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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Kino Film Festival: North West ShortsSunday, June 1st, 2014, 6:15 pm | Free

Presenting a diverse selection from a crop of home-grown talent this evening gives you the opportunity to catch Richard Higson's The King is Dead, Martin Chart's My Life, and Blind Faith by Gino Evens. Followed by a Q&A session, tonight promises to be a thought-provoking and entertaining evening featuring some of the best films from the North West region. (Please note, due to an unforeseen licensing issue, alcohol will not be available for sale this evening. Please feel free to bring your own).

Kino Film Festival: The Kino Award WinnersSunday, June 1st, 2014, 8:30 pm | Free

Tonight sees Kino celebrate the festival programme award winners with a ceremony and screenings of the winning films. Book tickets here. (Please note, due to an unforeseen licensing issue, alcohol will not be available for sale this evening. Please feel free to bring your own).

Poetry Gala: Senses of Place with Sean Borodale, Deryn Rees-Jones, Michael Symmons Roberts and Jean SpracklandMonday, June 2nd, 2014, 6:00 pm | Free

In this special event, we will hear from four leading poets – Sean Borodale, Deryn Rees-Jones, Jean Sprackland and Michael Symmons Roberts – who have imaginatively engaged with a diverse range of landscapes: from the CCTV-monitored streets of central London to the non-place of the central reservation of the East Lancs Road; from the liminal edgelands of Manchester and Liverpool to the Romantic uplands of the Wordsworthian Lake District. ‘Senses of Places’ will take us on imaginative journeys across a range of topographies and through the body; poetry will remind us that perhaps we need to think about the rich plurality of ‘senses of place’ rather than a rigidily fixed ‘sense of place’. Visit the MMU Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research website for more information about the evening and to book your place.

The Complete Guide to EverythingTuesday, June 3rd, 2014, 8:00 pm | Tickets £10

Brooklyn's Tom Reynolds and Tim Daniels host a weekly podcast (new episodes every Sunday) that hopes to vanquish Wikipedia as the go-to reference for knowledge about anything and everything, and this is their live show. From North Korea to Nicolas Cage, Tim Daniels and Tom Reynolds leave no stone unturned in their humble quest to make the world a more informed place. Read a recent review of their podcasts here and you can purchase tickets from their website

The Complete Guide to EverythingWednesday, June 4th, 2014, 8:00 pm | Tickets £10

Brooklyn's Tom Reynolds and Tim Daniels host a weekly podcast (new episodes every Sunday) that hopes to vanquish Wikipedia as the go-to reference for knowledge about anything and everything, and this is their live show. From North Korea to Nicolas Cage, Tim Daniels and Tom Reynolds leave no stone unturned in their humble quest to make the world a more informed place. Read a recent review of their podcasts here and you can purchase tickets from their website

Reading & Open Mic: MMU End of Year Poetry EventThursday, June 5th, 2014, 7:00 pm | Free

This annual event offers the opportunity to hear work from the postgraduate poetry students at MMU's Manchester Writing School. The poets' end of year celebrations will include a showcase of their new writing, and a relaxed open mic session featuring current students and alumni.

Booklaunch: The Book of Gaza with Atef Abu Saif and Abdallah TayehFriday, June 6th, 2014, 7:00 pm | Free

Gazan author Atef Abu Saif introduces his groundbreaking anthology The  Book of Gaza featuring ten Palestinian writers translated into English  for the  first time. Each story takes place in a different part of the Strip and  together they provide a literary map of Gaza, navigating its readers around the  city and taking us beyond the global media headlines. Atef is joined by one of the contributing short story writers,  Abdallah  Tayeh. This event has been supported by English Pen's 'Pen Promotes!' Writers in Translation scheme.

