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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Study session: Ludwig van and all thatFriday, February 1st, 2013, 5:00 pm | £5, booking advised.

Dr Andrew Biswell, author of The Real Life of Anthony Burgess and director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, discusses Anthony Burgess and Beethoven using audio clips from Burgess's novels A Clockwork Orange and Napoleon Symphony. This event takes place in the Carole Nash Recital Room at the RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD. More information and booking here.

Booklaunch: Sarah Butler and Emma ChapmanWednesday, February 6th, 2013, 6:30 pm | Free, all welcome.

We're delighted to welcome Sarah Butler and Emma Chapman to the Burgess Foundation to launch their debut novels, introduced by poet and novelist Adam O'Riordan. Ten Things I've Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler is a heart-wrenching and life-affirming novel that explores the relationship between fathers and daughters, as well as themes of rootlessness and homecoming. Sarah Butler lives in Manchester, and as well as writing runs a consultancy which develops literature and arts projects that explore and question our relationship to place. She has been writer in residence on the Central Line, the Greenwich Peninsula, and at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and has taught creative writing for the British Council in Kuala Lumpur. Emma Chapman's How To Be A Good Wife is a powerful and haunting novel full of menace. 'On the surface the book is a highly competent, creepy little chiller, but beneath, like a silent, bolted and half-dark room, there’s a much bigger, equally disconcerting story about the nature of feminine experience. It’s an accomplished debut from a writer who shows insight and emotional power.’ Hilary Mantel, Man Booker Prize winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Emma Chapman was born in 1985 and grew up in Manchester. She lives in Perth, Western Australia. More at Picador.

Concert: Sounds of the Engine HouseFriday, February 8th, 2013, 7:30 pm | £5, on the door.

New music by contemporary composers Eve Harrison, Aaron Parker and more. Programme includes an exciting new collaboration between the prize winning Phoenix Clarinet Quartet and vocal sculptor Jason Singh. The Cassia String Quartet and soprano Aimee Toshney complete another quality line-up. More information here.

Workshop: Create a CrosswordSaturday, February 9th, 2013, 6:00 pm | Free, booking advised.

Meet, chat and create a ‘local’ crossword with one of the country’s foremost crossword compilers, John Halpern, known variously as Paul (Guardian), Punk (Independent) and Mudd (Financial Times). No crossword experience necessary. For more info and booking please call Nigel on 07837 626436.

Concert: Pleyel EnsembleSunday, February 17th, 2013, 11:30 am | £12/£9 adv./£3 students. Booking advised.

Join the Pleyel Ensemble for another concert of chamber music, including horn trios by Brahms and Lennox Berkeley. Laurence Davies (French horn); Sarah Ewins (violin) and Harvey Davies (piano). Tickets (including coffee) : £12 / students only £3; advance purchase £9 available on (0161) 976 5955 or via the Pleyel Ensemble.

Concert: UmeDuoThursday, February 28th, 2013, 7:30 pm | £5, on the door.

Join leading Swedish cello and percussion duo Karolina and Erika Öhman, UmeDuo, for a concert including music by Timothy Salter ('Umuse', 2013, written for UmeDuo), Bach ('Meine Seele erhebt den Herren' and 'In dir ist Freude', arr. by Timothy Salter), Esaias Järnegard ('Stones, Ash, Ash', 2011, written for UmeDuo), Debussy ('Les collines d'Anacapri' and 'Des pas sur la neige', arr. by Timothy Salter) and more.