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Burgess Centenary

100 Years of Anthony Burgess

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Centenary Conference: Life, Work, Reputation (3-5 July 2017):

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation is pleased to invite you to three days of literature, music and discussion to mark the centenary of Anthony Burgess’s birth.

Anthony Burgess: Life, Work, Reputation takes place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, and will feature discussion by some of the leading Burgess experts on subjects such as Burgess’s early life, his wartime years in Gibraltar, his poetry, music and plays, and novels including The Malayan Trilogy (1956-1959), A Vision of Battlements (1965), The Pianoplayers (1986), Byrne (1995), his writings about Shakespeare and his futuristic dystopias.

Keynote speakers include Paul Phillips (author of A Clockwork Counterpoint), Jonathon Green (lexicographer and author of Green’s Dictionary of Slang), and Alexandra Spencer-Jones, director of the all-male stage production of A Clockwork Orange.

There will also be opportunities to hear live performances of Burgess’s music and to visit the locations of his youth, including Xaverian College and the University of Manchester.

Highlights of the conference include:

On Sunday 2 July the first volumes of The Irwell Edition of the Work of Anthony Burgess will be launched at a welcome reception at the Burgess Foundation. The Irwell Edition will bring all of Burgess’s novels into print in special editions with new introductions, extensive notes on the texts, and unpublished documents from the archives. Meet the editors of A Vision of Battlements and The Pianoplayers, buy your own copies of the books, and find out about the future of the project from Manchester University Press.

On Monday 3 July there will be a curator-led tour of the new Burgess exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery. This will be followed by a tour of Burgess’s former school, Xaverian College, and a talk and reception at the University of Manchester.

On Tuesday 4 July, at the Bridgewater Hall, there will be a performance of Raymond Yiu’s new song cycle, The World Was Once All Miracle, inspired by the poetry of Anthony Burgess. This will be performed by the BBC Philharmonic alongside the European Premiere of Burgess’s own Symphony in C. (Note: this evening event is not included in the ticket price, but discounted tickets are available.)

The closing event of the conference, on Wednesday 5 July, will be a concert at the Burgess Foundation by musicians from Manchester University, who will perform a programme of Burgess’s chamber music. This will include the world premiere of Concerto for Flute, Strings and Piano in D Minor (1951).

Tickets for this event cost only £20 for all three days. The price includes freshly made buffet lunches, teas and coffees, and wine receptions.

You are warmly invited to join the conversation, and to examine the life and legacy of one of the most prominent Mancunian writers of the twentieth century. Book your place now.

The full programme is now available here.