The Hook: Anthony Burgess Earthly Powers
Manchester City of Literature is thrilled to launch The Hook this month, an exciting new project we’re developing to celebrate our rich literary heritage.
The Hook takes the work of writers embedded in the history of Manchester and connects it to new audiences and other writers, inspiring them to engage with stand-out texts and create brand new work.
We're delighted that The Hook will explore the work of Diké Omeje, Anthony Burgess and Elizabeth Gaskell. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing conversations with panelists, each exploring the works of the aforementioned writers.
For our second instalment, in partnership with The International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Young Identity, Manchester City hosted a conversation exploring Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess, a key text in the development of LGBTQ+ writing as a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the publication of Earthly Powers. You can find our more about anniversary events here: #EarthlyPowers40
The discussion is available to view below. In the coming weeks we'll be showcasing the work of the writers involved, and sharing the stimulus so you can get creative too.
Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) was a novelist, poet, playwright, composer, linguist, translator and critic. He is best known for his novel A Clockwork Orange, but altogether he wrote thirty-three novels, twenty-five works of non-fiction, two volumes of autobiography, three symphonies, more than 250 other musical works, and thousands of essays, articles and reviews.
Burgess was born in Manchester, England and grew up in Harpurhey and Moss Side. He was educated at Xaverian College and Manchester University. He lived in Malaya, Malta, Monaco, Italy and the United States, among other places. His books are still widely read all over the world.
Watch this space for more news on the next strand of The Hook coming soon, and be sure to catch the first instalment on the work of Diké Omeje here.