The International Anthony Burgess Foundation will hold its 3rd Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 27th-30th July, 2009. The theme of the conference is Conflict, Dialogue and Resolution in Burgess’s work. It is expected that Burgess scholars from Britain, America, Australia and Malaysia will take part in the event. An internationally renowned keynote speaker is being sought for the event, possibly drawn from the Foundation’s honorary patrons, who include Umberto Eco, A.S. Byatt, David Lodge and William Boyd.If anyone locally is able to sponsor the event in any way, or have ideas for good things we might do around the sympozium, please do get in touch with me : sharonbakar at yahoo dot com.
Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) was an English novelist, critic, composer, playwright and dramatist, most famous for the novel A Clockwork Orange. His first novels arose out of his experience in Malaysia in the fifties. The IABF was founded by Burgess’s widow, Liana, the Contessa Pasi della Pergola, to provide a focus for the academic study of Burgess’s work. It has a base in Manchester, publishes a newsletter, and organises events relating to Burgess’s work. Its mission is to encourage and support public and scholarly interest in all aspects of Anthony Burgess's life and works
The symposium will feature a visit to Malay College at Kuala Kangsar* where Burgess taught, and other events.
For further information please contact the Foundation’s Director, Alan Roughley at firstname.lastname@example.org
I also want to spread the word to all the academics out there who might be interested, so perhaps some of you (and I know some lecturers and students drop by here sometimes) could pass this message on?
I'm coordinating things locally, and have a couple of volunteers lined up to help me when things get busy. I will keep you informed of developments.
(This has yet to be finalised and permissions sought, but I'm sure will be possible - especially when and old girl of the school is organising this!)