An Evening with MMU Writers – June 13th


We are excited to be teaming up with new research collective Feminsims in Public for a special event showcasing past and present MMU Writers – full details are below.

Researcher collective Feminisms in Public has teamed up with multi award-winning literature organisation Bad Language to present An Evening with MMU Writers, an event that takes an alternative look at writing talent from Manchester Metropolitan University.

The writers on the evening’s line-up include winners of the Bridport Prize, Not the Booker Prize and a British Fantasy Award, all of whom will read pieces that creatively respond to the theme of gender and sexuality. A unique insight into the creative work taking place as part of and alongside world-leading research, An Evening with MMU Writers will take place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation on 13 June. Tickets are free, and can be booked via Eventbrite.

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Bad Language in May: Iain Maloney

We’re delighted to welcome Iain Maloney back to the Bad Language stage for the first time on his own.
Iain Maloney is the author of three novels – The Waves Burn Bright, Silma Hill and First Time Solo – and editor of In The Empty Places, a collection of short stories and art. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and in 2014 he was shortlisted for the Guardian Not The Booker prize.

He is also a freelance editor and journalist, sits on the editorial board of Eastlit Magazine and is Reviews Editor of Shoreline of Infinity.

He was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland and he currently lives in Japan. He studied English at the University of Aberdeen and graduated from the University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing Masters in 2004.

Our open mic for this month features:

Trevor Moss
Joe Clarke
Helen Clare
George Irwell
Luca Larpi
Jamie Ryder
Jahmel COleman
Tara Misu
Zoe Bangs
Clare Archibald

April headliner and Forward Prize winner, Liz Berry

Bad Language in April: Liz Berry

LizBerryApr2015posterOur headliner for April is Black Country native and Forward Prize winner, Liz Berry.

April headliner and Forward Prize winner, Liz BerryLiz Berry ‘s poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies, been broadcast on BBC Radio and recorded for the Poetry Archive. Her debut pamphlet The Patron Saint of School Girls was published by tall-lighthouse in 2010 and she’s is an assistant poetry editor at Ambit magazine.

Her debut collection, Black Country was a Poetry Book Society recommendation, an Observer Poetry Book of the Month and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

Open mic announced shortly…

Bad Language in October: Sarah Schofield

Sarah SchofieldWe have a NEW headliner for this month’s Bad Language – it will be short story writer and all-round booky person SARAH SCHOFIELD.

Sarah is a freelance fiction writer who writes literary short stories.

She does creative writing workshops and is featured in Comma Press’s futuristic science anthology Beta Life alongside Frank Cottrell Boyce, Adam Marek, Zoe Lambert and Sean O’Brien.

A Bad Language tip o’ the hat goes to Michael Nath, who couldn’t make it this month due to a dislocated shoulder. Recover well, Michael, and thanks to Sarah for stepping in at short notice.

Open Mic List:

Lydia Hoonat

Patrick Massey

Patricia Baker

Adam King

Megan Holland

Chris Ogden

Laura Wake

Jake Campbell

Joe Cooper

Jackson Gadd

Join us for Manchester’s liveliest literary night. It’s at The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29th October. Free: no booking required.

SFX: Bad Language Halloween Special at Royal Exchange

“The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be, I remember no comment uttered till somebody happened to say that it was the only case he had met in which such a visitation had fallen on a child.”

Come join Bad Language for breathless, gruesome, strange tales, around a stage (not allowed fires at the Royal Exchange, we checked).

Following on from two successful previous nights at The Royal Exchange, Bad Language are back with a creepy twist especially for Halloween.

Featuring Emma Jane Unsworth and Booker nominee, Alison Moore, both featured in the second edition of Curious Tales, along with Polly Checkland Harding and Flashtag’s Tom Mason reading new work, it’s a great way to start a night of frights in the imposing hall of the Royal Exchange. (Cheap drinks too.)

With the able and entertaining hosting of JP Daly and Fat Roland, this will be a costume free but horror-filled night.

Date: 31 October 2014
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Admission: Free
Venue: Royal Exchange, in the Great Hall

Bad Language in March

wake up happy every dayEverything’s the same and everything is different in this month’s Bad Language.

As many will already be aware, March 26th will see Bad Language welcome a new host in Fat Roland, but the night will continue to be the same high quality mix of open-mic and established performers.

This month sees Stephen May headlining, following the release of his third book, ‘Wake Up Happy Every Day‘ and he will be joined by new and old faces to Bad Language. Open-mic line-up is below.

Stephen is a novelist, playwright and TV writer. His previous novel Life! Death! Prizes! was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Guardian Not The Booker Prize, while his first novel TAG  was longlisted for Welsh Book of the Year and was a Media Wales Readers’ Prize winner.

He also had an unhappy stint working as a storyline writer on “a top ITV continuing drama”…

Stephen will be joined by this fantastic supporting open mic line-up:

– Nadia Emam
–  Josh Woodcock
– Tash Waino
– Trish Starbrook
– Ruby Hoffman
– Heather Flemming
– Emma Wooton
– Joe Cooper
– Leni Sanders
– Sarah Clare Conlon