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!

Bad Language’s Third Birthday

Three years is a long time, so come on down to The Castle on the 27th November and celebrate with us! There will be cake! There will be ale! There will also be words (probably).

We’re properly excited to announce the line-up for Bad Language’s third birthday. It’s a selection of some of the best performers we’ve had on stage in our three years at The Castle, so we hope you enjoy it.

Dave Hartley
Jackie Hagan
Jo Bell
Abi Hynes
Fat Roland
Trisha Starbrook

Your three hosts, Joe Daly, Nici West and Daniel Carpenter will also be reading some of their own work throughout the night.


Bad Language – September

This month our regular Bad Language event at The Castle welcomes the incredible Tony Walsh to the stage. He’ll be headlining the night and will be accompanied by an amazing line-up of open mic performers including:

Tom Mason
Dave Hartley
David Judge
Dave Viney
James Lawton
Adam Blaize
Geraint Thomas
Thomas Kwei
Jake Kraweckyi

There will be announcements about some brilliant new Bad Language events coming in the next few months, as well as The Castle’s usual array of wonderful drinks.

You can find the Facebook link to the event here


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 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!

Bad Language at The Castle Hotel

Our March lineup is:

  1. Nicholas Royle
  2. Stephen McGeagh
  3. Charlotte Henson
  4. Jackie Hagan
  5. Winston Plowes
  6. Dave Hartley
  7. Nija Dalal
  8. Tom Mason
  9. Gordon Zola

Plus one member of Bad Language will be performing some of their own work.

Our headline act for this month is the wonderful Claire Massey who will be launching her two new Nightjar Press chapbooks Marionettes and Into the Penny Arcade. Claire’s short stories have appeared online and in print in an assortment of places including The Best British Short Stories 2011, Murmurations: an Anthology of Uncanny Stories about Birds, Patricide, Cabinet des Fées, Flax and The Adirondack Review. She is an editor for the Foxtail imprint at Lancaster Litfest.

The event starts at 7:30 on March 28th.