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  • PREVIOUSLY…
    SCOTLAND’S HISTORY FESTIVAL and
    BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...

    TOM POW – Wild Adventure and Concerning the Atlas of the Dead

    Monday, November 24th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 24th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join Tom Pow as he discusses his poetry on the remarkable life of Thomas Watling and his own experience as writer in residence at the National Library of Scotland’s Map Library.

    Tom Pow's beautiful, powerful poems in A Wild Adventure examine the remarkable life of Thomas Watling. Watling was born in Dumfries in September 1762 and raised by a long-suffering maiden aunt. Convicted of forging Bank of Scotland one-guinea notes he was sentenced to fourteen years in the recently founded colony of Botany Bay in Australia. The first professional artist to arrive in the colony, Watling was seconded to its Surgeon General (and amateur naturalist) John White. His pioneer paintings of birds, animals and the landscape became some of the principal records of the earliest days of Australia. He was eventually pardoned, on 5 April 1797, and left Australia, eventually returning home to Dumfries. He died there, most likely in 1814.

    About the Author…
    Tom Pow spent six months as Writer in Residence at the National Library of Scotland Map Library in Edinburgh. He was so inspired by the collection that they hold and by the stories that they tell that he wrote a collection of poetry, Concerning the Atlas of Scotland, based on that experience. Published by Polygon but with input from the National Library and illustrated with details from the collection, this beautiful and quite haunting collection will be welcomed by map lovers as well as poetry lovers.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

    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

    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

  • PREVIOUSLY…
    SCOTLAND’S HISTORY FESTIVAL and
    BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...

    JUDAH PASSOW & MICHAEL MAIL – The Scots Jews

    Tuesday, November 25th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Tuesday 25th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Identity, Belonging and the Future

    In The Scots Jews, photographer Judah Passow has created a portrait of Jewish people who live north of England's border. In exploring the place of the Jewish community in contemporary Scottish society, Passow's journey has much emphasis, naturally, on Glasgow and Edinburgh but also takes us to surprising places like the Shetland Islands and Skye.

    This fascinating photographic essay shows Scotland's Jews firmly rooted in their Jewish identity, but fervently patriotic Scots as well. The photographs are introduced by Michael Mail, an award-winning author, who conceived the project to document Scottish Jewish life.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

    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

    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

  • PREVIOUSLY…
    SCOTLAND’S HISTORY FESTIVAL and
    BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...

    ELIZABETH LAIRD – The Lure of the Honey Bird

    Thursday, November 27th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Thurdsay 27th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join acclaimed writer Elizabeth Laird as she discusses her autobiographical novel, The Lure of the Honey Bird .

    In 1967, at the age of 23, Elizabeth Laird set off for Addis Ababa to take up her first teaching post. She was introduced to Haile Selassie, made a pilgrimage across the mountains on foot to the ancient city of Lalibela, hitched a ride on an oil tanker across the Danakil Desert, and was arrested for a murder she had not committed. Back in Britain, Laird established herself as a major author of fiction for children and young adults, but she always wanted to return to Ethiopia. Her chance came in the late 1990s, when the British Council in Addis Ababa invited her to collect folk stories from every region of the country. Encountering ex-guerrilla fighters, camel traders, Coptic nuns and tribespeople en route, Laird has written a remarkable account of her journey interwoven with a treasure trove of stories featuring princes and maidens, snakes and lions, zombies and hyena-women.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

    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

    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...
    HUGH CORNWELL – Arnold Drive

    Saturday, November 29th at 14:00 - 15:30
    Date: Saturday 29th of November
    Time: 14:00 – 15:30
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    We are delighted to announce Hugh Cornwell will be in store with us to talk about his second novel 'Arnold Drive' and he will be signing books for fans afterwards.

    Can a man keep his faith when he’s lost his way?

    Nothing much has ever happened to Reverend Arnold Drive, the meekly quiet vicar of St Tobias’s. Feeling safe only within the walls of his church and the gentle rules of his faith, Arnold is ironically a man utterly without drive; a man content that nothing much ever happens.

    Nothing, that is, until the day his church is sold off to property developers. Ejected from his church and his home, Arnold is thrust out into the modern world - a world for which he is utterly ill-equipped.

