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The International Anthony Burgess Foundation Podcast

All things Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange and more from Burgess's Estate and Archive in Manchester, UK

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation Podcast Channel hosts two podcasts:The International Anthony Burgess Foundation Podcast is dedicated to exploring the life and work of Anthony Burgess and his contemporaries,
Latest Episode11/30/2022

Manchester UNESCO City of Literature Virtual Residency: Peter Bakowski

Anthony Burgess was one of the most important and prolific British writers of the twentieth century. Most famous for his dystopian vision A Clockwork Orange, he wrote 33 novels, 25 books of non-fiction and over 250 musical compositions. This podcast aims to illuminate Burgess’s life and work, and his connections to other twentieth century literature, film and music. So join us as we explore the world of Anthony Burgess.In this episode, Andrew Biswell talks to the poet Peter Bakowski about his virtual residency at the Burgess Foundation and the poems inspired by his research into Anthony Burgess.Peter Bakowski is our first Virtual Writer in Residence and joined us through a collaborative project with Manchester UNESCO City of Literature. Peter is an award-winning Australian poet, whose work has an international influence. Having travelled widely in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, his work has been set in many countries around the world, and been published in languages such as Arabic, Japanese, Bengali and Mandarin. 2022 marks his 40th year of writing poetry.Peter’s latest collection of poetry are Our Ways on Earth, published by Recent Work Press, and Nearly Lunch, published by Wakefield Press and written in collaboration with the Adelaide poet Ken Bolton.-------LINKS:Our Ways on Earth by Peter BakowskiNearly Lunch by Peter Bakowski and Ken BoltonManchester UNESCO City of LiteratureInternational Anthony Burgess Foundation-------If you have enjoyed this podcast, why not leave us a review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
11/30/2022

Manchester UNESCO City of Literature Virtual Residency: Peter Bakowski

Anthony Burgess was one of the most important and prolific British writers of the twentieth century. Most famous for his dystopian vision A Clockwork Orange, he wrote 33 novels, 25 books of non-fiction and over 250 musical compositions. This podcast aims to illuminate Burgess’s life and work, and his connections to other twentieth century literature, film and music. So join us as we explore the world of Anthony Burgess.In this episode, Andrew Biswell talks to the poet Peter Bakowski about his virtual residency at the Burgess Foundation and the poems inspired by his research into Anthony Burgess.Peter Bakowski is our first Virtual Writer in Residence and joined us through a collaborative project with Manchester UNESCO City of Literature. Peter is an award-winning Australian poet, whose work has an international influence. Having travelled widely in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, his work has been set in many countries around the world, and been published in languages such as Arabic, Japanese, Bengali and Mandarin. 2022 marks his 40th year of writing poetry.Peter’s latest collection of poetry are Our Ways on Earth, published by Recent Work Press, and Nearly Lunch, published by Wakefield Press and written in collaboration with the Adelaide poet Ken Bolton.-------LINKS:Our Ways on Earth by Peter BakowskiNearly Lunch by Peter Bakowski and Ken BoltonManchester UNESCO City of LiteratureInternational Anthony Burgess Foundation-------If you have enjoyed this podcast, why not leave us a review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
11/23/2022

