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.

Short Short Story Slam

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The ultimate fiction fight comes to Manchester as writers wrangle to become champion of the Short Short Story Slam. 

Writers will arm themselves with their sharpest short stories in a series of tense but hilarious head-to-heads. Each contestant will get written off one-by-one until only one winning wordsmith remains.

Who will prevail? The funny contestant with the naughty words? The arty contestant with the quill and the beret? The contestant you’re pretty sure is a badger dressed as a novelist? You decide – like a rampaging rum-sozzled panel of Booker judges, it’s the audience that decrees who stays and who gets deleted.

Get your limited £5 early-bird tickets now!

Performers in our Short Short Story Slam:
Jack Greeney | Sarah Taberner | Nicky Grant | Miles Hadfield | Addae G | Mark Powell | Dave Hartley | Ian Peek
We could do with more performers – especially women. Fancy a go?

This authorial apocalypse is hosted by Bad Language, a leading light in Manchester’s literary scene, taking on the mantle from its original hosts, short story performers The Flashtag Writers.

Tuesday 18 June 2019, 7pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Buy £5 early-bird tickets here. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language presents Disturbing The Beast: Women Of Weird Fiction

Disturbing the Beast

Join Bad Language for an evening of readings to celebrate Feminist Book Fortnight and the release of Disturbing The Beast, a brilliant brand new collection of weird fiction stories by some of the best women writers in the UK.

The short stories in Disturbing The Beast boast breath-taking prose and thought-provoking plots. The book is produced by Boudicca Press, a new imprint showcasing the work of leftfield female literary talent. The collection smashed its target on Kickstarter, and now you can hear those stories up-close and live – and buy a copy of the book on the night.

The fictional tales swerve mainstream, contemporary literature and provide something much more memorable, with subjects including lesser-talked-about female-centred topics such as sexual abuse, pregnancy issues and body image. Writers in the anthology include Kirsty Logan, Jane Alexander, Rosie Garland, Lorraine Wilson, Aliya Whiteley, Cheryl Powell, Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Caroline Steed and Sam Mills.

We are delighted to have performing at this event:

Rosie is a novelist, poet and member of Goth-inspired band The March Violets. her latest book is The Night Brother, a tale set in dark 19th-century Manchester. You may also know her as Rosie Lugosi The Vampire Queen – and as the new writer-in-residence at Manchester’s historic John Rylands Library.

Sam is the author of The Quiddity of Will Self and co-founder of independent publishing company Dodo Ink. Her journalism and essays have been published in The Guardian, The Independent and The Weeklings. She’s also a freelance editor and is working on her new book, The Fragments of My Father, due out in 2020.

Abi is a fiction writer who was shortlisted for the Bath Novella-in-Flash award. She has also written for TV, theatre and film, founding theatre and film company Faro Productions and cabaret collective First Draft. She has also has written for LGBT History Month and is a graduate of Channel 4’s 4Screenwriting programme.

Book your free ticket here.

Bad Language is Manchester’s leading spoken word night whose recent featured performers have included Jess Green, Shirley May and Beth Underdown, Feminist Book Fortnight is a celebration of feminist books with over 50 events taking part in bookshops across the UK.

Wednesday 8 May 2019, 7pm at Blackwell’s Bookshop, University Green, Manchester. Book your free tickets here. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language in April: Yvonne Battle-Felton

Our headliner for April 2019 is Yvonne Battle-Felton, recently announced as longlistee for the Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut historical fiction novel Remembered.

Remembered tells the story of Spring, an emancipated slave, who is forced to relive a haunting past in order to lead her dying son home. The book also won a Northern Writers’ Award.

Yvonne Battle-Felton was born in Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. She is a Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and her work has appeared in riverSedge, Assisi, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place and The Chesapeake Reader Literary Journal. She is creator of The Writing Life radio show, the North West Literary Salon, Stories at the Storey true story open mic night, and Off the Page live literature events.

Open mic spots for this month’s Bad Language are available from Wednesday April 10th. As ever, read the roolz then pop us an email (details here)!

Wednesday 24 April 2019, 7.30pm at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel – donate to this event in advance here. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language with Maz Hedgehog

Announcement: Hey! Open mic spots for this night are now available! Read the roolz by clicking here, then get in touch asap.

British fantasy poet Maz Hedgehog will headline Bad Language on March 27th, as she releases a new book inspired by John Keats and Neil Gaiman.

Maz is a spoken word poet and performer whose debut collection of original poems, Vivat Regina, takes on conquest and duty and freedom and flowers and fairies. The book, released on Superbia Books, evokes the English epic poem The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, while also asserting the place of black queer perspectives and viewpoints within British cultural identity.

Expect magical beasts and beings – and a wonderful set of performers to join Maz on March 27th. On Sunday March 10th, we will release ten open mic spots for this event, with at least five spots reserved for those who haven’t read with us before. Look out for the announcement, and be quick to email when it appears!

“I haven’t read poetry in over a decade. I’m so glad I got the opportunity to read this collection. Maz’s language and imagery skills are phenomenal. They carried me away into misty, faerie realms with the entire range of human emotions.” Online customer review

Wednesday 27 March 2019, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel – donate to this event in advance here. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language with Ralph Dartford: Recovery Songs

Ralph Dartford presents a brand-new spoken word story about England, people trafficking, addiction, the causes of addiction, and the recovery from its destructive forces.

Written and performed by A Firm of Poets founder, Ralph Dartford, and based on his own true experience of addiction. An unflinching, sometimes funny confessional that might change your mind about everything you thought you knew about addiction.

Ralph’s work has appeared in the Guardian, Pulp Faction, Stirring (US), Word Life and London Territories amongst many other publications. His first volume of poetry, ‘Cigarettes, Beer and Love’ received wide acclaim, and his second, ‘Recovery Songs will be published in autumn 2019.

Support for this gig comes from the wonderful Lewis Harlock, Bad Language regular, an imminent star of the Greater Manchester Fringe, and “an artist who is daring and deserves to be listened to” (Louder than War).

Book your ticket here.

‘Praise for Recovery Songs:~
A brilliantly written piece most writers push themselves to imagine but delivered with the grinding wide eyed sincerity of genuine first-hand experience.’ Thick Richard
‘Great support.’ Kate Tempest
‘This is proper, visceral stuff about real life. Poetry for the rest of us.’ Luke Wright

Thursday 23 May 2019,7.30pm. The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester. Advance ticket donation: £5. Venue details here.  Join the Facebook event here.