A new exhibition at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation explores the connections between Anthony Burgess and Riddley Walker with artworks by Sam Meech. On its first publication in 1980, Anthony Burgess said of Russell Hoban’s novel Riddley Walker that ‘this is what literature is meant to be’. Set in a post-apocalyptic future two thousand years after […]

I went to see Anthony Burgess in the aftermath of A Clockwork Orange. I can’t remember exactly when: but I have the impression that the movie had come out, had incited vociferous opposition, and Burgess was anxious to ‘put things right.’ He was staying in Grosvenor House hotel – or, maybe, the Dorchester: anyhow one […]

Many of the manuscripts in the archives at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation contain more than just words or music. Burgess was a prolific artist, drawing in the margins of typescripts, creating title pages for drafts of his novels, and sketching birthday cards for his son, Andrew. Burgess’s first published piece of work was not […]

Direct from a sold-out, award-winning London run, director Alexandra Spencer-Jones’s electrifying, critically-acclaimed stage production of A Clockwork Orange will premiere in New York City this fall in a limited Off-Broadway engagement at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). Jonno Davies, who led the London cast, will make his New York stage debut in the lead role of […]

This copy of Frank Herbert’s Dune dates from around 1966, when Burgess reviewed it for the Observer. He was impressed by the scope of the book, and Herbert’s literary creation, revealing his knowledge, if not perhaps his love, of science fiction conventions. Dune is set on Arrakis, a desert planet on which humans mine the […]

In much of Anthony Burgess’s fiction, there are overt references to his home town, even in those novels that have nothing to do with Manchester – be it some minor character having a Mancunian accent, or one of the city’s landmarks being referred to fleetingly: Belle Vue Zoo cited during an unsatisfactory meal in Singapore […]

Burgess’s copy of Pushkin’s verse novel, acquired while writing A Clockwork Orange.

Theatre Royal Stratford East are about to open their new version of A Clockwork Orange for the stage.

…A typescript of a screenplay written by Anthony Burgess for A Clockwork Orange has appeared in the archives at the Foundation…