The Irwell Edition: Mozart and the Wolf Gang

In this episode, Will Carr celebrates the release of the Irwell Edition of Anthony Burgess's Mozart and the Wolf Gang with Christine Lee Gengaro, Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College.The Irwell Edition of the Works of Anthony Burgess is one of the central projects of the Burgess Foundation, and aims to publish each of Burgess’s novels and major works of non-fiction in critical editions edited by experts and scholars. Each edition has a new introduction, a text which has been restored to that of the first edition, appendices drawn from the Burgess Archives around the world, and expansive notes on the text. Mozart and the Wolf Gang is a strange novella. It was written to commemorate the bicentenary of Mozart, and combines fiction, opera libretto, and fragments of film script among other things which work together to be a deliberation on the nature of music.The Irwell Edition of Mozart and the Wolf Gang was edited by Alan Shockley, and was one of his final projects before he died in 2020. Alan was Professor of Music at California State University, Long Beach, and as a composer, he thoughtful and challenging work was admired by audiences all over the world.Mozart and the Wolf Gang is out now!Find out more about the Irwell Edition of the Works of Anthony Burgess at Manchester University Press.-------LINKS:A Memorial for Alan Shockley at California State University, Long BeachMusic in the Words: Musical Form and Counterpoint in the Twentieth Century Novel by Alan ShockleyGender, Power and Identity in the Films of Stanley Kubrick [containing 'Music and Misogyny in A Clockwork Orange' by Christine Lee Gengaro]Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange [containing 'Transforming Variations: Music in the Novel, Film, and Play, A Clockwork Orange' by Christine Lee Gengaro]International Anthony Burgess Foundation-------If you have enjoyed this episode, why not write a review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
11/9/2022

Ninety-Nine Novels: The Once and Future King by T.H. White

In 1984, Anthony Burgess published Ninety-Nine Novels, a selection of his favourite novels in English since 1939. The list is typically idiosyncratic, and shows the breadth of Burgess's interest in fiction. This podcast, by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, explores the novels on Burgess's list with the help of writers, critics and other special guests.This is the final episode of Series Two, and our guest Elizabeth Elliott is helping us explore Camelot in The Once and Future King by T.H. White. Published in 1958, The Once and Future King adapts the famous stories of King Arthur and his Round Table. Beginning with the childhood of Arthur in the first book, The Sword in the Stone, White’s version of the familiar stories are complex examinations of leadership, nobility, romance and war. Of White’s novel, Burgess writes, ‘This is not remote and fabulous history: the lesson of the breaking of the Round Table is for our time.’T.H. White was born in Bombay, India in 1906. Although The Once and Future King is his most famous novel, he was a prolific writer, with 20 other books to his name. In 1951, he published The Goshawk, which details his attempts to train his hawk using the falconry methods of the Middle Ages. He died in 1964 in Greece, during the return journey from a lecture tour of the United States.Elizabeth Elliott is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Aberdeen. She specialises in medieval and early modern literature and the afterlives of medieval texts in later literature. Her latest article ‘Restorying Arthurian Legend: Space, Place and Time in Once & Future and Legendborn’ was published in the Journal of the International Arthurian Society in 2022. Her book Remembering Boethius: Writing Aristocratic Identity in Later Medieval French and English Literatures is published by Routledge.--------BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEThe Arthurian Romances by Chrétien de Troyes (c. 1170-90)The Prose Lancelot by Anonymous, including the Queste del Saint Graal (c. 1210-1235)Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Anonymous (c. 1400)Le Morte D'Arthur by Thomas Malory (1485)A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain (1889)The Harry Potter Series (1997-2007)The Magicians by Lev Grossman (2009)H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald (2014)Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (2018)Once & Future by A.R. Capetta and Cory McCarthy (2019)Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (2020)Sword, Stone, Table ed. by Swapna Krishna and Jenny Northington (2021)-------LINKSElizabeth Elliott at the University of AberdeenElizabeth Elliott on TwitterInternational Anthony Burgess FoundationThe theme music is Anthony Burgess’s Concerto for Flute, Strings and Piano in D Minor, and is performed by No Dice Collective. -------If you have enjoyed this episode, don’t forget to leave us a review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
11/2/2022

