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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Music for Words Concert Series: The Soldier's TaleWednesday, February 4th, 2015, 6:00 pm | £8/£10 adv, £9/£11 door

The Burgess Foundation and new music ensemble Psappha are collaborating for a series of six performances in which music takes inspiration from words. Featuring pieces by Kurtág, Stravinsky and Walton, the programme also includes three brand new commissions from contemporary composers drawing on material from the Burgess Foundation collection.  This evening offers a uniquely staged performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, where the story of a soldier who sells his soul to the devil in return for untold wealth is presented alongside projections of live illustration from Chris Glynn. Chris will explore the story’s words and imagery in his Japanese kamishibai-inspired drawings, produced spontaneously throughout Psappha’s performance. The Soldier's Tale will be followed by the world premiere of a new commission from Leo Geyer, inspired by his time in the archive at the Burgess Foundation. Tickets available from skiddle.com. Narrator, Richard Suart. See future listings for other performances in the series (18th Mar, Facade Entertainment).

Words for Music Concert Series: The Soldier's TaleWednesday, February 4th, 2015, 8:00 pm | £8/£10 adv, £9/£10 door

The Burgess Foundation and new music ensemble Psappha are collaborating for a series of six performances in which music takes inspiration from words. Featuring pieces by Kurtág, Stravinsky and Walton, the programme also includes three brand new commissions from contemporary composers drawing on material from the Burgess Foundation collection.  This evening offers a uniquely staged performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, where the story of a soldier who sells his soul to the devil in return for untold wealth is presented alongside projections of live illustration from Chris Glynn. Chris will explore the story’s words and imagery in his Japanese kamishibai-inspired drawings, produced spontaneously throughout Psappha’s performance. The Soldier's Tale will be followed by the world premiere of a new commission from Leo Geyer, inspired by his time in the archive at the Burgess Foundation. Narrator, Richard Suart. Tickets available from skiddle.com. See future listings for other performances in the series (18th Mar, Facade Entertainment).

Film screening: Rich Peppiatt - One Rogue ReporterTuesday, February 17th, 2015, 6:30 pm | £6/£3

One Rogue Reporter: a 90-minute film chronicling former Daily Star reporter Rich Peppiatt's challenging interviews with tabloid editors about journalism practice and standards. The film touches on press freedom, privacy, ethics, and with supporting material from Nick Davies, Owen Jones and John Bishop, is one every journalist or anyone with an interest in the UK media should see. View the trailer and book tickets. Includes post-screening discussion and drinks. Promoted by the Manchester and Salford Branch of the National Union of Journalists

Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess ArchiveWednesday, February 18th, 2015, 6:00 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 Kubrick, Graham Greene, Angela 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.

Workshop: Poetry School Saturday Session with Ann and Peter SamsonSaturday, February 21st, 2015, 10:30 am | £56.00/£53.00/£45.00

Three individual sessions, each of which combines brilliant writing exercises with insightful, supportive feedback. These writing Saturdays will make a genuine difference to your poetry. A suggested reading-list and shared reading and writing tasks at home (between sessions) will further the group experience. Ann and Peter will alternate tutoring, and the session will finish at 4.30pm. Visit poetryschool.com for booking information.

In conversation: Adam ThirlwellThursday, February 26th, 2015, 7:00 pm | Free, advance booking required

The Manchester Writing School at MMU and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation are delighted to present the 2014/2015 In Conversation series which looks “under the bonnet” to examine the mechanics of outstanding contemporary literature. Special guest authors appear in conversation with writers from the Manchester Writing School to discuss the techniques they use and choices they make when writing, and to explore and debate the issues arising from their work or books that they’re interested in. Each evening opens with a short reading from original fiction by students and graduates of the School. Visit the Manchester Writing School website for more information and contact [email protected] to reserve your place. Presented in partnership with MacDonald Hotels and Resorts.