In his lifetime, writer Anthony Burgess was no stranger to controversy, so it is fitting that his Foundation at Chorlton Mill is hosting a retrospective on the careers of one of the city’s most divisive literary figures, Michael Butterworth. He was founder of the Savoy publishing house, responsible for a number of contentious titles, including 1989’s Lord Horror, the last book to be banned under the Obscene Publications Act. For the exhibition, Savoy are opening up their archives – with rare glimpses into a back catalogue of prose, graphic novels, comics and promotional literature with artwork from artists such as John Coulthart, Kris Guidio and James Cawthorn. There will also be a series of short films screened throughout the exhibition’s life cycle. Material from Savoy’s latest venture, the writing journal Corridor8 will also be on display. With a taste for uncompromising and brutal imagery in the name of satire, the exhibition looks at what’s acceptable and justifiable on the page. There’s a charming cafe to explore too.

Fri 15 Aug – Fri 5 Sep, preview Thu 14 Aug (6pm-8pm, FREE), International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, M1 5BY, times vary, FREE, +

Thu 14 Aug - Fri 5 Sep
Jon Whiteley
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Sun 10 Aug 2014