The Burgess Foundation is pleased to announce ‘The Hidden Life of Anthony Burgess’, an archive event to be held on two dates in September.
Since the pandemic sent the UK into lockdown, we have had to run our archive differently. We’ve had remote volunteering, increased digitisation of our collection, and online exhibitions displaying highlights from the extensive Burgess archive. In June, we welcomed research visitors back into the reading room.
‘The Hidden Life of Anthony Burgess’ is our first new public archive event. Gathering in the historic Engine Room at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, we will tell the story of Anthony Burgess’s life and work through a series of objects selected from the Burgess archive.
Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester and became an internationally renowned author, best known for his 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange. The collections at the Burgess Foundation offer a fascinating glimpse into the life of a 20th-century writer, composer and raconteur.
Some of the items will be expected: books, photographs and typewriters. Expect the unexpected, too: enlightening audio recordings, Burgess’s harmonica and bagpipes, some neglected wine bottles, liver-quivering cocktail recipes, and a droogish dagger!
As well as getting close to some fascinating archive objects, you will get to meet the staff of the Foundation and ask questions about the work that goes on here.
You have two dates from which to choose: Wednesday 8 September 2021 at 6pm, and Saturday 11 September 2021 at 2pm. Tickets are £5, with an option to make a donation to support our archive work.
Numbers are strictly limited to allow space for social distancing, so you’ll need to be quick to book your place. Please bring a face-covering unless you are medically exempt.