The novelist Anthony Burgess was an innovator of new words and languages (remember the slang language, Nadsat, used by the protagonist in his book, A Clockwork Orange?). What is less well known, however, is that he also invented a number of cocktails. Drawing on private notebooks from the archive of the Burgess Foundation, Gin Night is first in a series of themed tasting evenings. The event includes the chance to sample three gin-based cocktails made from Burgess’s recipes, accompanied by a selection of canapés based on meals to be found in the pages of his novels. There will be music from jazz pianist and National Youth Jazz Wales alumni Tom Barber, an talk from 18th century ‘gin craze’ expert Dr Emma Major, readings and audio excerpts from Burgess about drinking. Tickets, including a gin and tonic on arrival plus three Burgess cocktails and canapés, are £25 per person and all profits go to the charitable work of the Anthony Burgess Foundation. Find out more here or on the Facebook event page. We are also lucky enough to have two tickets to give away to this Friday’s event. Simply enter your details into the form below. Competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 27 February. We will announce the winner on Thursday 28 February on social media ONLY so be sure to enter your Instagram / Twitter handle. All entrants will automatically be subscribed to our twice weekly mailing list. We don’t share information with anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Fri 1 Mar, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY, Tel: 0161 235 0776, 6.30pm, £25,

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Fri 1 Mar
Ruth Allan
Published on:
Mon 25 Feb 2019