Thursday, 29 September 2011

Events at the Anthony Burgess Foundation

Adam Boulton: Anthony Burgess and politics

4 October, 6.30pm

Free; booking advised via or 0161 235 0776

Anthony Burgess wrote extensively on the issues of the day, covering subjects as diverse as immigration, Libya, Thatcherism, the European Union and more in a journalistic career spanning four decades. Join Adam Boulton, political editor of Sky News and champion of Burgess's writing, for an engaging insight into a little-known aspect of Burgess's work. Free, booking advised via

Raise Your Voice Ensemble / Trio Atem / 265 Quartet

7 October, 7pm

Free, booking via
Raise Your Voice Collective present an eclectic evening of music from Trio Atem, the Raise Your Voice Ensemble and Efpi Records’ 256 Quartet at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. In performances featuring music from Manchester, France and America, hear contemporary classical music mingle with jazz as experimental scores meet improvisation. Including music by: Steve Reich, Morton Feldman, GĂ©rard Pesson, Chris Swithinbank, Tom Coult, Ian Vine, Martin Iddon, Georges Aperghis and Michael Mayhew.

Reading: Roma Tearne

14 October, 6pm

£5/£3; booking via or 0843 208 0500
Sri Lanka-born artist and novelist Roma Tearne discusses her latest novel The Swimmer, which was longlisted for this year’s Orange Prize and adapted for a collaborative film project presented at the Venice Biennale. Set on the Suffolk coast, this captivating story of love, loss and what home really means explores the relationship between 43-year-old loner Ria and Ben, a young illegal immigrant from Sri Lanka who is awaiting a decision from the Home Office on his asylum application. Theirs is an unconventional but deeply moving romance, defying cultural boundaries and the xenophobic residents of Orford. Roma Tearne is the author of acclaimed novels Brixton Beach, Mosquito and Bone China. In association with Manchester Literature Festival.

Tour: Anthony Burgess in Manchester

15 October, 11am

£15; booking essential via or 0843 208 0500 Following on from last year’s sold-out Elizabeth Gaskell Tour, Ed Glinert (of New Manchester Walks and author of the Manchester Compendium) now takes us on a journey round the local landmarks that featured in the varied and bohemian life of Anthony Burgess. The coach and walking tour will finish at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation with a special talk given by the centre’s director and Burgess's biographer, Dr Andrew Biswell. Book early as places are limited.
Starting at Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester M3 1SX
Part of Manchester Literature Festival.

Manchester Literature Festival

The Burgess Foundation is delighted to be the hub venue for the 2011 Manchester Literature Festival. We'll be hosting events every night of what promises to be the most ambitious festival yet, with everything from Nordic crime and dub poetry to Arabic fiction and a literary quiz. Details of the events at the Burgess Foundation are here, and the full festival programme is here.

Autumn concerts at the Burgess Foundation

Anthony Burgess was a prolific and accomplished composer, but his music has been largely - and unjustly - neglected. Join us for a season of concerts, including a programme of songs curated and conducted by Gavin Wayte on 3 November; and newly-discovered chamber music curated and performed by the leading contemporary ensemble Psappha on 16 and 23 November. Look out for more details here.

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