The Foundation

The Burgess Foundation Podcasts

The Burgess Foundation podcasts explore the archive, presenting thematic examinations of Burgess’s writing alongside audio excerpts from our music and spoken word collections.

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Episode Seven: Belli’s Bible for Blasphemers:

Episode Seven of the Burgess Foundation Podcast explores Anthony Burgess’s translations of the sonnets of Giuseppe Gioachino Belli. Seventy-one of Belli’s sonnets form the appendix to Burgess’s 1977 book ABBA ABBA. The following podcast discusses who Belli was, considers the reason for Burgess’s interest in this nineteenth-century poet, and maps out the evolution of Burgess’s translations using original audio footage from the archives at the Burgess Foundation in Manchester and an interview with Dr. Nicoletta Di Ciolla from Manchester Metropolitan University. By Martin Kratz.