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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Photographic Exhibition: Nick Hedges & ShelterThursday, September 15th, 2016, 12:00 pm | Free

Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 September (See opening times listed below) The Swinging Sixties are the stuff of legend. But while some never had it so good, three million people were living in slums. Shelter was born out of the belief that this disparity was wrong and was driven by the determination to change things. Now, the country is in the grip of another housing crisis. A huge range of people are affected by our current housing shortage – from a generation of young families who can’t afford a home, to those struggling to live in places too insecure or awful to call home. Nick Hedges’s iconic photography helps us understand the harsh reality and history of homelessness. Juxtaposed with contemporary case studies, this event aims to raise awareness of current housing needs, Shelter’s services in Manchester and to rally ongoing support in the city by showcasing this striking work. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nick-hedges-exhibition-at-the-anthony-burgess-foundation-manchester-registration-26921454796 www.shelter.co.uk

Photographic Exhibition: Nick Hedges and ShelterFriday, September 16th, 2016, 9:30 am | Free

A continuation of the photographic exhibition featuring the work of Nick Hedges. Open 9:30am-5:30pm.

Photographic Exhibition: Nick Hedges and ShelterSaturday, September 17th, 2016, 9:30 am | Free

A continuation of the photographic exhibition featuring the work of Nick Hedges. Open 9:30am-5:30pm.

Photographic Exhibition: Nick Hedges and ShelterSunday, September 18th, 2016, 9:30 am | Free

A continuation of the photographic exhibition featuring the work of Nick Hedges. Open 9:30am-5:30pm.

Play: The Community CentreTuesday, September 20th, 2016, 7:30 pm | £10/£8 concs.

Performances from 20th - 24th September 2016, 7:30pm daily. £10/£8 concs. The Community Centre is a comedy about a day in the life of a Manchester community centre written by local writer and actress Nicola Gardner. Explore the Centre and meet the diverse community who calls it home in this entertaining theatrical event. Click for more information and tickets.

Play: The Community Centre (BSL Interpreted)Friday, September 23rd, 2016, 2:00 pm | £10/£8 concs.

2:00pm £10/£8 concs. The Community Centre is a comedy about a day in the life of a Manchester community centre written by local writer and actress Nicola Gardner. Explore the Centre and meet the diverse community who calls it home in this entertaining theatrical event. Click for more information and tickets.

840: New Music for Violin and ObjectsSunday, September 25th, 2016, 7:00 pm | £7

New works by Michael Baldwin (Weisslich), Dominic Lash (The Dominic Lash Quartet), James Saunders (Bath Spa University), Laurie Tompkins (Slip), as well as 840's own Alex Nikiporenko and Nicholas Peters, will be performed alongside Sunday by Vitalija Glovackyte (ACM Ensemble) and EVERYTHING YOU OWN HAS BEEN TAKEN TO A DEPOT SOMEWHERE by Jennifer Walshe (Brunel University). Violinist Ruben Zilberstein will be joined by Alex and Nick performing on a variety of objects that range from pom poms and party horns (Walshe) to Sainsbury's bags (Tompkins) and phone vibration motors (Glovackyte). 840 is a London-based experimental music concert series, founded in 2014 by the composers Alex Nikiporenko and Nicholas Peters. Committed to championing new pieces by composers that we believe in, each concert in the series focuses on a particular chamber instrumentation. Buy now.

Melissa Lee-Houghton & Luke KennardWednesday, September 28th, 2016, 7:00 pm | £3

In collaboration with Penned in the Margins, we present a reading by two of Britain’s most exciting young poets. Selected by the Poetry Book Society as the one of the Next Generation Poets in 2014 and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Poem in 2016, Melissa Lee-Houghton’s work explores mental health and what it means to be human. Her debut collection A Body Made of You was published by Penned in the Margins in 2011. Her follow-up, Beautiful Girls, was released in 2013. Luke Kennard is the author of numerous works of poetry and short fiction. His first collection of poems, The Solex Brothers, was published in 2005, and won an Eric Gregory Award. His second collection, The Harbour Beyond the Movie, made him the youngest writer to be nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. His latest work, 2016’s Cain, covers everything from interfaith dialogue and genealogy to zombies. For more information and tickets click here.