Click on dates in the calendar to find out about events and activities at the Engine House; details of each event are listed underneath.
Exhibition: The Use and Abuse of Books - Savoy, Lord Horror and Corridor8Monday, September 1st, 2014, 10:00 am | Free, until 19th September
Throughout August and September the Burgess Foundation exhibition space will be home to material from Savoy Books’ vast and often controversial archive. Curated by writer and publisher Michael Butterworth and the Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books, The Use and Abuse of Books exhibition spans Butterworth’s career from New Worlds, Corridor, banned publications, police raids and David Britton’s imprisonment with Savoy, through to his most recent art and writing journal Corridor8. Featuring text, images and rare promotional content from Savoy’s infamous 1989 publication Lord Horror, the exhibition tackles the question of whether the depiction and description of horrific acts is justified in satire. In 1992 Lord Horror was declared by Judge Gerrard Humphries as ‘a glorification of racism and violence’ whereas writer Michael Moorcock believed the book to belong to ‘a tradition of lampoon, of exaggeration. Its purpose is to show up social evils, and the evils within ourselves.’ Displaying artwork from Sinister Legends and Meng and Ecker alongside other panels from rare comics and graphic novels (including Reverbstorm), The Use and Abuse of Books also examines the relationship between text and imagery within Savoy’s publications, revealing how artwork from John Coulthart, Kris Guidio and James Cawthorn supplements and enhances the storytelling through visual references to architecture, cultural figures or specific works of art. The exhibition will be open 10am-4pm weekdays and in the evenings during events from Friday 15th August until Friday 19th September. A series of events, including a screening of seven short films commissioned from artists and collectives in response to the seven Corridor zines published between 1971 and 1976, will take place during the exhibition. Check out www.lifeanduseofbooks.org /@ECLUB, www.anthonyburgess.org/@misterenderby or contact [email protected] to find out more.
Booklaunch: The Manchester AnthologyWednesday, September 3rd, 2014, 7:00 pm | Free, advance booking required
This evening marks the launch of a brand-new collection bringing together the exciting and varied work of twenty voices from the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing. Featuring poetry, short stories and novel extracts, and including published authors, prize winners and competition shortlistees, this event showcases the melting pot of international talent that is The Manchester Anthology. As well as a selection of readings from students on the MA Creative Writing course, there will be a special guest appearance by critically acclaimed Centre for New Writing alumnus Chris Killen, who will read from his upcoming second novel, In Real Life, out Spring 2015 on Canongate. Book your place at Eventbrite.
Discussion: Cycling - four wheels good, two wheels better?Monday, September 22nd, 2014, 6:45 pm | Free, advance booking required
Mark Birbeck, Gabriele Schliwa, Andy Groves and Nick Vaughan will introduce a discussion on improving the road experience for all, chaired by Keith McCabe. Having a bicycle as a child was often a precursor to travelling beyond the physical confines of your neighbourhood, and the first steps to adolescent freedom. Though older generations may have known bicycles as their only mode of transport for going to work, most people now have access to a car yet many commuters are frustrated by congestion, and a plethora of impediments on the road. A return to the bicycle as a realistic form of transport is being publicly promoted, so what are we to make of such campaigns to get us on our bike again? Advocates of increasing cycling say it must be made safer, with new cycle paths and perhaps even compulsory helmet wearing; but would we then risk over-complicating this most straightforward of activities? Do cycle paths do more harm than good by shunting cyclists to one side and causing friction with car drivers? And how best to manage existing tensions between cyclists jumping red lights, cycling on pavements and other road and pavement users? Join in tonight's discussion, hosted by Manchester Salon and supported by Northern Soul and the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Booking details can be found here.
Reading and In Conversation: João Gilberto Noll with Katie SladeThursday, September 25th, 2014, 7:00 pm | Free
In a rare UK appearance as part of the Book of Rio anthology promo tour with Comma Press, legendary Brazilian author João Gilberto Noll will be reading from his short story Something Urgently, and discussing the major themes behind his work with one of the co-editors of the anthology, Katie Slade. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on João's work, and subjects as diverse as the state of contemporary Brazilian literature, the short story in Brazil, and the country’s multiple social and cultural issues.
Take a look inside the unique and personal collection of books, original manuscripts, compositions, photographs, furniture, paintings, drawings and correspondence with contemporary writers and artists including Stanley Kubrick, Graham Greene and Angela Carter, all amassed by Burgess during his rich and varied lifetime. Join us as we take you on a journey which begins with stories of Burgess's early life in Manchester, to Gibraltar during the Second World War and the final days of colonialism in Malaysia, onto an illustrious international career. We'll show you some of the highlights of Burgess's private collections and reveal little-known aspects of the writer's life along the way. Tours are free and last for approx. 1 hour; only a small number of places are available. Contact [email protected] to reserve your place.