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.

« July 2014 »

Booklaunch: We4PoetsSaturday, July 12th, 2014, 7:00 pm | Entry by donation

We4Poets celebrate the launch of two new books by two new writers with an evening of music, poetry and comic tales. After the Riot, Quiet is an anthology of thought-provoking, humorous and poignant poems by Stanley Ayodeji. Jack Parr by David A Llewellyn is the laugh-out loud story of one boy's battle against mediocrity. Stan and David will be joined on-stage for an evening of comedy, music and poetry by some of the most talented performers, poets and musicians in Manchester including: Tez Skachill, singer and lead guitarist with Grim Architect; writer, poet and urban anthropologist Akiel Chinelo; former Bond Girl Kate Woodward; international burlesque performer and poet Kat; extreme poet, journalist and raconteur Justine Chamberlain; guitarist Tom Kowalcyzk; performer, storyteller and Drabble Diary publisher Sharon Richards; poet and acrobat Tricia Ashworth and singer/songwriter Paul Clarke. For more information and a full list of performers visit

Launch: The Wolf Magazine - Issue 30Monday, July 28th, 2014, 7:30 pm | Free, advance booking required

The Wolf is a hugely influential literary magazine with a transatlantic readership. It has been publishing poetry, reviews, visual art and critical prose since 2002 and is now based in the North West. This event will launch issue 30 of the magazine with readings from: Ilya Kaminsky, one of the leading poets of his generation from Odessa, Ukraine, launching his debut collection in England Dancing in Odessa (Arc Publications); John Redmond, author of two collections of poems Thumb’s Width and MUDe, both published by Carcanet; Scott Thurston reading from his most recent book of poetry Reverses Heart’s Reassembly (Veer, 2011); poet, editor and literary and film critic Sophie Mayer, who is currently Poet in Residence at Archive of the Now. Author of Her Various Scalpels (Shearsman Books, 2009) and The Private Parts of Girls (Salt, 2011), Sophie's latest book (O), will appear from Arc Publications next year. Wine will be available for you to enjoy with the readings. Hosted by James Byrne, editor of The Wolf. Reserve your place at Eventbrite.

Booklauch: Hauntings, An AnthologyThursday, July 31st, 2014, 7:00 pm | Free

Join Hic Dragones for their launch of  Hauntings: An Anthology, twenty-one new tales of the uncanny. The evening will feature readings from Tracy Fahey, Mark Forshaw, Hannah Kate, Sarah Peploe, James Everington, Michael Hitchins, Daisy Black and Rachel Halsall, plus a free wine reception, giveaways and launch discount on the book. Visit Eventbrite to book your place.