I am the Professor of Modern Literature at MMU.
I have taught English and Creative Writing at the university since 2003.
My academic work is spread across a variety of media. This includes book publications with academic and commercial publishers, exhibitions, broadcasting for television and radio, articles for newspapers and literary journals, and electronic publication of research materials.
I am the editor and annotator of the digital edition of A Clockwork Orange: The Restored Text, available for iPad via the Apple store. The electronic edition is published by Random House Digital. The print edition is published by William Heinemann (UK hardback), W.W. Norton (US hardback) and Penguin Classics (UK and Commonwealth paperback).
Current projects include a scholarly edition of the works of Anthony Burgess for Manchester University Press, and a book about British writers of the 1930s.
My teaching at MMU is led by my enthusiasms as a reader and researcher. Most of my teaching is in the areas of (1) creative writing; and (2) modern and contemporary Anglo-American literature, with particular reference to fiction and poetry.
Reading is at the heart of our culture, but we can never do enough of it. Aim to read as widely as you can and make notes about what you read. The Italian novelist and critic Umberto Eco summed it up for me: all books are made out of other books, and writing is a conversation between readers.
All my academic work is informed by the conviction that reading is a social act and a form of ethical engagement. It allows us to communicate with the past, and to understand our present reality.
BA, MA, PGCE (Leicester), Ph.D (Warwick)
Having taught at the Universities of Warwick, Aberdeen and Trondheim (Norway), I have worked in the English Department and Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University since September 2003.
Professor of Modern Literature. Currently on 80% secondment to the International Anthony Burgess Foundation.
I have taught on the MA and MFA Creative Writing programmes since 2003 and was for several years the academic director of the Manchester Writing School.
I am interested in supervising PhD students with research interests in creative non-fiction, modern and contemporary fiction, censorship and obscenity, or the practice and history of biography, particularly those working on W.H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, Anthony Burgess, Muriel Spark, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, or any aspect of British writing in the 1930s.
External examiner for the BA English programme at Manchester University.
Contemporary fiction and literary biography; British writers of the 1930s, especially W.H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh.
I have published extensively on the life and works of Anthony Burgess, and (along with my colleague, Dr Paul Wake) I am one of the General Editors of The Irwell Edition of the Works of Anthony Burgess, published by Manchester University Press.
I would be willing to supervise postgraduate work in any of these areas.
A. Burgess (2018). Obscenity & The Arts - Anthony Burgess. Pariah Press.
. BISWELL (2017). A Vision of Battlements.
A. Burgess (2016). Mechanický pomeranč.
A. Burgess (2014). A laranja mecânica. ALFAGUARA.
A. Burgess, A. Biswell (2013). A Clockwork Orange. Critical Edition. Penguin Classics.
A. Burgess, A. Biswell (2013). One Hand Clapping. Profile Books.
A. Burgess, A. Biswell (2013). 1985. Profile Books.
A. Burgess (2013). Tremor of Intent. Serpent's Tail.
A. Burgess (2013). Clockwork Orange : [Roman] ; die Urfassung.
A. Burgess (2012). A Clockwork Orange (Restored Text). W. W. Norton.
A. Burgess (2012). A Clockwork Orange. A. Biswell.
ABCI. Symposium, A. Biswell (2006). Anthony Burgess Autobiographer. Presses de l'Université d'Angers.
A. Biswell (2006). The Real Life of Anthony Burgess. Pan Macmillan.
AM. Biswell (2005). The real life of Anthony Burgess. London: Picador.
P. Davidson, A. Biswell (2000). D. Share (ed.): Seneca in English (Poets in Translation). Pp. xxx + 254. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1998. Paper, £9.99. ISBN: 0-14-044667-2. The Classical Review. 50(1), pp.300-301.
A. Biswell (2020). 'The sure caress of this silence': Reticence, Expansiveness and Problems of Interpretation in Small Holdings. In: Essays on Nicola Barker. Gylphi,
A. Biswell (2019). Writing Imperial Decline in South East Asia. In: The Oxford History of the Novel in English Volume 10: the Novel in South and South East Asia Since 1945. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.383-397.
A. Biswell (2012). Anthony Burgess, Christopher Marlowe and Tamburlaine. G. Woodroffe. In: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Burgess. Angers: Presses de l’Université d’Angers, pp.95-105.
AM. Biswell (2009). English Anxieties. Cardiff: Photoworks,
A. Biswell (2006). The Letters of Anthony Burgess. G. Woodroffe. In: Burgess and (Auto)Biography. Angers: Presses de l’Université d’Angers, pp.203-208.
A. Biswell (2006). The Brides of Enderby. G. Woodroffe. In: in Burgess and (Auto)Biography. Angers: Presses de l’Université d’Angers, pp.203-208.
AM. Biswell (2004). Lo concludiamo qua? Nuovo succo da "A Clockwork Orange". Turin: Lindau,
A. Biswell (2003). Editing and Publishing A Clockwork Orange. E. Vernadakis, G. Woodroffe. In: Portraits of the Artist in A Clockwork Orange. Angers: Presses de l’Université d’Angers, pp.15-26.
November 2017: Keynote lecture at the 'Burgess 100 Budapest' conference, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest.
October 2017: Invited lecture at the 'Anthony Burgess in Malta' symposium at the University of Malta, Valletta.
3-5 July 2017: Co-ordinator of the centenary conference 'Anthony Burgess: Life, Work, Reputation', Manchester.
March 2016: Invited lecture at 'Working with Archives' conference, John Rylands Library.
January 2013: Co-organiser (with Berthold Schoene) of a one-day colloquium, 'The Day of the Droogs' at the Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester.
June 2012: Organiser of the 'Fifty Years of A Clockwork Orange' international conference in Manchester.
2016: Awarded a Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
2014: Awarded a travel grant to visit Special Collections at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri.
2013: Awarded a two-month Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.
Director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation since 2010.
As a journalist, I have written for the Guardian, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Literary Review, Times Literary Supplement, Times Higher Education Supplement, Boston Globe and the Daily Telegraph.
TELEVISION AND RADIO
Front Row Late, BBC Two, 20 April 2018.
Saturday Classics, BBC Radio 3, 25 February 2017.
The Manchester Ballads, BBC Radio 4, 19 January 2016.
Can a Computer Write Shakespeare?, BBC Radio 4, 13 October 2014.
Nightwaves, BBC Radio 3, 28 November 2012.
Interviewed on Channel 4 News, 10 November 2012.
On Point with Tom Ashbrook: ‘Fifty Years of A Clockwork Orange’, National Public Radio (US), 1 October 2012.
Open Book, BBC Radio 4, 16 September 2012.
Archive on Four: A Clockwork Archive, BBC Radio 4, 18 August 2012.
The Beauty of Books, Tern TV/BBC 4, 28 February 2011.
Chance Would Be a Fine Thing, adapted for radio by Andrew Biswell and Nick Holmes, BBC Radio 3, 22 October 2010.
The Manchester Writers, BBC Radio 4, 12 August 2010.
Nigel Balchin: The Small Back Room Boy, BBC Radio 4, 24 April 2008.
Front Row, BBC Radio 4, 19 October 2006.
Winner of the 2006 Portico Prize for The Real Life of Anthony Burgess, published by Picador.
Shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex Awards in 2006.
Shortlisted for the FutureBook Prize for Digital Innovation in 2013.