The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

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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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Concert: Nadja's Song - a new chamber opera by Lucy Armstrong and David SpittleMonday, March 2nd, 2015, 7:30 pm | Free

Commissioned by Bergen National Opera for BNO Young Voices artist Ingvild Schultze-Florey this new chamber opera gives voice to Nadja, the object of André Breton’s fascination in his 1928 semi-autobiographical surrealist novel Nadja. In the book Breton, the founder of the surrealist movement, describes a chance encounter with a woman he was drawn to on the street (Nadja) and their subsequent nine-day affair.  Breton was fascinated by Nadja and viewed her madness as the epitome of surrealism.  However, after nine-days Nadja was no longer of interest to Breton and he deserted her, leaving her desperately trying to contact him in vain. The book Breton produced from the affair proved to be one of his most popular and influential, though Nadja knew nothing of its existence or success. In this opera, Nadja’s thoughts and feelings about Breton, the affair and its effect on her life are explored after fourteen years of reflection in the mental institution. Music by Lucy Armstrong, words by David Spittle, performed by Ingvild Schultze-Florey (mezzo-soprano) and Lucy Armstrong (piano). The performance of Nadja will be followed by the trio version of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Tierkries for flute (Maria Chybowska), clarinet (Marcus Norman), trumpet and piano (Patrick Hoff).

Film screening: Bride of Frankenstein Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 6:00 pm | Free, no booking required

Part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project and presented by the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester this season of six films confronts questions about the nature of and connections between science and religion. How do we anticipate and comprehend worlds just beyond our grasp? How do we find ways of understanding and portraying the interplay between science and religion on film? The classic Bride of Frankenstein sees a scientist “playing God” in his creation of an unnatural creature (and his bride). At each film screening an expert speaker will provide a brief introduction at 6.30 and then lead a post-screening discussion with the audience. The evening will include an opening reception from 6.00pm where drinks will be available for purchase. See the Lab website for full list of dates and times of screenings or contact organizers Ray Macauley[email protected]  or Amy Chambers [email protected] for further information.

Concert: Distractfold Friday, March 6th, 2015, 7:00 pm | £7 adv

Distractfold is a young and exciting ensemble that is establishing itself as a strong, fresh, and daring voice in the international music community. The group specializes in instrumental, acousmatic, and hybrid music of the 21st century, written by composers of this new generation. They have productive collaborative links with the Architectural Association in London, resulting in concerts at the Roca Gallery  in London, Matadero in Madrid and the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The ensemble has hosted guest performances from the Mivos Quartet, the Noise Upstairs and Lê Quan Ninh. This evening the ensemble will perform four UK premieres including Pierluigi Billone's ManiGiacometti (String trio), Hanna Hartman's Borderlines (for amplified objects), Mauricio Pauly's Sky Destroys Dog (for electric guitar) and Daniel Blinkhorn's frostbYte wildflower (electroacoustic work ). Visit Distractfold.co.uk to keep up to date and buy tickets here.

Discussion: SICK! Festival, In Front of the ChildrenSunday, March 8th, 2015, 3:00 pm | £8/£5

Curated by novelist Julia Crouch, the SICK! literature strand brings together a diverse panels of authors who have addressed the issues considered in each event through their writing. This event asks whether the easy online accessibility of pornography poses a threat to young people. Does it stand in the way of developing a healthy attitude to love and sex, or does it provide useful information for beginners. The panel, including writers Paul Burston, Emma Jane Unsworth and Jonathan Kemp will cover a wide-range of interests in sex and sexuality so expect a full and frank discussion. Visit sickfestival.com to book tickets.

Film screening: SICK! Festival, The Special Need/It's Alright I'm AwesomeSunday, March 8th, 2015, 6:00 pm | £5

The Special Need: Enea is 29 and looking for love - physical love that is. But as an autistic person living in Italy, this is anything but easy. What started as an expedition aimed at having sex soon becomes a journey in Enea's most intimate feelings and a way for the three friends to explore their own conception of love, friendship and freedom. It's Alright I'm Awesome: Luc is a wrestling maniac. He may be half the size of the opposition, but he's not going to let that, or his iconic cowboy hat, stop him winning the bout. The screening will be followed by a discussion with members of Oska Bright. Oska Bright is the world's first and only festival of short films made by people with learning disabilities. Visit sickfestival.com to book tickets.

