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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Literature Live: Jennifer Nansubaga Makumbi and Abubakar Adam IbrahimWednesday, June 1st, 2016, 6:30 pm | FREE

The latest in the Literature Live series welcomes Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. This event will be chaired by Centre for New Writing senior lecturer Geoff Ryman. Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a Nigerian writer and journalist. His debut short story collection The Whispering Trees (Parresia Publishers, 2012) was long-listed for the Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014. The title story was shortlisted for the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013. Ibrahim has won the BBC African Performance Prize and the Amatu Braide Prize for Prose. He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013) and a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015). Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, a Ugandan novelist and short story writer has a PhD from Lancaster University. Her novel, Kintu, won the Kwani Manuscript Project in 2013. It was published in 2014 and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize 2014. Jennifer has published numerous short stories. Her short story, Lets Tell This Story Properly won the overall Commonwealth Short story prize 2014. Sign up now.

Exhibition: Rome in the RainSaturday, June 4th, 2016, 10:00 am | Open 10am-3pm Mon-Fri until September 2016.

Anthony Burgess lived in Rome in the 1970s with his second wife Liana and their son Andrea. His time there inspired novels, musical compositions, translations, articles and a study guide for English literature. These works are marked by recurring preoccupations including the sonnets of the nineteenth century Roman poet Belli, the last days of the dying John Keats, and the tension between Rome’s role as the ‘eternal city’ and its secular concerns. This new exhibition brings Burgess’s Roman project to life through a range of original manuscripts, audio recordings and artefacts never before exhibited. Rome in the Rain is made possible by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Open until September 2016. Free entry.

Manchester Writing: Michael and Matthew Dickman - “Brother”Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 7:00 pm | FREE

The Manchester Writing School at MMU, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Faber & Faber are delighted to present special guests Michael and Matthew Dickman, launching their duel-authored volume of poems, Brother. The multi-award winning Dickman twins are from America's outstanding generation of younger poets. Their poetry lives take different expression. Matthew writes with the ebullience of Frank O'Hara, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac; Michael with the control of William Carlos Williams and Emily Dickinson. But they are unified by the unflinching, remarkable verse they wrote when their older brother took his own life. It is these moving, grieving but life-affirming poems that solely comprise this dual-authored volume. Sign up now.

Playing God Film Series: Quatermass and the PitThursday, June 16th, 2016, 6:30 pm | FREE

(Roy Ward Baker, 1967). An artefact in the London Underground begins to possess people. Is it of human, alien, or divine origin? The intrepid scientist Prof. Bernard Quatermass is on the case. Introduced by cinematic science expert Dr David A. Kirby (University of Manchester) and presented as part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project by the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester. Free entry. No ticket required.

Manchester Pride presents: 
OUT! – An introduction to recording oral histories Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 10:00 am | FREE

Join Manchester Pride for a day of training on recording interviews and oral histories within the LGBT community. This event is part of OUT! – a Heritage Lottery-funded project exploring hidden LGBT histories in Greater Manchester. Learn how to capture spoken word recollections and preserve them for future generations. This is a free, friendly event and lunch will be provided. All welcome. Sign up now.

Reading Europe Tour: Diego Marani and guestsMonday, June 20th, 2016, 7:00 pm | FREE

At the beginning of 2016, Eric Lane of Dedalus Books brought 15 other independent publishers together to make their own small case for remaining in the EU. This resulted in the “Reading Europe” promotion; a selection of novels from EU countries intended to “let the reader know the literature, history and culture of each country better”. There are 49 books in all, published by 16 independent UK publishers, which were described by Alison Flood of The Guardian as “like a chocolate box of treasures waiting to be discovered”. The publishers have now come together to take the books out on a short Reading Europe Tour taking place the weekend before the UK Referendum. The International Anthony Burgess Foundation is delighted to host the last and best of these events on Monday 20thJune at 7pm. This event brings together local authors and Diego Marani to reflect on happiness and the nuttiness in European literature. This event looks set to be a fantastic evening of humour and observation on the topic of what it means to participate in wider European culture. Free entry. Sign up now.

Alexis TaylorTuesday, June 21st, 2016, 7:30 pm | £12.50

Hey! Manchester presents an intimate live performance from the lead singer and keyboardist from indie electronic group Hot Chip, Alexis Tayor. Buy now.