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.


Travel grants from the Burgess Foundation

Applications invited from researchers.

26th May 2015 , Collections entries , Highlights

Cyrano de Bergerac: Northern Stage's new production

Review by Andrew Biswell.

22nd April 2015 , Collections entries , Cyrano de Bergerac , Highlights

Larry Adler and Anthony Burgess's harmonica

A new addition to the Burgess Foundation's collections. By Anna Edwards.

30th March 2015 , Collections entries , Highlights , Larry Adler , Music , Music manuscripts , New finds , The Wanting Seed , Tremor of Intent

The Burgess Foundation's new Soundcloud channel

Talks, lectures, poetry readings and more at the Engine House.

26th February 2015 , Collections entries , Highlights , Poetry

The first interview with Anthony Burgess

On the publication of Beds In The East, 1959.

25th February 2015 , Acquisitions , Borneo , Collections entries , Highlights , Lynne Wilson , Malaya , Malayan Trilogy , New finds , Smoking paraphenalia