Play: A Clockwork OrangeMonday, March 9th, 2015, 7:00 pm | £4, £4.50, £5 adv

Welcome my brothers, to the University of Manchester Drama Society's theatre adaptation of Burgess's most well-known novel A Clockwork OrangePart of the University of Manchester's Manchester In Fringe Theatre Awards (MIFTAs), this bezoomny grazhy play transports the journey of Alex's turbulent journey to manhood to the British Army in the 1980s. The angst of teenagedom finds an outlet in the army base, allowing Alex and his droogs to fight and pillage their way around the army base, until they take it too far. Alex is given a choice: a prison sentence or exposure to the new military brainwashing programme designed to strip discharged soldiers of their ability to commit violence. Over 18s only. Tickets available from the society's website (non members can buy tickets with a guest account).

Play: A Clockwork OrangeTuesday, March 10th, 2015, 7:00 pm | £4, £4.50, £5 adv

Welcome my brothers, to the University of Manchester Drama Society's theatre adaptation of Burgess's most well-known novel A Clockwork OrangePart of the University of Manchester's Manchester In Fringe Theatre Awards (MIFTAs), this bezoomny grazhy play transports the journey of Alex's turbulent journey to manhood to the British Army in the 1980s. The angst of teenagedom finds an outlet in the army base, allowing Alex and his droogs to fight and pillage their way around the army base, until they take it too far. Alex is given a choice: a prison sentence or exposure to the new military brainwashing programme designed to strip discharged soldiers of their ability to commit violence. Over 18s only. Tickets available from the society's website (non members can buy tickets with a guest account).

Play: A Clockwork OrangeWednesday, March 11th, 2015, 7:00 pm | £4, £4.50, £5

Welcome my brothers, to the University of Manchester Drama Society's theatre adaptation of Burgess's most well-known novel A Clockwork OrangePart of the University of Manchester's Manchester In Fringe Theatre Awards (MIFTAs), this bezoomny grazhy play transports the journey of Alex's turbulent journey to manhood to the British Army in the 1980s. The angst of teenagedom finds an outlet in the army base, allowing Alex and his droogs to fight and pillage their way around the army base, until they take it too far. Alex is given a choice: a prison sentence or exposure to the new military brainwashing programme designed to strip discharged soldiers of their ability to commit violence. Over 18s only. Tickets available from the society's website (non members can buy tickets with a guest account).

Discussion: SICK! Festival, Baring the ScarsSunday, March 15th, 2015, 3:00 pm | £8/£5

Books about painful lives sell. What is it that makes us so hungry to read these stories? And what compels authors to write them? The panel includes Laura Lockington, Colm O'Gorman, Elizabeth Haynes, Dan Davies and Una; all writers who have survived abuse, novelists for whom abuse surfaces as a theme and clinicians and academics who deal with it both in writing and their daily practice. Visit sickfestival.com to book tickets. Presented in association with Dark and Stormy.15

Film screening: SICK! Festival, The Unspeakable Crime - RapeSunday, March 15th, 2015, 6:00 pm | £5

This film documentary explores rape in a way that has never been seen on British television before: from forensic medical to police investigation, court and beyond. Through the experiences of the victims, the specialists at St. Mary's, Greater Manchester Police's Serious Sexual Offences Unit and the Crown Prosecution Service, this film offers a unique and revealing perspective on rape in Britain today. The documentary will be followed by an open discussion between Charlotte Batra of St. Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre and the makers of the film, Sarah Hardy and Blue Ryan.

