Manchester Writing: David Gledhill and Nicholas Royle – “In Camera”
The Manchester Writing School at MMU, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Negative Press London are delighted to present the northern launch of David Gledhill and Nicholas Royle’s new book, In Camera. Set in East Germany during the Cold War, a doctor’s daughter experiments with her father’s camera and eavesdrops on his consultations. In their paintings and fiction, David Gledhill and Nicholas Royle explore the nature of surveillance. Sign up now.
A Strategy for Homesickness
A temporary exhibition by second year Visual Arts students from the University of Salford Claudia Alonso, Marie Cash, Melissa Dolan, Ashleen Edwards, Luke Ezard, Elliott Flanagan, Sally-Ann Jackson, Peter Mason, Helena Oliveira, Robyn Parr, April Smith and Steve Webster. A Strategy For Homesickness evokes nostalgia. Originally a medical condition from the 17th century, ‘nostalgia’ was a malady attributed to Swiss mercenaries fighting in the plains of the lowlands of France and Italy who pined for their native mountain landscapes. In 2016, it is no longer perceived as debilitating and instead offers a positive sense of past experiences. Open 17:00 – 23:00, Friday 29th – Saturday 30th April. More info.
The Society of Authors: The Author’s Compass
A day of lively talks to help you navigate the contemporary publishing landscape: This day of talks is organised by and for members of Authors North, the northern group of the SoA, but all members are welcome to attend. Speakers include John Rice (Chair of Authors North), Kate Harrison (author and writing consultant), Kate Pool (contract advisor), Sarah Baxter (contract advisor), Richard Sheehan (copy editor), Kate Roden (Founder of Fixabook), Helen Lewis (Director of LiterallyPR), and Rhoda Baxter (author). Buy now.
Playing God Film Series: The Omega Man
(Boris Sagal, 1971). Biological warfare turns humans into zombies. Charlton Heston plays one of Earth’s last survivors. What sacrifices does he make to become humanity’s saviour? Introduced by science fiction researcher Dr Amy C. Chambers (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.
Poetry Workshop: Burgess, Belli, Keats and the Sonnet
This workshop will be led by Martin Kratz, who is currently working at the Burgess Foundation as an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow. In the 1970s, Burgess translated over 70 vulgar and often blasphemous sonnets by the nineteenth century Roman poet G.G. Belli. Belli also inspired translations by the beat poet Harold Norse and translations into Scots by Robert Garioch among others. Burgess’s translations eventually formed part of the novel ABBA ABBA, in which Burgess plays out a fictional meeting between Belli and another famous sonneteer the dying John Keats. Sign up now.
Literature Live: Vona Groarke and Adam Thorpe
Vona Groarke’s first collection was Shale, published in 1994. The most recent was X, a PBS Recommendation for Spring 2014, reviewed by the New Statesman as ‘an outstanding collection by a poet at the height of her powers’. Selected Poems marks an important milestone in the career of a poet described by Poetry Ireland Review as ‘among the best Irish poets writing today’, and will feature poems from each of her six award-winning collections to date. She teaches at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester. ￼￼Adam Thorpe was born in Paris in 1956. He is the author of ten novels, two collections of stories, six books of poetry and a work of non-fiction, as well as a stage play performed almost entirely in Berkshire dialect, many radio plays and broadcasts, including two BBC documentaries, and numerous reviews for major newspapers and journals. His first novel, Ulverton (1992), now a Vintage Classic, received the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. His latest novel, Flight (Cape, 2012), moves into Conradian territory with the story of a freight pilot abandoning a dubious arms deal and finding himself pursued by ruthless predators. Thorpe’s first foray into non-fiction, On Silbury Hill (Little Toller, 2014), was chosen as Radio 4’s Book of the Week and has gone into multiple printings. Cash only for sales on the door. Buy tickets.
Alberto Ginastera centenary concert
Alberto Ginastera is considered one of the most important classical composers of the 20th century. This concert commemorates what would have been his 100th birthday; the programme will feature many of his major works played by a range of musicians, including from the Royal Northern College of Music. Email [email protected] for tickets.
Walking Tour: A Burgessian Ramble
New for 2016: Join us on a guided tour of Anthony Burgess’s Manchester. We will visit locations including the University of Manchester, the Church of the Holy Name and Manchester Central Library. The tour will be led by Andrew Biswell, Director of the Foundation and Burgess’s biographer. The guided tour will take approximately 2 hours and will finish at the Burgess Foundation on Cambridge Street, where you will have the opportunity to view items from our collection. Email [email protected] to book.
Playing God Film Series: Inherit the Wind
Stanley Kramer, 1960. Spencer Tracy stars in a thinly disguised rendition of the 1925 ‘Scopes monkey trial’ in America where a science teacher is put in trial for teaching evolution. Introduced by science and theology scholar Dr Scott Midson (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.
FutureEverything: Smoke Signals Sessions ft. Sara Lowes
To celebrate the world premiere of Ed Carter & David Cranmer’s new work Smoke Signals, FutureEverything invites a series of musicians to create unique, one-off performances in response to this haunting sonic and visual installation. Sara Lowes is a musician and composer from the North East of England, currently based in Manchester UK. Lowes has worked as a touring and recording session musician and backing vocalist for acts including King Creosote, Jim Noir, Tindersticks, Jens Lekman and Daniel Johnston as well as supporting Coldplay on their European and North American tour during her 18-month stint as keyboard player and backing vocalist for Marina and the Diamonds. Please note that the work emits smoke and is in a darkened room. Although the space is ventilated, viewing of the work may not suitable for those with respiratory problems. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free entry. Festival Pass Holders will be given priority entry.