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  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    STUART MCHARDY

    Thursday, April 30th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Who were/are we?

    The great centres of ritual in Orkney, Lewis and Kilmartin suggest an indigenous population much more sophisticated in terms of social ritual and communal rule than we have been led to believe. In whose interest is it that we accept the classical/Christian version of history relayed to us by monks?

    In Scotland’s Future History McHardy presents a new approach to history, changing our mindset to look at Scotland as the centre of our story.

    Come along to have your perception of Scotland’s history changed.

    Stuart McHardy - writer, musician, storyteller, folklorist, historian, poet, past president of the Pictish Arts Society and ex-Director Scots Language Resource Centre - has lectured on many aspects of Scottish history and culture both in Scotland and abroad, and has made regular appearances on television and radio.

    Event Info…

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    HARPS OF THEIR OWN SORT

    Saturday, May 2nd at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: 2nd of May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Leading contemporary performer, and one of the few players today to develop the old style of fingernail playing, Karen Marshalsay will play both gut and wire-strung clarsachs in this programme of Scottish music from the Gaelic, harp and piping traditions.

    Karen Marshalsay uses fingernail technique on gut and wire-strung clarsachs (Scottish harps), bray harp and Paraguayan harp, specializing in the traditional music of Scotland and Latin America.  Her playing has developed through the folk world of feisean, festivals, workshops and instruction from such leading players as Bill Taylor and Alison Kinnaird (Scottish) and Bill Morgan and Rito Pedersen (Latin American). Karen received a Distinction in her LTCL recital in 2010 - the first time this has been awarded to an all Scottish traditional repertoire!

    Event Info…
    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE.

    Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    For more information please contact our music department on 0131 622 8229 or music.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk/a>

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    SCOTIA NOVA

    Tuesday, May 5th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: 5th of May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Scotia Nova: Poems for the Early Days of a Better Nation edited by Alasdair Finlay and Tessa Ransford, is an anthology of poems speaking to the questions, uncertainties and hopes of Scotland as a nation on the brink of change.

    Now the referendum has passed, and the general election grows closer, a new edition of the book is being released.

    Come along to join the editors and contributing poets for an evening of poetry dedicated to Scotland’s future, and possibly a song or two.

    Event Info…
    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE.

    Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    NEIL BROADFOOT: THE STORM

    Thursday, May 7th at 18:30 - 20:00

    Date: Thursday 7th May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Saraband and Blackwell's are delighted to invite you to celebrate the publication of The Storm, the much awaited new crime novel by Neil Broadfoot.

    After his editor is murdered in front of him, crime reporter Doug McGregor's world falls apart. As prime witness, he's not allowed to investigate the case, and he's left only with questions and a bloody memory seared in his mind. On top of that, Doug's 'friendship' with his police contact, DS Susie Drummond, is in a weird place right now. So he leaps at the chance to take some time out with his old friend on the Isle of Skye. But when another savage killing occurs, Doug realises that the murders may be linked, and that going to Skye was the best and worst move possible. He's in the eye of the Storm - and this one could engulf them all.

    Neil Broadfoot worked as a journalist for fifteen years at both national and local newspapers, covering some of the biggest stories of the day. A poacher turned gamekeeper, he has since moved into communications: providing media relations advice for a variety of organisations, from Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service to high profile sporting clubs in Scotland. He’s now working as a communications officer for the Scottish Government. His first novel, Falling Fast, was shortlisted for the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2014.

    Event Info…

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    MARISCAT PRESS

    Friday, May 8th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Blackwell’s and Mariscat Press have great pleasure in inviting you to the launch of two first collections of poems by two new writers.

    WHERE YOU START FROM by Lindy Barbour

    SMOKE THAT THUNDERS by Eveline Pye

    They are both very different but both write evocatively of time and place, Lindy Barbour of growing up on the east coast of Scotland and Eveline Pye of her years working in Zambia. They will be introduced by our National Poet, Liz Lochhead, who has been a great encourager of both writers.

    Lindy Barbour was born in Orkney and brought up in north east Fife. She now lives in rural Lanarkshire and teaches Counselling and Psychotherapy at Edinburgh University. She began writing poetry in workshops run by Liz Lochhead.

    Eveline Pye was born in Glasgow and studied statistics at Glasgow University. She worked in the Zambian copper industry in the ’70s and ’80s then taught statistics at Glasgow Caledonian University. She was mentored by Liz Lochhead in the St Mungo’s Mirrorball Clydebuilt scheme.

    Event Info…

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    THE SCOTTISH LUTE

    Saturday, May 9th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: 9th of May
    Time: 2pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Lutenist Eric Thomas plays a selection of Scottish music from some of the earliest sources of Scottish traditional music, including the Rowallan, Straloch and Panmure 5 manuscript.

    Eric is currently studying jointly at the University of Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for a Masters in Historically Informed Performance Practice

    Event Info…
    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE.

    Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    For more information please contact our music department on 0131 622 8229 or music.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk/a>

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    JAMES RUNCIE – Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins

    Wednesday, May 13th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday the 13th of May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of the latest instalment in the Grantchester series by bestselling crime author James Runcie.

    The loveable full-time priest and part-time detective, Canon Sidney Chambers , continues his sleuthing adventures in 1960's Cambridge.

