Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • Join our new Blackwell's Bradford Book/Film Reading Group

    Friday, April 17th at 00:00 TO Thursday, December 31st at 00:00
    Sign up now for our brand new Blackwell's Bradford Book/Film Reading Group. Each month we will choose a book and on the night of the meeting we will watch the film adaptation of the same book and discuss the merits (or lack of) both over free coffee and nibbles. If you are interested please email Martin on martin.kelly@blackwell.co.uk and we can plan our first meeting, hopefully we can start this May with Cormac McCarthy's The Road.
  • Sleeping on Jupiter - Anuradha Roy

    Tuesday, April 28th at 18:30
    With its intriguing title, bestselling Indian author Anuradha Roy launches her new book Sleeping on Jupiter at Asia House, a dark tale of lost innocence and redemption. Roy will be in conversation with Claire Armitstead, books editor for the Guardian and Observer. Part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival, this event will take place at Asia House and be followed by a book signing with Blackwell's Book Shop. Click here for more information, or to buy tickets for this event.
  • SHORT STORIES ALOUD & BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENT: Tim Clare & Daisy Johnson

    Tuesday, April 28th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Described by The Huffington Post as 'unlike any other literary event'. In three years this monthly event has become one of the most-loved and best attended literary evenings in Oxford.

    Having outgrown its previous home at the Old Fire Station we are thrilled to be taking over as the host.

    The evening consists of professional actors reading short stories followed by a Q & A with the authors.

    April's show features poet, short story writer and now novelist Tim Clare and Daisy Johnson, formerly a bookseller in this very shop and now signed to a two book deal with Jonathan Cape.

    Buy Tim's book

    Tickets £5 OR FREE IF YOU BRING CAKE Available on the door or here
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Matthew Caminer- Curacies & How To Survive Them

    Tuesday, April 28th at 19:00 - 20:00
    It is common knowledge that many curacies run into difficulties and that this is something people often feel constrained from discussing openly. Curacies and How to Survive Them offers readers the opportunity to listen in on a series of fast-flowing conversations between a psychologist, a theologian and a clergy spouse, which explore frequently occurring dilemmas and challenges.By highlighting issues that are not generally discussed, it will be immensely useful to people who might otherwise feel isolated and helpless.

    Buy the book

    Tickets are free Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Antoine Laurain and Caroline Vermalle at London High Holborn

    Wednesday, April 29th at 18:30
    On the 29th April we will be joined by Antoine Laurain, author of The Red Notebook and Caroline Vermalle, author of George's Grand Tour. There will be drinks, nibbles, readings and a short Q&A session in our beautiful cafe area.

    Both authors are in the UK for a short time, so don't miss this opportunity to hear readings from their novels, and ask them any burning questions about writing or their books.

    This event is free, but please RSVP to events.london@blackwell.co.uk.

    The Red Notebook in The Telegraph.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Everyday Sexism with Laura Bates at the Curtis Auditorium

    Thursday, April 30th at 17:30
    Laura Bates began an international movement with the launch of her Everyday Sexism project, with the aim of highlighting how millions of injustices, experienced daily by women across the world, build up into one intolerable whole. Now with over 80,000 individual testimonies, she is coming to Newcastle to explain the origins of the project and charts its findings – from ‘lad culture’ in education to workplace discrimination and sexual abuse – as well as its ongoing work with schools, universities, police forces and politicians, in the fight against sexism and prejudice.
    This is a free event and no pre-booking is required. Further information can be found at the Insights Public Lectures website.
  • 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

  • Women, Suffrage, and the Vote

    Thursday, April 30th at 18:30
    Just one week ahead of the UK General Election, BBC journalist Anita Anand will give a talk on Sophia Duleep Singh, the dispossessed Indian Princess and darling of the society pages turned suffragette. Arifa Akbar, literary editor of the Independent and i newspapers, will chair. Part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival, this event will take place at Asia House and be followed by a book signing with Blackwell's Book Shop. Click here for more information, or to buy tickets for this event.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

    Thursday, April 30th at 19:00 - 20:30
    David Freeman will be hosting an evening in the Norrington Room playing his own 8 track copy of Pink Floyd's seminal album in quadraphonic sound! We'll be directing 4 speakers on each of the balconies into the lowest part of the room for an optimal and very special listening experience. So take a step back in time to 1973 and an evening experiencing one of the bestselling albums of all time as it was meant to be heard.

    Drinks and the newly remastered cd of 'Dark Side of the Moon' will be available to purchase on the evening.

    Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: David Almond and Alison Light at the Culture Lab

    Thursday, April 30th at 19:15
    The Tightrope Walkers is David Almond’s second book for adults; he has won the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbreads and a Hans Christian Andersen award for his many children’s novels.
    Alison Light’s second book, Mrs Woolf and the Servants, won second prize at the Longman History Today Awards and was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Her most recent book, Common People: The History of an English Family, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.
    Tickets for this event are £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students and can be obtained from the Newcastle University Webstore.
  • Book Launch: The Primary Teacher's Career Handbook

    Friday, May 1st at 17:30 - 20:00
    Blackwell's at the UCL Institute of Education are delighted to be hosting the launch of a new, essential book for  primary school teachers, The Primary Teacher's Career Handbook, by Keith Richmond and Richard Greenfield. The Primary Teacher's Career Handbook is invaluable to all those in primary education. This essential and unique handbook sets out a complete and much needed career development path for primary school teachers from the stage of seeking a first appointment, through to middle management, headship and beyond. Throughout the book, teachers will be shown how to plan their career development by making their present role successful, enabling them to make a smooth progression to achieve their career aspirations. You will have the opportunity to meet and speak with the authors in our bookshop, and purchase this brand new book at a special launch discount. Refreshments will be available, and we look forward to seeing you there.
  • 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 OXFORD PRESENTS: Steven Berkoff - 'Sod the Bitches'

    Monday, May 4th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be welcoming award winning actor and playwright, Steven Berkoff into Blackwell's to launch his debut novel 'Sod the Bitches'. Steven starred in films such as 'Beverley Hills Cop', 'Octopussy' and 'A Clockwork Orange'. His has written a wealth of plays and this is his very first novel. In true Berkoff style, the content has outraged and caused controversy due to his unforgiving language and ideas.

    In this dark and complex novel, challenging themes that haunt the Berkoff canon are ever present in this book about dislocation and the abandonment of love in a thankless and unforgiving world. This is a powerful, divisive and honest novel that will provoke, enrage and inspire. You have been warned...

    Steven will be discussing the book and his illustrious career with Victor Glynn in the Norrington Room.

    Buy the book

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • 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 Portsmouth-Shami Chakrabarti in discussion at St Johns College

    Wednesday, May 6th at 12:00
    6th May, 12 noon, St Johns College, Free The director of Liberty, the British civil liberties advocacy organisation Shami Chakrabarti, comes to St Johns College to discuss today’s threats on our freedom. Touching on the issues raised in her new book On Liberty she will discuss why today more than ever, we need to defend our fundamental rights.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Pass On A Poem

    Wednesday, May 6th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Do you love reading poetry? Join us for our Pass on a Poem evening, where we invite you to share with the group your favourite published poems, meet others who also have a passion for poetry and hear about poets you may have never listened to before. To sign up for a reading spot during the event please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or visit our Customer Services Department located in the Norrington Room.

    Our Pass on a Poem group meets on the 1st Wednesday every 2 months. Our next meeting after this will be held on Wednesday 1st July.

    Pass on a Poem is  a not-for-profit initiative, existing to provide entertainment and to create enthusiasm for poetry by bringing people together to read out loud poems which have a special personal significance and to explain, briefly, why. For more information please visit their website http://www.passonapoem.com/

    This event is free to attend. Enquiries Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

    Thursday, May 7th at 12:00 TO Monday, May 18th at 12:00
    "Every May, Asia House opens its doors to the greatest authors, performers and thinkers from across the globe to celebrate literature about Asia and Asians in a pan-Asian context. We bring together remarkable, witty, sensitive and inspiring guest speakers, from Nobel laureates and Man Booker prize winners to local language writers and debut novelists. Through a series of readings, discussions, debates, performance and interactive events, our annual Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival provides a space to dare, dream and imagine."

    This year Blackwell's will be setting up a small bookshop in Asia House for the duration of the festival. Speakers books, as well as general interest titles, will be available in foyer as well as at multiple signings.

    For more information, and for details of the festivals events, see the Asia House website.
  • SAGE Publications and Blackwell's Nottingham Jubilee presents

    Thursday, May 7th at 18:30 - 20:30
    Blackwell's Nottingham Jubilee and SAGE Publications invite you to join Michelle Oldale and Michelle Cooke for the launch of their book Packed full of practical hints and tips, advice, checklists and points for reflection, this guide will provide your students with everything they need to know to get the most out of their counselling and psychotherapy placements; from securing the right placement for them, to dealing with complex challenges that might arise during the placement.
  • 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>

  • Spotlight on Piketty - Emmanuel Centre

    Monday, May 11th at 19:00
    Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the 21st Century was the surprise publishing sensation of 2014. In this rare appearance in London, Piketty will appear centre stage for Intelligence Squared, along with a panel of experts – some supporters, some critics – to debate his findings. This event will be followed by a book signing with Blackwell's Book Shop. Click here for more information, or to be added to the waiting list for this event.
  • Book Launch: Gender Violence in Poverty Contexts

    Tuesday, May 12th at 17:30 - 19:00
    Blackwell's bookshop at the UCL Institute of Education will be hosting the launch of Gender Violence in Poverty Contexts - The Education Challenge, by Jenny Parkes. The book is concerned with understanding the complex ways in which gender violence and poverty impact on young people's lives, and the potential for education to challenge violence. Although there has been a recent expansion of research on gender violence and schooling, the field of research that brings together thinking on gender violence, poverty and education is in its infancy. This book sets out to establish this new field by offering innovative research insights into the nature of violence affecting children and young people; the sources of violence, including the relationship with poverty and inequality; the effects of violence on young subjectivities; and the educational challenge of how to counter violence. The will be refreshments available and you will have the opportunity to buy the book, usually £95, at the special discounted price of £69.  
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Nikolaus Wachsmann- The Camps : A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps

    Wednesday, May 13th at 18:00 - 19:00
    In March of 1933, a disused factory surrounded by barbed wire held 223 prisoners in the town of Dachau. By the end of 1945, the SS concentration camp system had become an overwhelming landscape of terror. Twenty-two large camps and over one thousand satellite camps throughout Germany and Europe were at the heart of the Nazi campaign of repression and intimidation. Dr Nikolaus Wachsmann is the first historian to write a complete history of the camps. It will remain an essential read for years to come.

    Buy the book

    This is a free event

    Ticket Reservations Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Sarah Leipciger at London High Holborn

    Wednesday, May 13th at 18:30
    Join us in the shop on the 13th May for an evening with debut author Sarah Leipciger to celebrate her beautiful novel, The Mountain Can Wait. There will be a short reading followed by drinks, nibbles and a chance to ask the author about her book and her method.

    Sarah already has fans in the shop, her book telling the story of family and of loss with impeccable grace, all within the breathtakingly rendered Canadian landscape.

    This event is free, but please RSVP to events.london@blackwell.co.uk
  • 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 OXFORD PRESENTS: James Attlee in conversation with David Freeman - 'Station to Station'

    Thursday, May 14th at 19:00 - 21:00
    We had huge success with James' utterly fascinating look at life and lives on the Cowley Road, Isolarion. His new book digs into the stories along the Great Western Railway line from London to Bristol. James became the writer in residence on the railway line to research and get a feel for the journey between these two cities. The book explores the links that travel has with literature and music and also the effect of velocity on vision. Among others, he visits the ghost of Stanley Spencer, Oscar Wilde and Charles I who stories merge with train tracks.

    The evening will culminate in a musical performance from James' group 'Orphan Train'.

    Expect a conversation between James and David Freeman that will delight, surprise and leave you feeling inspired to take to the tracks.

    Buy the book

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Kamila Shamsie in conversation with William Fiennes in the Percy Building, Newcastle University

    Thursday, May 14th at 19:15
    A God In Every Stone is Kamila Shamsie's sixth novel. Her previous novel, Burnt Shadows, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into more than 20 languages. She is a trustee of English PEN and Free Word, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London. Peter Carey in the Observer reviewed A God in Every Stone as ‘a work of art, as human as the feel of another’s hand’.
    Tickets for this event are £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students and can be obtained from the Newcastle University Webstore.
  • 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

  • London Wine Fair - Kensington Olympia

    Monday, May 18th at 10:00 TO Wednesday, May 20th at 17:30
    This year Blackwell's are proud to be working with London Wine Fair and will have a bookshop at Kensington Olympia from the 18th to the 20th of May. We will be showcasing Wine Grapes, co-authored by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and Jos Vouillamoz. We will also have a selection of books on wine and wine tasting, travel writing from wine regions, and a range of cookery books.
  • 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 Newcastle: Finding Wonderland with Robert Douglas-Fairhurst at the Curtis Auditorium

    Tuesday, May 19th at 17:30
    Since its first publication 150 years ago, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has remained one of the most popular and influential children’s stories of all time. In this talk, drawing on his new book The Story of Alice, Professor Robert Douglas-Fairhurst revisits the other story that lies behind the narrative in Carroll’s book: his friendship with Alice  Liddell, the real girl he transformed into a fictional heroine, and the imaginary world they created together.
    This is a free event and no pre-booking is required. Further information can be found at the Insights Public Lectures website.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD & OXFORD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY PRESENT: Beth Shapiro - How to Clone a Mammoth

    Tuesday, May 19th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Beth Shapiro, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will be talking about her research and her book How To Clone A Mammoth at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History This will be a particularly interesting talk as Beth carried out DNA research on the museum's famous Dodo, as part of her very first DNA project.

    Beth's groundbreaking work has appeared in numerous publications including Nature and Science and she was a 2009 recipient of the MacArthur Award.

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    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained here or by visiting the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on Parks Road, Oxford Tel: 01865 272950
  • 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 OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages - The Fault in our Stars

    Wednesday, May 20th at 18:30
    *Please note the change of date for this event to Wednesday 20th May* Fancy seeing your favourite books brought to life on the big screen? Dislike the way a director has changed the film to the book and want to talk about it? Each month a book will be chosen that has been adapted into a film, members read the book during the month in the lead up to the session before we watch the film together. Purchase a glass of wine and some popcorn, sit back and watch our film of the month, then join in the after discussion on the film vs. the book. This month we will be reading the much loved 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green. The film took £3.4million in its opening weekend in the UK and the book sold 633,919 copies in the UK alone last year. Don't miss out on watching this beautiful film, bring a packet of tissues with you, it is a necessity! Buy the book This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now! Ticket Reservations Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@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

  • How to Clone a Mammoth at the Royal Institution

    Thursday, May 21st at 19:30
    Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ancient DNA research, takes us through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. Blackwell's will be selling her new book How to Clone a Mammoth after the talk. Tickets are now available for this talk and can be booked here.
  • Launch of Seahouses at Blackwell's High Holborn

    Wednesday, May 27th at 18:00
    Blackwell's are thrilled to be hosting the launch of Richard Barnett's poetry collection Seahouses. Already known for excellent non-fiction work such as The Sick Rose, this is Barnett's first poetry book. Come along for a short reading and a chance to meet Richard and celebrate this fantastic new collection.
  • Launch of A Letter From Oggi at Blackwell's High Holborn

    Thursday, May 28th at 18:00
    Join us in the shop for the launch of A Letter from Oggi, a collection of letters by the larger than life Olga Franklin to her sister Beryl. Blackwell's are pleased to be hosting the launch where there will be refreshments and a chance to get a copy signed by the editor, Olga's nephew, Richard Jaffa.
  • MARKS OF GENIUS AT BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ros Barber on Christopher Marlowe

    Thursday, May 28th at 19:00 - 20:00
    To coincide with the anniversary of the death of Christopher Marlowe on May 30th, we'll be hosting a talk from Marlowe expert and author of the fabulous, 'The Marlowe Papers', Ros Barber. Christopher Marlowe was a playwright, poet and translator. He was also a huge influence and precursor to William Shakespeare. He was stabbed to death at the age of 29 on 30th May 1593.

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    This is a free event and takes part in a series of events to celebrate the Marks of Genius exhibition at the Weston Library
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: The Poetry Cure: A celebration of the work of Julia Darling at the Clore Suite, Great North Museum

    Friday, May 29th at 18:00
    Presenting new poems commissioned in celebration of Julia Darling's work on poetry and health as well as selected works from Julia's own poetry collections. As Julia herself said, 'Poetry is essential, not a frill or a nicety. It's a powerful force, which can help us through the darkest times.' The evening will be led by Cynthia Fuller and Christy Ducker and includes the launch of the 2015 Flambard Poetry Prize.
    This event is free but ticketed; tickets are available from the Newcastle University Webstore.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Steve Toltz - 'Quicksand'

    Tuesday, June 2nd at 19:00 - 20:00
    Steve Toltz, author of the booker prize nominated 'A Fraction of the Whole' will be with us to discuss his new novel 'Quicksand'.  Described as Dazzling, darkly funny and intensely moving, 'Quicksand' focuses on the multifaceted dynamics between protagonists Aldo and Liam: Lifelong friends, criminal and police officer, muse and writer. As well as being a compulsively funny work, it also offers its reader a profound exploration of fate, suffering and resilience.