Ninety-Nine Novels: The Spire by William Golding

In 1984, Anthony Burgess published Ninety-Nine Novels, a selection of his favourite novels in English since 1939. The list is typically idiosyncratic, and shows the breadth of Burgess's interest in fiction. This podcast, by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, explores the novels on Burgess's list with the help of writers, critics and other special guests.In this episode, the Burgess Foundation's Graham Foster is joined by writer and academic Tim Kendall to talk about The Spire by William Golding. Published in 1964, The Spire tells the story of Jocelin, the dean of a medieval cathedral. He believes he has been tasked by God to build the tallest spire in England, but its construction is plagued by problems, just as Jocelin is plagued by visions both heavenly and otherwise.William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911. After becoming a schoolteacher in Salisbury in the 1930s, he was drafted into the Royal Navy for his wartime service, during which he participated in the Normandy Landings on D-Day. He began writing in the 1950s, and published his first novel Lord of the Flies in 1954. He won the Booker Prize in 1980 for Rites of Passage, beating Anthony Burgess’s Earthly Powers. He died in 1993 aged 81.Tim Kendall is Professor of English at the University of Exeter. He is currently preparing the correspondence between William Golding and his editor Charles Monteith for publication by Faber & Faber. His next book, co-authored with Fiona Mathews, is Black Ops and Beaver-Bombing, an exploration of Britain’s wild mammals and is forthcoming from Oneworld in spring 2023.-------BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEBy William Golding:Lord of the Flies (1954)The Inheritors (1955)Pincher Martin (1956)Free Fall (1959)To the Ends of the Earth, consisting of: Rites of Passage (1980); Close Quarters (1987); Fire Down Below (1989)By others:The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne (1857)The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen (1892)'The Eye of Allah' in Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling (1926)Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (1958)A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban (1980)Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (1981)Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (1995)Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (2020)-------LINKSBlack Ops and Beaver-Bombing by Tim Kendall and Fiona Mathews (Pre-Order)Official William Golding WebsiteThe relationship between William Golding and Susanna Clarke by Arabella CurrieInternational Anthony Burgess FoundationThe theme music is Anthony Burgess’s Concerto for Flute, Strings and Piano in D Minor, and is performed by No Dice Collective.-------If you have enjoyed this episode, don’t forget to leave us a review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
10/26/2022

Ninety-Nine Novels: Two Novels by Ernest Hemingway

In 1984, Anthony Burgess published Ninety-Nine Novels, a selection of his favourite novels in English since 1939. The list is typically idiosyncratic, and shows the breadth of Burgess's interest in fiction. This podcast, by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, explores the novels on Burgess's list with the help of writers, critics and other special guests.In this episode, Andrew Biswell of the Burgess Foundation talks to biographer Mary V Dearborn about two novels by Ernest Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea.Published in 1940, For Whom the Bell Tolls is Hemingway’s fictional examination of the Spanish Civil War. The story deals with an American who joins a group of anti-fascist guerrillas in Spain and plots to destroy a bridge to stop the advance of the enemy. The Old Man and the Sea was the last major work of fiction published in Hemingway’s life. It arrived in 1952, and tells the story of an old Cuban fisherman who chases down a great marlin and struggles to bring it in to shore.Ernest Hemingway was born in Illinois in 1899. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American authors of the twentieth century. His debut novel The Sun Also Rises was published in 1926 and he went on to publish five more in his lifetime, along with six volumes of short stories and two books of non-fiction. There have been several posthumous publications. Hemingway died by suicide in 1961.Mary V Dearborn is a biographer and has written books on subjects such as Peggy Guggenheim, Norman Mailer, Louise Bryant and Henry Miller. Her biography of Ernest Hemingway was published in 2017.-------BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCASTBy Ernest Hemingway:The Sun Also Rises (1926)A Farewell to Arms (1929)Death in the Afternoon (1932)The Green Hills of Africa (1935)Across the River and into the Trees (1950)A Moveable Feast (1964)Islands in the Stream (1970)The Garden of Eden (1986)The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway (1987)By others:The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1934)Papa Hemingway by AE Hotchner (1966)Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story by Carlos Baker (1969)A Reader's Guide to Ernest Hemingway by Arthur Waldhorn (1975)Ernest Hemingway and His World by Anthony Burgess (1978)The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (2011)Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood (2014)The Letters of Ernest Hemingway Vols I-V (2011-2020, ongoing)-------LINKSMary V Dearborn's websiteErnest Hemingway: A Biography by Mary V DearbornInternational Anthony Burgess FoundationThe theme music is Anthony Burgess’s Concerto for Flute, Strings and Piano in D Minor, and is performed by No Dice Collective.-----If you have enjoyed this episode, why not leave us a review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
10/19/2022

