The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

In conversation: Mark Z Danielewski with Nicola White

Mark Z  Danielewski is the author of House of Leaves, Only Revolutions, The Whalestoe  Letters and the Fifty Year Sword.   His writing has been described as ‘absorbing, spooky and playful’  (Library Journal) and ‘thrillingly alive, sublimely creepy, distressingly scary,  breathtakingly intelligent’ (Bret Easton-Ellis). He once supported Depeche Mode. This evening,  Mark will be reading passages from his work and signing books after the event.  He will be joined by Nicola  White, author of In The Rosary Garden and winner of the Dundee International Book Prize. Brought to IABF in partnership  with Blackwell’s bookshop. Visit to book tickets.




Delia Derbyshire Day with the Delia Darlings

After the sell-out success of their event in 2013, the Delia Darlings present Delia Derbyshire Day 2014, the follow up event honouring the fascinating work and archive of pioneering electronic music composer Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), best known for her work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and her original 1963 theme for Dr Who. The event features a new commission by composer/musician Daniel Weaver and a new digital visual art work from new media artist Andrea Pazos, both created in response to the Delia Derbyshire archive in Manchester, UK. The evening will also feature an exciting audio-visual collage of the Delia Derbyshire archive by David Butler and Sarah Hill, and performances from Caro C and Ailis Ni Riain. View the trailer, purchase tickets or find out more at the Delia Darlings blog, on Facebook or Twitter



In conversation: Ben Marcus

Ben Marcus is the acclaimed author of five books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father CostumeThe Age of Wire and String, The Flame Alphabet and Leaving the Sea, described as ‘thoroughly and perversely entertaining’ (New York Times) and as tackling ‘deep-held, universal terrors and anxieties in his singular way’ (Time Out). His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, The Paris Review, The Believer, The New York Times, Salon, McSweeney’s, Time and Conjunctions, among others. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, the fiction editor at The American Reader and associate professor creative writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Creative Capital Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, a literature award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, three Pushcart Prizes and a Guggenheim Fellow. Tonight he’ll be discussing his short story collection Leaving the Sea and there will be post-event book signing. Buy tickets here.



Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive

This is your chance to 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.



In conversation: Helen Mort with Martin Kratz

Helen’s Mort’s first collection Division Street was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Costa Prize and declared as “outstanding. There’s a confidence and wit that’s rare in a first book, but underlying it all is the bedrock of the north of England, its landscapes and stories. These are poems of passion, risk, tenderness and power” (Michael Symmons Roberts). Born in Sheffield in 1985, Helen has published two pamphlets - The Shape of Every Box and A Pint for the Ghost  – with tall-lighthouse press and has received the Foyle Young Poets award five times. Helen is the new Derbyshire Poet Laureate. Contact [email protected] to reserve your place for this event. You can follow the laureate blog here.



In conversation: Helen Simpson and Ben Masters

Helen Simpson is the author of five collections of short stories, the most recent of which is In-Flight Entertainment. Her previous books include Four Bare Legs in a Bed and Other Stories and Hey Yeah Right Get a Life. Ben’s first novel Noughties was published to critical acclaim in 2012 when he was also selected as one of Vogue’s 16 “Faces of the Future”. He has a host of journalistic credits to his name, has completed a PhD on post-war fiction at the University of Cambridge under Robert MacFarlane, and joined the Manchester Writing School at MMU as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in September 2013. Contact [email protected] to reserve your place.




Concert: The Musical Life of Anthony Burgess: Bridge, Elgar & Tippett with the Gildas Quartet

Our Burgess music collection is almost as extensive as our collection of the author’s books and manuscripts. This concert offers the opportunity to hear chamber works from three of the 20th Century English composers who influenced Burgess’s own musical compositions, and who Burgess liked to listen to when he wasn’t working away at the typewriter. Click here to book tickets.

The Gildas Quartet (2013 Tunnell Trust award winners and Park Lane Group artists) are an exciting young ensemble based in Manchester; read more about them at They will be performing Frank Bridge Three Idylls for String Quartet Edward Elgar String Quartet in E minor and Michael Tippett String Quartet in F sharp major



In Conversation: Olivia Laing ‘The Trip to Echo Spring’

Described by Hilary Mantel as “one of the best books I’ve read on the creative uses of adversity” Olivia Laing’s second book The Trip to Echo Spring is an investigation into the liquid links between writers and alcohol and was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Biography Prize, the Transmission Prize and was a book of the year in the Times, Observer, Metro, Economist and Times Literary Supplement. This discussion event sees Olivia sharing her thoughts on the relationship between alcohol and writing in a Q&A session and reading from her book. Contact [email protected] to reserve places.



In Conversation: Evie Wyld with Gregory Norminton

‘Unsettling, dark and extraordinarily fresh…if you’ve been waiting for a cross between Nicola Barker and Christos Tsiolkas, this is it’ Viv Groskop, The Times.  Featured as one of the The Culture Show‘s Best New British Novelists, Evie Wyld has been described as writing both terrifying and beautiful ‘hair-pricking’ thrillers. During this in conversation event Evie will also be reading from her published novels and writing to come, and signing books. Gregory Norminton has published novels, short stories, a book of aphorisms, translated Gustave Flaubert’s Dictionary of Received Ideas and written plays for radio, his website is  Contact [email protected] to reserve your place.



Talk and Networking with Luke Stephenson

Redeye is proud to present an evening talk and networking event with Jerwood Photography Prize winner Luke Stephenson, looking at his work which explores life in Britain and the British psyche through a series of projects including Spectacle Wearing Folk, The World Beard and Moustache Wearing Championships, The Clown Egg Register and An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds amongst others. Visit the Redeye website for details.