Location shots, taken while filming the BBC documentary, Writers and Places: A Kind of Failure in Malaysia. Directed by David Wallace.

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 3104 AB/ARCH/F/1/18
  • Former Reference
      GB 3104 8.1; 8.2; 8.3; 8.4; 8.5; 8.6; 8.7; 8.8; 8.9; 8.10; 8.11; 8.12; 8.13
  • Dates of Creation
      1980
  • Physical Description
      14 photographic prints and 1 contact sheet. Dimensions (inches): 7 (10x7.5); 7 (10x8). [7 black and white and 7 colour]

Scope and Content

Several of the photographs are annotated on the verso by David Wallace:

1) "A Malay paddy field";

2) "Anthony Burgess at Malay College";

3) "Anthony Burgess in front of Malay College";

4) "Anthony Burgess in front of Malay College";

5) "The mosque at Kuala Kangsar" [inside];

6) "The mosque at Kuala Kangsar" [outside];

7) "Anthony Burgess on the balcony of the station hotel, Ipoh";

8) "The 'young Anthony Burgess' in a Malay village";

9) "Burgess at the Mosque in Kuala Kangsar";

10) "Burgess at the Ipoh club".

With contact sheet.

Photographer: David WALLACE.

Administrative / Biographical History

The BBC series Writers and Places featured a number of prominent writers returning to locations that had informed their work. In an episode broadcast in 1982, titled A Kind of Failure, Burgess visits Malaysia (formerly Malaya) where he reflects on his early writing career and the development of the country following his departure in 1957.