    Suddenly, life presents Arnold with a series of moral dilemmas that test his faith, his judgement and his understanding of human nature. His first experience of love and sex, a surprise confession of murder, a suicide, the prospect of unexpected wealth, the discovery of a hidden family history, all cause Arnold to reassess the certainties he has taken for granted. Then, a near-fatal car accident forces him to face up to the fragility of sanity and of life itself...

    Arnold Drive is the story of a man's journey from innocence to experience where he discovers his moral compass isn't always pointing the right way.

    Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK’s finest songwriting talents and most accomplished live performers. The original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in The Stranglers, Hugh has had 10 hit albums and 21 Top 40 singles, including No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sunand Duchess. His latest solo album Totem and Taboo was released to rave reviews.

    On the same day we have our event Hugh will be performing with Hazel O'Connor at the Liquid Rooms. Doors 7pm and tickets can be bought from Tickets Scotland (0131 220 3234) or Ripping Records (0131 226 7010).

    Please note: Hugh will not sign any Stranglers or music memorabilia unless a copy of Arnold Drive has been purchased.

    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

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, December 1st at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 1st of December
    Time: 6pm (come early as space is at a premium)
    Venue: Caffè Nero in the Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Do you know your Waugh from your Peace, or your Meyer from your Heyer?

    Then join us for the Blackwell’s Bookshop monthly BOOK QUIZ. We will quiz you on anything from Classics to current Bestsellers, Booker Prize winners to Celebrity Biographies.

    Teams of up to five people can take part.

    It is FREE to enter, but seats are limited so please come early to secure your place. There are no tickets required for this evening of fun! …and the question on everybody’s lips is “What will this month’s Hilary Mantel question be?”

    For a taster of the quiz follow us on twitter @BlackwellEdin and take part in our daily #InvisiBooks quiz.

    For further information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Ian Rankin – The Beat Goes On

    Thursday, December 11th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Thursday 11th of December
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Scotland's most celebrated crime author, Ian Rankin, joins us to talk about his latest Rebus short story collection, The Beat Goes On. He will also be signing copies.

    There is no detective like D.I. Rebus. Brilliant, irascible and endlessly frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, he has made the dark places of Edinburgh his comfort and his home for over two decades. From his beginnings as a young Detective Constable in 'Dead and Buried', right up to his dramatic - but as it turns out, not quite final - retirement in 'The Very Last Drop', we see one of the most compelling, brilliant and mesmeric characters of modern times in his every guise and very much in his element.

    Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible portfolio of short stories featuring his curmudgeonly hero John Rebus. Published in crime magazines, composed for events, broadcast on radio, they all share the best qualities of his phenomenally popular novels. These stories are brought together for the first time in THE BEAT GOES ON which also contains two brand new stories The Passenger and A Three-Pint Problem, plus an essay by Rankin on his creation. The 29 stories unfold chronologically; we follow a younger, energetic Rebus as he grows into the more world-weary, cynical character of the latest novels.

    This is the ultimate Ian Rankin treasure trove - a must-have book for aficionados and crime lovers as well as a superb introduction from anyone looking to experience DI John Rebus, and the dark and twist-filled crimes he has to investigate, for the very first time.

    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

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, December 14th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 14th of December
    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 Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar.

    About the book...
    I was sent here because of a boy. His name was Reeve Maxfield, and I loved him and then he died, and almost a year passed and no one knew what to do with me. A group of emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers gather at a therapeutic boarding school where they are mysteriously picked for 'Special Topics in English'. Here, they are tasked with studying Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and keeping a journal. Each time the teens write in their diaries they are transported to a miraculous other world called Belzhar, a world where they are no longer haunted by their trauma and grief - and each begins to tell their own story.

    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
    CHILDREN’S BOOKGROUP

    Monday, December 15th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Monday 15th of December
    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? Then become a member of our book group to enjoy a friendly hour of fiction and chat!

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

    We are currently reading Susan Cooper’s Over Sea Under Stone

    What is the book about?
    On holiday in Cornwall, Simon, Jane and Barney Drew discover an ancient map in the attic of the Grey House, where they are staying with their mysterious Great-Uncle Merry. They know immediately that it is special. But it is much more than just a map. It is the start of a quest to find a grail, a source of great power that could contain - or resurrect - the powerful, age-old forces of evil in the world. And the Drews are not the only ones searching for it.

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