Talk/Q&A: Flesh and stone, the poet and the city re-imagined by Burgess, with Giuseppe AlbanoThursday, June 12th, 2014, 6:30 pm | Free

ABBA ABBA, Burgess's superficially simple tale of a group of people in Rome, is the focus for Giuseppe's talk. The characters huddle together in companionship against the backdrops of two impending deaths: one of the fallen Emperor Napoleon, and the other of young English poet, John Keats, who in his frail consumptive state had come to Rome in the hope that the city’s climate would alleviate his suffering. During his final months alive in the city Keats meets and befriends local wit and sonneteer Giuseppe Gioachino Belli, and their shared ruminations on poetry and language are spellbinding. Or, so Burgess’s story goes... for as with many of the moments described in this gem of a novella, their author supposes what could have happened, based most of the time on what did happen, with occasional dips into brazen, brilliant invention. Giuseppe Albano is of Italian heritage and was born and raised in Scotland. He is Curator of the Keats-Shelley House in Rome and author of the preface to the Italian edition of ABBA ABBA (Robin Edizioni, 2012). Contact [email protected] to reserve your place.  

Exhibition: Scripting the Globe. Italian Literary Journals in the World.Friday, June 13th, 2014, 10:00 am | Free, until Friday 27th June

Following WWII, Italian literary journals connected intellectuals across the world. Il Politecnico, Lo Spettatore italiano, Nuovi Argomenti and Botteghe Oscure are some of the many publishing initiatives which fostered intellectual debate beyond Italian borders from the 1940s to the early 1960s, receiving worldwide interest and recognition and functioning as transnational springboards for contemporary Italian authors. This exhibition presents an opportunity for visitors to follow the cultural and literary exchange between Italian editors and international writers and intellectuals. Much of the correspondence in the exhibition is unpublished and now displayed in public for the first time. Exhibition open Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm and in the evening during events, until Friday 27th June.

Discussion: First World War, origins and warnings for the 21st Century with James WoudhuysenMonday, June 16th, 2014, 6:45 pm | £5/£4, advance

The origins of the First World War are variously attributed to the collapse of the Habsburg Empire, the complex system of international alliances that developed before 1914, the way in which Germany's Schlieffen Plan depended on its army sticking to strict railway timetables, or the unreadiness of old dynasties to move with the times. In fact, James will argue, it was the very 2014 phenomenon of Foreign Direct Investment that, before 1914, bound all the eventual participants in the conflict into a system of long-run, spiralling tensions. Today's commentators on the First World War often miss this concept and a number of other forces that mediated and accelerated the catastrophe. To book, and find out more visit the Manchester Salon's website.

Concert: Khymerikal, The End of TimeThursday, June 19th, 2014, 7:30 pm | Tickets £5/£3

Khymerikal is a new young chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of 20th and 21st century music. The first half of the concert will feature music from composers with connections to Manchester University including visiting scholar Peter Maxwell Davies, senior lecturer in composition Camden Reeves and recent Manchester University graduate Leo Geyer. The evening will finish with Messiaen's celebrated 'Quartet for the End of Time'. Book tickets with Skiddle.

Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess ArchiveWednesday, June 25th, 2014, 6:00 pm | Free

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.

Film screening: Vittoria De Sica's 'Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow'Thursday, June 26th, 2014, 6:15 pm | £3.50

To celebrate Festa Italia 2014 the Burgess Foundation and Societa' Dante Alighieri Manchester are pleased to present an evening highlighting the unique connection between Anthony Burgess and Italian cinema and culture, focussing on the internationally acclaimed star Sophia Loren. Including a presentation on the connections between Burgess, Loren and Italy, this evening features a full-length screening of Vittorio De Sica's Oscar winning 1964 film leri, oggi e domain (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Featuring Loren's notorious striptease, recreated years later by Robert Altman in Prêt-à-Porter, Yesterday, Today Tomorrow remains one of the most loved Italian films of all time and, as Burgess met Sofia Loren on several occasions, highlights the unique connection between Burgess, Italian cinema and Italian culture. Suitable for 15 years and over. Booking fee includes a glass of wine. Visit the shop to book tickets.