The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

The collections

As art is a mirror of oneself and oneself is one’s life, so it is right to want to know about the life. - Anthony Burgess

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation has an extensive and varied library and archive of rare books, manuscripts, correspondence and photographs relating to the life and work of Anthony Burgess.

Our Reading Room is open by appointment only on Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 4pm. Casual visitors to the Engine House are very welcome to visit the exhibition area in which items from the collection are on display on Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 2pm, and in the evenings during events. If you have an enquiry about the collections, or would like to make an appointment to visit the Reading Room, please contact Anna Edwards (Archivist) on [email protected] or 0161 235 0776. To find out more about the collections and to plan your visit please click here.

Articles about aspects of the collections can be found by clicking the links below, or searching the blog and the categories to the right.


Burgess Foundation Podcast: Nothing Like the Sun Revisited

Andrew Biswell and Rob Spence explore Nothing Like the Sun, Burgess's novel about Shakespeare.

17th August 2016 , A Dead Man in Deptford , Nothing Like The Sun , Podcast , Shakespeare

Chunnel Vision: Anthony Burgess and Europe

Anthony Burgess's view of Europe, by Will Carr

20th June 2016 , Collections entries , Europe , France , Highlights

Burgess, Keats and the Sonnet

Unexpected connections in the Burgess archives. By Martin Kratz.

3rd June 2016 , Abba Abba , Belli , Collections entries , Poetry

Investing in the Collection

Find out about the recent improvements we have made to our archive facilities.

11th April 2016

Burgess and Keats

Martin Kratz on Burgess and the poet John Keats

6th April 2016