Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • Join our new Blackwell's Bradford Book vs 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 vs. 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.
  • Education Book Launch

    Tuesday, April 21st at 12:00 - 14:00
    Education Book Launch. In conjunction with NTU Education department we will be celebrating the publication of two books written by lecturers from the school. English as an Additional Language in the Early Years: Linking Theory to Practice. By Malini Mistry & Krishan Sood Krishan Sood is a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University with research interests in Leadership for Diversity and English as an Additional Language. Event price £20.99 rrp £24.99 Rethinking Practice, Research and Education: A Philosophical Inquiry By Kevin J Flint Kevin Flint is a Reader in Education at Nottingham Trent University. Event price £20.99 rrp £24.99 This event will take place at our Clifton Campus shop on the 21st Apr 12-2pm.  Free Entry - open to everyone.  Both books will be sold at a discounted price of £4 off on the day of the event at the Clifton shop only.  For further information please call 0115 984 4474
  • The Thoughts Of Chairmen Now - Meet the authors

    Tuesday, April 21st at 17:30 - 19:30
    A Leeds Business Confucius Institute "Meet the Authors event". Leeds University Business School, Venue TBC, Free event, registration start from 17:30. More info and register at: Event Page "Jonathan Geldart has interviewed some of the top Chinese business leaders of today- and now he is going to share their secrets with you. Who hasn’t felt overwhelmed at the size and complexity of China? You want to tap into that huge market, but you don’t know where to start. Now you can learn from a man who has been there before. Jonathan Geldart not only has a wealth of experience of developing markets in China, but can also share candid insights from top Chinese CEOs."    
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    ALINE TEMPLETON: THE THIRD SIN

    Wednesday, April 22nd at 18:30 - 20:00

    Date: Wednesday 22nd April
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of the latest installment in the DI Marjory Fleming series.

    Pleasure is the highest good: the group who called themselves the Cyrenaics practised the principle until the death of one from an overdose and the apparent suicide of another. Sobered, the group went their several ways. One heads to Canada, another disappears and a third is believed to have committed suicide, at least until his body turns up two years later in the wreck of a car swept up on to the Solway mud flats. The murky relationships among the Cyrenaics, revived when they start returning for a party bring more pain and death.

    DI Marjory Fleming finds this and the murder which follows on her own patch, obstructed by the unpleasant and resentful inspector she has been asked to direct, and DC Hepburn and DS Macdonald, still at loggerheads, don't make it any easier. Fleming's daughter has a new boyfriend and though Cammie at last achieves his Scotland cap, he too is in trouble with the affairs of the heart.

    Aline Templeton grew up in the fishing village of Anstruther, in the East Neuk of Fife. She has worked in education and broadcasting and was a Justice of the Peace for ten years. Married with two grown-up children and three grandchildren, she now lives in a house with a view of Edinburgh Castle. She has been Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland and when not writing she enjoys cooking, choral singing, and travelling the back roads of France

    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.

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    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 Newcastle: Art for the people: William Morris and his legacy with Fiona MacCarthy at the Curtis Auditorium

    Thursday, April 23rd at 17:30
    Fiona MacCarthy's biography of William Morris won the Wolfson History Prize. Now using material from her latest book on Morris, Anarchy & Beauty, she examines his legacy, from the Arts & Crafts movement through to the Festival of Britain in 1951.
    This is a free event and no pre-booking is necessary. Further information can be found at the Insights Public Lectures website.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2015

    Thursday, April 23rd at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 23rd April
    Time: 6pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    What better way to celebrate World Book Night 2015 than to chat about books in great company! We are delighted to be joined by authors Anne Donovan, Andrea Gillies, Michael Malone and Philip Miller.

    Anne Donovan is the author of the prize-winning novel Buddha Da, the short-story collection Hieroglyphics and Being Emily. Buddha Da was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It received a Scottish Arts Council Award and won the Le Prince Maurice Award in Mauritius in 2004. She has also written for radio and the stage and has been working on the screenplay for the film of Buddha Da. She lives in Glasgow.

    Andrea Gillies won both The Wellcome Prize 2009 and The Orwell Prize 2010 for her first book, Keeper, which was prompted by living with someone with Alzheimer’s. The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay is her second novel. Her debut novel, The White Lie, about a landed Scottish family determined to keep a dark secret, was published to critical acclaim in 2012.

    Michael J Malone is a Scottish author and poet, born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, leading him into a career in the book world. His most recent book, Beyond the Rage, is his third crime novel. He is also the author of a non-fiction book, Carnegie’s Call, and has had more than 150 poems published in the UK literary press. He wrote The Guillotine Choice with Bashir Saoudi, a computer engineer in Cambridge whose life’s dream is to see his father’s incredible story brought to a public audience before he retires to Algeria.

    Philip Miller is an award-winning journalist and writer. He has been Arts Correspondent for The Scotsman, The Sunday Times in Scotland, and The Herald, and has twice been named Arts Writer of the Year. His short stories have been published in The Herald, Gutter Magazine, The Island Review and Head On. His poetry has been published in Gutter, Valve Journal and the 2014 Fish Anthology. His debut novel The Blue Horse has just been published with Freight Books. He lives and works in Glasgow.

    Event Info...
    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.

    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 - Matt Haig - Reasons to Stay Alive

    Thursday, April 23rd at 19:00 - 20:30
    Bestselling author and all 'round brilliant writer Matt Haig is coming to visit our lovely bookshop and we are all rather excited. Matt's last novel The Humans (a quirky look at the human race via a very unusual protagonist) quickly became a bestseller. Matt will be reading and talking about his latest book Reasons to Stay Alive. Reasons to Stay Alive has received praise from the likes of Jo Brand and Steven Fry as a vitally important book on mental health. reasonstostayalive   Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Dave Goulson - A Buzz in the Meadow

    Friday, April 24th at 19:00 - 20:00
    This event is now SOLD OUT. Dave Goulson is an award-winning professor of biological sciences at the University of Sussex. In 2006 he founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. His work on bumblebee ecology and conservation has led to him becoming one of the UK’s most high profile scientists.

    His books A Sting in the Tale (a Times and Guardian bestseller) and A Buzz in the Meadow, are the results of Goulson’s determination to ensure that his work is published in the ‘real world’ as well as scientific journals. Both books celebrate the beauty and wonder of the natural world. They also leave readers in no doubt that they reach the heart some of the most important issues of our times, namely farming, food production and the economy.

    We may see ourselves as predominantly an urban society but over 70% of the UK is farmland so the way in which land is managed has a major impact on us all.

    Goulson’s research results showing the damage caused to the environment and food chains by a group of systemic insecticides has put him at odds with Governments and some of the world’s largest corporations.

    Pale Blue Dot is an art-science organisation collaborating with Dave Goulson to encourage debate between scientists, the food and farming industry and the public, to explore these issues and ask whether such independent research is too inconvenient for today’s business-backed policy makers.

    Buy the book

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD & IRREGULAR FOLK PRESENT: An Evening of Music in the Norrington Room

    Friday, April 24th at 20:00 - 23:00
    In conjunction with Irregular Folk, we proudly present a night of music in the Norrington Room.

    Laura Moody is an astonishing musician and singer songwriter who played Irregular Folk's "Ode to the Cello" evening two years ago and floored everyone with a quite frankly mind bending performance. Her debut album was released late last year to great acclaim.

    Alabaster De Plume hails from Manchester and this will be his first ever Oxford gig. He soothes, amuses, jars and inspires all in one baffling bundle.

    Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening and will be supplied by Loose Cannon. Tickets are available to purchase from this link.
  • 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.

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    Tickets are free Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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'.

    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...

    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>

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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 OXFORD PRESENTS: James Attlee- 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.

    Expect a conversation between James and David Freeman that will delight and surprise.

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    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

  • 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...
    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

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages - The Fault in our Stars

    Thursday, May 21st at 18:30
    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!

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    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
  • 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: A Celebration of Sixty Years of CITY LIGHTS PUBLISHING

    Wednesday, June 3rd at 19:00 - 21:00
    To celebrate 60 years of 'City Lights' bookstore and publishers, we'll be hosting an evening of readings from selected authors published by City Lights including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Angel-headed Hipsters and Mohammedan Angels Welcome!

    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: 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
  • 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: 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