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.

« May 2012 »

Readings: Poetry MarathonWednesday, May 2nd, 2012, 6:30 pm | £5 (suggested donation)

Freedom From Torture presents 26 poets on the occasion of the Manchester Marathon. Readings of new and old work on the theme of freedom will take place over 3 hours, representing the time a (good!) runner would complete a marathon. There will be two 'Water Station' intervals on the way with musical entertainment.  Confirmed poets so far include Ben Mellor (pictured), Segun Lee-French, Martin de Mello, Cathy Bolton, Col Bashir, Shamshad Khan, Elmi Ali, Keisha Thompson and many others. More information and booking here.    

Symposium: CONSUMEDThursday, May 3rd, 2012, 10:00 am | £8, booking required.

Hosted by the students of MA in Architecture and Urbanism at Manchester School of Architecture, CONSUMED will look towards the future of our cities, debating the ideas, theories and practices of an urbanism fit for consumption. Speakers include Mario Minale of Minale-Maeda; Joseph Grima, editor in chief of Domus; Mette Skovbjerg and Berndt Jespersen of Kalundborg Symbiosis; Irena Bauman, Director of Bauman Lyons Architects; and Michael Pawlyn of Exploration Architects. The event is to be chaired by Gavin Elliot, Creative Director of BDP Manchester. Full programme and more information here. Lunch and refreshments are included in the price of the tickets, available to buy here.

Exhibition: contemporary Cuban artFriday, May 4th, 2012, 12:00 pm | Free, no booking required.

Beyond The Frame presents a touring exhibition of contemporary Cuban art in support of their campaign for the 'Miami Five'. Free entry, 12 noon - 6.30pm; all work available for sale. Followed by a talk by Cuban artists Lesbia Vent Dumois and Gustavo Dias Soza (£5/£3). More information here.

Readings: Colm Tóibín and Paul DurcanTuesday, May 8th, 2012, 6:30 pm | £10/£5, booking advised. Bar open from 6pm.

Colm Tóibín and Paul Durcan will read from new work at Professor Tóibín’s final Manchester event. Like Colm Tóibín, Paul Durcan is one of Ireland’s foremost writers and is renowned as both an outspoken critic of his native country and as a chronicler of its emergence from the repressions of the 1950s to the contradictions of the present day. His first book, Endsville (1967), has been followed by more than twenty others. In 2001 Paul Durcan received a Cholmondeley Award. He was the Ireland Professor of Poetry 2004-2007. Paul Durcan’s 22nd collection of poetry, Praise In Which I Live And Move And Have My Being is published in April 2012 by Harvill Secker. More information and booking here. Presented in partnership with the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester.

Concert: Sibelius, BrahmsWednesday, May 16th, 2012, 8:00 pm | £12.50, booking advised

As part of Manchester Camerata’s new 'Upclose' series, this is a concert of chamber music in the intimate surroundings of the Engine House. Pianist and cyclist Anthony Hewitt steps off his bicycle in Manchester to join Manchester Camerata’s principal players in this concert of two of the giants of Romantic music. Read more about Anthony’s Olympianist tour. Booking here.

Discussion: Michael MoorcockFriday, May 18th, 2012, 6:00 pm | Free, reservations advised.

To mark the exhibition Paolozzi At New Worlds: Art & Science Fiction in the Sixties, join us at the Burgess Foundation to hear curator David Brittain interview legendary science fiction and fantasy writer Michael Moorcock, live by videolink from the USA. Preceded at 5pm by a private view of the exhibition at the MMU Special Collections Gallery - directions here. RSVP by email here.