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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Booklaunch: Beacons - stories for our not-so-distant futureThursday, March 7th, 2013, 6:30 pm | Free, no need to book.

The Manchester Writing School at MMU, Manchester Literature Festival and Steady State Manchester invite you to explore how literature can connect us with the predicaments of our age. Join Clare Dudman (scientist by training and author of three novels including A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees) Rodge Glass (author of three novels including Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs and a Somerset Maugham Award-winning biography of Alasdair Gray) and Gregory Norminton (author of four novels including the highly acclaimed Serious Things and creative writing teacher at MMU) to discuss BEACONS, a collection of twenty-one original stories by major UK authors. The stories are inspired by, and will be sold for the benefit of, the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition. More information from Manchester Literature Festival.  

Concert: Trio AtemSaturday, March 9th, 2013, 6:00 pm | £5 suggested donation, on the door.

Trio Atem is one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic contemporary music ensembles, with a commitment to commissioning new work from the younger generation of UK composers. This concert feature world premieres of Trio Atem commissions by composers Eleri Pound, Martin Iddon, and Mic Spencer as part of their Arts Council England-funded series 'Northern Arcs'. More here.

Theatre: One Hand ClappingThursday, March 14th, 2013, 7:30 pm | £8/£6.

House of Orphans and the Burgess Foundation present scenes from Anthony Burgess's black comedy, One Hand Clapping, to celebrate a new reissue of the novel by Serpent's Tail. Average couple Janet and Howard's lives begin to unravel when Howard's photographic memory helps win him a gameshow fortune. Burgess's 1961 darkly comic satire of drab English consumerism is still relevant today. Tickets available here.  

Theatre: One Hand ClappingFriday, March 15th, 2013, 7:30 pm | £8/£6.

House of Orphans and the Burgess Foundation present scenes from Anthony Burgess's black comedy, One Hand Clapping, to celebrate a new reissue of the novel by Serpent's Tail. Average couple Janet and Howard's lives begin to unravel when Howard's photographic memory helps win him a gameshow fortune. Burgess's 1961 darkly comic satire of drab English consumerism is still relevant today. Tickets available here.

Lecture: J.B. Priestley and Anthony Burgess Saturday, March 16th, 2013, 2:00 pm | Free, no need to book.

We are delighted to welcome the J.B. Priestley Society to the International Anthony Burgess Foundation for their annual lecture. Dr Andrew Biswell will speak on 'English Anxieties: J.B.Priestley and Anthony Burgess', looking at the affinities between Priestley and Burgess as writers from the north of England, with particular reference to Burgess's critical writings about Priestley, including reviews, profiles, obituaries and his assessment of Vincent Brome's biography. All are welcome.

Theatre: One Hand ClappingSaturday, March 16th, 2013, 7:30 pm | £8/£6.

House of Orphans and the Burgess Foundation present scenes from Anthony Burgess's black comedy, One Hand Clapping, to celebrate a new reissue of the novel by Serpent's Tail. Average couple Janet and Howard's lives begin to unravel when Howard's photographic memory helps win him a gameshow fortune. Burgess's 1961 darkly comic satire of drab English consumerism is still relevant today. Tickets available here.

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

Join the Pleyel Ensemble for another high-quality concert of chamber music, including string trios by Mozart (Divertimento in Eb) and E.J. Moeran. Players include Benedict Holland (violin), Oliver Wilson (viola) and Heather Bills (cello). Tickets (including coffee from 11am) £12 / students only £3; advance purchase £9 available from (0161) 976 5955 or via the Pleyel Ensemble.

Concert: Manchester CamerataTuesday, March 26th, 2013, 8:00 pm | £10/£6, booking advised.

Manchester Camerata present another concert in their UpClose series. The centre-piece of this concert is Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, one of the most emotionally charged and spiritually reflective works composed for chamber ensemble. Written for the unusual combination of piano, violin, cello and clarinet, the work received its first performance outside in the rain in a German prisoner of war camp in 1941 on a collection of damaged instruments. This reflective programme also features a performance by Camerata’s principal cellist Hannah Roberts of Bach’s D minor Cello Suite, and a world premiere by Camerata’s composer in residence. Doors at 7.30pm. Tickets £10/£6, available from the box office on 0844 907 9000.