The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

Burroughs at 100 Part Two: Everything is permitted

The second day of this Burroughs weekend features a series of Burroughs’ inspired talks, discussions and presentations to celebrate the author’s 100th anniversary. A number of special guest speakers including Oliver Harris, Michael Horovitz, Andrew Biswell, John Sears, Patricia Allmer, Ken Hollings and Dik Jarmen have been invited to take part. All are recognised internationally for their work and connection to Burroughs’ creative legacy in relation to artmaking, films, photography, poetry, literature, live performance and music making. Presentations throughout the day include The Nova Machine Exploded, or: How to Edit the Cut-Up Trilogy with Oliver Harris, Curating Taking Shots: The Photography of William S Burroughswith Dr Patricia Allmer, Burroughs and his Biographers (roundtable), Animating Burroughs: Pathos in Plasticine with Dik Jarmen and Invading Present Time: The Politics of Simulation with Ken Hollings. This session will also include screenings of selected cut-up films. The event concludes at 6pm; last entry at 5.15pm. Click here to purchase tickets.



Burroughs at 100 Part One: Nothing is True

Join us for an evening of spoken word, poetry, live experimental music and audio visual cut up performances celebrating William Burroughs’ 100th year, featuring live performances from CP Lee, Michael Horovitz and Vanessa Vie, Lauren Bolger and David McLean, Ruaridh Law (TVO /Broken20 audio/visual label) and Soft Machines featuring Koi Karp.  CP Lee presents a live spoken word performance , starting with a banishing ritual written by William Burroughs that segues to an introduction of the life and work of Richard ‘Lord ‘ Buckley. Michael Horovitz and Vanessa Vie will perform their own songs, poems and music alongside specially created musical scores based on William S Burroughs’ texts. Ruaridh Law/TVO presents a performance piece utilising turntables, laptop and electronic instruments, using Burroughs’ own voice and readings of his work, followed by a live performance of Soft Machines Part 2 with Koi Karp , an audio visual performance exploring the ritualistic, sexual and esoteric in Burroughs’ work. Presented by 100 Forbidden Worlds in partnership with Festival of Ideas Rusholme and the University of Manchester Beat Studies Network. Click here to purchase tickets.



Tour: Anthony Burgess and Literary Manchester

This is a tour laced with literary tales of an entertaining and informative nature covering three centuries of the written word in Manchester. With a special focus on Anthony Burgess, the tour also includes quotes and stories involving Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Friedrich Engels, Dodie Smith, Maisie Mosco, JB Priestley, Howard Spring, David Constantine and John Cooper Clarke. The tour finishes at the International Burgess Foundation on Cambridge Street with a tour of the building and a view of the archives. Tours start at the war memorial in St Ann’s Square and last approx. 2hrs. Visit or @jonathschofield to find out more, and to book your place.



Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive

Take a look inside the unique and personal collection of books, original manuscripts, compositions, photographs, furniture, paintings, drawings and correspondence with contemporary writers and artists including Stanley Kubrick, Graham Greene and Angela Carter, all amassed by Burgess during his rich and varied lifetime. Join us as we take you on a journey which begins with stories of Burgess’s early life in Manchester, to Gibraltar during the Second World War and the final days of colonialism in Malaysia, onto an illustrious international career. We’ll show you some of the highlights of Burgess’s private collections and reveal little-known aspects of the writer’s life along the way. Tours are free and last for approx. 1 hour; only a small number of places are available. Contact [email protected] to reserve your place.



