Bad Language with Kerry Hadley-Pryce

Bad Language Kerry Hadley Pryce

Our August headliner is the brilliant novelist Kerry Hadley-Pryce.

Amongst other occupations, Kerry worked nights in a Wolverhampton petrol station before studying degrees in English Language and Psychology. She became a secondary school teacher teaching creative writing in the south west before returning to her native Midlands. She wrote The Black Country whilst at MMU’s Manchester Writing School for which she was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for outstanding achievement. Her new novel GAMBLE tells of a guy trying to keep his head in the game, but it’s just not enough…

“Greg Gamble: he’s a teacher, he works hard, he’s a husband, a father. He’s a good man, or tries to be. But even a good man can face a crisis. Even a good man can face temptation. Even a good man can find himself faced with difficult choices.”

“I found Greg Gamble’s thoughts sticking to my own like towpath mud. With sensual, nuanced detail Kerry Hadley-Pryce creates an unrelenting portrait of a man’s dissolution.” Anthony Cartwright

Our open mic spots will be announced shortly.

Wednesday 29 August 2018, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Click here for the Facebook event.


Bad Language with Clare Shaw

GulliversIt’s coming home, it’s coming home, live literature in Manchester is coming home. (Joe, will that do?) Bad Language is back for July

Our headliner this month is Clare Shaw. Her first two collections with Bloodaxe were Straight Ahead (2006), which was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers’ Award for Poetry and attracted a Forward Prize Highly Commended for Best Single Poem, and Head On (2012), which according to the Times Literary Supplement is ‘fierce, memorable and visceral’. Her third collection, Flood, is published by Bloodaxe in June 2018. She is a Royal Literary Fellow, and a regular tutor for the Writing Project, the Poetry School, the Wordsworth Trust and the Arvon Foundation. She also works as a mental health trainer and consultant and has taught and published widely in the field, including Our Encounters with Self-Injury (eds. Baker, Biley and Shaw, PCCS 2013) and Otis Doesn’t Scratch (PCCS 2015), a unique storybook resource for children who live with self-injury. Clare lives in Hebden Bridge with her daughter and their two pet rats; she enjoys rock climbing and wild swimming in cold and beautiful places.

Here are our open mic names this month:

Alan O’Gorman
Sam Smith
Ruthie Adamson
Chris Bainbridge
Boo Hoo
Keri-Ann Moriarty
Miles Hadfield
Bob Horton
Kofi Gyamfi
Mel Tomkins
Laura Bagnall
Nicky Grant
Mary Lockwood
Lewis Gospel

We’ve got old names, new names, and some super sharp(ish) hosting from Joe and Fats. Not been to a spoken word event before? Come and see how Manchester does live literature.  You’ll love it, honest!

Wednesday 25 July 2018, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Click here for the Facebook event.

Bad Language in June – bumper open mic!

A microphone at Bad Language

Fed up with the summer already? Want to hide from that awful sun? Come inside where the literature is hot and the hosts are as fun as hayfever.

At Bad Language on June 27, we’re having a bumper open mic. Expect a packed line-up of talented writers performing four minutes of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction. And unlike most other nights, we especially reserve at least half our slots for newcomers to our stage.

Our open mic names this month are: Adam Evans, Becca Henry, Ben Judge, Chris Moriarty, Dave Smith, Helen Darby, Kate Feld, Lenni Sanders, Lewis Harlock, Mike Conley, Paul Fahey, Ruth Adamson, Sean Dixon, Stuart Cannell

Your hosts will be Bad Language founder and coffee expert Joe Daly, and general shambolic idiot and trampolinist Fat Roland. It’s a friendly stage and you will have a good time. Honest.

See you there, wordchums!

Wednesday 27 June 2018, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Admission: pay what you feel. Venue details here. Facebook event here.

Bad Language with Malachy Tallack

Malachy Tallack

We are delighted to welcome celebrated non-fiction writer Malachay Tallack as he celebrates the launch of his first novel ‘The Valley at the Centre of the World’

Originally from Shetland, Malachy Tallack is the author of two non-fiction titles, ’60 Degrees North’ and ‘The Un-Discovered Islands’. Both fused nature writing, history and memoir; the first was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award and the second was named Illustrated Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2016. Malachy won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2014, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2015. He is a singer-songwriter as well as a writer and journalist, and lives in Glasgow.