Music for Words Concert Series: Facade (entertainment)Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, 6:00 pm | £8/£10 adv, £9/£11 door

The Burgess Foundation and new music ensemble Psappha are collaborating for a series of six 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 performance features William Walton’s Façade (entertainment), written with Edith Sitwell in 1922. Walton’s witty and unconventional music takes the lead from a series of poems written by Sitwell in which the writer experiments with sound and rhythm. The concert closes with a new work from Daniel Kidane, the third and final commission from the composer in residence series. Tickets available from skiddle.com. Speaker, Richard Suart. Conducted by Mark Heron.

Music for Words Concert Series: Facade (entertainment)Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, 8:00 pm | £8/£10 adv, £9/£11 door

The Burgess Foundation and new music ensemble Psappha are collaborating for a series of six 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 performance features William Walton’s Façade (entertainment)written with Edith Sitwell in 1922. Walton’s witty and unconventional music takes the lead from a series of poems written by Sitwell in which the writer experiments with sound and rhythm. The concert closes with a new work from Daniel Kidane, the third and final commission from the composer in residence series. Tickets available from skiddle.com. Speaker, Richard Suart. Conducted by Mark Heron.

Film screening: The ExorcistThursday, March 19th, 2015, 6:00 pm | Free, no booking required

Part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project and presented by the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester this season of six films confronts questions about the nature of and connections between science and religion. How do we anticipate and comprehend worlds just beyond our grasp? How do we find ways of understanding and portraying the interplay between science and religion on film? Science and faith are both put to the test as two priests confront their personal convictions and spiritual beliefs in this ground-breaking horror film. At each film screening an expert speaker will provide a brief introduction at 6.30 and then lead a post-screening discussion with the audience. The evening will include an opening reception from 6.00pm where drinks will be available for purchase. See the Lab website for full list of dates and times of screenings or contact organizers Ray Macauley[email protected]  or Amy Chambers [email protected] for further information.

Concert: DistractfoldFriday, March 20th, 2015, 7:00 pm | £7 adv

Distractfold is a young and exciting ensemble that is establishing itself as a strong, fresh, and daring voice in the international music community. The group specializes in instrumental, acousmatic, and hybrid music of the 21st century, written by composers of this new generation. They have productive collaborative links with the Architectural Association in London, resulting in concerts at the Roca Gallery  in London, Matadero in Madrid and the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The ensemble has hosted guest performances from the Mivos Quartet, the Noise Upstairs and Lê Quan Ninh. Full programme details for this performance to be announced. Visit Distractfold.co.uk to keep up to date.

Workshop: Poetry School Saturday Session with Ann and Peter SansomSaturday, March 21st, 2015, 10:30 am | £56.00/£53.00/£45.00

Three individual sessions, each of which combines brilliant writing exercises with insightful, supportive feedback. These writing Saturdays will make a genuine difference to your poetry. A suggested reading-list and shared reading and writing tasks at home (between sessions) will further the group experience. Ann and Peter will alternate tutoring the days and the session will finish at 4.30pm.

Discussion: SICK! Festival, Is It Catching?Sunday, March 22nd, 2015, 3:00 pm | £8/£5

In 1974 the sociologist David Phillips coined the term The Werther Effect, after the hero of a novel by Goethe supposedly inspired copy-cat suicides. Can talking about suicide really result in contagion? Panelists Julia Crouch, Ian Williams, Mark A Radcliffe and Darryl Cunningham have worked with people suffering from depression, dealt with the subject in their writing or have written about the subject from the point of view of the depressed. Presented in partnership with Dark and Stormy. Visit sickfestival.com to book tickets.

Film screening: SICK! Festival, The BridgeSunday, March 22nd, 2015, 6:00 pm | £5

The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic structure. An engineering masterpiece. A triumph of human ingenuity and muscle over the elements. A symbol of San Francisco, the West and freedom. More people choose to end their lives at the Golden Gate Bridge than anywhere else in the world; why is this? The director Eric Steele and his crew spent all of 2004 looking very carefully at the Bridge, filming most of the suicides and a great many of the unrealised attempts. In addition, the director captured nearly 100 hours of frank, personal interviews with the families and friends of the deceased, the unexpected witnesses and several of the attempters themselves. The Bridge offers glimpses into the darkest, and possibly most impenetrable corners of the human mind. Presented in association with Videoclub. Visit sickfestival.com to book tickets.

