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.

« November 2015 »

Exhibition: Burgess on ScreenSunday, November 1st, 2015, 10:00 am | Free, open from 10am - 3pm and during events until end of November 2015

Open from August - November 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. 

Clare Nasir: Look Up! It's the Showbiz CloudsSunday, November 1st, 2015, 2:00 pm | Family ticket £4 (two adults and two children)

BBC meteorologist Clare Nasir introduces the Showbiz Clouds, the colourful stars of her latest Cloud Academy book. In this family friendly story about seasons, snow, science and the sky, clouds Les and Levi use songs to cheer up weather-beaten clouds and somehow prevent disasters happening on the land. Presented in partnership with Blackwell's bookshop for Manchester Science Festival. Tickets are valid for up to two adults and two children! Buy Now

Manchester Writing: Kerry Hadley-Pryce, Sarah Jasmon & Graeme ShimminThursday, November 5th, 2015, 7:00 pm | Free

The Manchester Writing School at MMU and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation are delighted to present special guests Kerry Hadley-Pryce, Sarah Jasmon and Graeme Shimmin - all published graduates of the School. Kerry Hadley-Pryce was born in Wordsley. After working in a variety of different jobs, including being an attendant at a petrol station, a secretary and a salesperson at the local newspaper, she became a secondary school teacher. Her debut novel, The Black Country, was published in 2015 and she is currently working on a second, Broken Dolls. Sarah Jasmon lives on a canal boat near Manchester with her children. She has had several short stories published and is curating a poetry anthology. Her first novel, The Summer of Secrets, was published by Black Swan in 2015. Graeme Shimmin was offered a book deal with Transworld after his novel, A Kill in the Morning, was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award in 2013. Sign up now: Free Tickets

Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess ArchiveWednesday, November 11th, 2015, 6:00 pm | Free

Take a tour of the Burgess Foundation and discover more about Burgess's life and work. Learn about Burgess's beginnings in Manchester and his international career as a novelist, and get up-close to our fascinating collection of Burgess's books, manuscripts, personal items and correspondence with writers and artists including Stanley Kubrick, Graham Greene and Olivia Manning. Places are very limited, so email [email protected] to reserve your place. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Virtual Migrants presents: 'Continent Chop Chop'Saturday, November 14th, 2015, 7:30 pm | £5/£3

Continent Chop Chop is a touring transmedia production linking narratives of climate change to the broader issues of poverty, race and social justice. Using interwoven narratives portrayed through music, poetry, and projected imagery the production asks: who controls the narrative of climate change; what are the connections between climate change and poverty, and why should anyone care when they don’t have enough to eat? The evening will cross continents and historical boundaries, collide refugee testimony with PR-speak and feature a flavour of afrobeat, experimental electronics and nursery rhymes. With commissioned films from Nnimmo Bassey and Zena Edwards. Directed by Amanda Huxtable, and created by the Virtual Migrants collective: Sai Murray (writer, performer), Aidan Jolly (musician, composer) and Maya Chowdhry (transmedia artist). Supporting artists: Tracey Zengeni (vocals, performer), Jaydev Mistry (musician, digital soundscapes), Kooj Chuhan (video artist), Mazaher Rafshajani (photography and video). Tickets available from

Ensemble InterfaceTuesday, November 17th, 2015, 7:30 pm | £7 / £5 cones

A concert featuring brand new work by Patricia Alessandrini, Pedro Alvarez, Martin Iddon and Mauricio Pauly. Ensemble Interface, an international collective of musicians founded in 2009 in Frankfurt am Main, is committed to contemporary music through performance, educational activities and research. As a ‘Pierrot-plus’ sextet, they have taken on the challenge of a wide-ranging repertoire, all the while offering new perspectives for this classical set-up. More info.

