Ask any writer in Manchester where to see live literature and they will all tell you: go, go, go to Bad Language. It’s the last Wednesday of the month and the pokey back room of the Castle Hotel on Oldham Street is crammed to the rafters with the finest, most cutting-edge writers of Manchester and further afield. There’s a real bohemian atmosphere: the audience have spilled onto the stage, passionate poetic words fill the air, established authors are rubbing shoulders with mould-breaking newcomers and everyone is gripped by the flow of a stanza or a twist in a tale.
The hosts effortlessly encourage a relaxed mood where no-one will judge or be judged, and each performer enjoys five minutes of stage time in front of an attentive and appreciative audience. Hearts will be lifted, laughs will ring loud, creatives will meet and new stories will be weaved. And with a dedication to having no entry fee, you’ve got all this vibrant literature for free.
If you’ve never been to a spoken word night before, Bad Language is a perfect place to start. If you’re a writer and fancy a go on the microphone they will welcome you with open arms – but make sure to sign up well in advance to bag yourself a slot. The lBad Language gang recently won the Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Night – so get down there quick to see what all the fuss is about.