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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Booklaunch and discussion: Liberty Bazaar and historical fictionWednesday, May 6th, 2015, 6:30 pm | Free, no booking required

To mark the launch of his debut novel, Liberty Bazaar, David Chadwick will take part in an interactive discussion with fellow historical novelist Livi Michael, author of Succession. The evening will involve David and Livi talking about the process of researching and writing historical fiction, including the importance of accuracy as well as the use of real historical characters and events. The discussion will later be opened up to engage the audience in a question-and-answer session. Both Liberty Bazaar, set in Liverpool during the American Civil War, and Succession, a Wars of the Roses novel, will be on sale at the event by Blackwells. Contact [email protected] or the Burgess Foundation for further information about the event.

In conversation: Rachel LichtensteinWednesday, May 13th, 2015, 7:00 pm | Free, advance booking required

The Manchester Writing School at MMU and the Burgess Foundation present Rachel Lichtenstein in conversation with David Cooper, the latest in a series of free events looking “under the bonnet” to examine the mechanics of outstanding contemporary literature. Rachel Lichtenstein’s first book, Rodinsky's Room (1999, co-written with Iain Sinclair), began as a personal quest and evolved into a compelling psycho-geographical adventure and is now considered a classic of its genre. Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden, was published to critical acclaim in 2012 and is the second in a trilogy of non-fiction works exploring different London streets. The first book in the street series, On Brick Lane (2007), was short-listed for the Ondaatje prize. Estuary: a deep exploration of place will be published in 2015. Rachel will be talking about her work in conversation with MMU's David Cooper, and answering questions from the audience. Dr David Cooper's academic publications include the collections Poetry & Geography: Space & Place in Post-war Poetry (Liverpool University Press, 2013) and Literary Mapping in the Digital Age (Ashgate, 2015). He is also a co-editor of the international journal Literary Geographies. Drinks will be available to purchase from the bar and there’ll be a Blackwell’s bookstall, with signing after the event. Contact [email protected] to book your place. Supported by the MMU Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research and Macdonald Hotels and Resorts.

Film screening: CreationThursday, May 14th, 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? Charles Darwin struggles with his religious faith after the death of his beloved daughter Annie in this moving historic drama. At each film screening an expert speaker will provide a brief introduction and then lead a post-screening discussion with the audience. The evening will include an opening reception from 18.00 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.

Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess ArchiveSaturday, May 16th, 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.

Concert: ACM Ensemble - 'Fleck'Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 7:00 pm | £5 on the door

Fleck is an experiment in new musical storytelling; a tour that crosses lines of genre, medium and practice in search of unexpected connections and new forms. Created collaboratively between Another Contemporary Music Ensemble and Joe Snape, a core of five musicians will tour venues in five cities across the UK: Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Birmingham and London. Centred around a new large-scale work by Joe Snape for small ensemble, electronics and live touch-typist, each show also features new works by Michael Cutting, Vitalija Glovackyte and commissions from local guest musicians, making every performance a unique and collaborative event. In Manchester ACM expands to perform a new work by Otto Willberg and the UK premiere of Alexander Schubert’s Hello for amplified ensemble, electronics and video. Visit acm-ensemble.co.uk for more information and book tickets here.

Film screening: Altered StatesThursday, May 21st, 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? In this thoughtful contemporary drama a molecular biologist’s study of the human eye has far reaching implications concerning scientific and spiritual truths. At each film screening an expert speaker will provide a brief introduction and then lead a post-screening discussion with the audience. The evening will include an opening reception from 18.00 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.