The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

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.

 

 

Reading and In Conversation: João Gilberto Noll with Katie Slade

In a rare UK appearance as part of the Book of Rio anthology promo tour with Comma Press, legendary Brazilian author João Gilberto Noll will be reading from his short story Something Urgently, and discussing  the major themes behind his work with one of the co-editors of the anthology, Katie Slade. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on João’s work, and subjects as diverse as the state of contemporary Brazilian literature, the short story in Brazil, and the country’s multiple social and cultural issues.

 

 

Discussion: Cycling – four wheels good, two wheels better?

Mark Birbeck, Gabriele Schliwa, Andy Groves and Nick Vaughan will introduce a discussion on improving the road experience for all, chaired by Keith McCabe.

Having a bicycle as a child was often a precursor to travelling beyond the physical confines of your neighbourhood, and the first steps to adolescent freedom.  Though older generations may have known bicycles as their only mode of transport for going to work, most people now have access to a car yet many commuters are frustrated by congestion, and a plethora of impediments on the road. A return to the bicycle as a realistic form of transport is being publicly promoted, so what are we to make of such campaigns to get us on our bike again? Advocates of increasing cycling say it must be made safer, with new cycle paths and perhaps even compulsory helmet wearing; but would we then risk over-complicating this most straightforward of activities? Do cycle paths do more harm than good by shunting cyclists to one side and causing friction with car drivers? And how best to manage existing tensions between cyclists jumping red lights, cycling on pavements and other road and pavement users? Join in tonight’s discussion, hosted by Manchester Salon and supported by Northern Soul and the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Booking details can be found here.

 

 

Booklaunch: The Manchester Anthology

This evening marks the launch of a brand-new collection bringing together the exciting and varied work of twenty voices from the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. Featuring poetry, short stories and novel extracts, and including published authors, prize winners and competition shortlistees, this event showcases the melting pot of international talent that is The Manchester Anthology. As well as a selection of readings from students on the MA Creative Writing course, there will be a special guest appearance by critically acclaimed Centre for New Writing alumnus Chris Killen, who will read from his upcoming second novel, In Real Life, out Spring 2015 on Canongate. Book your place at Eventbrite.

 

 

Exhibition: The Use and Abuse of Books – Savoy, Lord Horror and Corridor8

Throughout August and September the Burgess Foundation exhibition space will be home to material from Savoy Books’ vast and often controversial archive. Curated by writer and publisher Michael Butterworth and the Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books, The Use and Abuse of Books exhibition spans Butterworth’s career from New Worlds, Corridor, banned publications, police raids and David Britton’s imprisonment with Savoy, through to his most recent art and writing journal Corridor8.

Featuring text, images and rare promotional content from Savoy’s infamous 1989 publication Lord Horror, the exhibition tackles the question of whether the depiction and description of horrific acts is justified in satire. In 1992 Lord Horror was declared by Judge Gerrard Humphries as ‘a glorification of racism and violence’ whereas writer Michael Moorcock believed the book to belong to ‘a tradition of lampoon, of exaggeration. Its purpose is to show up social evils, and the evils within ourselves.’

Displaying artwork from Sinister Legends and Meng and Ecker alongside other panels from rare comics and graphic novels (including Reverbstorm), The Use and Abuse of Books also examines the relationship between text and imagery within Savoy’s publications, revealing how artwork from John Coulthart, Kris Guidio and James Cawthorn supplements and enhances the storytelling through visual references to architecture, cultural figures or specific works of art.

The exhibition will be open 10am-4pm weekdays and in the evenings during events from Friday 15th August until Friday 19th September.

A series of events, including a screening of seven short films commissioned from artists and collectives in response to the seven Corridor zines published between 1971 and 1976, will take place during the exhibition. Check out www.lifeanduseofbooks.org /@ECLUB, www.anthonyburgess.org/@misterenderby or contact [email protected] to find out more.

 

 

Talks & film screening: Lord Horror – the Dark and Silver Age

To celebrate the latest exhibition at the Burgess Foundation, curated by Michael Butterworth and The Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books (see above for details), we invite you to attend an evening of talks, discussion and a long-awaited public screening of Gareth Jackson’s Lord Horror – The Dark and Silver Age, an experimental film based on the Lord Horror oeuvre, described by Savoy as ‘a solid hour of monochrome menace, Hitlerian hubris and rock’n’roll’. Prior to the film screening there will be three short presentations from broadcaster and art critic Bob Dickinson, art historian and journalist Michael Paraskos and academic Jonathan Barlow discussing Lord Horror, the culture surrounding Savoy and their tumultuous history. Visit Eventbrite to book your place.

Bob Dickinson is a Manchester based broadcaster and art critic who has produced a number of documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and 1 on subjects relating to music, art and local history. He has been published widely in the local and national press including Corridor8, Michael Butterworth’s current publishing project. For this event he will situate Savoy within the context of Manchester’s counterculture and alternative cultural scenes during the 1970s and 80s. 

Michael Paraskos was born in Leeds, studying at the School of Fine Art at the University of Leeds and later gaining his doctorate focussing on aesthetic theories of Herbert Read from the University of Nottingham. He is now lecturer in Art History at the City and Guilds School of Art in London, and is the founder and lead organiser of the annual conference Othello’s Island. Michael will be giving a talk based on his review of Reverbstorm, published in The Spectator in 2013, in which he approaches the graphic novel from an art historical perspective.

Jonathan Barlow is currently working on his Masters in English Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research interests relate to the interaction between visual art and prose put forth in his paper New Worlds and Reverbstorm, delivered at the University of East Anglia for the Science Fiction ‘New Wave’ At Fifty conference.

Gareth Jackson is a conceptual artist, experimental filmmaker and occasional author. He is also the producer of Speculative Fictions, an e-annual that aims to marry conceptual art with science fiction writing.

 

 

Exhibition: The Use and Abuse of Books – Savoy, Lord Horror and Corridor8

Throughout August and September the Burgess Foundation exhibition space will be home to material from Savoy Books’ vast and often controversial archive. Curated by writer and publisher Michael Butterworth and the Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books, The Use and Abuse of Books exhibition spans Butterworth’s career from New Worlds, Corridor, banned publications, police raids and David Britton’s imprisonment with Savoy, through to his most recent art and writing journal Corridor8.

Featuring text, images and rare promotional content from Savoy’s infamous 1989 publication Lord Horror, the exhibition tackles the question of whether the depiction and description of horrific acts is justified in satire. In 1992 Lord Horror was declared by Judge Gerrard Humphries as ‘a glorification of racism and violence’ whereas writer Michael Moorcock believed the book to belong to ‘a tradition of lampoon, of exaggeration. Its purpose is to show up social evils, and the evils within ourselves.’

Displaying artwork from Sinister Legends and Meng and Ecker alongside other panels from rare comics and graphic novels (including Reverbstorm), The Use and Abuse of Books also examines the relationship between text and imagery within Savoy’s publications, revealing how artwork from John Coulthart, Kris Guidio and James Cawthorn supplements and enhances the storytelling through visual references to architecture, cultural figures or specific works of art.

The exhibition will be open 10am-4pm weekdays and in the evenings during events from Friday 15th August until Friday 19th September. 

A series of events, including a screening of seven short films commissioned from artists and collectives in response to the seven Corridor zines published between 1971 and 1976, will take place during the exhibition. Check out www.lifeanduseofbooks.org /@ECLUB, www.anthonyburgess.org/@misterenderby or contact [email protected] to find out more.

 

 

Exhibition Preview: The Use and Abuse of Books – Savoy, Lord Horror and Corridor8

Curated by writer and publisher Michael Butterworth and the Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books, tonight’s preview reveals material from Savoy’s often controversial archive in a new exhibition, The Use and Abuse of Books. Spanning Butterworth’s career from New Worlds, Corridor, banned publications, police raids and David Britton’s imprisonment with Savoy, through to his most recent art and writing journal Corridor8, this exhibition features rare comics, graphic novels and books from the Savoy back catalogue and examines whether the depiction and description of horrific acts is justified in satire. To join us for a drink and an advance look at the exhibition, contact [email protected].

 

 

Booklauch: Hauntings, An Anthology

Join Hic Dragones for their launch of  Hauntings: An Anthology, twenty-one new tales of the uncanny. The evening will feature readings from Tracy Fahey, Mark Forshaw, Hannah Kate, Sarah Peploe, James Everington, Michael Hitchins, Daisy Black and Rachel Halsall, plus a free wine reception, giveaways and launch discount on the book. Visit Eventbrite to book your place.

 

 

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.