Concert: Khymerikal – Star Songs

Contemporary classical ensemble Khymerikal returns to the International Anthony Burgess Foundation with a programme of twentieth and twenty-first century music, featuring a première of Star Songs by Royal Academy of Music alumni, Jonathan Woolgar. Other works include Ravel’s violin and cello sonata, Contrasts by Béla Bartòk and Four Songs by André Previn. Tickets available at



In conversation: Maggie Gee

The Manchester Writing School at MMU and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation are delighted to welcome Maggie Gee to the Engine House. Maggie has written 12 novels, including The White Family (shortlisted for the Orange and the International Impac prizes), The Ice PeopleMy Cleaner and My Driver (2009), an acclaimed writer’s memoir, My Animal Life, and a collection of stories, The Blue. She is Vice-President of the UK’s Royal Society of Literature, Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and there has been an international conference about her work at St Andrew’s University. Her latest novel, Virginia Woolf in Manhattan, is a comedy that brings the late author back to life in the 21st century. Her writing has been described by Doris Lessing as, “‘worldly, witty, enjoyable, impressive”. Maggie will be reading from her work, answering questions from the audience, and in conversation with MMU’s Gregory Norminton. The evening will open with short readings of original work by two MMU MA Creative Writing students. Drinks will be available to purchase from the bar, and there’ll be a special Blackwell’s bookstall and signing after the event. Contact [email protected] to reserve seats. Supported by the MMU Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research and Macdonald Hotels and Resorts.



Discussion: Science Fiction and Apocalypse

‘We have had the end of the world with us ever since the word began.’ – Anthony Burgess, Apocalypse and After. Alien invasions, outbreaks of pestilence, natural disasters and man-made nuclear destruction all feature in the bleak apocalyptic fantasies of writers, artists and filmmakers. In conjunction with our End Of The World News film season at Cornerhouse cinema, we’re very pleased to welcome world authority on scifi Andy Sawyer, librarian at Europe’s largest science fiction collection, and Heather Morison, leading artist and creator of the mobile library of apocalyptic literature Tales Of Space and Time for a discussion of their work and an exploration of the hopes and fears that drive scifi literature and film from the 1930s to the present day. Advance booking is required, so reserve your place via [email protected] or 0161 235 0776. This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central and is part of the BFI UK-wide Sci-Fi season Days of Fear and Wonder.



Literary lives: Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark’s shrewd, unsentimental and hilarious novels are some of the finest of the twentieth century. Perhaps best known for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Spark’s distinctive mix of realism, satire and allegory was hugely influential for a generation of writers. Join Martin Stannard - author of the acclaimed biography Muriel Spark - and critic Ellie Byrne  for a lively discussion of Muriel Spark’s fascinating life and work. Chaired by Andrew Biswell. Advance booking is advised, so reserve you place via [email protected] or 0161 235 0776.



‘Love is Not Love…’ A concert of music inspired by Shakespeare

Following the recent discovery of a musical setting of a Shakespeare sonnet by Burgess, we’re thrilled to present a concert of music inspired by Shakespeare on the Bard’s 450th anniversary. As well as performing the world premiere of the newly-found Burgess composition, Zoe Milton-Brown (soprano) and Ben Powell (piano) will perform music by Finzi (from Let Us Garlands Bring), Argento (from Six Elizabethan Songs) and Quilter (Three Shakespeare Songs). There will be a drinks reception before the concert from 6pm. Purchase tickets here. We also have a number of reduced price joint tickets for this performance and a concert by the Heath Quartet, taking place at the Foundation on Thursday 20th November, 6.30pm.



We4Poets: An evening of music, poetry and comic tales

We4Poets return to the International Anthony Burgess Foundation for what promises to be another wonderful evening of live music, poetry and comic tales. Authors Stanley Ayodeji and David Llewellyn will be joined on stage by some of the most talented performers, poets and musicians in Manchester. Singer-songwriter Tez Skachill heads up a musical cast featuring urban jazz legend Gail Meacham and the utterly extraordinary Laura Sinclair. Live poetry comes from published poets Kat Kehoe and Tricia Ashworth, the acclaimed Justine Chamberlain, with Michael Kyriacou making his overdue debut at the IABF. Serial bigamist, former Spice Girl and unrepentant fantasist Kate Woodward returns to the region alongside short story specialist Deanne Heron, and publisher and editor Sharon Richards. Visit We4Poets online for booking information or read a preview of the event here