Click on dates in the calendar to find out about events and activities at the Engine House; details of each event are listed underneath.
Exhibition: The Use and Abuse of Books - Savoy, Lord Horror and Corridor8Monday, September 1st, 2014, 10:00 am | Free, until 5th September
Throughout August and September the Burgess Foundation exhibition space will be home to material from Savoy Books’ vast and often controversial archive. Curated by writer and publisher Michael Butterworth and the Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books, The Use and Abuse of Books exhibition spans Butterworth’s career from New Worlds, Corridor, banned publications, police raids and David Britton’s imprisonment with Savoy, through to his most recent art and writing journal Corridor8. Featuring text, images and rare promotional content from Savoy’s infamous 1989 publication Lord Horror, the exhibition tackles the question of whether the depiction and description of horrific acts is justified in satire. In 1992 Lord Horror was declared by Judge Gerrard Humphries as ‘a glorification of racism and violence’ whereas writer Michael Moorcock believed the book to belong to ‘a tradition of lampoon, of exaggeration. Its purpose is to show up social evils, and the evils within ourselves.’ Displaying artwork from Sinister Legends and Meng and Ecker alongside other panels from rare comics and graphic novels (including Reverbstorm), The Use and Abuse of Books also examines the relationship between text and imagery within Savoy’s publications, revealing how artwork from John Coulthart, Kris Guidio and James Cawthorn supplements and enhances the storytelling through visual references to architecture, cultural figures or specific works of art. The exhibition will be open 10am-4pm weekdays and in the evenings during events from Friday 15th August until Friday 5th September. A series of events, including a screening of seven short films commissioned from artists and collectives in response to the seven Corridor zines published between 1971 and 1976, will take place during the exhibition. Check out www.lifeanduseofbooks.org /@ECLUB, www.anthonyburgess.org/@misterenderby or contact [email protected] to find out more.
Booklaunch: The Manchester AnthologyWednesday, September 3rd, 2014, 7:00 pm | Free, advance booking required
This evening marks the launch of a brand-new collection bringing together the exciting and varied work of twenty voices from the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing. Featuring poetry, short stories and novel extracts, and including published authors, prize winners and competition shortlistees, this event showcases the melting pot of international talent that is The Manchester Anthology. As well as a selection of readings from students on the MA Creative Writing course, there will be a special guest appearance by critically acclaimed Centre for New Writing alumnus Chris Killen, who will read from his upcoming second novel, In Real Life, out Spring 2015 on Canongate. Book your place at Eventbrite.
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 [email protected] to reserve your place.