Grevel Lindop and Peter SansomWednesday, November 18th, 2015, 7:00 pm |

Join us for an exciting evening of poetry by two of our finest Northern writers, Peter Sansom and Grevel Lindop. Manchester’s own Grevel Lindop will be launching his brand new collection, Luna Park, which draws upon themes of magic, dreams and the nocturnal. Whilst the well-loved director of the Poetry Business, Peter Sansom, will be launching his recent Carcanet collection, Careful What You Wish For. The event is free and all are welcome. Grevel Lindop was born in Liverpool and now lives in Manchester, where he was formerly a Professor of English at the Victoria University. His books include A Literary Guide to the Lake District; The Opium Eater: A Life of Thomas De Quincey; and editions of Chatterton, De Quincey and Robert Graves's the White Goddess. He has published six volumes of poems, most recently Luna Park (2015). Peter Sansom was born in 1958 in Nottinghamshire. For ten years Peter taught the MA Poetry at Huddersfield University, and more recently he was Fellow in Creative Writing at Leeds University. He was Company Poet with Prudential. He has published six Carcanet books. He is also a director with Ann Sansom of the Poetry Business in Sheffield, where they edit The North magazine and Smith/Doorstop Books. Free Entry. Sign up here.

Anotherway Now: Jimmy Savile ExposedThursday, November 19th, 2015, 7:30 pm | £12 / £6 students

Anotherway Now is about conversations. Thought provoking and inspiring. As part of their series on ‘brave choices’, we’ll be hearing from Meirion Jones, the journalist who helped to break the Jimmy Savile story in 2011. It goes without saying that his is an incredibly important story to tell. Working as a top investigative producer, Meirion handed the BBC what would have been a massive scoop. He had a whole film ready for BBC2’s Newsnight, exposing Savile’s crimes, until Peter Rippon, then editor, decided to pull the programme in December 2011. It was just weeks before a celebration of Savile, including a Boxing Day ‘Fix It’ special, was broadcast on BBC1. Buy Tickets.

Manchester Literature Festival: Jesse Armstrong & Tim KeySaturday, November 21st, 2015, 7:30 pm | £8/£6

Two funny men bring their comedic talents together for a lively evening spanning scriptwriting, fiction and verse. Jesse Armstrong is the BAFTA-winning television writer whose back catalogue includes Peep Show, Fresh Meat, The Thick of It, and Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. His debut novel Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals concerns Andrew, a young man in Manchester who attempts to win a woman’s heart by writing a play that will stop the Balkan conflict.  A regular fixture on BBC radio, Tim Key is a writer, actor and comedian whose accolades include the Edinburgh Comedy Award and Time Out Comedy Performer of the Year. The Evening Standard said ‘his deadpan minimalist poems straddle the line between genius and mockery.’ He will be reading from his new book, The Incomplete Tim Key, a wildly original collection filled with his characteristic wit. Hosted by MLF’s Kate Feld. Tickets available from the Manchester Literature Festival website or 0843 208 0500. Rescheduled date. Original tickets remain valid.

No Dice: Ways to ListenTuesday, November 24th, 2015, 7:30 pm | Free

Music to focus on. Music to wash over you. Music to puzzle and excite you. There are so many ways to listen to modern music that knowing how to can be a challenge in itself. No Dice will guide you through an evening of recent compositions as musicians shake off the formalities to share what the music means to them and how they hear it. Featuring music by composers from the RNCM and University of Manchester, older solo pieces by Takemitsu and Friedman played for our own time, and a piece by rising composer Nico Muhly. A concert for anyone intrigued to hear the music of a new generation, through fresh ears. Free Entry. Book Now.

The Anthony Burgess Lecture: Hugh Stoddart on Screenwriting and Earthly PowersWednesday, November 25th, 2015, 7:00 pm | Free

The 2015 Anthony Burgess Lecture will be given on 25 November by the acclaimed screenwriter and film director Hugh Stoddart, who is well-known for his original screenplays and his film and TV adaptations of To the Lighthouse, We Think the World of You, and The Mill on the Floss. The talk will be accompanied by clips from Hugh's work. Hugh will discuss the excitement, hope and loss that come when a screenplay goes un-filmed, and the joy that arises when a film project goes into production. Foremost among these ghost projects is Hugh's film adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s magnificent novel, Earthly Powers. Hugh will talk about the obstacles he faced in tackling such a huge project, as well as discussing the challenges presented by screenwriting in general. Free Entry. Sign up now.