The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

What’s on

Click on dates in the calendar to find out about events and activities at the Engine House; details of each event are listed underneath.

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Film screening: Sell Off, the abolition of your NHSWednesday, April 8th, 2015, 7:00 pm | £7, £5, £3

Against the backdrop of the recent Manchester NHS Devolution announcement and just four weeks before the General Election Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public and Manchester Film Coop would like to invite you to a screening of the radical film Sell Off, the abolition of your NHS directed by Peter Bach followed by the Manchester NHS Debate. Featuring over a dozen NHS insiders as witnesses, the film presents the alarming story of how the health service as we know it is being quietly abolished and replaced by a system based on the US model in which care is delivered by profit-maximising companies that charge  patients for treatment, which is anyway to be restricted and reduced. The film will be followed by a post-screening discussion led by a panel including Dr Bob Gill (GP and candidate for the National Health Action Party), Lucy Reynolds (research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and prospective candidates from the Green Party, Labour Party and TUSC. The event is open to NHS and anti-cuts campaign groups, and any member of the public who cares about what is happening to the NHS. The bar will be open from 6pm.

Booklaunch & Discussion: Matt Haig's Reasons to Stay AliveThursday, April 9th, 2015, 6:30 pm | £6

Join Matt Haig and special guests MJ Hyland and Karima Francis for an evening of discussion and debate around creativity, mental health and his new book, Reasons to Stay Alive. Reasons to Stay Alive follows Matt Haig's journey through crisis, showing how he triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.  It is also a moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive. Canongate Books have partnered with Mind and Time to Change to open up the discussion and celebrate the publication of this inspiring and important book. Tickets available via Eventbrite and £1 from each ticket sold will be donated to Mind.

Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess ArchiveWednesday, April 15th, 2015, 6:00 pm | Free, advance booking required

In our latest series of tours, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we're giving you the opportunity to get up-close to our unique and fascinating collection of Burgess’s books, manuscripts, photographs, compositions, drawings and correspondence with writers and artists such as Stanley KubrickGraham GreeneAngela Carter and Hunter S. Thompson. Anthony Burgess produced a huge body of work during his lifetime, including thirty-three novels, twenty-five works of non-fiction, two volumes of autobiography, hundreds of musical compositions and vast quantities of journalism. Join us on the tour and learn about Burgess’s beginnings in Manchester, his travels to Malaysia and Brunei and his international career as novelist, composer, journalist, screenwriter, poet and playwright. Tours are limited to a small number of advance bookers. To reserve your place contact [email protected] or call 0161 235 0776.

Film screening: Planet of the ApesThursday, April 16th, 2015, 6:00 pm | Free, no booking required

Part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project and presented by the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester this season of six films confronts questions about the nature of and connections between science and religion. How do we anticipate and comprehend worlds just beyond our grasp? How do we find ways of understanding and portraying the interplay between science and religion on film? Religion puts science on trial in this science fiction landmark featuring Moses himself Charlton Heston. At each film screening an expert speaker will provide a brief introduction at 6.30 and then lead a post-screening discussion with the audience. The evening will include an opening reception from 6.00pm where drinks will be available for purchase. See the Lab website for full list of dates and times of screenings or contact organizers Ray Macauley[email protected]  or Amy Chambers [email protected] for further information.

Film screening: Il Capitale Umano / Human CapitalFriday, April 17th, 2015, 7:15 pm | Free

Manchester's Societa’ Dante Alighieri invites you to a screening of Paolo Virzi's Il Capitale Umano . Based on the American novel Human Capital by Stephen Amidon, the story is set in a town in Brianza, an affluent area near Milan. The destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is run off the road by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve. A powerful tale of family tragedies exploring how money rules the lives and controls the fate of individuals and communities. Introduced by Silvana Serra, and followed by a Q&A session. Suitable for age 15 and over. Advance booking preferred; please contact [email protected] to reserve your place.

Booklaunch: Pavilion PoetryMonday, April 20th, 2015, 6:30 pm | Free

Pavilion Poetry is a new series of books from Liverpool University Press which aims to seek out and publish all that is daring and relevant in contemporary poetry. This debut launch event features three books from a trio of UK poets: Small Hands by Mona Arshi (winner of the 2014 Manchester Poetry Prize); And She Was by Sarah Corbett (shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize) and Blood Child by Eleanor Rees (shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection). The collection is edited by Professor Deryn Rees-Jones from the University of Liverpool and the event will feature readings from each of the poets, with books and drinks available to buy. This event is supported by the University of Manchester Centre for New Writing.    

Concert: Blue Rose CodeThursday, April 23rd, 2015, 7:30 pm | £12.50 + booking fee

Ross Wilson, the Edinburgh-born songwriter who performs under the name Blue Rose Code doesn’t write folk songs. But his discovery of the traditional music of the British Isles has informed Blue Rose Code's music. Blue Rose Code's latest album The Ballads Of Peckham Rye features a remarkable roll call of folk musicians, including Karine Polwart and Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke. "I guess that I'm a crossover artist,” says Ross. “I'm just not sure from where I'm crossing over or where I'm going to end up." It's this reluctance to be pigeon-holed that has earned Blue Rose Code a burgeoning and fiercely loyal fan-base across the UK and beyond. With support from We Were Strangers and Little Sparrow. Tickets available via WeGotTickets.

Film screening: SolarisThursday, April 30th, 2015, 5:30 pm | Free, no booking required

Part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project and presented by the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester this season of six films confronts questions about the nature of and connections between science and religion. How do we anticipate and comprehend worlds just beyond our grasp? How do we find ways of understanding and portraying the interplay between science and religion on film? Andrei Tarkovsky’s science fiction masterpiece is a contemplative exploration of the connections between art, the individual, and the life of the spirit. At each film screening an expert speaker will provide a brief introduction and then lead a post-screening discussion with the audience. The evening will include an opening reception from 17.30 where drinks will be available for purchase. See the Lab website for full list of dates and times of screenings or contact organizers Ray Macauley[email protected]  or Amy Chambers [email protected] for further information.