The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

In Their Own Words

Local composer Michael Betteridge follows up on the success of his opera Thousand Furs which premiered at the IABF last summer by teaming up with composer Anna Braithwaite to present a brand new piece of verbatim musical theatre tackling loss and survival on the topics of HIV and dementia respectively. Setting the stories of two people facing life-changing diagnoses with honesty and humour against a backdrop of classical, pop and folk, these are musical portraits told In Their Own Words. Buy tickets now.

“Michael Betteridge’s inventive score parodies Handel’s choruses, medieval courtly dance and even barber shop quartet.”
★★★★★ Financial Times (for Thousand Furs)
Approximate show length: 55 mins

Suitable for 14yrs+



Juneau Projects: Animal Spirit

The artist duo Juneau Projects launch a new post-apocalyptic themed book, Animal Spirits. The book tells the story of a group of survivors who, following a global technological disaster, have founded an arts and craft community within the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. With the internet, television and other media no longer dominating people’s time, the community members work together to find creative methods and means of surviving using the skills they each have. The story chronicles the arrival of a curator from Coniston in the Lake District, whose ideas and ambitions create disturbances in the apparent harmony of the community. Animal Spirits is an ambitious project that looks at the importance of creativity and the manner in which artists and crafts people’s roles and positions shift in tandem with technological development. The project has been made possible through the financial support of Berwick Visual Arts, Arts Council England, and Grizedale Arts. Free entry. sign up now.



Greater Manchester Fringe: Climbing Uphill

When Jenny Carson, Liz Humphries and Jonathan Ainscough arrived at the Royal Northern College of Music as fresh-faced postgraduates in Vocal Studies, they could barely imagine the day when they would emerge again, ready to take the world by storm as professional singers… Now that day has come and gone, they’re mildly alarmed to find it’s all a little bit more of an uphill struggle than they bargained for! Newly-expanded from last year’s sell-out Fringe debut, and featuring solos, duets and trios from a range of Broadway musicals – including ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ and ‘Company’ – this revue-style concert takes a heartfelt and hilarious look at the highs and lows of life after music college. Buy now.



Concert: Apartment House

Supersonic zeitgeisters Apartment House celebrate the end of their 20th Year with a typically eclectic programme featuring composer Vitalija Glovackyte’s Sound and Music Embedded commission We Are For A While. Created from the recycled debris of found instruments and lo-fi technology, combined with pre-existing material from 20 composers/performers, this sprawling new work is all bound together with live lighting created by the experimental visual artist Sarah Hill. The other works in the programme feature composers Gavin Bryars, Perotin the Great, Joseph Kudirka and Amnon Wolman, fusing weird takes on 12th century French polyphony, the psychology of toys, 21st century music and the deprived gorgeousness of listening to pop songs.  Tickets £8/£6 from here or on the door.



Alexis Taylor

Hey! Manchester presents an intimate live performance from the lead singer and keyboardist from indie electronic group Hot Chip, Alexis Tayor. Buy now.



Reading Europe Tour: Diego Marani and guests

At the beginning of 2016, Eric Lane of Dedalus Books brought 15 other independent publishers together to make their own small case for remaining in the EU. This resulted in the “Reading Europe” promotion; a selection of novels from EU countries intended to “let the reader know the literature, history and culture of each country better”. There are 49 books in all, published by 16 independent UK publishers, which were described by Alison Flood of The Guardian as “like a chocolate box of treasures waiting to be discovered”. The publishers have now come together to take the books out on a short Reading Europe Tour taking place the weekend before the UK Referendum. The International Anthony Burgess Foundation is delighted to host the last and best of these events on Monday 20thJune at 7pm. This event brings together local authors and Diego Marani to reflect on happiness and the nuttiness in European literature. This event looks set to be a fantastic evening of humour and observation on the topic of what it means to participate in wider European culture. Free entry. Sign up now.



Manchester Pride presents: 
OUT! – An introduction to recording oral histories

Join Manchester Pride for a day of training on recording interviews and oral histories within the LGBT community. This event is part of OUT! – a Heritage Lottery-funded project exploring hidden LGBT histories in Greater Manchester. Learn how to capture spoken word recollections and preserve them for future generations. This is a free, friendly event and lunch will be provided. All welcome. Sign up now.



Playing God Film Series: Quatermass and the Pit

(Roy Ward Baker, 1967). An artefact in the London Underground begins to possess people. Is it of human, alien, or divine origin? The intrepid scientist Prof. Bernard Quatermass is on the case. Introduced by cinematic science expert Dr David A. Kirby (University of Manchester) and presented as part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project by the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester. Free entry. No ticket required.



Manchester Writing: Michael and Matthew Dickman – “Brother”

The Manchester Writing School at MMU, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Faber & Faber are delighted to present special guests Michael and Matthew Dickman, launching their duel-authored volume of poems, Brother. The multi-award winning Dickman twins are from America’s outstanding generation of younger poets. Their poetry lives take different expression. Matthew writes with the ebullience of Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac; Michael with the control of William Carlos Williams and Emily Dickinson. But they are unified by the unflinching, remarkable verse they wrote when their older brother took his own life. It is these moving, grieving but life-affirming poems that solely comprise this dual-authored volume. Sign up now.



Exhibition: Rome in the Rain

Anthony Burgess lived in Rome in the 1970s with his second wife Liana and their son Andrea. His time there inspired novels, musical compositions, translations, articles and a study guide for English literature. These works are marked by recurring preoccupations including the sonnets of the nineteenth century Roman poet Belli, the last days of the dying John Keats, and the tension between Rome’s role as the ‘eternal city’ and its secular concerns.
This new exhibition brings Burgess’s Roman project to life through a range of original manuscripts, audio recordings and artefacts never before exhibited. Rome in the Rain is made possible by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Open until September 2016. Free entry.