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.

« August 2015 »

Opera: Thousand FursTuesday, August 11th, 2015, 7:45 pm | £6 - £8

Before pumpkins and fairy godmothers, there was Thousand Furs. Cinderella’s murkier, earthier ancestor takes us back to a world ruled by dark desires and fate. A young girl flees a horrifying marriage and must rely on her wits to survive. Told by six singer-instrumentalists, Thousand Furs reveals the heart of this much-loved tale. The Midnight Stories is a cycle of three new experimental operas based on early European folk tales written for an ensemble classically trained actor-musicians and developed in collaboration with Aldeburgh Music's Open Spaces residency scheme. 'Thousand Furs' is the first opera in the cycle, to be followed by 'Fearnot' and 'Mr Fox' in 2016. Visit for more info and to book tickets.

Panel discussion / Q&A: Little Atoms Friday, August 14th, 2015, 6:00 pm | Tickets TBA

The Little Atoms radio show launched on London's Resonance FM in 2005, in part as a response to the debate that followed the terrorist bombings in London. Ten years on, after a decade of interviews with some of the most interesting voices in politics, literature, science, art and comedy, Little Atoms branched out with a new online publication dedicated to intelligent, accessible writing on everything from deism to design, accompanied by regular live panel debates. The line up for tonight's event is still to be announced. Check or for details.

Concert: Distractfold #50Saturday, August 15th, 2015, 7:00 pm | £7/£5

Featuring Michelle Lou's Crocodile 1b for e guitar, e bass, violin, viola and cello, and Esaias Jarnegard's Kuarup A for frame drum. Tickets available on the door. Doors open at 7.00 pm, concert starts at 7.30 pm. Visit for full programme details.

Exhibition: Burgess on ScreenMonday, August 17th, 2015, 10:00 am | Free, open from 10am - 3pm and during events until end of November 2015

Opens August 2015 in the Burgess Foundation exhibition space.  Anthony Burgess was one of the first novelists to enthusiastically embrace television. This exhibition presents a number of rare and popular short clips of Burgess's many TV appearances, taken from the wealth of footage available in the Burgess Foundation archive. The exhibition will be accompanied by screenings of the Anthony Burgess documentaries on James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and D.H. Lawrence. Full details to be announced. Check our What's On pages for more details. 

Ernest Hemingway and his Biographers at the 2015 Edinburgh International Book FestivalTuesday, August 18th, 2015, 10:30 am | £10/£8

Celebrating the republication of Burgess's Ernest Hemingway by I.B. TaurisPatrick Marnham (author of the publication's new introduction), Edward Mendelson and Andrew Biswell discuss the  enigmatic and contradictory writer. Tickets available from the Edinburgh Book Festival website.

Anthony Burgess's Shakespeare at the 2015 Edinburgh International Book FestivalTuesday, August 18th, 2015, 1:00 pm | £15/£12

Join Andrew Biswell to explore Anthony Burgess's biography of Shakespeare. Expect an open discussion from the start. Tickets available from the Edinburgh Book Festival website.

Concert: Hey! Manchester presents Peter BroderickTuesday, August 18th, 2015, 7:30 pm | £12 advance

Hey! Manchester is delighted to present this solo show from Peter Broderick, performing tracks from his new release - the first full length album for Bella Union in three years - Colours of the Night. The album was conceived following an invitation to a ‘recording residency’ in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland. From the Afro-tinged title track and playful One Way, to the doo-wop swing of The Reconnection and rather unclassifiable analogue/digital blend of tracks like Red Earth and On Time, Peter Broderick’s latest outing sees the well-versed musician truly embracing his surroundings, however foreign they may be, and allowing himself the freedom to be transformed by those surroundings and elevated to new heights in creative expression.  Tour support comes from Portland’s PWRHAUS. More information and tickets available at