Events at Blackwell's
Events at Blackwell's Bookshops
An Evening with Sarah LeFanu talking about her new book Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal
Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal is a fascinating account of a biographical quest and of a personal journey. While working on her biography of the writer and traveller Rose Macaulay, Sarah kept a journal which charts the details of that quest.
This is the companion to Sarah's biography of Dame Rose Macaulay, who wrote 35 books herself, with her masterpiece Towers of Trebizond completed shortly before her death in 1958.
Tickets cost £6, with £3 off author's book on the night.
Advance Tickets are avaliable from Heffers tills or by phoning 01223 463220 and paying by credit card.
James Runcie Returns with The Perils of the Night, the second Sydney Chambers novel.
Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 at 6:30 PM
‘The clerical milieu is well rendered as an affectionate eye is cast over post-war England - a perfect accompaniment to a sunny afternoon, a hammock and a glass of Pimm's’ Guardian
Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night is the second in the Granchester Mysteries series, which is in development as a series for ITV with Lovely Day. From a deadly village cricket match to a police cell in East Germany everybody’s favourite crime detective is back with six interlocking mysteries to unravel. Sidney Chambers is Father Brown with attitude, Agatha Christie with Cathedrals, and Barbara Pym with sex.
1955. Canon Sidney Chambers, loveable priest and part-time detective, is back. Accompanied by his faithful Labrador, Dickens, and the increasingly exasperated Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is called to investigate the unexpected fall of a Cambridge don from the roof of King's College Chapel, a case of arson at a glamour photographer's studio and the poisoning of Zafar Ali, Grantchester’s finest spin bowler.
Alongside his sleuthing, Sidney has other problems. Can he decide between his dear friend, the glamorous socialite Amanda Kendall and Hildegard Staunton, the beguiling German widow? To make up his mind Sidney takes a trip abroad, only to find himself trapped in a web of international espionage just as the Berlin Wall is going up.
James Runcie is the Head of Literature at The Southbank Centre, an award-winning film-maker and the author of five novels. Sidney Chambers and The Shadow Of Death, the first of 'The Grantchester Mysteries' series, was published in 2012. He lives in London and Edinburgh.
Advance booking is essential as last year this event was a sell out!
Tickets £6, with £3 redeemable against a copy of Perils of the Night purchased on the night.
Tickets from Heffers tills or 01223 463220 for credit card bookings.
An Evening Celebrating Virago's 40th Anniversary
Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Virago is a British publishing company founded in 1973 by Carmen Callil, primarily to publish books by women writers. Both new works and reissued books by neglected authors have featured on the imprint's list.
Lennie Goodings is the editor and publisher of Virago Press. Lennie came to the UK from Canada in the 1980s and has been with Virago Press ever since. She is known for her ability to publish both commercial and literary successes. She is also an author in her own right; her children’s book ‘When I Grow Up’ was published by Macmillan in 2002.
Susie Boyt is the author of four acclaimed novels and a memoir, ‘My Judy Garland Life’, which was serialised on Radio 4 and will be staged at the Nottingham Playhouse in spring 2013. Since 2002 she has written a
weekly column about art and life for the Financial Times. She lives in London with her family.
Internationally bestselling writer Sarah Dunant is famous for her Italian historical novels: ‘The Birth of Venus’, ‘In the Company of the Courtesan’ and ‘Sacred Hearts’, which have been translated into more than thirty
languages. She has worked widely in television, radio and print, and has written ten novels and edited two collections of essays. She lives in London and Florence.
Kate Figes is the author of four previous works of non-fiction: ‘The Big Fat Bitch Book’, ‘Life After Birth’, ‘The Terrible Teens - What Every Parent Needs to Know’ and, most recently, ‘Couples: How We Make Love Last’, as well as two novels.
Booking Essential as places are limited
Tickets £6 in advance from Heffers tills or credit card payment by telephone: 01223 463220
Ticket price includes an exclusive Virago Gift (subject to availability)
Crime Pays: 3 Crime authors for the price of one ticket!
Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Come and meet three much acclaimed crime authors, who are published by Mantle this year and whose novels have been shortlisted for seven awards.Between them they have had previous careers as a Detective/Spy, Criminal Barrister/BAFTA nominated TV scriptwriter and City Lawyer so their insights into the real and fictional world are highly topical as well as entertaining.
‘Whodunnit heaven’ Times Literary Supplement
M R Hall - The Coroner, The Disappeared, The Redeemed, The Flight , The Chosen Dead
‘a terrific series, meticulously researched, sharply plotted and peopled with sympathetic characters, led by Cooper, who is always aware of the human consequences of human failure.'
Chris Morgan Jones - An Agent of Deceit and The Jackal’s Share
‘Morgan Jones’ prose is clean and cold, crisp and ominous…this is a debut that definitely stands on its own merits’
Observer Thriller of the Month
William Ryan - The Holy Thief, The Bloody Meadow and The Twelfth Department
‘The resemblance to an Agatha Christie country-house mystery (but with an injection of politics) grows as he quizzes a colourful set of suspects, in a novel that confirms Ryan’s talent’
Advance booking is recommended
Tickets £6 and each ticket allows £3 to be redeemed against an author book purchased on the night.
Tickets from Heffers tills or by telephining 01223 463220 and paying by credit card
Tim Hayward talks about his new book FOOD DIY How to MakeYour Own Everything'
Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Tim is the
proprietor of the Fitzbillies bakery and restaurant in Cambridge as well as a food writer and broadcaster. He is a contributing writer at the Financial Times and a regular contributor to the Guardian 'Word of Mouth' Food Blog and Radio 4 Food Programme, among others. Tim is the publisher and editor of Fire & Knives,
a quarterly magazine of new food writing, and winner of the 'Best Food
Magazine'at the 2012 Guild of Food Writers Awards, and the publisher of Gin & It,
a quarterly journal of new writing for drinkers and thinkers.
His first book Food DIY is the first comprehensive manual for the DIY cook.
recent years, across much of the world, people have started rejecting
shop bought food and are getting into making it themselves. The DIY food
movement is spreading.
But why DIY? Because it's fun, an
adventure, thrifty, a great way to get your hands gloriously dirty, and
because at a time when skills like baking, preserving and curing are in
danger of being lost forever, it's more important than ever to learn how
things work. Most importantly though, when you do it yourself you can
make sure that all the food you eat is absolutely delicious.
Come and find out for yourself (and maybe get a taste of the good life!)This event WILL sell out, so get your tickets NOW to avoid disappointment!
Tickets £6 from Heffers tills or 01223 463220 for credit card payments
IAIN MACWHIRTER: THE ROAD TO REFERENDUM
Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM
On the 18th September 2014, Scotland will decide the future of the United Kingdom. This is the story of how we got here – and where we might go yet.
The upcoming referendum on Scottish independence is a landmark in the history of the United Kingdom, potentially ending the 300 year old union between the countries within Britain. And it has raised so many questions – why have Scots seemingly fallen out of love with the union? Why have the SNP risen to unprecedented heights? And what does the future hold for both countries, north and south of the border?
Cargo has joined forces with The Herald and STV to bring you Road To Referendum - a companion book to the landmark three-part television series presented by one of the UK’s foremost political correspondents, Iain Macwhirter. In this unique, instantly accessible book, Macwhirter takes us back through Scottish history to look at the social, political and economic changes that have seen the rise of the Scottish nationalism and taken us to the potential end of the United Kingdom. Macwhirter’s deft and skilled analysis takes us behind the scenes of UK politics, to see the rise and fall of the major players, to give us the inside story on "the most dangerous man in Britain", First Minister Alex Salmond, and to find out who really holds the power in UK politics.
Road to Referendum takes us on a journey through the history of the UK and shows us where the road might lead us with unparalleled insight.
This event will be chaired by Gerry Hassan, writer and political commentator.
"Iain Macwhirter is shrewd, insightful and with few rivals in the business of understanding – and explaining – the changing politics of Scotland."-Jonathan Freeland, The Guardian.
This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell's Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218
For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or email@example.com
Our regular events in June & July
Tuesday 4th June, 6pm - Blackwell's Book Quiz (PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE FROM OUR NORMAL MONDAY)
Sunday 9th June, 2pm - Blackwell's Teenage Book Group discusses Dying To Know You by Aidan Chambers
Monday 10th June, 6pm - Children's Book Group discusses How to Make a Golem and Terrify People by Alette J Willis
Monday 17th June, 6pm - The Blackwell's Book Group discusses The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen
Monday 1st July, 6pm - Blackwell's Book Quiz
Monday 22nd July, 6pm - Blackwell's Book Group discusses The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks
Charing Cross Road Fest 2013
Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM
We are delighted to announce the second Charing Cross Road Fest for June 2013. Events will take place over the whole weekend of June 22nd and 23rd this year, and highlights include talks with Terry Deary, Christopher Priest, Laura Dockrill, a balloon debate to find out who is the greatest fictional detective and a cookery demonstration from the brain behind Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen. Favourites from last year's festival, including the Penguin Books Treasure Hunt and Literary Pub Quiz in the Phoenix Artist Club will return alongside the new Book Detectives, who can help you find the perfect book. The full programme of events as well as booking information and information about participating shops can be found on the website at www.lovecharingcrossroad.com.
We have a new website, still at www.lovecharingcrossroad.com and many more shops are on board from all the way down the street to help make this year's festival, bigger and better and to bring more people back to Charing Cross Road, the cultural heart of literary London.
Blackwell's Music Presents:
The King's Singers
Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM
One of the world's most celebrated ensembles, The King's Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe. They champion the work of both young and established composers and are instantly recognisable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing. They are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit.
During the 2012-13 concert season, The King’s Singers will perform across the globe in some of the world’s most famous venues, including Carnegie Hall, King’s College Chapel and Dresden Frauenkirche. With a discography of over 150 recordings, The King’s Singers have garnered both awards and significant critical acclaim, including a Grammy® in 2009 for their studio album ‘Simple Gifts’ on Signum.
The group will be joining us in our world-famous Norrington Room for a free performance from 13:30. Make sure to arrive early so you don't miss out!
This is a free performance. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Creation Theatre's Jekyll and Hyde: Post-show talk with Professor Roger Luckhurst and Dr Neil Cocks
Following the 9pm performance of Jekyll & Hyde on Thursday 20 June there will be a post-show talk and Q&A hosted in Cafe Nero (1st floor).
Guest speakers will include Professor Roger Luckhurst, editor of the Oxford World's Classics edition of Jekyll & Hyde, and Dr Neil Cocks, a 19th century literature professor at Reading University.
All audience members are welcome to join to listen to and contribute to the post-show talk. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes (10.00-10.30pm).
This is a free event, included in the ticket price.
Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Blackwell's Oxford Architecture Walking Tour
To coincide with the Love Architecture Festival 2013, Blackwell's, in association with the RIBA, is proud to present a walking tour of Oxford's architecture with our experienced tour guide. See the five orders of architecture in Oxford, the university's many architecturally significant buildings, and the beautiful 15th Century Divinity School ceiling in the Bodleian Library. We also hope to go in to see one of the Oxford colleges.
The tour will start at 2pm and finish at 3:30pm. Please arrive at 1:45pm, 15 minutes before the tour is due to start. Tickets are £6 and places are limited, so make sure to sign up early. To purchase your ticket, please go to the Ground Floor till of Blackwell's Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford. Or call 01865 333602.
Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Oxford Architecture Event in Association with the Royal Institute of British Architects
To coincide with the Love Architecture Festival 2013, Blackwell's, in association with the RIBA, is proud to present an event celebrating Oxford's Architecture.
A panel of esteemed experts will be debating the merits of Oxford's Classical Architecture against the city's many contemporary buildings.
Joining us on the night will be:
- Alan Berman, architect at Berman Guedes Stretton. He has lectured, part-time, at Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture.
- George Saumarez Smith, chartered architect at ADAM Architecture. In 2011 George was one of six shortlisted architects for the Young Architect of the Year Award.
- Matthew Gaskin, head of the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. He is currently the Programme Leader for the Part 2 course at Oxford Brookes University, and teaches architectural theory for the Pomona Programme in Oxford.
- Andrew Ballantyne, Professor of Architecture at Newcastle University. Andrew is author and editor of several books. Architecture: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2002) has been translated into 23 languages including Chinese, Greek and Hungarian.
- Linda Irving-Bell, Home Bursar for The Queen's College, University of Oxford. She has overseen substantial building projects during her time at Queen's college, and has commissioned a new kitchen, new dining room, installed en-suite facilities to part of the Main College, and built a new auditorium. She iscurrently progressing plans for the refurbishment of the historic library.
Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by telephoning or visiting the Customer Service Department in the Norrington Room. 01865 333623
Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Tim Lott: A Creative Writing Workshop
Tim Lott will be running a Creative Writing Workshop on Tuesday 2nd July, 7pm-9pm here at Blackwell's Bookshop in Oxford.
Tim Lott has written eight books (including White City Blue, Fearless and The Scent of dried Roses and won a number of literary awards. He teaches creative writing at London's
Faber Academy, and the Guardian Academy.
This brief introduction to novel writing will cover the basics principles and tools needed to complete a fully fledged work of fiction. Tim is very highly regarded and his workshops are very popular, if you want to find out a bit more about him, please have a look at his website: http://www.timlott.co.uk/
The cost of attending this workshop is £30. Please register quickly if you are interested as there are only 20 places and it is anticipated that this will be very popular. To register, please email email@example.com or telephone 01865 333636
Alice's Day 2013 at Blackwell's Oxford
Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Come and join us in the children's Department from 11am-5pm for a day of nonsense, including: Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, Arts & Crafts, Music, Games, Fancy dress, Poetry and lots of Nonsense! Write a line in our giant Blackwell's nonsense poem or be entertained by our comical nonsense musicans, all activities throughout the day are free.
For more information on Alice's Day and all the different activities taking place across Oxford City centre please visit The Story Museums website http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/alice
Stradivari: The Pursuit of Perfection
With Dr Jon Whiteley, Ashmolean Exhibition Curator
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Antonio Stradivari is a household name although the instruments that have given him his colossal reputation remain a mystery. There is no simple answer to the splendour of his work. It is based, as all great work is based, on excellent materials and craftsmanship but also on tireless experiment and change. This talk will follow the stages in his long working life as he evolved towards the perfection of his "Golden Period" and beyond.
The evening includes two performances from a string quartet and ticket price includes a glass of wine.
Tickets: £5, booking is essential. Tickets are available from our Customer Service Department, Blackwell's Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford. Telephone: 01865 333623.
Hadley Freeman / Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies
Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Hadley Freeman, Guardian features writer and author of the popular ‘Ask Hadley…’ column, reminds the modern lady to Be Awesome.
Covering topics vital for any modern woman to consider (from ‘How to read women’s magazines without wanting to grow a penis’ to ‘Beyond the armpit: a guide to being a modern day feminist’), Be Awesome tackles body image, sex, dating and feminism head on. With an attitude that is unfalteringly funny, smart and surprisingly heart-warming, Hadley Freeman is a voice of sanity that every woman should hear.
Hadley Freeman is the author of The Meaning of Sunglasses and has been a columnist and staff writer for the Guardian since 2000, where she writes the popular ‘Ask Hadley’ fashion column. She also contributes to US Vogue.
Tickets cost £3 and are available from our Customer Service Department, Blackwell's Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford. Telephone: 01865 333623.
Group 2012 Writers' Group
Interested in joining a group for writers?
We welcome new members!
Group 2012 is a writing group which meets monthly in Oxford. It was established in January 2012 as a collaboration between Blackwell’s Bookshop, Cherry Mosteshar of The Oxford Editors and Ilaria Meliconi of Hersilia Press.
Meetings are varied and include talks by authors, discussion, publishing and book trade workshops and writing critique.
There is a membership charge of £20 per year to cover our costs. Membership allows you to come to all meetings for free. If you are not a member, you can still attend the meetings for an entry charge of £3.
If you have any questions or need further information please don’t hesitate to contact us at one of the e-mail addresses below:
Blackwell's Walking Tours
The Literary Tour
Tuesdays at 2pm and Thursdays at 11am
Join the Literary Tour and discover the University and city where authors such as Graham Greene, Dorothy L. Sayers, John Buchan, William Golding and T.S. Eliot lived and learned.
The Inklings Tour
Wednesdays at 11.45am
A must for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Nevill Coghill and other members of the Inklings group. Visit their favourite haunts from their days at Oxford.
The Music Tour
Fridays at 2pm
An Historic Tour for all music lovers, around the beautiful musical sights of Oxford. Learn of the first music degree awarded at Oxford in the 15th Century. Discover the connections of Handel,. Haydn, Walton, Beecham and Parry with Oxford and the University, and much, much more.
Tickets are £8 (concessions £7).
Tours run from Tuesday 16th April to Friday 25th October. To book, call 01865 333602 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blackwell's Walking Tour depart from the foyer area in the main entrance, past the White Horse pub. To purchase tickets please go to the General Desk till point on the Ground Floor.
Blackwell's and Creation Theatre Present Jekyll & Hyde
8th June - 6th July
Blackwell's are proud to announce that once again, after the success of previous productions such as The Odyssey and Doctor Faustus, Creation Theatre will be treading the boards in our very own Norrington Room, with their production of the well-loved classic, Jekyll & Hyde. Saved by their most generous benefactors and supporters, following the wettest summer in 100 years, Creation will return with their forthcoming production of Jekyll & Hyde. This show will see the company exploring a new approach with an intimate performance to 100 guests each night.
The Norrington Room will be transformed into a spectacular theatre as Creation delight and astound with a story of Good vs. Evil in the body of one man. Taking as inspiration the esteemed work of one of our greatest authors, Robert Louis Stevenson, one actor will embody every role in this tale of gothic horror. Refreshments will be available on the evening, and our expert booksellers will be on hand, should a book take your fancy from the Norrington Room's almost 3 miles of shelving.
The show will run from Saturday 8th June to Saturday 6th July. Dates and times: Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:30pm. Thursday – Saturday, 7:30pm & 9pm.
Running time of one hour. Tickets are available in advance or on the door. Please be aware that seats are limited to 100 per performance, and therefore booking is advised. Seating is allocated. Performances are suitable for adults and children from the age of 8. Seated tickets are £16, standing tickets are £10.
Book your ticket online at www.creationtheatre.co.uk
, or call the Box Office on 01865 766266.
Portsmouth Festivities: Talk by Lord Norton of Louth
What is the point of the House of Lords?
St John's College auditorium, Cottage Grove, Southsea, PO5 3QW
Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 7:30 PM
St John’s College Politics Society presents What is the point of the House of Lords? With Lord Norton of Louth.
Lord Norton of Louth is Professor of Government and Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull.
He is the author or editor of 30 books, including The Constitution in Flux, Conservative Dissidents and The British Polity (now in its 5th edition), plus over 100 book chapters and articles. He is also Vice-President of the Political Studies Association and the editor of The Journal of Legislative Studies. Lord Norton was elevated to the peerage in 1998 and was the first Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. He has been described in the journal of both Houses of Parliament as ‘our greatest living expert on Parliament’
Come along to what will undoubtedly be an interesting talk followed by some lively debate.
This is a free event but, due to limited space, tickets must be booked via the Portsmouth Festivities box office
Portsmouth Festivities: Christopher Hitchens Memorial Lecture
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles
St John's College auditorium,
Cottage Grove South, Southsea, PO5
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM
The second annual Christopher Hitchens Memorial Lecture will be given by Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, in conjunction with St John's College Politics Society.
This insightful, thought-provoking afternoon will explore his books Ever the Diplomat (new in paperback this year) and Cables from Kabul, a unique, high-level insight into Western policy in Afghanistan.
During thirty years in the Foreign Office, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles was invariably to be found at the frontline of international diplomacy, either striding the corridors of power at Westminster or jetting from one exotic location to the next. His tasks ranged from the challenging to the bizarre – from speech writing for Margaret Thatcher (who scrawled an emphatic ‘NO!’ over his first effort), to hiding an embarrassing bobble hat from Robin Cook .
Sir Sherard was a personal friend of Christopher Hitchens, so we are particularly pleased to welcome him as a speaker for the second annual lecture in memory of the great Portsmouth born author and journalist.
This is a free event but, due to limited capacity, tickets must be booked via the Portsmouth Festivities box office
Portsmouth Thought: Damian Barr
Maggie and Me
Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Portsmouth Thought is a year-long festival of ideas, celebrating the best in non-fiction writing.
Born in 1976, Damian Barr is a child of Thatcher. She has been his other mother: there for him when his parents were not, Maggie offered tough love during her eleven years as Prime Minister. Growing up in a former coal-mining village in Scotland, Barr was taught to hate Maggie but following her advice, Damian works hard, plans his escape and was ultimately freed by Thatcherism.
With wit and warmth 'Maggie & Me' traces Barr’s chaotic childhood during dramatic social shifts. Each chapter explores the impact on him of Maggie’s controversial policies: how privatisation closed the steelworks his father worked in, how Section 28 stopped his teachers talking to him about growing up gay, and how Care In the Community led a mad aunt out of the asylum and into his home.
'Maggie & Me' is a unique take on the 1980s and the clash between the personal and the political. In a new era of Conservative government, with Meryl Streep immortalising The Iron Lady in film and given added poignancy in light of her recent demise, his startlingly honest story seems more relevant than ever.
Portsmouth Writers' Hub co-ordinator Sarah Cheverton will be in conversation with Damian
Damian Barr, is a writer, columnist, playwright and salonnière. He has co-written two plays for BBC Radio Four and his first book was published by Hodder. Get It Together made the quarterlife crisis the must-have modern malaise. He has been shortlisted for a British Press Award and written for The Times, Telegraph, Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, Evening Standard, Esquire, Harpers, Arena, GQ and Granta.
For more information on the Portsmouth Thought series in conjunction with Portsmouth Libraries and the University of Portsmouth, visit www.HomeofGreatWriting.com/portsmouth-thought
N.B Please note date change - apologies for anyinconvenience!
Tickets available from http://portsmouththoughtbarr.eventbrite.co.uk/
by donation (suggested £3.00 - £5.00) or Blackwell's in Portsmouth 023 92832813
Follow Damian on twitter @Damian_Barr
An Evening with Neil Gaiman
Celebrating the publication of The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Neil Gaiman is an author, screenwriter, graphic novelist and all-round geek idol. Neil was born in Portsmouth and this evening will be the pinnacle of a day of 'homecoming' events in the city.
Credited as one of the top living postmodern writers, and winner of the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, his works include The Sandman, Coraline, Stardust, American Gods, a Douglas Adams biography, and two episodes of Doctor Who. 1.8 million people follow @Neilhimself on Twitter. He currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, the rock star Amanda Palmer.
Neil will be celebrating the publication of his new novel: The Ocean at the End of the Lane. This will be Neil's first novel for adults since the Sunday Times bestseller Anansi Boys in 2005. He will be signing all copies of The Ocean at the End of the Lane plus one backlist title.
This is a rare opportunity to see Neil in the UK so get your tickets as soon as possible!
Neil will be in conversation with Dom Kippin, self-confessed Gaiman nerd and, as Literary Development Officer for Portsmouth, instrumental in bringing 'home' the literary wealth of the city.
Tickets cost just £6.00 and are available from Portsmouth Guildhall Box Office
http://www.portsmouthgui ldhall.org.uk/e vents/an-evening-with-neil-gaiman
Tickets will also be available from the shop from Monday 3rd June
Heffers Crime Reading Group, "Crimecrackers"
We meet on the third Wednesday of every month in Heffers Bookshop, 20 Trinity Street from 6.00pm until 7.00pm.
If you would like to join our Crimecrackers Reading Group, please contact Richard Reynolds in the Literature Department, Heffers Bookshop, 20 Trinity Street: Telephone: 01223 463 223, email: email@example.com
Heffers Fiction Reading Group
The Heffers Fiction Reading Group meets in Heffers Bookshop, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge on the last Tuesday of each month, 6.00pm until 7.00pm. Why not come along and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and discuss some of the best books in contemporary fiction.
To join the reading group, please contact David Robinson on 01223 463 201 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here at Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford, we host three Reading Groups. For further details, please e-mail the contact as listed below, or telephone 01865 792792.
The Fiction Reading Group aka "Books on the Broad"
Next meeting: TBC
Reads: Fiction past and present
Next Books: TBC
Further Details: Contact Kate: email@example.com
The Non-Fiction Reading Group
Next meeting: TBC
Reads: Non-Fiction books across every subject
Next Book: TBC
Further Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Confessions of Book Addicts: The Teenage Fiction Reading Group
Next meeting: TBC
Reads: A range of teenage fiction
Next Book: TBC
Further Details: Contact Hannah: email@example.com