Bad Language returns to The Castle Hotel for another night of the best spoken word in the North West- all details are on the event facebook page.

The headliner for July is Quietus editor John Doran.

Recently on his 42nd birthday Quietus Editor and VICE columnist John Doran decided that he was going to write a novel. Not being schooled in these matters he decided to start from the beginning and set about starting with a world-beating first sentence. After studying the opening words of literature’s great tomes, he devised a scientific formula to construct an opening line so powerful it would literally make your tits fall off if you heard it unprepared. So there you have it… come and hear John Doran read the first sentence of his debut novel. It will make you weep like a child. And if it doesn’t, he’ll repeat it until it does.

Essentially it’s a new thing he’s doing called: How To Write The First Sentence Of A Novel.

John Doran was born in St Helens and has written for the BBC, the WIRE, Metal Hammer, the Stool Pigeon, VICE, the Word, Plan B and Careless Talk Costs Lives.

We also have our monthly open mic which will open for submissions on the 5th JULY. If you would like a slot, please e-mail us from the 5th JULY onwards to book your place.

Slots are FOUR MINUTES length, and we reserve a number of spaces for first time performers at Bad Language. Simply e-mail badlanguagemcr@gmail.com to book your place.

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