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.

« April 2014 »

In conversation: Helen Mort with Martin KratzThursday, April 3rd, 2014, 6:30 pm | Free

Helen's Mort's first collection Division Street was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Costa Prize and declared as "outstanding. There's a confidence and wit that's rare in a first book, but underlying it all is the bedrock of the north of England, its landscapes and stories. These are poems of passion, risk, tenderness and power" (Michael Symmons Roberts). Born in Sheffield in 1985, Helen has published two pamphlets - The Shape of Every Box and A Pint for the Ghost  - with tall-lighthouse press and has received the Foyle Young Poets award five times. Helen is the new Derbyshire Poet Laureate. Contact [email protected] to reserve your place for this event. You can follow the laureate blog here.

Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess ArchiveWednesday, April 9th, 2014, 6:00 pm | Free

This is your chance to take a look inside the unique and personal collection of books, original manuscripts, compositions, photographs, furniture, paintings, drawings and correspondence with contemporary writers and artists including Stanley Kubrick, Graham Greene and Angela Carter, all amassed by Burgess during his rich and varied lifetime. Join us as we take you on a journey which begins with stories of Burgess's early life in Manchester, to Gibraltar during the Second World War and the final days of colonialism in Malaysia, onto an illustrious international career. We'll show you some of the highlights of Burgess's private collections and reveal little-known aspects of the writer's life along the way. Tours are free and last for approx. 1 hour; only a small number of places are available. Contact event[email protected] to reserve your place.

In conversation: Ben Marcus Friday, April 11th, 2014, 6:30 pm | £3

Ben Marcus is the acclaimed author of five books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father CostumeThe Age of Wire and String, The Flame Alphabet and Leaving the Sea, described as 'thoroughly and perversely entertaining' (New York Times) and as tackling 'deep-held, universal terrors and anxieties in his singular way' (Time Out). His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, The Paris Review, The Believer, The New York Times, Salon, McSweeney’s, Time and Conjunctions, among others. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, the fiction editor at The American Reader and associate professor creative writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Creative Capital Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, a literature award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, three Pushcart Prizes and a Guggenheim Fellow. Tonight he'll be discussing his short story collection Leaving the Sea and there will be post-event book signing. Buy tickets here.

Delia Derbyshire Day with the Delia DarlingsSaturday, April 12th, 2014, 7:30 pm | £10, adv

After the sell-out success of their event in 2013, the Delia Darlings present Delia Derbyshire Day 2014, the follow up event honouring the fascinating work and archive of pioneering electronic music composer Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), best known for her work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and her original 1963 theme for Dr Who. The event features a new commission by composer/musician Daniel Weaver and a new digital visual art work from new media artist Andrea Pazos, both created in response to the Delia Derbyshire archive in Manchester, UK. The evening will also feature an exciting audio-visual collage of the Delia Derbyshire archive by David Butler and Sarah Hill, and performances from Caro C and Ailis Ni Riain. View the trailer, purchase tickets or find out more at the Delia Darlings blog, on Facebook or Twitter

In conversation: Mark Z Danielewski with Nicola WhiteTuesday, April 15th, 2014, 6:30 pm | £4 adv, £5 door

Mark Z  Danielewski is the author of House of Leaves, Only Revolutions, The Whalestoe  Letters and the Fifty Year Sword.   His writing has been described as 'absorbing, spooky and playful'  (Library Journal) and 'thrillingly alive, sublimely creepy, distressingly scary,  breathtakingly intelligent' (Bret Easton-Ellis). He once supported Depeche Mode. This evening,  Mark will be reading passages from his work and signing books after the event.  He will be joined by Nicola  White, author of In The Rosary Garden and winner of the Dundee International Book Prize. Brought to IABF in partnership  with Blackwell’s bookshop. Visit to book tickets.