Please join us to celebrate the launch of Anthony Burgess's Collected Poems, edited by Jonathan Mann. Hosting the reading will be Andrew Biswell, biographer of Burgess and director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, joining Jonathan to discuss the new edition. The event will feature readings of Burgess's work by poet Rachel Mann. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will also be showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along. Register here, and let us know you can make it by joining the Facebook event.
John Anthony Burgess Wilson (1917-1993) was an industrious writer. He published over fifty books, thousands of essays, and numerous drafts and fragments survive. He predicted many of the struggles and challenges of his own and the following century. His most famous book is A Clockwork Orange (1962), later adapted into a controversial film by Stanley Kubrick. The linguistic innovations of that novel, the strict formal devices used to contain them, and its range of themes are all to be found too in Burgess's poetry, an area of his work where he was at once most free and most experimental. Here too aspects of all the Burgesses - novelist, composer, teacher, drinker, linguist, husband, rebel, journalist, diarist, extrovert, family man, cook, smoker, art critic, literary critic, television critic, television personality, collector of matchbooks - are to be found. It is his least exposed and most complex and eloquent are of achievement, now revealed at last in all its richness. His flair for words, formal discipline, experimentalism, and fondness for variousness mark it on every page.
Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.
Please note that there is a limited number of places for the reading, so do book early to avoid disappointment. You should receive a confirmation email with details on how to join after you register. If this does not arrive, please contact us to let us know. Please also be aware that clicking 'attending' on the Facebook event will not guarantee your place - you must complete the Zoom registration here.
About the speakers:
Jonathan Mann is editor of the Collected Poems of Anthony Burgess (Carcanet, 2020). He is a teacher, editor, researcher, poet and musician. Jonathanâs research on Burgess has been published in the following books: Anthony Burgess and France (2017); Marlowe, Shakespeare, Burgess. Anthony Burgess and his Elizabethan Affiliations (2012), and; Anthony Burgess: Music in Literature and Literature in Music (2009). His research on pedagogy and academic literacy has been published in the following scholarly journals: Research and Practice in Adult Literacy (2015); Research in Teacher Education (2016), and Journal of Pedagogical Research (2018). He is also co-founder/co-editor of the Journal of Impact Cultures. Jonathan is a curator of poetry through the Capital Letters live poetry series.
Andrew Biswell is the author of The Real Life of Anthony Burgess (Picador, 2005), and the editor of A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Classics, 2013) and A Vision of Battlements (Manchester University Press, 2017). He is a general editor of the Irwell Edition of the Works of Anthony Burgess. Other publications include Obscenity and the Arts (Pariah Press, 2018) and a chapter in The Oxford History of the Novel in English, volume 10: South and South East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2019).
Rachel Mann is an Anglican parish priest and writer. She was Poet-in-Residence at Manchester Cathedral between 2009 and 2017 and is the author of eleven books, including Fierce Imaginings: The Great War, Ritual, Memory and God (DLT, 2017). She is Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing and English at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her first collection of poetry, A Kingdom of Love, was published by Carcanet in 2019.