Our annual prizes for arts journalism have been announced! The winner of the £3000 prize was Jason Watkins, for his review of Pigspurt’s Daughter at the Holbeck Underground Ballroom in Leeds, which is a one-woman performance piece by Daisy Campbell about her late father, the celebrated provocateur and playwright Ken Campbell. Jason’s vivid writing brings to life […]

Our £3000 journalism prize is to be awarded at a ceremony to be hosted in London by the Observer newspaper, on Wednesday 20 February 2019. The International Anthony Burgess Foundation announces the shortlist for the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism. Now in its seventh year, the £3000 prize is for lively and thought-provoking reviews […]

As well as being a prolific novelist, Anthony Burgess had a ceaseless energy for writing journalism. Because of a faulty diagnosis of a fatal brain tumour in 1959, Burgess was determined to make a living from writing, and it was clear that being a novelist alone was not the way to do this. Writing in […]

Five writers, some of whom knew him in person, explore Burgess’s life and reflect on their favourite Burgess works, exploring the extraordinary twentieth-century man of letters from different angles. The Essay: Burgess at 100 offers personal as well as critical insight into why he remains a literary figure of such importance. These essays look beyond […]

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation and the Observer newspaper are delighted to announce the winners of the latest Observer / Anthony Burgess Prizes for Arts Journalism, who were unveiled at a special event at King’s Place, London on Thursday 23 February. Judges Robert McCrum (Associate Editor), Sarah Donaldson (Arts Editor) and Andrew Biswell (Director, International Anthony Burgess Foundation) welcomed […]

As part of our celebrations of Anthony Burgess’s centenary in 2017 we are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prizes for Arts Journalism. Now in their fifth year, the prizes of £3000 for the winner and £500 for two runners-up are for previously unpublished, imaginative, original, and thought-provoking arts journalism, and they […]

Throughout his career, Anthony Burgess has written about possible futures. His most famous novel, A Clockwork Orange (1962), is also his most powerful prophecy of a possible future world. Burgess also wrote two more future-set novels, The Wanting Seed (1962) and 1985 (1978). A section of The End of the World News (1982) is also […]

Anthony Burgess moved to Monaco in  1975, and first met Princess Grace with her husband Prince Rainier at a concert by violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin. After which, he and Liana were invited to several parties and lunches at the royal palace. Princess Grace, Burgess said, ‘was the last of the great hostesses. She could […]

Anthony Burgess visited Australia in 1970 to open the Adelaide Festival, an occasion that brought much calamity. Even before they disembarked the plane, Liana Burgess had a giant stuffed elephant she had bought in Bombay confiscated by Australian officials (Burgess supposed its body must have been stuffed with ‘syphilitic bandages’). She also did not have […]

Anthony Burgess was no stranger to the book tour, and at various points in his career made himself available to his fans. Novelist Jonathan Lethem remembers meeting Burgess in 1985, the latter in rather a grumpy mood. Writing in the LA Review of Books, Lethem remembers the encounter as ‘charming and spellbinding and ghastly’. Burgess’s […]