The International Anthony Burgess Foundation is drawing attention to itself with a display of nearly 50 ‘indecent’ books seized by the Maltese government 50 years ago when Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange, moved to the Mediterranean island. The collection – which included works by Angela Carter, Kingsley Amis and DH Lawrence – has been reconstructed for Banned Books: Anthony Burgess and Censorship. Ironically for someone whose own novel’s film adaptation was subsequently subjected to a self-imposed ban by the director, Anthony Burgess was a vehement opponent of censorship, and the show looks more widely at the theme of free expression. The exhibition is open now Monday to Friday 10am-3pm (free admission) and runs until 30 September. To celebrate the launch, the IABF is having a bit of a bash, compèred by Fat Roland, with a drinks reception and extracts from some of the banned books read by Lenni Sanders, Steph Lonsdale and Matthew Frost.

Fri 29 Jun (launch) then Sat 30 Jun – Sun 30 Sep, The Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY, Tel: 0161 235 0776, 6pm, free,

Exhibition will be open Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm with free entry.

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Fri 29 Jun - Sun 30 Sep
Sarah-Clare Conlon
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Mon 24 Sep 2018