Anthony Burgess died in London on 22 November 1993. He was 76 years old and had been diagnosed with lung cancer just over a year previously. The final phase of his life was characterised by intense creative production, in a variety of forms. The publication of a long novel about the rediscovery of the sword […]

In this episode of the Burgess Foundation podcast, Andrew Biswell of the Burgess Foundation explores fictional representations of Jesus Christ with writer Nicholas Graham, author of The Judas Case. We begin with Anthony Burgess’s 1979 novel, Man of Nazareth, an ambitious account of Jesus’s life from the point of view of a fictional Greek merchant. […]

Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester UNESCO City of Literature are delighted to appoint Peter Bakowski and Jake Goldwasser as the Virtual Writers in Residence for the second Festival of Libraries. Following in the digital foot-steps of 2021 writers Alicia Sometimes and Anna Polonyi, Melbourne poet Peter Bakowski will be hosted by the International Anthony Burgess […]

This episode of the Burgess Foundation Podcast is the first in an occasional series in which we speak to the current translators of Anthony Burgess’s novels to find out the delights and challenges involved in making them understandable in different languages and cultures. Our first guest in this series is Ludger Tolksdorf, who has spent […]

Manchester City of Literature and Manchester Literature Festival are offering two virtual writer residencies to take place in June 2022 during the Festival of Libraries. During the three-week residency, writers will be hosted remotely by either Chetham’s Library or the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, with the opportunity to explore the online archives, meet staff to […]

Laura Tunbridge gave the tenth annual Anthony Burgess Lecture at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation on 14 October 2021, exploring Beethoven’s life and work and discussing Anthony Burgess’s lifelong engagement with both. We are delighted to present the lecture as the latest episode of the Burgess Foundation podcast. Laura is Professor of Music at the […]

One of the central roles of the Burgess Foundation is to support new research into Burgess’s life and work. We have hosted researchers from all over the world, and continued to assist them in accessing the archive throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. In recent years, we have collaborated with the White Rose College of the Arts […]

Here at the Burgess Foundation, we are immersed in the world of Anthony Burgess. We revel in finding out small details about his life and career, we scour the archive for previously unknown facts and we have dedicated ourselves to bringing previously unpublished writing into print. We sometimes forget that, because of the sheer number […]

Our annual competition to find the best in new arts reviews has launched, and this year we are delighted to welcome Observer pop critic Kitty Empire to the judging panel. The Observer / Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism challenges writers to create an engaging 800-word review of a work in the arts. It’s run […]

The second in our series of Dystopian Dialogues is a conversation with Nathan Waddell from the University of Birmingham about George Orwell, Anthony Burgess and dystopia. Burgess was strongly influenced by Orwell, and in his book 1985 he places Nineteen Eighty-Four in the context of a ravaged post-war Britain. He writes: ‘You saw the effects […]