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: A Celebration of 60 years of City Lights

    Wednesday, June 3rd at 19:00 - 21:00
    To celebrate 60 years of 'City Lights' bookstore and publishers, we'll be hosting a very special evening of readings from selected authors published by City Lights including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and more! This stupendous evening takes place on what would have been Allen Ginsberg's 89th birthday. A Similar celebration will be taking place across the water in Paris, where our comrades in the trade, Berkeley Books, will also be celebrating in their own way. Later in the year, on 7th October will be a second celebration of 60 years to the evening that 'Howl' was performed at Six Gallery for the first time. (Details and programme to follow soon)

    Angel-headed Hipsters and Mohammedan Angels Welcome! Buy 'Howl' here

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Val McDermid and Jackie Kay at the Curtis Auditorium

    Thursday, June 4th at 19:15
    Join acclaimed writers Val McDermid and Jackie Kay as they discuss the short story. As Jackie Kay says, “I think the short story is perfect for our time, and perfect for people’s time. You can read a short story in your lunch hour or before you go to sleep and it’s a complete experience. You can carry the story around with you in your head and if you put it down in a large field it should still glow because of its intensity.”
    Tickets for this event are £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students and can be obtained from the Newcastle University Webstore.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ray Foulk - 'Stealing Dylan from Woodstock'

    Tuesday, June 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    For a time, the Isle of Wight Festivals transformed a sleepy English island into the rock'n'roll capital of the world. From promoting a one-nighter in 1968, to raise funds for a local swimming pool, the young Foulk brothers were able to out-perform Woodstock by signing the world-exclusive appearance of rock's poet laureate, Bob Dylan. Hear Ray discuss how they 'stole' Bob Dylan from Woodstock.

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Writing Barcelona - Javier Cercas and Peter Bush discuss translated fiction

    Wednesday, June 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be hosting an evening's discussion on Spanish fiction in translation with author Javier Cercas and translator Peter Bush.

    Javier is a writer and professor of Spanish literature at the University of Girona in Spain. His novel's include 2004's 'Soldiers of Salamis' and 2012's 'Outlaws' that was published in English translation last year.

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    Peter Bush is a literary translator and has translated works in Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese to English. His latest translation is of 'An Uncertain Glory' by Joan Sales. Buy the book here

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: A Conversational Supper with Theodore Zeldin

    Thursday, June 11th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Acclaimed philosopher Theodore Zeldin will be running one of his famed conversational suppers in the shop. Each guest will be handed a menu of thought provoking topics as they enter and a dicussion, guided by Theodore, will commence. What is the point of working so hard? What can replace the shortage of soulmates? Through these questions, and many others, Zeldin demonstrates that both the greatest problem and the greatest opportunity of the twenty-first century lie in our relationships with others.

    His new book 'The Hidden Pleasures of Life' is released on 21st May.

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.ukTickets £3
  • MARKS OF GENIUS at BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Stephen Church on Magna Carta

    Monday, June 15th at 19:00 - 20:00
    To commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, We will be joined by Stephen Church, author of King John: England, Magna Carta and the making of a Tyrant to discuss this very special occasion. Stephen Church is a professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia and widely acclaimed as an expert on twelth and thirteenth century kingship, especially the reign of King John.

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    This is a FREE event and takes place as part of our series of events to celebrate the Marks of Genius exhibition at the Weston Library.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Mark Haddon launches Sarah Leipciger's 'The Mountain Can Wait'

    Wednesday, June 17th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Author Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) launches Sarah Leipciger's fabulous debut novel, 'The Mountain Can Wait'.  Set in the stunning but scarred Canadian landscape, 'The Mountain Can Wait' is a story of fathers and sons and the heartache they cause each other.

    For fans of 'Brokeback Mountain' and 'Legend of a Suicide'.

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages- To Kill a Mockingbird

    Thursday, June 18th at 18:30
    Love seeing your favourite books brought to life on the big screen? Dislike the way a director has changed the film to the book and want to talk about it?

    Each month a book will be chosen that has been adapted into a film, members read the book during the month in the lead up to the session before we watch the film together. Purchase a glass of wine and some popcorn, sit back and watch our film of the month, then join in the after discussion on the film vs. the book.

    July 14th sees the publication of the most anticipated novel of the year: Harper Lee's 'lost' first novel, 'Go Set A Watchman'. Before reading about what happened to Scout and Atticus in their later life revisit ine of the most loved films of all time with us.

    Buy To Kill A Mockingbird

    Pre-order Go Set A Watchman (published 14th July)

    This event is free to attend!

    We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now!

    Ticket Reservations Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk