Burgess: teacher

Adam RobertsInternational Anthony Burgess Foundation (3 Cambridge Street Manchester M1 5BY)

Anthony Burgess worked as a teacher all around the world, first as a sergeant in the Army Educational Corps during his military service and then at various schools in Britain, Malaya and Brunei. He often represented teachers and teaching in his fiction, and although he left the profession when he became a full-time writer in 1959 he continued with what might broadly be called a pedagogic authorial aesthetic, not only in his many non-fiction titles but also in his
novels. This panel will explore the linked topics of Burgess, education and fiction, unpacking the ways his oeuvre embodied and disseminated particular ideas about English as a discipline.

The panel will consist of Professor Andrew Biswell, Director of the Anthony Burgess Foundation; Dr Jim Clarke (Coventry University) author of The Aesthetics of Anthony Burgess: Fire of Words (Palgrave 2017); Professor Adam Roberts (Royal Holloway University of London), whose completion of Burgess’s unfinished The Black Prince was published by Unbound in 2018, and Dr Graham Foster, Publications Officers of the Anthony Burgess Foundation and co-editor of the
ongoing Irwell edition of Burgess’s complete works.

The event will be held in the International Anthony Burgess Foundation (3 Cambridge Street Manchester M1 5BY).

Fri 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm