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.

« January 2015 »

Words for Music Concert Series: Scenes from a NovelWednesday, January 7th, 2015, 8:00 pm | £8/£10 adv, £9/£11 door

The Burgess Foundation and new music ensemble Psappha are collaborating for a series of performances in which music takes inspiration from words. Featuring pieces by Kurtág, Stravinsky and Walton, the programme also includes three brand new commissions from contemporary composers drawing on material from the Burgess Foundation collection.  Tonight's opening concert features György Kurtág’s Scenes from a Novel, musical settings of 14 texts by the Russian writer Rimma Dalos. Enhancing the text’s exploration of loneliness, experience and memory will be films of movement and dance projected onto the walls of the venue. David Fennessy's Piano Trio – Music for the pauses in a conversation between John Cage and Morton Feldman features silences punctuated by musical material. The closing piece from Icelandic composer Halldór Smárason is the first in a series of completely new commissions from one of three composers in residence at the Burgess Foundation. Using archive video footage from one of Burgess’s numerous TV interviews as his stimulus, Smárason creates unity by echoing acoustic music and quotes from the interview throughout the work. Tickets available from Soprano, Gillian Keith. Director, Elaine Tyler Hall. See future listings for other performances in the series (4th Feb, The Soldier's Tale / 18th Mar, Facade Entertainment).

Discussion: Dystopias with Steven FieldingTuesday, January 20th, 2015, 6:30 pm | Free, advance booking required

We're pleased to welcome political historian and broadcaster Steven Fielding to the Engine House, where he'll be discussing the evolution of dystopian visions from the postwar era to the present day. Using 1984 as a starting point and ending with an examination of populist conspiracies such as V for Vendetta, Steven will reveal how varying dystopian landscapes reflect wider contemporary political changes.  Steven is Professor of Political History  at the University of Nottingham. His book A State of Play: British Politics on Screen, Stage and Page, from Anthony Trollope to The Thick of It was published by Bloomsbury in 2014. Steven has commented on most aspects of British contemporary politics and modern political history for Sky News, Channel 4 News, Radio 5, the Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and many other international publications . His most recent Radio 4 documentary Very British Dystopias is available on the BBC Website. Contact [email protected] to reserve your place.

Concert: Distractfold featuring Wet InkSunday, January 25th, 2015, 7:00 pm | Tickets £7 adv

Distractfold are delighted to present a joint concert with the US based ensemble Wet Ink. Making their UK début tonight in a trio format (Josh Modney/Sam Pluta/Eric Wubbels), Wet Ink will perform Eric Wubbels's the children of fire come looking for fire and a new work by Sam Pluta for violin, piano, and live electronics. In addition, Distractfold will present the following works: Qasid 3 for clarinet, viola and piano by José María Sánchez-Verdú (SPAIN/DE); Mauricio Pauly's (COSTA RICA/UK) Apartamento Polsen Apartamento Peterson (2012) for amplified trio (bass clarinet, cello and piano); Eric Wubbels' (USA) new work for amplified ensemble (clarinet, violin, viola, cello and percussion) and Switches for amplified viola and drum set by Sam Pluta (USA). Tickets available here and visit for more information.

Booklaunch: Psychic Spiders! with Hic DragonesThursday, January 29th, 2015, 7:00 pm | Free, advance booking required

Join Hic Dragones for the launch of Toby Stone's phenomenal new novel, Psychic Spiders! George is an unusual spider. Born with the ability to control human thoughts, he has a unique insight into the human psyche. And he doesn't like what he sees. It's time to deal with the problem. George's crusade to save arachnidkind takes him on a warped journey through the city, to the one place where he can make his voice heard - the local television station. But George's quest for media domination brings him up against an array of unlikely opponents: Igor, a troubled man long abandoned to a nursing home by his angry daughter; Tobias, a sensitive spider with a fondness for Countdown; Captain Ahab, a man with no past (that he can remember, anyway). And it's only a matter of time before George's activities catch the attention of The Web - a shadowy organisation whose furry legs stretch around the globe. Will George succeed? Will humanity survive? Will television ever be the same again? The evening will feature readings from the author, a free wine reception and the chance to win prizes. Book your free place here