In 1948 Anthony Burgess began a teaching job as a lecturer in speech and drama at Bamber Bridge Emergency Training College, near Preston in Lancashire. He trained teachers as part of the post-war project to turn ex-servicemen into schoolmasters, and they were given an intensive one-year course: Burgess gave courses in the history of drama […]

Philip Larkin, who was born 100 years ago, was a twentieth-century novelist, poet and music critic whose place among the immortals remains uncertain. Although Larkin’s writing was popular during his lifetime, his reputation was badly damaged by the revelation, in a posthumous edition of his letters, that he was an enthusiastic racist and misogynist. His […]

In 2013, the curators of the exhibition David Bowie Is revealed a list of the singer’s 100 favourite books. Among the titles that Bowie held dear are novels, political books, musical biographies and comic books, all of which reveal much about his preoccupations and the influences on his own creative output. Two of Anthony Burgess’s […]

Anthony Burgess often collaborated with visual artists such as Joe Tilson (on Will and Testament) and Fulvio Testa (who illustrated A Long Trip to Teatime and The Land Where the Ice Cream Grows). Another collaboration took place in 1991, when he was invited by Stephen Spender and David Hockney to contribute to the book Hockney’s […]

Burgess’s literary and musical responses to the famous poet. By Andrew Biswell