Bad Language and the City

Where is the line between spoken word and theatre monologue?  As part of Manchester After Hours, I’m following Bad Language around three venues.  Bad Language is ‘a literature organisation based in Manchester dedicated to the promotion and development of new writing.’  I’ve seen them perform before, as part of a Royal Exchange Special FX hour (coincidentally the subject of tomorrow’s blog), and they are excellent.

IMG_5985First off it’s Manchester Museum for poet Katja Knežević and short story writer Carys Davies.  Presenting under ‘Stan’, Katja’s wonderful poetry draws heavily on her Croatian upbringing; the beautiful rhythm of her words clearly evident when reciting one poem in Croatian.  Carys recounts one of her short stories from her recently published collection ‘The Redemption of Galen Pike’.  The location adds to the atmosphere of the event.

Library - Lauren K AlleyneThen it’s a quick run over to the Library to catch Lauren K Alleyne and Benjamin Judge.  Benjamin shares some new and experimental writing.  Lauren reads amazing poems about death that make you think about life.  It’s all done in the space above the entrance so whilst the poets compete with the general noise, they attract interested passers-by.

MOSI after hoursFinally down to MOSI for David Gaffney and David Hartley.  David Hartley’s longish and rambling  short story, ostensibly about a cat, was quite a treat.  The event was completed by David Gaffney, who reeled off ten or so very short but very good stories; having afterwards found out that he wrote Men Who Like Women Who Smell of Their Jobs which formed the basis for an exhibition at the John Rylands Library, I’m very impressed.

Overall, an excellent night involving three of Manchester’s iconic buildings and six excellent writers.  It’s a great idea, and the venues do significantly add atmosphere.

Bad Language are at the Castle on the last Wednesday of every month.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

One Response to “Bad Language and the City”

  1. martin b says:

    hadn’t realised it was David Gaffney….might have changed direction 🙂

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