Exploring Anthony Burgess’ Blackpool: Catch the Virtual Talk

Anthony Burgess was one of the most renowned authors of the 20th century, famed for his exceptional wit, depth of thought and unrivalled writing talent.

Born and raised in Manchester, he frequently visited our stretch of coastline and later wrote several novels inspired by it. Showtown and Heritage Blackpool will collaborate on a must-see event this December in celebration of Burgess and his connection to the town. 

Presented in the form of an online talk, the two organisations have come together to explore Anthony Burgess’ Blackpool for a virtual audience. The session will be delivered by Will Carr, deputy director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Based in Manchester, this incredible institution plays host to some of the most exciting literary events in the city, as well as housing some of the author’s most treasured belongings. Carr has published an edition of Burgess’ Blackpool-Based novel, The Pianoplayers, plus a collection of his literary journalism. In the hands of such an expert on all things Burgess, the event is set to an interesting one. 

The talk will be hosted online on Thursday 2nd December and tickets are free for everyone. As part of his exploration of Burgess’ connection to Blackpool, Carr plans to look at the ways in which popular culture in the town appear in his writing. From music on the North Pier to the sideshows of the Golden Mile, the session will show how Blackpool influenced several of his novels.

While most will be familiar with Burgess’ well-known work, A Clockwork Orange, thanks to Stanley Kubrick’s film of 1971, this iconic northern author has so much more to offer. If you’re interested in discovering Blackpool’s literary heritage or just want to find out more about Burgess, get your ticket for the talk today.

Event details

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.

Date and time
7pm Thursday 2 December 2021



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