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  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    GAMES NIGHT

    Monday, May 30th at 18:00 - 21:00
    Date: Monday 30th May 2016
    Time: 6:00pm to 9pm
    Venue:Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-63 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Come and play some of our bestselling games. From popular board games like Settlers of Catan to new miniature games like Star Wars X-Wing and classics like Backgammon, we have something for everyone.

    Take this opportunity to try out new games, as our team of seasoned gamers will be on hand to explain all the games to you.

    How does it work?
    Every game gets allocated a 90 minute slot, which can be booked in advance. Once your game is over, you can move on to a new game, or play again, unless someone else has already booked the game.
    When you book your free ticket for the evening, please chose which game you would like to play first. Please just book one ticket for you and your group.

    When you arrive on the night, you will then be able to book your next game or games. Alternatively you can have a look around first.
    On your own? No problem! Just come along and we'll do our best to match you up.

    Everyone attending will receive a voucher that can be redeemed against any of our games on the night.

    Games available to play on the night are
    The Settlers of Catan plus expansion (for 3 to 6 players)
    Pandemic (for 2 to 4 player)
    Star Trek Catan plus expansion (for 3 to 4 players)
    Ticket to Ride Europe (for 2 to 5 players)
    Hey, That's my Fish (for 2 to 4 players)
    Carcassonne (for 2 to 5 players)
    Ubongo (for 3 to 4 players) Commands & Colors Ancients (for 2 players)
    Puerto Rico (for 3 to 5 players)
    Stramash The Scottish Board Game (for 2 to 6 players)
    Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game (for 2 to 4 players)
    Cards against Humanity (for 4 players plus)
    Dead of Winter (for 2 to 5 players)

    Please book your tickets on Eventbrite

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Kenny MacAskill: The Lockerbie Bombing

    Tuesday, May 31st at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 31st of May
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join former Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill MSP for the launch of his definitive account of the atrocity and aftermath of The Lockerbie Bombing.

    On 21 December 1988, Pan Am flight 103 departed London Heathrow for New York. Shortly after take-off, a bomb detonated, killing all aboard and devastating the small Scottish town of Lockerbie below.

    Only one man has ever been convicted of the crime: Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, though few believe that he acted alone. In 2009, a request was made by Libya for al-Megrahi's release from prison on compassionate grounds after he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The decision to grant or deny that request fell squarely and exclusively on the shoulders of one man: Kenny MacAskill, Scotland's Justice Secretary from 2007 to 2014.

    Detailing the build-up to the atrocity and the carnage left in its wake, MacAskill narrates the international investigation that followed and the diplomatic intrigue that saw a Scottish court convened in the Netherlands. He describes the controversial release of al-Megrahi, explains the international dimensions involved and lays bare the commercial and security interests that ran in the background throughout the investigation and trial. Finally, he answers how and why it happened - and who was really responsible for the worst terrorist attack to have occurred on British soil before or since.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here.

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Stuart Campbell: The Aeronaut's Guide to Rapture

    Wednesday, June 1st at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 1st of June
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell’s Bookshop and Sandstone Press are delighted to invite you to the launch of The Aeronaut's Guide to Rapture, the new novel by Stuart Campbell.

    Three people in three countries in three different eras.

    Ursule in 1864 lives the life of a kitchen skivvy in Paris. Dexter in 1965 is an American GI in Vietnam. Dante in 2015 is a Catholic priest in Palermo, Sicily. For Ursule the Prussians are closing in. For Dexter it's the Vietcong. For Dante it is the mafia. How can they escape but, more than that, how can misery become rapture? In contemporary Britain a fourth person holds all the strings in his hands as he rises silently and gracefully above the earth. In this tour de force of imagination Stuart Campbell follows the brilliant John McPake and the Sea Beggars with a tale that defies time and gravity and takes the reader to a place few have ever been and fewer still come back from.

    About the Author…
    Stuart Campbell has worked as an English teacher, Advisor, Communications Lecturer, Education Manager and Consultant in the Lothians for longer than he cares to remember. He is now gainfully employed as a mental health trainer for Health in Mind, an Edinburgh based charity. He has previously co-written A Dead Man’s Chest, an educational resource published by the BBC as part of the Stevenson centennial celebrations. He has also written for the Guardian and The Scottish Book Collector. For Sandstone he has written the non-fiction titles RLS in Love and Boswell's Bus Pass as well as his first novel, John McPake and the Sea Beggars.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Hannah Robinson: Secret Edinburgh

    Thursday, June 2nd at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 2nd of June
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Discover hidden gardens and clandestine art that the neighbours overlook, visit the strangest of museums, get water-boarded in a prototype Jacuzzi and traumatised by Rabelaisian rafters, decrypt mysterious Masonic markings, step inside an Icelandic lava grotto, travel to the Wild West of Morningside, learnthe secrets of Mrs Coade’s stone, sniff out the dogs more dazzling than Greyfriars Bobbie, track down traces of Edinburgh’s Great Exhibition…

    Far from the tourist traps and the crowded landmarks, you may have thought Edinburgh had no more to reveal, but the city still keeps many treasures hidden away in the most unexpected of places. Secret Edinburgh is an indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Edinburgh well, or who would like to explore the curiosities of this most secretive of cities.

    “Most visitors only scratch the surface of the cities they visit. Most residents accidentally take for granted the places they live. This book delves deep into Edinburgh’s rich history and the stories its special places tell, nudging its reader to find delight in the esoteric details, and to go and explore our wonderful and beautiful city with fresh eyes, a spring in the step and song in the soul.” Adam Wilkinson, Director, Edinburgh World Heritage

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

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

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

    Monday, June 6th at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 6th of June
    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 further information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8237 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

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    CHILDREN’S BOOKGROUP

    Wednesday, June 8th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Wednesday 8th of June
    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 Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret by Lyn Gardner

    What is the book about?
    Rose was left at the door of Campion's Palace of Variety and Wonders as a baby. It is her home, and she loves it, but she never stops wondering who she really is. When murder threatens to destroy the music hall, Rose will need all her performance skills to crack the crime and delve into a murky past of blackmail, subterfuge and abduction...

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH in association with THE SKINNY PRESENTS...
    Joe Hill: The Fireman

    Thursday, June 9th at 18:30 - 16:00
    Date: Thursday 9th of June
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Bookshop are very excited to welcome back one of our favourite authors, Joe Hill, to talk about his new book The Fireman.

    Nobody knew where the virus came from.

    FOX News said it had been set loose by ISIS, using spores that had been invented by the Russians in the 1980s. MSNBC said sources indicated it might've been created by engineers at Halliburton and stolen by culty Christian types fixated on the Book of Revelation. CNN reported both sides.

    While every TV station debated the cause, the world burnt.

    From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

    About the Author…
    Joe Hill is the author of three novels, NOS4A2, Horns, and Heart Shaped Box, as well as a prize-winning collection of stories, 20th Century Ghosts. He also wrote the comics Locke & Key and Wraith (which ties into the world of NOS4A2). Some nice people gave him an Eisner Award for his work in funny books, which is a great honor, even if “funny” probably doesn’t do a good job of describing the kinds of things that happen in the comics. Come to think of it, his comics aren’t very comic either.

    This event is held in association with The Skinny.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Angus Konstam: Jutland 1916

    Tuesday, June 14th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 14th of June
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Just after 4pm on the afternoon of 31 May 1916, British and German battlecruisers were locked in battle. This was not their baptism of fire – they had met before – but this clash was different. The fight was on a larger scale, it was more frenetic, and it was certainly more deadly.

    In his new book, Jutland 1916 - Twelve Hours that Decided the War, Angus Konstam tells the story of the Battle of Jutland, the greatest naval clash of the First World War.

    Drawing on a wealth of first-hand accounts, some of which were previously unknown, it weaves a highly original narrative, which intertwines original research, into a fast-paced account of the fighting. This is the only book on the battle to use a narrative thread to tell the story from both the British and German perspectives and will provide a fresh perspective on this decisive battle.

    About the Author…
    Angus Konstam was born in Aberdeen in 1960, but was brought up in the beautiful but remote Orkney Islands, off the north of Scotland. Although he only lives there for part of the year, he thinks of Orkney as home. He is an expert on maritime history. He joined the Royal Navy at 18, then worked for the Royal Armouries and later the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. To date he has written over seventy books, including the bestselling History of Pirates and World Atlas of Pirates.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Stuart Cosgrove: Young Soul Rebels

    Wednesday, June 15th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 15th of June
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join journalist Stuart Cosgrove on a personal history tour of the Northern Soul in his new book Young Soul Rebels.

    Nothing will ever compare to the amphetamine rush of my young life and the night I was nearly buggered by my girlfriend’s uncle in the Potteries...

