The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

Launch: The Wolf Magazine – Issue 30

The Wolf is a hugely influential literary magazine with a transatlantic readership. It has been publishing poetry, reviews, visual art and critical prose since 2002 and is now based in the North West. This event will launch issue 30 of the magazine with readings from: Ilya Kaminsky, one of the leading poets of his generation from Odessa, Ukraine, launching his debut collection in England Dancing in Odessa (Arc Publications); John Redmond, author of two collections of poems Thumb’s Width and MUDe, both published by Carcanet; Scott Thurston reading from his most recent book of poetry Reverses Heart’s Reassembly (Veer, 2011); poet, editor and literary and film critic Sophie Mayer, who is currently Poet in Residence at Archive of the Now. Author of Her Various Scalpels (Shearsman Books, 2009) and The Private Parts of Girls (Salt, 2011), Sophie’s latest book (O), will appear from Arc Publications next year. Wine will be available for you to enjoy with the readings. Hosted by James Byrne, editor of The Wolf. Reserve your place at Eventbrite.



Booklaunch: We4Poets

We4Poets celebrate the launch of two new books by two new writers with an evening of music, poetry and comic tales. After the Riot, Quiet is an anthology of thought-provoking, humorous and poignant poems by Stanley Ayodeji. Jack Parr by David A Llewellyn is the laugh-out loud story of one boy’s battle against mediocrity. Stan and David will be joined on-stage for an evening of comedy, music and poetry by some of the most talented performers, poets and musicians in Manchester including: Tez Skachill, singer and lead guitarist with Grim Architect; writer, poet and urban anthropologist Akiel Chinelo; former Bond Girl Kate Woodward; international burlesque performer and poet Kat; extreme poet, journalist and raconteur Justine Chamberlain; guitarist Tom Kowalcyzk; performer, storyteller and Drabble Diary publisher Sharon Richards; poet and acrobat Tricia Ashworth and singer/songwriter Paul Clarke. For more information and a full list of performers visit



Film screening: Vittoria De Sica’s ‘Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow’

To celebrate Festa Italia 2014 the Burgess Foundation and Societa’ Dante Alighieri Manchester are pleased to present an evening highlighting the unique connection between Anthony Burgess and Italian cinema and culture, focussing on the internationally acclaimed star Sophia Loren.

Including a presentation on the connections between Burgess, Loren and Italy, this evening features a full-length screening of Vittorio De Sica’s Oscar winning 1964 film leri, oggi e domain (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Featuring Loren’s notorious striptease, recreated years later by Robert Altman in Prêt-à-Porter, Yesterday, Today Tomorrow remains one of the most loved Italian films of all time and, as Burgess met Sofia Loren on several occasions, highlights the unique connection between Burgess, Italian cinema and Italian culture.

Suitable for 15 years and over. Booking fee includes a glass of wine. Visit the shop to book tickets.



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, The End of Time

Khymerikal is a new young chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of 20th and 21st century music. The first half of the concert will feature music from composers with connections to Manchester University including visiting scholar Peter Maxwell Davies, senior lecturer in composition Camden Reeves and recent Manchester University graduate Leo Geyer. The evening will finish with Messiaen’s celebrated ‘Quartet for the End of Time’. Book tickets with Skiddle.



Discussion: First World War, origins and warnings for the 21st Century with James Woudhuysen

The origins of the First World War are variously attributed to the collapse of the Habsburg Empire, the complex system of international alliances that developed before 1914, the way in which Germany’s Schlieffen Plan depended on its army sticking to strict railway timetables, or the unreadiness of old dynasties to move with the times.

In fact, James will argue, it was the very 2014 phenomenon of Foreign Direct Investment that, before 1914, bound all the eventual participants in the conflict into a system of long-run, spiralling tensions. Today’s commentators on the First World War often miss this concept and a number of other forces that mediated and accelerated the catastrophe. To book, and find out more visit the Manchester Salon’s website.



Exhibition: Scripting the Globe. Italian Literary Journals in the World.

Following WWII, Italian literary journals connected intellectuals across the world. Il Politecnico, Lo Spettatore italiano, Nuovi Argomenti and Botteghe Oscure are some of the many publishing initiatives which fostered intellectual debate beyond Italian borders from the 1940s to the early 1960s, receiving worldwide interest and recognition and functioning as transnational springboards for contemporary Italian authors. This exhibition presents an opportunity for visitors to follow the cultural and literary exchange between Italian editors and international writers and intellectuals. Much of the correspondence in the exhibition is unpublished and now displayed in public for the first time. Exhibition open Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm and in the evening during events, until Friday 27th June.



Talk/Q&A: Flesh and stone, the poet and the city re-imagined by Burgess, with Giuseppe Albano

ABBA ABBA, Burgess’s superficially simple tale of a group of people in Rome, is the focus for Giuseppe’s talk. The characters huddle together in companionship against the backdrops of two impending deaths: one of the fallen Emperor Napoleon, and the other of young English poet, John Keats, who in his frail consumptive state had come to Rome in the hope that the city’s climate would alleviate his suffering. During his final months alive in the city Keats meets and befriends local wit and sonneteer Giuseppe Gioachino Belli, and their shared ruminations on poetry and language are spellbinding. Or, so Burgess’s story goes… for as with many of the moments described in this gem of a novella, their author supposes what could have happened, based most of the time on what did happen, with occasional dips into brazen, brilliant invention. Giuseppe Albano is of Italian heritage and was born and raised in Scotland. He is Curator of the Keats-Shelley House in Rome and author of the preface to the Italian edition of ABBA ABBA (Robin Edizioni, 2012). Contact [email protected] to reserve your place.




Booklaunch: The Book of Gaza with Atef Abu Saif and Abdallah Tayeh

Gazan author Atef Abu Saif introduces his groundbreaking anthology The  Book of Gaza featuring ten Palestinian writers translated into English  for the  first time. Each story takes place in a different part of the Strip and  together they provide a literary map of Gaza, navigating its readers around the  city and taking us beyond the global media headlines. Atef is joined by one of the contributing short story writers,  Abdallah  Tayeh. This event has been supported by English Pen’s ‘Pen Promotes!’ Writers in Translation scheme.



Reading & Open Mic: MMU End of Year Poetry Event

This annual event offers the opportunity to hear work from the postgraduate poetry students at MMU’s Manchester Writing School. The poets’ end of year celebrations will include a showcase of their new writing, and a relaxed open mic session featuring current students and alumni.