We’ve picked out a selection of the forthcoming events at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation to sate your literary palate this autumn. Here, we focus on the acclaimed author’s biographical works, highlighting events that revisit his critiques of Shakespeare and Joyce, while the Foundation is also teaming up with new publisher, Fitzcarraldo Edition, to launch Claire-Louise Bennett’s short story collection, Pond.

Book launch: Anthony Burgess’s Shakespeare with a panel discussion
To mark the launch of an updated version of Burgess’s biographical and critical study of William Shakespeare, the Foundation has assembled a panel to discuss and debate the text as a piece of writing in itself and in comparison with other studies of the famous bard. Airing their views will be the University of Warwick’s Professor Carol Rutter, Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer Sonja Lawrenson, and Carcanet Press’s Director, Michael Schmidt. Originally published in 1970, the Folio Society has now reprinted the novel with new illustrations and there will be copies available to buy on the day.
Thu 24 Sep, 6.30pm, FREE (email events@anthonyburgess.org to book).

Film screening: Burgess visits the places of James Joyce’s life and work
As part of the Burgess on Screen exhibition, the Foundation is hosting an episode of the documentary series Monitor entitled Silence, Exile and Cunning, which originally aired on BBC1 in 1965. It features Burgess’s fortnight-long visit to Dublin in search of locations key to James Joyce’s life and work, during which the Manchester author relates to Joyce’s Catholicism and upbringing.
Wed 30 Sep, 6.30pm, FREE (email events@anthonyburgess.org to book).

Book launch: Claire-Louise Bennett’s short stories, Pond
Independent contemporary fiction publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions teams up with the Burgess Foundation to present readings from the new collection of short-stories by Galway resident Claire-Louise Bennett. Pond, her debut publication, has been aligned favourably with Jenny Offill’s Dept of Speculation for its experimental forms, in which the narrator divulges stream of consciousness tales about living alone in a coastal town. The book will be available prior to its scheduled release date.
Tue 6 Oct, 6.30pm, FREE (email events@anthonyburgess.org to book).

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY. Tel: 0161 235 0776, www.anthonyburgess.org

Thu 24 Sep - Tue 6 Oct
Ian Pennington
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Tue 6 Oct 2015