    The opening line of Stuart Cosgrove’s Young Soul Rebels sets up a compelling and intimate story of northern soul, Britain’s most fascinating musical underground scene, and takes the reader on a journey into the iconic clubs that made it famous – The Twisted Wheel, The Torch, Wigan Casino, Blackpool Mecca and Cleethorpes Pier – the bootleggers that made it infamous, the splits that threatened to divide the scene, the great unknown records that built its global reputation and the crate-digging collectors that travelled to America to unearth unknown sounds.

    The book sweeps across fifty years of British life and places the northern soul scene in a social context – the rise of amphetamine culture, the policing of youth culture, the north–south divide, the decline of coastal Britain, the Yorkshire Ripper inquiry, the rise of Thatcherism, the miners’ strike, the rave scene and music in the era of the world wide web Books have been written about northern soul before but never with the same erudition and passion.

    About the Author…
    Stuart Cosgrove, originally from Perth, was a fanzine writer on the northern soul scene before joining the black music paper Echoes, as a staff writer. He became media editor with the NME and a feature writer for a range of newspapers and magazines. A graduate of Hull University, he completed a PhD in modern American theatre history. In 2005 he was named Broadcaster of the Year in the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards and in 2012 he won numerous awards including a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award for Channel 4’s coverage of the London Paralympics 2012.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Handfast: Poetry with Ruth Aylett and Beth McDonough

    Thursday, June 16th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 16th of June
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    For many of us, family is at the centre of our lives. But what happens when a child has autism, or a mother has dementia? How do family members come to terms with this? How does day-to-day life change?

    Ruth Aylett and Beth McDonough take all this on in their poetry pamphlet Handfast: from the early signs through the hopes and disappointments to the every-day of trips, meals, birthdays. These poems do not shirk from harsh realities, but find shared spaces and connections, and even comfort and the surprise of humour.

    From Handfast we learn about the heart, ‘this million-shattered glass’, about the power of rain, and that, sometimes, riddles remain unsolved.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, June 19th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 19th of June
    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 James Clammer's Why I Went Back

    What is the book about?
    Aidan needs his bike to deliver all the mail his postman dad’s been hoarding since his mum was sectioned. But his bike’s just been stolen. In the early morning, Aidan chases after the thieves, hellbent on getting it back. When he reaches the abandoned factory where they’ve stashed his bike, he has moments to grab it and escape. But he finds more than just stolen goods. There’s a mysterious prisoner chained to the floor. This is the story of why Aidan goes back. Recalling Alan Garner and Susan Cooper, Why I Went Back is a dark tale of magic, myth and undelivered mail.

    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 BOOK GROUP

    Monday, June 20th at 18:00 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 20th of June
    Time: 6.00pm
    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 My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin.

    What is the book about?
    First published in 1901, this Australian classic recounts the live of 16-year-old Sybylla Melvyn. Trapped on her parents' outback farm, she simultaneously loves bush life and hates the physical burdens it imposes. For Sybylla longs for a more refined, aesthetic lifestyle -- to read, to think, to sing -- but most of all to do great things. Suddenly her life is transformed. Whisked away to live on her grandmother's gracious property, she falls under the eye of the rich and handsome Harry Beecham. And soon she finds herself choosing between everything a conventional life offers and her own plans for a 'brilliant career'.

    Future meetings...
    In July we are reading one of the most influential Science Fiction novels of the 20th century - Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon.

    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 PRESENTS...
    Scottish History and Scotland’s Empire with Sir Tom Devine

    Wednesday, June 22nd at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 22nd of June
    Time: 6pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join Scotland’s leading historian Sir Tom Devine in a discussion of his career and the future directions of Scottish history, at an event to launch Global Migrations: The Scottish Diaspora since 1600, which is dedicated to Tom.

    From the seventeenth century to the current day, more than 2.5 million Scots have sought new lives elsewhere. Tom has been at the forefront of showing how Scotland shaped the world and how the wider world formed Scotland. On this occasion, the book’s editors Angela McCarthy and John MacKenzie place Tom in the hot seat and quiz him about the distinctive aspects of this migrant flow, as well as broader aspects of his career and the future of Scottish history.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Charles Stross: The Nightmare Stacks

    Friday, June 24th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Friday 24th of June
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the latest addition to Charles Stross' brilliant Laundry Files series, The Nightmare Stacks.

