100 Forbidden Worlds in partnership with Festival of Ideas Rusholme and the University of Manchester Beat Studies Network presents a 2 day weekend event at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester.
Sunday 14th December (12midday - 6.00 pm)
Join us for a day of William Burroughs' inspired talks, discussions and presentations to celebrate William Burroughs’ 100th anniversary. This day event features special guest speakers recognised internationally for their work and connection to Burroughs' creative legacy in terms of his artmaking, films, photography, poetry, literature, live performance and music making. Our special guests on the day are: Oliver Harris, Michael Horovitz, Andrew Biswell, John Sears, Patricia Allmer, Ken Hollings and Dik Jarmen.
12.00 midday – 1.00pm: ‘THE NOVA MACHINE EXPLODED, OR: HOW TO EDIT THE CUT-UP TRILOGY’
PROFESSOR OLIVER HARRIS is the foremost scholar on the work of William Burroughs. The editor and author of ten books, including two trilogies by William Burroughs: Junky: The Definitive Text of “Junk” (2003), The Yage Letters Redux (2006), and Queer: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition (2010); and “Restored” editions of the Cut-Up Trilogy: The Soft Machine, Nova Express, The Ticket That Exploded(2014). He is also the editor of The Letters of William S. Burroughs, 1945-1959 (1993) and Everything Lost: The Latin American Notebook of William S. Burroughs (2008), the author of the critical study William Burroughs and The Secret of Fascination (2003) and co-editor ofNaked Lunch@50: Anniversary Essays (2009). He is Professor of American Literature at Keele University and President of the European Beat Studies Network
1.00-2.00 pm: ‘CURATING TAKING SHOTS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS’
DR PATRICIA ALLMER is a Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. DR JOHN SEARS is a freelance scholar. John and Patricia co-curated Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs at The Photographers' Gallery, London (2014).
Dr Patricia Allmer is an internationally recognised scholar of surrealism. Her publications include Rene Magritte: Beyond Painting (MUP, 2009), and the forthcoming Lee Miller: Photography, Surrealism, and Beyond (MUP, 2015).
Dr John Sears has published books on George Szirtes and Stephen King, and essays on a number of contemporary writers.
2-2.30pm: Event Break
2.30 - 3.30pm: ‘BURROUGHS AND HIS BIOGRAPHERS’ (ROUNDTABLE)
Featuring: Oliver Harris, Andrew Biswell, Ken Hollings and Michael Horovitz.
PROFESSOR ANDREW BISWELL leads the round table discussion. The Director of the Anthony Burgess Foundation and Professor of Modern Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is currently editing the short stories of Anthony Burgess. He has abandoned a biography of William Burroughs.
MICHAEL HOROVITZ's New Departures #1 published the first ever excerpts from Burroughs's then still uncompleted Naked Lunch to appear in Europe. From hanging out with Samuel Beckett, Stevie Smith, the Beats et al to his last two years' collaborations on song-poems & music with Vanessa Vie, he has been practicing & preaching poetry for 55 years. A pioneer of jazz poetry, & dedicated shit-stirrer, Poetry Olympics torchbearer Horovitz has published many books, the most recent of which, A New Waste Land was welcomed in the Independent by D J Taylor as 'A deeply felt clarion-call from the radical underground'. He recently recorded with Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Paul Weller and is about to bring out recordings of his William Blake Klezmatrix band.
3.40- 4.30pm: ‘ANIMATING BURROUGHS: PATHOS IN PLASTICINE’
DIK JARMEN is a multi-award winning architect, animator and holder of two Australian land speed records. In 1993 he was character designer, sculptor and senior researcher for Francis Ford Coppola produced animated short The Junky’s Christmas that will be screened during this session.
4.45-6.00pm: ‘INVADING PRESENT TIME: THE POLITICS OF SIMULATION’
KEN HOLLINGS is a writer, cultural theorist and broadcaster Among his published works are the books Destroy All Monsters, Welcome to Mars and The Bright Labyrinth: Sex Death and Design in the Digital Regime. In this session, we are introduced to the film collaboration between Burroughs & Anthony Balch - best known for his Beat Generation films. This session will also include screenings of selected cut-up films.
6.00pm- Event Concludes
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