Ninety-Nine Novels: Bomber by Len Deighton

In 1984, Anthony Burgess published Ninety-Nine Novels, a selection of his favourite novels in English since 1939. The list is typically idiosyncratic, and shows the breadth of Burgess's interest in fiction. This podcast, by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, explores the novels on Burgess's list with the help of writers, critics and other special guests.In this episode, Will Carr of the Burgess Foundation talks to Rob Mallows, creator of the Deighton Dossier website, about Len Deighton’s Bomber, which follows the disparate characters caught up in an Allied bombing raid on Western Germany during World War II. Published in 1970, the story is told from many different points of view, including both British and German flight crews, and follows the assault, from its preparations to its ultimately tragic conclusion.Len Deighton was born in 1929, and is perhaps most famous for his novel The IPCRESS File, which was turned into a film starring Micheal Caine in 1965. He is still writing at the age of 93.Rob Mallows is the creator and curator of the Deighton Dossier, the internet’s only comprehensive resource about the life and works of Len Deighton.-------BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEBy Len Deighton:The IPCRESS File (1962)Funeral in Berlin (1964)London Dossier (1967)Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain (1977)SS-GB (1978)Berlin Game (1983)Mexico Set (1984)London Match (1985)By others:The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell (2006)Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum (2016)-------LINKSThe Deighton DossierThe Deighton Dossier BlogThe Deighton Dossier Facebook GroupThe Deighton Dossier on TwitterInternational Anthony Burgess FoundationThe theme music is Anthony Burgess's Concerto for Flute, Strings and Piano in D Minor. It is performed by No Dice Collective.-------You can join the conversation and tell us which 100th book you would add to Burgess's list by using the hashtag #99Novels on Twitter.If you have enjoyed this episode, why not leave us a review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
10/12/2022

Ninety-Nine Novels: Two Novels by Muriel Spark

In 1984, Anthony Burgess published Ninety-Nine Novels, a selection of his favourite novels in English since 1939. The list is typically idiosyncratic, and shows the breadth of Burgess's interest in fiction. This podcast, by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, explores the novels on Burgess's list with the help of writers, critics and other special guests.In this episode, Andrew Biswell of the Burgess Foundation speaks to writer and editor Alan Taylor about two novels by Muriel Spark: The Girls of Slender Means and The Mandelbaum Gate.Born in 1918, Muriel Spark was a novelist, poet, essayist and biographer. Her novels are celebrated as pioneering works of postmodernism and she was twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She is best known for The Prime of Miss Jean Brody, which was adapted for the screen in 1969. She lived in Edinburgh, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), New York, Rome, and latterly in Tuscany, where she died in 2006.Alan Taylor is the author of Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark. In 2018, he was the series editor of Spark’s Collected Novels, published by Polygon to celebrate her centenary. He was the founding editor of the Scottish Review of Books and the Managing Editor of the Scotsman. He is a long-standing member of the Scottish team on BBC Radio 4’s Round Britain Quiz. Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman, edited by Alan Taylor, is out now.-------BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEBy Muriel Spark:The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961)Loitering with Intent (1981)By others:Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1606)The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens (Anonymous, 1765)War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1867)The Wreck of the Deutschland by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1918)Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (1945)The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (1951)Tremor of Intent by Anthony Burgess (1966)The Clockwork Testament by Anthony Burgess (1974)Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré (1974)A Perfect Spy by John Le Carré (1986)Muriel Spark: The Biography by Martin Stannard (2009)-------LINKSMadly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman edited by Alan Taylor (Canongate)The Complete Muriel Spark at PolygonAppointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark by Alan Taylor (Polygon)The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Best Diarists, edited by Irene and Alan Taylor (Canongate)International Anthony Burgess FoundationThe theme music is Anthony Burgess's Concerto for Flute, Strings and Piano in D Minor. It is performed by No Dice Collective.-------If you have enjoyed this episode, why not leave us a review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.