Kendal Calling 2014: The Bad Language spoken word special

Bad Language August 1st - 3rd 2014We’re taking to the fields in August with a series of Bad Language specials at the Lake District music festival Kendal Calling.

Evening performances on August 1st and 2nd will showcase some brilliant literary talent, namely Anneliese Mackintosh, David Hartley, Jackie Hagan, Kieren King, Lenni Sanders, Luke Yates, Socrates Adams and Zach Roddis. Our Kendal Calling debut will be compered by Joe Daly and Fat Roland.

And on August 3rd, Bad Language will host an open mic literary night for Kendal Calling revellers. Ticket holders will have a chance to sign up for a slot on site.

More information when it appears on the Kendal Calling website. It’s a long cry from the back room of The Castle… now where did we put our tent pegs?

Bad Language Royal Exchange July 2014

Bad Language at the Royal Exchange: July 2014

Bad Language Royal Exchange July 2014Bad Language bring 4 of the finest local talents to the Royal Exchange Theatre.

An hour of spoken word performance from some of the shining stars of Manchester’s live literature scene, compered by Bad Language’s entertainingly deadpan new host Fat Roland.

Featuring: Benjamin Judge. Joy France, Lenni Sanders and Sarah-Clare Conlon.

It’s free entry at starts at 6pm sharp on Friday 18th July. Find us in the Great Hall (the main foyer bit).

Bad Language in July: Anneliese Mackintosh

Anneliese Mackintosh

This month, our headliner will be ANNELIESE MACKINTOSH. We missed having Anneliese last time due to illness, so this is Anneliese Part Two: The Revenge…

Anneliese is a short story writer and associate editor whose work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland. The List declared her as “one of the UK’s most exciting new voices” in a five star review for her debut collection Any Other Mouth. The book was recommended as an essential summer read by the Scottish Book Trust” and is a nominee of the Edinburgh Book Festival’s First Book Award.

We’re tremendously excited about Anneliese finally getting the headline slot she deserves, even if Joe and Fats have to wheel her onto that Castle stage!

Bad Language takes place at The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester at 7.30pm on Wednesday July 30. Entry is free.

Our open mic first-team this month is:

Dominic Simpson
Russell Shire
Zach Roddis
Belinda Westlake
Helen Mort
Jenny Browne
Andrew Lawson
Anna Percy
Gareth Taylor
Steve Garside

Click here for the Facebook event – do join!

(Picture: Edinburgh Book Festival.)

Bad Language in June: Emma Jane Unsworth & Anneliese Mackintosh

Emma Jane Unsworth and Anneliese MackintoshThis month, we have double-headliners again!

EMMA JANE UNSWORTH is an author, journalist, Betty Trask Award winner and Portico Prize shortlistee.  Her follow-up to her acclaimed debut Hungry, The Stars And Everything is Animals, lauded bv the Guardian as a “book you’ll be talking about for years to come” and recommended by the Scottish Book Trust as one of the top ten book releases in 2014.

ANNELIESE MACKINTOSH is a short story writer and associate editor whose work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland. The List declared her as “one of the UK’s most exciting new voices” in a five star review for her debut collection Any Other Mouth. The book has just been recommended as an essential summer read by the Scottish Book Trust”.

All this and our usual fantastic glittering open mic stars!

JOE DALY and FAT ROLAND hosting, unfortunately. Sorry about that.

OPEN MIC SUPERSTARS THIS MONTH:

Leo Cookman

Ros Ballinger

Steve Timms

Stephen Quinlan

Jenny Browne

Abi Hynes

Polly Checkland

Kate Feld

Maria Roberts

Sarah Stuart

Bad Language takes place at The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester at 7.30pm on Wednesday June 25. Entry is free. The Facebook event page is here.

 

DHP and Bad Language present: Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest

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Tempest quotesGenre-busting poet and MC Kate Tempest will bring her new album Everybody Down to Manchester on Sunday November 9.

Kate has headlined Latitude and has been all over the tellybox, from Channel 4 to the BBC’s Glastonbury highlights. Her poetry collections have won acclaim alongside her music performances, and she has won the Ted Hughes prize and the Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe. She’s also a slam winner at New York’s amazing Nu-Yorican poetry cafe.
The New York Times described Kate’s spoken word performances as if “you had a state-of-the-art Blu-Ray player stuffed in your brain”. While Kate works on a new collection of poems for Picador, Manchester live literature promoters Bad Language are delighted to bring Kate to the Deaf Institute alongside co-promoters DHP Family to show off the musical side of this immense talent.

Tickets are £12.50 and go on sale at 9am on Wednesday June 4.  Buy your tickets here.

(Picture: from Kate’s award-winning show Brand New Ancients.)

Bad Language at the Portico, May 15

Bad Language at the PorticoWatch the literary stars come out at night, for one evening only, with Manchester After Hours Presents Bad Language at the Portico.

We’ll bring our super special brand of live literature to the historic Portico library on May 15th for the Manchester After Hours festival, Manchester’s take on the national Museums At Night festival.

Our special pop-up night featuring some of the best local fiction and poetry performance
talent:

> Novelist, poet and post-punk performer Rosie Garland;

> The canal laureate and former director of National Poetry Day, Jo Bell;

> Comic Glasgow novelist and editor Rodge Glass;

> South African novelist Marli Roode, author of Call It Dog.

Hosts for the evening will be Joe Daly and Fat Roland.

We’re incredibly excited to take the back-room pub atmosphere of our regular Bad Language night and bring it to the austere and beautiful environs of the neo-classical Portico library. For live literature to be accessible, it’s all about creating an atmosphere: the Portico is a spine-tingling venue. We’re in for a very special night of high quality live poetry and fiction.

EVENT DETAILS:
Manchester After Hours Presents: Bad Language at the Portico.
Portico Library, Mosley Street, from 7pm-10pm on Thursday May 15.
Tickets: £6 advance / £4 concessions (£7.50 / £5 on the door) and are available via the Portico 0161 236 6785 or EventBrite. The Facebook event is here.