Introducing the new Bad Language co-host

On Wednesday we bid farewell to Dan and Nici, who have been co-hosting Bad Language events for three years. They’ll be stepping down from the monthly Manchester events to run things on a national level.

We introduced you all to our brand new co-host, Fat Roland, who wrote this lovely blog about what he wants to do with the events.

If you want to see the full announcement again, here it is!

An Announcement

This Wednesday, our usual Bad Language event will mark a sad occasion. Yes, we will have the usual incredible open mic performances, and we have a brilliant headliner in the shape of Emma Lannie, but we will also be saying goodbye to two of our hosts.

Daniel Carpenter and Nici West were two of the co-founders of Bad Language, and later this month they will be upping sticks and moving to the big smoke where they’ll be looking to spread the Bad Language word.

But do not fear, this is not the end of Bad Language in Manchester. Fellow co-founder and host Joe Daly will still be running both the monthly event at The Castle and more events in the city, and not only that but he will be joined by a BRAND NEW HOST who will be joining the Bad Language family for their Manchester endeavours.

But who is this host? Where did they come from?

We’ll be introducing you to them this coming Wednesday, but to keep you guessing, here’s an anagram that just might give you a clue:

‘Lonely Touting’


A selection of books from performers and headliners over the past three years.

Bad Language in February

Another month, and another Bad Language event is upon us.

This month we have two excellent literary events for you to get involved in.

First up, Bad Language are doing an hour of completely free words at the Royal Exchange as part of their SFX season on Friday 21st February. You can find information on that here.

We also have our regular Bad Language event at The Castle Hotel.

Our headliner for February will be Emma Lannie, who will be reading from her debut collection, ‘Behind a Wardrobe in Atlantis’.

Emma J. Lannie explores extraordinary moments within ordinary lives, that are evocative of fairy tale and myth. A magical collection of short fiction.

“Lannie explores the subtle dislocations that occur within relationships in a clear-eyed prose that is eloquent, graceful, and quiet. These tales occupy a landscape of emotional and physical impacts, of fallible characters longing for a connection but who find themselves at odds with the world, a world often sorrowful and darkly beautiful. Illuminating the fragility of human relationships, these are the sorts of stories we tell ourselves to survive. A truly remarkable first collection, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.” Ray Robinson.

On the open mic will be one of Bad Language’s very own hosts, as well as:

Tony Baxter
Tom Smith
Jackson Gadd
Sue Barnard
Alan Creedon
Stephanie Sabathy
Nadine West
Tom Kwei
Jake Duff

That’s Wednesday February 26th at 19:30. Free entry.


Bad Language – October

Halloween is upon us, and we’ll be hosting our regular Bad Language event on October 30th at The Castle Hotel.

Joining Dylan Thomas Prize shortlisted author Marli Roodie on stage are some of the finest spoken word artists, writers and poets in the North West.

Marli was born in South Africa in 1984 and moved to the UK when she was 17. After earning both a BA and an MA in Philosophy and Literature, she worked as a freelance journalist in London before beginning work on her novel, Call It Dog, at Manchester University’s Centre for New Writing. Her short stories Second Degree and Spring Tide were published in the 2009 and 2010 Bristol Short Story Prize Anthologies; Pieces Green was shortlisted for the 2011 Bridport Prize.

The full line-up is as follows:

Mark Powell
Tom Kwei
Rosie Daniels
Dominic Simpson
Gareth Cutter
Matthew Lloyd
Joe Cooper
Jennifer Browne
Claire Urwin

Facebook event link here.

Bad Language – August

Bad Language returns to The Castle Hotel for another night of the best spoken word in the North West.

Our headliner for August is Sarah Dobbs. Sarah is the author of Killing Daniel, published by Unthank Books and has appeared in a number of anthologies. She is currently working on her latest novel, Lemonade Girl.

Joining her for our open mic sessions are nine of the finest performers of spoken word around:

Trisha Starbrook
Lee Moore
Luke Helly
Adam Baird
Owen Lowery
Leo Cookman
Jasmine Chatfield
LJ Spillaine
Joanna Hope

Your host Dan Carpenter will also be performing.


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 at The Castle

On June 27th we’ll be back at The Castle Hotel in the Northern Quarter for another fantastic night of spoken word and poetry. This month our headliner will be the rather brilliant Sam Mills, who will be reading from her novel ‘The Quiddity of Will Self’. Bad Language’s very own Daniel Carpenter will be reading something, along with these fine folks on the open mic:

  1. Janet Rogerson
  2. Dave Hartley
  3. Zach Roddis
  4. Jo Bell
  5. Fat Roland
  6. Alex Keelan
  7. Luke Yates
  8. Miles Hadfield

The event will start at half seven, so get down early to grab a seat!