The plaque will be unveiled today at Manchester University, where the enduringly popular Burgess studied more than seven decades ago. It will be preceded by the first performance of a trumpet fanfare he wrote as a birthday present to his son, Andrew Burgess Wilson. It was discovered recently by staff at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester.
With the exception of a plaque outside Burgess’s former flat in Monaco[where he lived for 17 years] there is no other British tribute to the author, who died in 1993.
At the foundation, which opened last year, a vast body of previously unseen work was unveiled that proved how important Burgess was beyond A Clockwork Orange. The foundation is a creative hub in a listed former mill building, with an archive of thousands of Burgess’s books, personal papers and objects.