About the Event
Please join us to celebrate the launch of Anthony Burgess' 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.
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.
About the Book
Publisher:Carcanet Press Ltd
Publication date:12 Dec 2020
The Collected Poems of the acclaimed Manchester-born poet, novelist, screenwriter and composer Anthony Burgess.