‘What I’ve been waiting for: a moving, authentic novel of the Scottish islands in the twenty-first century.’ Amy Liptrot, Bestselling author of THE OUTRUN

‘A desperately beautiful novel. Tallack writes with such tenderness for his characters and quiet awe for the patch of earth he places them upon. Now that I’ve turned the last page, I find myself experiencing a strange kind of loneliness.’ Sara Baume, author of SPILL SIMMER FALTER WITHER and A LINE MADE BY WALKING

Remember, this is a pay what you feel event, so we hope you feel generous…

Daniel Tasker, Ros Ballinger, Lewis James, Lloyd Matthews, Francesca Giacomozzi, Nicky Grant, Touche LaMore, Jenny Turner, Ellaney Hayden, Joe Woodhouse

Wednesday 30 May 2018, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Free admission. Venue details here. Join our Facebook event here.

Bad Language with Deanna Rodger


We are delighted to be bringing Deanna Rodger back to Manchester after her spectacular performance at Manchester International Festival.

Deanna is an international writer, performer and facilitator. She co-curates two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and is on the board of Safe Ground. Commissions include: Under The Skin (St Paul’s Cathedral), Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Women Who Spit (BBC IPlayer) and Buckingham Palace (NYT). Accolades include: ELLE UK’s ’30 inspirational women under 30′, The Female Lead’s ’20intheir20s’, Cosmopolitan’s ‘No.1 trailblazing woman’, youngest UK Poetry Slam Champion (2007/8).

She teaches the Writing Poetry for Performance module with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel University and is a tutor at School of Communication Arts (‘The most successful ad school in the world’).

David Smith! Ian Peek! Ally Cordon! David Hartley! Rebecca Roy! Lottie W! Munir Zamir! Sophie Shepherd! Anna Percy! and more!

There will be a recommended donation for this show of £3.

Wednesday 25 April 2018, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Free admission. Venue details here.

BBC Civilisations: Lost City Stories

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Bad Language presents stories through the wide lens of history. Especially commissioned writers tell tales with long timelines and wild visions from civilisations that have shaped the world today.

The stories will take the theme of building or destroying, and may be told through music or poetry. Experience the oldest tradition of all – passing on tales – with a truly modern twist. Bad Language are twice-winners of UK Best Spoken Word Night and hold monthly events in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

MICHAEL CONLEY – published by Flarestack Poets and Eyewear, Forward Prize commendee and shortlistee in the Manchester Fiction Prize
LENNI SANDERS – curator of Curious Things and member of poetry cabaret act Dead Lads, and soon to appear in Eyewear’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2018
IAN HUMPHREYS – winner of the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize and the PENfro Open Poetry Competition, a Complete Works fellow and one of Bloodaxe’s ‘Ten: Poets of the New Generation’.

Join us for this unique spoken word event celebrating the BBC’s Civilisation Festival.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Bar available.

Thursday 8 March 2018, 7pm start, Pendleton Library, Broadwalk, Salford. , Oldham Street, Manchester. £5 admission. Tickets here. Click here to join the Facebook event.

Bad Language February 2018 with Helen Mort

Come read with Bad Language

We are delighted to bring one of our favourite writers, and one of the finest poets in the country, to our event at Gullivers this month.

We’ve been doing events with Helen Mort since pretty much our inception, so it’s always great to have her back on our stage.

Open mic announced soon


Helen Mort is a lecturer in the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has published two poetry collections with Chatto & Windus, ‘Division Street’ (2013) and ‘No Map Could Show Them’ (2016). Her first novel and short story collection are forthcoming and she recently edited ‘One For The Road: An Anthology of Pubs and Poetry’ with Stuart Maconie. In 2017, she won the Mslexia prize with her poem ‘Vanishing Point’.

PLEASE NOTE: There is very limited capacity for this event, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 28 February 2018, 7.30pm at Gullivers (opposite The Castle), Oldham Street, Manchester. Free admission. Venue details here. Click here to join the Facebook event.