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.

« May 2016 »
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031 

Manchester Writing: David Gledhill and Nicholas Royle - “In Camera”Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 7:00 pm | FREE

The Manchester Writing School at MMU, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Negative Press London are delighted to present the northern launch of David Gledhill and Nicholas Royle's new book, In Camera. Set in East Germany during the Cold War, a doctor’s daughter experiments with her father’s camera and eavesdrops on his consultations. In their paintings and fiction, David Gledhill and Nicholas Royle explore the nature of surveillance. Sign up now.

Hollie McNish & Jo BellFriday, May 6th, 2016, 7:00 pm | SOLD OUT

Bad Language, Blackwell’s Bookshop and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation are delighted to bring together two of the most celebrated performers on the live literature scene, Hollie McNish and Jo Bell. Hollie is one of world’s leading spoken word artists. She is a UK Slam Poetry champion and came third in the World Poetry Slam finals. As well as being featured on BBC radio and television, Hollie has toured internationally. Benjamin Zephaniah said of Hollie McNish: “I can’t keep my ears off her.” Buy now.

Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess ArchiveSaturday, May 7th, 2016, 12:00 pm | FREE

A behind-the-scenes look at the life and work of Anthony Burgess, the multi-talented novelist and composer, and author of A Clockwork Orange. During the archive tour you will learn about Anthony Burgess’s beginnings in Manchester and his international career as a novelist, composer, journalist, screenwriter, poet and playwright. There will be a chance to browse Burgess’s private library and view items from his rich archive of manuscripts, compositions, photographs and correspondence, including letters from Stanley Kubrick, Graham Greene and Angela Carter. Email [email protected] to book.

Pop-up Opera: Bellini's I Capuleti e i MontecchiSaturday, May 7th, 2016, 7:30 pm | £17.50 / £15 concs

Bellini's classic bel-canto opera is brought to life in an intense chamber production by the critically acclaimed Pop-Up Opera, sung in Italian with English captions. Experience the most tragic love story of all time. Two star-crossed lovers - Romeo and Juliet - find their worlds ripped apart amongst criminal warfare and bitter resentment, against the backdrop of Italy’s bloody gang rivalry. Witness how their all-consuming passion tries to survive amidst violence, hatred and vicious grievances. Buy now.

Reading the Writer and Writing the Reader: a discussionWednesday, May 11th, 2016, 6:30 pm | FREE

Join us for a free discussion event to mark the end of a year’s collaboration between the Anthony Burgess Foundation and PN Review, whose inside back cover has been featuring key material from the Burgess archive. Michael Schmidt, the editor of PN Review, will be joined by the poet/critic Vahni Capildeo, Andrew Biswell from the Burgess Foundation, and other special guests, to debate the place and purpose of literary magazines. The speakers will consider the reader and the writer in their relation through magazines that have a mission. PN Review has a record of finding new work and also of finding readers, and the Burgess Foundation itself occupies similar ground in its relation to readership and its engagement with a wide, literate public. But what is the possible future of literary magazines in the digital age, and how far will their missions and readerships have to change? Sign up now.

Playing God Film Series: PiThursday, May 12th, 2016, 6:30 pm | FREE

(Darren Aronofsky, 1998). Darren Aronofsky’s directorial debut is a surrealist psychological thriller that explores faith, spirituality, and the relationship between the universe and mathematics. Introduced by historian of science Dr William R. Macauley (University of Manchester) and presented as part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project by the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester. Free entry. No ticket required.

~exchange Music ForumSunday, May 15th, 2016, 2:30 pm | £10/£7 on the door, £7/£5 advance, £8 student duo discount

Gavin Osborn performs new works for solo flute by emerging Manchester composers Rachel Graff, Rob Corrin, Joshua Brown & James Keirle, followed by Trio Atem performing for the first time the full Per Serafino Calbarsi cycle composed for them by Fabrice Fitch, including the première of the final section. Forum begins at 2.30pm, followed by the concert at 5pm. Buy now.

16mm Film Screening and Discussion: 80 Years of Night Mail and The Way to the SeaMonday, May 16th, 2016, 6:30 pm | £3

‘This is the night mail crossing the border / Bringing the cheque and the postal order ...' A double feature of avant-garde modernist documentary cinema. Produced by the GPO Film Unit and released in 1936, Night Mail (25 mins) is one of the finest examples of early British documentary cinema. Using experimental sound, visuals and narrative, it documents the nightly journey of the postal steam train which ran between London and Glasgow during the early twentieth century. Featuring poetry by W.H. Auden and music by Benjamin Britten, the film explores ideas of work, communication, regional identity and the role of the train as an icon of modernity. The Way to the Sea (9 mins) was released in the same year, by the Strand Film Company. Another collaboration between Auden and Britten, the film invites viewers on a journey along the London to Portsmouth railway, and tells the story of its recent electrification. Through juxtaposition and montage, it explores our relationship with the English coast, a place that is both the quintessential carefree holiday destination, and a site for war and invasion. The film celebrates modernity in British design and technological innovation. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Night Mail and The Way to the Sea, join us for a rare screening of both films in their entirety on 16mm film, accompanied by a talk and Q&A with Dr Scott Anthony, author of the definitive BFI Modern Classics book on Night Mail. This event will begin at 7pm sharp. Buy now.

In Conversation: Jack MonroeThursday, May 19th, 2016, 7:30 pm | £12 / £6 students

Anotherway Now presents an evening with Jack Monroe. They are someone whose passion as a food writer, chef and hunger and poverty campaigner springs from personal experience: the experience of having to feed themselves and their young son while living on the bread line. As well as confronting us with some of our mostly deeply held prejudices about class and food, Jack challenges us to think another way about gender. They have more than held their own on BBC1’s Question Time and gone head-to-head in live TV debates with the likes of Michael Portillo. They were ranked 19th in The Independent on Sunday’s 2013 Pink List of the most influential LGBT people in the UK. Buy now.

Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess ArchiveWednesday, May 25th, 2016, 6:00 pm | FREE

A behind-the-scenes look at the life and work of Anthony Burgess, the multi-talented novelist and composer, and author of A Clockwork Orange. During the archive tour you will learn about Anthony Burgess’s beginnings in Manchester and his international career as a novelist, composer, journalist, screenwriter, poet and playwright. There will be a chance to browse Burgess’s private library and view items from his rich archive of manuscripts, compositions, photographs and correspondence, including letters from Stanley Kubrick, Graham Greene and Angela Carter. Email [email protected] to book.

Playing God Film Series: [Rec]2Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 6:30 pm | FREE

(Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza, 2009). A specialist team go to a quarantined site to get a blood sample from zombie patient zero. But why is a scientist from the Ministry of Health also a priest sent by the Vatican? Introduced by horror studies scholar Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes (Manchester Metropolitan University) and microbiologist Professor Joanna Verran (Manchester Metropolitan University). Presented as part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project by the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester. Free entry. No ticket required.

The Death Forum: GriefFriday, May 27th, 2016, 7:00 pm | £3.50

The Death Forum's debut event will looking at the topic of grief. Both a deeply personal and universally shared experience, grief gives life meaning and holds it to ransom in equal measure. Can we break down the walls that grief creates and better understand our grieving experiences through art? With the developments of digital culture and technology how may grief take shape in the future? This series will be seeking to explore all these questions and more. This edition will feature talks by Ellie Harrison and Natalie Kane. Buy tickets.