    On a snowy Thursday morning in Lent 1964, a stranger seeks sanctuary in Grantchester's church, convinced he has murdered his wife. Sidney and his wife Hildegard go for a shooting weekend in the country and find their hostess has a sinister burn on her neck. Sidney's friend Amanda receives poison pen letters when at last she appears to be approaching matrimony. A firm of removal men 'accidentally' drop a Steinway piano on a musician's head outside a Cambridge college. During a cricket match, a group of schoolboys blow up their school Science Block. And on a family holiday in Florence, Sidney is accused of the theft of a priceless painting.

    Meanwhile, on the home front, Sidney's new curate Malcolm seems set to become rather irritatingly popular with the parish; his baby girl Anna learns to walk and talk; Hildegard longs to get an au pair and Sidney is offered a promotion.

    Entertaining, suspenseful, thoughtful, moving and deeply humane, these six new stories are bound to delight the clerical detective's many fans.

    About the Author…
    James Runcie is an award-winning film-maker and the author of seven novels. Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death, the first in 'The Grantchester Mysteries' series, was published in 2012, soon followed by Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night, and Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil. In October 2014, ITV launched Grantchester, a prime-time, six-part series starring James Norton as Sidney Chambers. James Runcie lives in London and Edinburgh.

    Event Info…
    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE.

    Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8239 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, May 17th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 17th of May
    Time: 2pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Do you love to read, or just want to read more?

    Then join us to talk about the latest teenage fiction and your favourite books. The teen book group meet on the second Sunday of each month, and read anything from classics to contemporary, dystopian to historical – in short, anything you fancy!

    We are currently reading Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill, the winner of the inaugural Bookseller YA Book Prize.

    About the book...
    Freida and Isabel have been best friends their whole lives. Now, aged sixteen and in their final year at the School, they expect to be selected as companions - wives to wealthy and powerful men. The alternative - life as a concubine - is too horrible to contemplate. But as the intensity of the final year takes hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts. Isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty - her only asset - in peril. And then into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride. Freida must fight for her future - even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known...

    Membership of the book group gives you 10% off every book we read!

    To join just email your details to: schools.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    ADULT BOOK GROUP

    Monday, May 18th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Monday 18th of May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Who says reading is a solitary pursuit? Not us! Come and join the Blackwell’s Book Group for lively, friendly book chatter. No previous experience required! We meet monthly to discuss a wide range of books — fiction and non-fiction, classic and contemporary, prizewinners and cult heroes—in short, whatever you fancy!

    Our current book is Small Gods by Sir Terry Pratchett

    What is the book about?
    'Just because you can't explain it, doesn't mean it's a miracle.' In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was: "Hey, you!" This is the Discworld, after all, and religion is a controversial business. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods, of every shape and size, and all elbowing for space at the top. In such a competitive environment, shape and size can be pretty crucial to make one's presence felt. So it's certainly not helpful to be reduced to appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone's book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast: for the Great God Om, Brutha the novice is the Chosen One - or at least the only One available. He wants peace and justice and brotherly love. He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please...

    Future meetings...
    Our book for Monday 15th June is The Blue Afternoon by William Boyd and our July book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    We offer 10% discount on the current book to Book Group members.

    So join today! Just email your name and address details to events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    CHILDREN’S BOOKGROUP

    Monday, May 18th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Monday 18th of May
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Are you eight to eleven years old, with a love of books and biscuits? Become a member of our book group to enjoy a friendly hour of fiction, from both classic and contemporary Scottish writing to your own choice of favourite book. Come and discover more books to treasure!

    Membership of the book group gives you 10% off every book we read!

    We are currently reading Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.

    What is the book about?
    Rumour has it Artemis Fowl is responsible for every major crime of the new century. Just twelve years old and already he's a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family's fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping. Kidnapping a fairy for ransom, to be precise. Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous - and extremely high-tech - fairies. But he may have underestimated their powers. They will fight back. Is the boy about to trigger a cross-species war? Let the misadventure begin..

    To join just email your details to childrens.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Jeremy Harmer on The Practice of English Language Teaching

    Tuesday, May 19th at 18:30 - 20:00

    Date: Tuesday 19th May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Edinburgh is delighted to host Jeremy Harmer, one of the leading authors on the subject of English Language teaching.

    In this talk, Jeremy will be reflecting on recent developments in English Language teaching and how they are affecting the way that we teach now, and what this means for the future of the profession. He will give examples from his research for the fifth edition of his classic manual, 'The Practice of English Language Teaching' and invite the audience to discuss the issues raised.

    Jeremy invites you to submit questions for discussion (deadline 2pm on Friday May 15th 2015 - to nicholas.broom@pearson.com), and the person whose question is voted the most stimulating by Jeremy will receive a prize - a free copy of 'The Practice of English Language Teaching!'

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell's Bookshop, by emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk 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 ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    MEET RONNIE BROWNE, THAT GUY FAE THE CORRIES

    Thursday, May 21st at 12:30 - 14:30
    Blackwell's Bookshop is delighted to be hosting an informal signing with Scottish icon Ronnie Browne.

    With his musical partner, Roy Williamson, Ronnie Browne became a national and international figure as one half of The Corries. His autobiography That Guy Fae The Corries describes his childhood in war time and the austerity Britain of the 1950s and 60s, his musical career including Scotland's unofficial national anthem, Flower of Scotland, the death of Roy and the following years as a solo artist.

    Through all of this time he has been an active and sought after painter and portraitist. Ronnie's account of his life is both funny and fascinating.

    This is a signing and no ticket is required.

    For more information or if you can't make the event and would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk