From the Archives

From the Archives

Take inspiration from the rarely-seen archives of Anthony Burgess and write new poems with Martin Kratz.

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester contains thousands of manuscripts, correspondences, photographs and artefacts relating to the life and work of the novelist Anthony Burgess. While being renowned and celebrated as the author of the controversial novel A Clockwork Orange, Burgess is less well known as a composer, translator and, yes, poet. This course offers the opportunity to explore, through your own writing, some of the unique items held at the Burgess Foundation. Every week a different object will provide the focus for that session, from minuscule musical matchboxes to hand-designed tarot cards. Drawing on the poetry of both Burgess and others, the course will stimulate a range of poetic responses to the archives. It will also include time for feedback and discussions of your work.

Starting 24th October, 5 weekly sessions (except the final class, which skips a week and is on November 28th, not 21st), 7pm – 9pm.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

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Martin Kratz is an Associate Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. His poetry has been widely published in magazines including The Rialto, Magma and The Moth. As a librettist, he collaborates regularly with the composer Leo Geyer, and their projects include the prizewinning song cycle Sideshows. Their chamber opera The Mermaid of Zennor was described by The Times as “imaginative and beautifully shaped.”

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