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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Exhibition: Burgess on ScreenTuesday, September 1st, 2015, 10:00 am | Free, open from 10am - 3pm and during events until end of November 2015

Open from August - November 2015 in the Burgess Foundation exhibition space. Anthony Burgess was one of the first novelists to enthusiastically embrace television. This exhibition presents a number of rare and popular short clips of Burgess's many TV appearances, taken from the wealth of footage available in the Burgess Foundation archive. The exhibition will be accompanied by screenings of the Anthony Burgess documentaries on James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and D.H. Lawrence. Full details to be announced. Check our What's On pages for more details. 

Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess ArchiveWednesday, September 16th, 2015, 6:00 pm | Free

Take a tour of the Burgess Foundation and discover more about Burgess's life and work. Learn about Burgess's beginnings in Manchester and his international career as a novelist, and get up-close to our fascinating collection of Burgess's books, manuscripts, personal items and correspondence with writers and artists including Stanley Kubrick, Graham Greene and Olivia Manning. Places are very limited, so email [email protected] to reserve your place. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Booklaunch (London): Anthony Burgess's ShakespeareFriday, September 18th, 2015, 6:30 pm | Free, prior booking required

Join us at Waterstones Piccadilly to celebrate the launch of the new beautifully illustrated Folio Society edition of Anthony Burgess's Shakespeare, including a new foreword from esteemed Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells. The event will feature a discussion about Burgess's biography with Stanley Wells and Andrew Biswell. Books will be available for sale prior to general release. Visit the Waterstones event page from August 12th to book tickets.

Booklaunch (Manchester): Anthony Burgess's ShakespeareThursday, September 24th, 2015, 6:30 pm | Free, prior booking required

Join us at the Burgess Foundation to celebrate the launch of the new beautifully illustrated Folio Society edition of Anthony Burgess's Shakespeare, including a new foreword from esteemed Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells. Featuring a panel including Carol Rutter, Sonja Lawrenson and Michael Schmidt, the event will explore Burgess's text alongside other biographies of the Bard, uncovering the real William Shakespeare. Books will be available for sale prior to general release. Email [email protected] to book your place.

Discussion: Little Atoms with Emma Jane Unsworth and Lee RourkeFriday, September 25th, 2015, 6:00 pm | Tickets currently unavailable

Little Atoms radio host Neil Denny will be joined by authors Emma Jane Unsworth and Lee Rourke to discuss their recent work and how the city of Manchester has influenced them and their writing. Followed by an audience Q&A. The Little Atoms radio show launched on London's Resonance FM in 2005, in part as a response to the debate that followed the terrorist bombings in London. Ten years on, after a decade of interviews with some of the most interesting voices in politics, literature, science, art and comedy, Little Atoms branched out with a new online publication dedicated to intelligent, accessible writing on everything from deism to design, accompanied by regular live panel debates. Check littleatoms.com for details . Tickets available from Eventbrite.

Film screening: Silence, Exile and Cunning - Anthony Burgess on James JoyceWednesday, September 30th, 2015, 6:30 pm | Free

In the first of three rare documentary film screenings, Anthony Burgess visits Dublin to present the first ever visual study of James Joyce. Originally broadcast on BBC1 in 1965 as an episode of the Monitor series, Silence, Exile and Cunning features Burgess walking in the footsteps of Joyce and visiting locations important to the Irish author’s life and work. Originally conceived without a script and fuelled by a ‘heavy whiskey intake’, Burgess explores Joyce’s profound relationship with Catholicism, drawing parallels between his own upbringing and Joyce’s background, aiming to ‘merely relate the art of a Dubliner to the city that begot him.’ Of the film itself, Burgess said ‘it has led young people to Joyce. It was worth spending that drunken remorseful fortnight in Dublin.’ Directed by Christopher Burstall. Written by Anthony Burgess. Part of the Burgess on Screen exhibition season. Running time: 50 minutes. Email [email protected] to reserve your place.