The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

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 5th 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 5th September. Preview on Thursday 14th August, 6pm.

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.

 

 

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 we4poets.com

 

 

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.