Reading: Jenny OffillTuesday, March 24th, 2015, 7:00 pm | £6/£4. Booking advised.

Manchester Literature Festival and Granta are delighted to present a rare UK event with critically acclaimed U.S writer Jenny Offill. A creative writing tutor at Columbia University, Offill is the author of Dept. of Speculation and Last Things. Shortlisted for the 2015 Folio Prize, Dept. Of Speculation is an intensely funny and electrifying account of marriage and motherhood, love and madness. The Guardian, Observer, Daily Telegraph, TLS and New York Times all championed it as one of their Books of The Year and the Irish Times called it ‘a masterpiece… brilliant, breath-taking and thought-provoking.’ Offill will be in conversation with MLF’s Kate Feld. Tickets are available here.

Q&A: Close Up featuring Mark Stewart CANCELLEDWednesday, March 25th, 2015, 7:00 pm | £8

**We regret to announce this event has been cancelled due to Dave Haslam's unforeseen unavailability. Please contact Quaytickets to arrange refunds** Mark Stewart discusses his work, career and ideas with DJ/writer Dave Haslam. One of the most intriguing people ever to use a microphone, Mark Stewart came to prominence in late 1970s Bristol fronting the Pop Group - politically-engaged and sonically-adventurous with an intensity matched by few bands before or since. Mark worked with Adrian Sherwood of On-U Sound through the 1990s and beyond, releasing records firstly as Mark Stewart and the Maffia, then as a solo artist. Reformed, the Pop Group released their first studio album in 35 years, 'Citizen Zombie', in February 2015. Mark will be taking audience questions, followed by a signing session. This is the latest in Dave Haslam's 'Close Up' series of onstage interviews which have featured the likes of Mark E Smith, John Lydon, Maxine Peake, Will Self, and Neneh Cherry. Follow https://twitter.com/Mr_Dave_Haslam for updates and purchase tickets at Quaytickets.comDoors open 6.15, event starts 7pm. Suitable for ages 14+

Booklaunch: Michelle Green's Jebel Marra, with Rosie GarlandFriday, March 27th, 2015, 7:00 pm | Free

Comma Press presents an evening of readings and discussion to launch Michelle Green's new short fiction collection, Jebel Marra. Inspired by Green’s experience as a humanitarian aid worker in Darfur from 2004-2005, her fifteen interlinked short stories explore the labyrinthine causes and consequences of the civil war. Written from fifteen different perspectives; from janjaweed militia to foreign journalists, aid workers to Sudanese government officials, victims, perpetrators and the people somewhere in between, these stories, though fictional, reach beyond the myths so often used to simplify this ongoing crisis. Michelle will be joined by special guest, Rosie Garland, novelist, poet, singer in post-punk band The March Violets, Rosie also appears in cabaret as twisted alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen. Her debut novel ‘The Palace of Curiosities’ won the Mslexia novel competition and the follow-up, ‘Vixen’, was a Green Carnation Prize nominee. Her latest project is a sequence of poems drawing on her experience of working for 2 years in Darfur, Sudan.

Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess ArchiveSaturday, March 28th, 2015, 1:00 pm | Free, advance booking required

In our latest series of tours, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we're giving you the opportunity to get up-close to our unique and fascinating collection of Burgess’s books, manuscripts, photographs, compositions, drawings and correspondence with writers and artists such as Stanley KubrickGraham GreeneAngela Carter and Hunter S. Thompson. Anthony Burgess produced a huge body of work during his lifetime, including thirty-three novels, twenty-five works of non-fiction, two volumes of autobiography, hundreds of musical compositions and vast quantities of journalism. Join us on the tour and learn about Burgess’s beginnings in Manchester, his travels to Malaysia and Brunei and his international career as novelist, composer, journalist, screenwriter, poet and playwright. Tours are limited to a small number of advance bookers. To reserve your place contact [email protected] or call 0161 235 0776.