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Anthony Burgess's Blackpool: A talk by Will Carr

Anthony Burgess's Blackpool

Join speaker Will Carr as he explores popular culture in Blackpool through the writing of Anthony Burgess, writer of A Clockwork Orange.

Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) was one of the greatest English writers of the twentieth century. He is best known for his dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange, but he wrote more than sixty other books, as well as hundreds of musical works and thousands of essays, articles and reviews.

Burgess was born and brought up in Manchester, and as a boy he holidayed in Blackpool with his family every year. In this talk Will Carr explores the ways in which popular culture in Blackpool appears in his writing. Music on the North Pier, Tussaud’s Waxworks and the sideshows of the Golden Mile all provided material for Burgess’s novels. His warm and affectionate portrait of Blackpool in the 1930s is by turns bawdy, raucous, tender and bittersweet.

Will Carr is deputy director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. His edition of Anthony Burgess’s novel set in Blackpool, The Pianoplayers, is published by Manchester University Press, and his edition of Burgess’s literary journalism, The Ink Trade, is published by Carcanet Press.

This event is a Zoom Webinar, you will be sent all the information you need to join. Please join us 5 minutes before it begins.

Event times

Thu 02 December 2021, 7:00pm - 8:00pm


FREE event