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 – 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 – 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 April

Bad Language returns to The Castle for our amazing April event. Headlining the night will be none other than Rosie Garland, author of The Palace of Curiosities.

Joining her onstage will be some of the finest spoken word performers in the North West.

Anneliese Mackintosh
Dale Lately
Tom Mason
Zach Roddis
Lenni Sanders
Jake Duff
Chris Matthews
Guy Garrud
Rod Tame

I think you’ll agree that, that there is one fine line up of performers!

Join us at 7:30pm on Wednesday 24th of April for the best free spoken word in the city! Please do get down early to secure a seat.

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’s Second Birthday

On Wednesday 28th November, Bad Language turns two!

To celebrate, we’ve put together an incredible line-up featuring some of our personal highlights of the year. Rodge Glass performed at our open mic early 2012, reading from his novel ‘Bring me the Head of Ryan Giggs’, we helped him launch it in April at the first of our Waterstones events. He’ll be performing alongside writer Anneliese Mackintosh who recently featured at our stage at the Carefully Planned All-Dayer in October. At the same performance where we first saw Rodge, our headliner was the rather fantastic Socrates Adams who will also be appearing. He read from his debut novel (longlisted for the Not the Booker award) ‘Everything’s Fine’. This year he has seen that book released across the pond, and has starred in award winning film ‘Wizard’s Way’. Our final personal highlight is the incredible Claire Massey who launched two chapbooks through publisher Nightjar Press with us earlier in the year. She has been hard at work with Lancaster Litfest and her haunting prose is not something to miss.
But it wouldn’t be Bad Language without some amazing open-mic performers. Alongside all of Bad Language performing, there will be performances from:

Sian Rathore

Clare Conlon

Matthew P Lomas

Ste Price

Claire Symonds


Everything kicks off at 7:30 at The Castle Hotel on Oldham Street. It’s free entry, so get there early to grab a seat. Bring balloons.

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.