    About the Book
    Alex Schwartz had a great job and a promising future - until he caught an unfortunate bout of vampirism, and agreed (on pain of death) to join the Laundry, Britain's only counter-occult secret intelligence agency. His first assignment is in Leeds - his old hometown. But the thought of telling his parents he's lost his job, let alone their discovering his 'condition', is causing Alex almost as much anxiety as his new lifestyle of supernatural espionage. His only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a student from the local Goth Festival who flirts with him despite his fear of sunlight (and girls). But Cassie has secrets of her own - secrets that make Alex's night life seem positively normal ...

    James Bond meets H. P. Lovecraft in the latest occult thriller from Hugo Award winner Charles Stross, in a series where British spies take on the supernatural.

    About the Author
    Charles Stross is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of six Hugo-nominated novels and winner of the 2005, 2010, and 2014 Hugo awards for best novella, he has won numerous other awards and been translated into at least 12 other languages.

    New to the Laundry Files? Here an introduction

    Good news: magic is real. Bad news: it's a branch of mathematics—prove the right theorems, and entities in other dimensions may hear and, sometimes, do what you tell them to do. Worse news: this means that magic is best practiced by computer geeks—"applied computational demonologist" is a job description. Worst news: the extradimensional entities are the horrors that haunted the dreams of H. P. Lovecraft, and the Stars are Coming Right ...
    But don't worry. Her Majesty's Government has a secret agency tasked with defending the realm from the scum of the multiverse. It's nick-named the Laundry by those hapless civil servants and computer geeks who work there, such as Bob Howard, who was drafted after his MSc project nearly landscaped Wolverhampton by accident. And they probably will save the universe ... if they can find their way out of committee hell first, and account for all the paperclips they're missing.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Mark Leggatt: The London Cage

    Wednesday, June 29th at 18:30
    Date: Wednesday 29th of June
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Bookshop and Fledgling Press are delighted to invite you to celebrate the launch of Mark Leggatt's new crime novel The London Cage, the much awaited follow-up to Names of the Dead

    Connor Montrose is still running for his life.

    The retreat of the glaciers has revealed a Cold War secret that should have lain buried for centuries, with the power to bring down the communications and defence systems of every country on the planet. Including his own. Montrose is faced with the choice of betrayal or survival, but either way, he'll lose. He is told: "Your country needs you, but if you give up the secret, your friends and those you love will die.

    Then an old man tells him, "If I had the choice between betraying my friends and betraying my country, I should hope I have the guts to betray my country." What will he do?

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Edinburgh in the Shadows

    Tuesday, July 26th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 26th of July
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    “…a collection of …lesser known and thoroughly dark Edinburgh stories. Highly recommended..." Fringe Review Magazine

    After a spectacular run at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Alec Beattie & Max Scratchmann return with a stunning sequel to their hugely successful spoken word show plus a gruesome new book about the darker side of Edinburgh’s history!

    Want to know the sinister side of the city that the tourist brochures won't tell you about? You’ve come to the right place! Beattie and Scratchmann tell it like it really is in Edinburgh in the Shadows 2 - a dark but funny account of the city's shady side with tales and poems of murder, muck and mayhem that reveal the truth behind Edinburgh's most celebrated sites and characters!

    “Easily the best show in the 2015 Fringe, and one that puts the big attractions to shame. The boys really brought the dark eccentricity of Edinburgh’s murky past to life with their eclectic mix of poetry, story and gallows humour. Storytelling is definitely the new rock ’n’ roll!” Teresa & Chris, Austin, Texas

    About the Author…

    Alec Beattie is a writer, promoter and performer. He’s been involved in the Edinburgh spoken word scene for years and currently runs and co-hosts Blind Poetics. As well as being an Edinburgh Fringe regular he’s performed his poetry and short stories throughout Scotland and took part in the Scottish Slam Finals in 2013 and the BBC Slam in 2014. He’s also read his work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. When he’s not boasting about his meagre achievements on a website no-one will read anyway he likes people to think he’s working on his latest novel when he’s really playing Candy Crush and drinking cheap cider. He lives in Edinburgh with his partner and two cats.

    Max Scratchmann is one half of Poetry Circus as well as being an illustrator, writer and performer, equally well known for his dark art and black comedy. He was a big hit at the Edinburgh Festival with his one-man-show, Moving Pictures, and was one of the four Inky Fingers’ Poets on a Bus at the History Festival. He lives in Edinburgh in a depressingly cat-free household.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 6222 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk