The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

Film screening: Altered States

Part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project and presented by the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester this season of six films confronts questions about the nature of and connections between science and religion. How do we anticipate and comprehend worlds just beyond our grasp? How do we find ways of understanding and portraying the interplay between science and religion on film? In this thoughtful contemporary drama a molecular biologist’s study of the human eye has far reaching implications concerning scientific and spiritual truths. At each film screening an expert speaker will provide a brief introduction and then lead a post-screening discussion with the audience. The evening will include an opening reception from 18.00 where drinks will be available for purchase. See the Lab website for full list of dates and times of screenings or contact organizers Ray Macauley [email protected]  or Amy Chambers [email protected] for further information.

 

 

Concert: ACM Ensemble – ‘Fleck’

Fleck is an experiment in new musical storytelling; a tour that crosses lines of genre, medium and practice in search of unexpected connections and new forms. Created collaboratively between Another Contemporary Music Ensemble and Joe Snape, a core of five musicians will tour venues in five cities across the UK: Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Birmingham and London. Centred around a new large-scale work by Joe Snape for small ensemble, electronics and live touch-typist, each show also features new works by Michael Cutting, Vitalija Glovackyte and commissions from local guest musicians, making every performance a unique and collaborative event. In Manchester ACM expands to perform a new work by Otto Willberg and the UK premiere of Alexander Schubert’s Hello for amplified ensemble, electronics and video. Visit acm-ensemble.co.uk for more information and book tickets here.

 

 

Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive

In our latest series of tours, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we’re giving you the opportunity to get up-close to our unique and fascinating collection of Burgess’s books, manuscripts, photographs, compositions, drawings and correspondence with writers and artists such as Stanley KubrickGraham GreeneAngela Carter and Hunter S. Thompson. Anthony Burgess produced a huge body of work during his lifetime, including thirty-three novels, twenty-five works of non-fiction, two volumes of autobiography, hundreds of musical compositions and vast quantities of journalism. Join us on the tour and learn about Burgess’s beginnings in Manchester, his travels to Malaysia and Brunei and his international career as novelist, composer, journalist, screenwriter, poet and playwright. Tours are limited to a small number of advance bookers. To reserve your place contact [email protected] or call 0161 235 0776.

 

 

Film screening: Creation

Part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project and presented by the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester this season of six films confronts questions about the nature of and connections between science and religion. How do we anticipate and comprehend worlds just beyond our grasp? How do we find ways of understanding and portraying the interplay between science and religion on film? Charles Darwin struggles with his religious faith after the death of his beloved daughter Annie in this moving historic drama. At each film screening an expert speaker will provide a brief introduction and then lead a post-screening discussion with the audience. The evening will include an opening reception from 18.00 where drinks will be available for purchase. See the Lab website for full list of dates and times of screenings or contact organizers Ray Macauley[email protected]  or Amy Chambers [email protected] for further information.

 

 

In conversation: Rachel Lichtenstein

The Manchester Writing School at MMU and the Burgess Foundation present Rachel Lichtenstein in conversation with David Cooper, the latest in a series of free events looking “under the bonnet” to examine the mechanics of outstanding contemporary literature. Rachel Lichtenstein’s first book, Rodinsky’s Room (1999, co-written with Iain Sinclair), began as a personal quest and evolved into a compelling psycho-geographical adventure and is now considered a classic of its genre. Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden, was published to critical acclaim in 2012 and is the second in a trilogy of non-fiction works exploring different London streets. The first book in the street series, On Brick Lane (2007), was short-listed for the Ondaatje prize. Estuary: a deep exploration of place will be published in 2015. Rachel will be talking about her work in conversation with MMU’s David Cooper, and answering questions from the audience. Dr David Cooper’s academic publications include the collections Poetry & Geography: Space & Place in Post-war Poetry (Liverpool University Press, 2013) and Literary Mapping in the Digital Age (Ashgate, 2015). He is also a co-editor of the international journal Literary Geographies. Drinks will be available to purchase from the bar and there’ll be a Blackwell’s bookstall, with signing after the event. Contact [email protected] to book your place. Supported by the MMU Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research and Macdonald Hotels and Resorts.

 

 

Booklaunch and discussion: Liberty Bazaar and historical fiction

To mark the launch of his debut novel, Liberty Bazaar, David Chadwick will take part in an interactive discussion with fellow historical novelist Livi Michael, author of Succession. The evening will involve David and Livi talking about the process of researching and writing historical fiction, including the importance of accuracy as well as the use of real historical characters and events. The discussion will later be opened up to engage the audience in a question-and-answer session. Both Liberty Bazaar, set in Liverpool during the American Civil War, and Succession, a Wars of the Roses novel, will be on sale at the event by Blackwells. Contact [email protected] or the Burgess Foundation for further information about the event.

 

 

Film screening: Solaris

Part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project and presented by the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester this season of six films confronts questions about the nature of and connections between science and religion. How do we anticipate and comprehend worlds just beyond our grasp? How do we find ways of understanding and portraying the interplay between science and religion on film? Andrei Tarkovsky’s science fiction masterpiece is a contemplative exploration of the connections between art, the individual, and the life of the spirit. At each film screening an expert speaker will provide a brief introduction and then lead a post-screening discussion with the audience. The evening will include an opening reception from 17.30 where drinks will be available for purchase. See the Lab website for full list of dates and times of screenings or contact organizers Ray Macauley[email protected]  or Amy Chambers [email protected] for further information.

 

 

Concert: Blue Rose Code

Ross Wilson, the Edinburgh-born songwriter who performs under the name Blue Rose Code doesn’t write folk songs. But his discovery of the traditional music of the British Isles has informed Blue Rose Code’s music. Blue Rose Code’s latest album The Ballads Of Peckham Rye features a remarkable roll call of folk musicians, including Karine Polwart and Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke. “I guess that I’m a crossover artist,” says Ross. “I’m just not sure from where I’m crossing over or where I’m going to end up.” It’s this reluctance to be pigeon-holed that has earned Blue Rose Code a burgeoning and fiercely loyal fan-base across the UK and beyond. With support from We Were Strangers and Little Sparrow. Tickets available via WeGotTickets.

 

 

Booklaunch: Pavilion Poetry

Pavilion Poetry is a new series of books from Liverpool University Press which aims to seek out and publish all that is daring and relevant in contemporary poetry. This debut launch event features three books from a trio of UK poets: Small Hands by Mona Arshi (winner of the 2014 Manchester Poetry Prize); And She Was by Sarah Corbett (shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize) and Blood Child by Eleanor Rees (shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection). The collection is edited by Professor Deryn Rees-Jones from the University of Liverpool and the event will feature readings from each of the poets, with books and drinks available to buy. This event is supported by the University of Manchester Centre for New Writing.

 

 

 

 

Film screening: Il Capitale Umano / Human Capital

Manchester’s Societa’ Dante Alighieri invites you to a screening of Paolo Virzi’s Il Capitale Umano . Based on the American novel Human Capital by Stephen Amidon, the story is set in a town in Brianza, an affluent area near Milan. The destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is run off the road by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve. A powerful tale of family tragedies exploring how money rules the lives and controls the fate of individuals and communities. Introduced by Silvana Serra, and followed by a Q&A session. Suitable for age 15 and over. Advance booking preferred; please contact [email protected] to reserve your place.