Who will be joining us in November? You, we hope. Let’s pack Gullivers to the rafters. Joining us in a special bumper open mic will be: Anna Percy, Annie Jackson, Antony Szmierek, Bryony Whitehead, Colin Bennett, Darren Lea-Grime, Jodie Brooksbank, Laura Bagnall, Nadia Purcell, Oliver East, Rana Kadiri, Sam Smith, Tahia Rehman, Tina Tamsho-Thomas.

Your hosts will be Fat Roland and Joe Daly. Catch them for one last time before Christmas bulldozes everything and we snooze our way into 2020.

Wednesday 27 November 2019, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language with Lenni Sanders

Our headliner this month is Lenni Sanders, a well-known face on the Manchester scene as a poet, Writing Squad alumni and as half of the duo Dead Lads. We’ll be celebrating Lenni’s debut pamphlet Poacher available on the wonderful Emma Press.

Our open mic superstars will be David Bond, David Hartley, Jess Smith, Lucy Holt, Megan Holland, Rose Proudfoot, Steve Mingle, Sul Mulroy, Terry Caffrey – plus a special spot from Johnny Payne.

Your hosts will be Fat Roland (the one with the cartoons) and Joe Daly (the one who always always complains about his trousers).

Wednesday 30 October 2019, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language with Jean Sprackland

 

Bad Language with Jean Sprackland, Gullivers Manchester, 7.30pm, pay what you want

Our next Bad Language is on September 25th with Jean Sprackland.

Jean Sprackland is winner of the Costa Poetry Award and the Portico Prize for Non-Fiction in 2012. Her books have also been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the TS Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Award. She teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Arvon Foundation. She is also Chair of the Poetry Archive, the world’s premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work.

Open mic applications are closed for this event. Watch this space for the names of this month’s wonderful open mic performers.

“‘These poems are exact and well-made, their lightness of touch often given drive by a fierce vocabulary.’ – Peter Scupham, The Literary Review on Green Noise

Wednesday 25 September 2019, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language: End-Of-Summer Open Mic Spectacular

It’s hot, but summer is about to come crashing to an end – all the more reason to say goodbye to August with a BAD LANGUAGE OPEN MIC SPECTACULAR.

Yes, we’re late organising this because Fats has been in Edinburgh and Joe has been learning water polo in the fountains of Piccadilly Gardens.

We have a TONNE of open mic places to give away. Do you fancy a four-minute spot of poetry or prose? Email openmic@badlanguagemcr.com right away.

We especially welcome applications from under-represented voices (and yes, on the open mic scene, that includes women!). Tell your networks.

Don’t want to read – come along and be part of our ever-fabulous audience. Let’s have a summer-ending sun-exploding super-literary social!

Wednesday 28 August 2019, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language in June: open mic + extra Fat Roland

Bad Language is back with the last show before Fat Roland goes to the Edinburgh Fringe. So we’ll have a couple of extra open mic acts plus Fats doing some Fringe preview stuff. Sound good?

Bad Language is a literature organisation based in Manchester dedicated to the promotion and development of new writing. Every month we feature a bunch of brilliant open mic people doing fiction and poetry – and half of those people will be brand new to our stage.

Doors 7.30pm, with all the wordy fun happening from 8pm until 10pm. Admission: pay what you want.

(Next month, it will be a guest co-host with Joe, like Have I Got News For You.)

Wednesday 26 June 2019, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language in May: Glen James Brown

We are very excited to welcome Glen James Brown as our headliner for May. His Orwell Prize-longlisted working class novel Ironopolis was described as ‘nothing short of a triumph’ by The Guardian.

Glen was born in County Durham in 1982 and studied English at Leeds Becketts University. In 2013 he won an AHRC scholarship to study for an M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, where he graduated with distinction and the Kate Betts Memorial Award. Ironopolis is his first novel. He lives in Manchester.

Ironopolis is set on a sprawling fictional council estate that is being demolished and rebuilt by a housing association, the working-class community being split up and scattered forever. It takes the form of 6-interconnected narratives across three generations and 60 years. All the people in the book find themselves haunted by a creature called Peg Powler, who is a ‘real’ bit of Teesside folklore.

Our open mic names will follow shortly.

Wednesday 29 May 2019, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.