Not surprisingly, given the parallels to his own made-up Nadsat language in A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess was a big fan of 1980s novel Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban. He’s in good company: Iain M Banks, Will Self, David Mitchell (the Cloud Atlas one) and, er, Mad Max also took inspiration from the book in one way or another, as does Burgess Foundation exhibition Girt Shyning Weals. Exploring the ideas of past and future technologies and societies, Rogue Studios artist and Re-Dock co-director Sam Meech takes the modern classic’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi setting as a starting point, and uses video, concrete and, yes, a giant fidget spinner, to distort our idea of reality by encouraging us to unearth powerful modern symbolism from seemingly ancient ruins. To mark the last day of the show (running weekdays 10am-3pm until 28 March), this closing party features arias from Opera Shack, a doomsday AV performance from Kevin Craig and post-human synth ambience from Raz Ullah.

Wed 28 Mar, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY, Tel: 0161 235 0776, 6pm, free,

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Wed 28 Mar
Sarah-Clare Conlon
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Thu 22 Mar 2018