Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Children's Summer Events

    Tuesday, July 21st at 09:00 TO Monday, August 31st at 19:00
    Join us this summer holiday in our Children's Department as we run our free programme of fun book activities for all the family.

    • Our bookseller storyteller extraordinaire will be reading from a selection of our favourite books. Pop along, take a seat and listen to a new adventure.

    EVERY TUESDAY 12pm & 4pm
    • Take part in our ongoing never ending story where the Story Cubes decide your fate...

    • Love Harry Potter? Play our very own mini quidditch game.

    • Is a themed day! Join us for fun crafts and activities, with each week focusing on a new topic.
    • 23rd July- Gruffalo Skittles
    • 6th August- Monkey Day
    • 13th August- Superhero day
    • 20th August- Dinosaur Day
    • 27th August- Where's Wally

    If you would like to know more information please get in touch with our Children's department on 01865 333694 or
  • Heffers Presents: Book Launch: ‘Sustainable Frontiers’ by Wayne Visser

    Tuesday, August 4th at 18:30

    Join us from 6.30pm on 4th August for the launch of Sustainable Frontiers by Wayne Visser; a book which has been described as ‘powerful, insightful and thought-provoking’ and ‘an out-of-the-box, transformative, holistic vision of future Earth that takes one well beyond current concerns about sustainability.’

    Sustainable Frontiers throws down the gauntlet to business to step up and be the catalyst for a sustainable future. It presents eight keys to unlocking transformational change – through leadership, enterprise, innovation, transparency, engagement, responsibility, integration and future-fitness. Far from being another tame review of corporate social responsibility and sustainable business initiatives, the book dispels the myths of sustainability and challenges us to let go of old systems that are failing to deliver economic, social and environmental transformation.

    This event is free, but please RSVP and reserve a ticket if you would like to attend.


    If you are unable to attend this event but would like to reserve a signed copy of a book, please email your request to

  • Quiz Night at Blackwell's High Holborn

    Tuesday, August 4th at 18:30
    Teams of four (max) will be pitted against each other in order to win spot prizes throughout the night and a top prize of Blackwell’s vouchers and, of course, glory and bragging rights. Tickets are free, but make sure you book for every attendee and come prepared with a hilarious literary team name!
  • Blackwell's Leeds Reading Group - Slaughterhouse Five

    Wednesday, August 5th at 16:30
    The reading group hosted by Blackwell's Bookshop is open to all!

    Join us from 4.30pm in Costa Coffee Blackwell's for a discussion with fellow book-lovers about this month's selection: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Grab a coffee (maybe even some cake...) and put your reader's hat on.

    This is a chance to share your thoughts, inspirations, and literary loves and loathings with other like-minded folk, all in the welcoming surroundings of your local bookshop.

    If you can't make the start due to work or lectures, don't worry, latecomers are welcome. We promise not to even tut! And you don't need to have finished reading the book (as long as you don't mind risking a few spoilers...).

    The book is currently available at a special offer price exclusively at Blackwell's Bookshop Leeds.

    The Blackwell's Leeds book group runs on the first Wednesday of every month. Keep an eye on the website for updates.

    Free customer car park. Full wheelchair access. All welcome!
  • Aliette De Bodard and Anna Caltabiano in Conversation

    Wednesday, August 5th at 18:30

    Aliette de Bodard - The House of Shattered Wings

    Anna Caltabiano - The Time of the Clockmaker

    Join us at Blackwell's High Holborn for an evening of drinks and nibbles with two amazing fantasy authors. Tickets are free, but make sure you book in advance. Don't miss an opportunity to hear some great readings and discussions, and ask the authors all your questions about books and writing.

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  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Summer Folk Evening with Kelly Oliver and Daria Kulesh

    Wednesday, August 5th at 19:00 - 21:00
    For one night only, Blackwell's Oxford will be inviting folk musicians Kelly Oliver and Daria Kulesh into the shop for an evening of summer folk music.

    Kelly was awarded the Folkwords best album award 2014 for 'This Land'. She has toured extensively throughout the UK including an appearance at the 2015 Folk Weekend Oxford. Kelly also recorded for the Whispering Bob Harris Broadcasting Company and was interviewed by Bob for his 'Under the Apple Tree Sessions'.

    Daria Kulesh is a Russian born folk singer who performs solo or with her band KARA. She has recently released her debut album 'Eternal Child' which reflects the multicultural influences that she has experienced throughout her life. Daria also appeared at this year's Folk Weekend Oxford.

    We are delighted to have both of these incredible folk musicians in to play a 45 minute set each. In the interval, you will have the opportunity to browse the shop out of hours and we will be offering a 10% discount on eveything for the evening. Refreshing cold drinks will also be on sale.

    This promises to be a relaxing and wonderful long summer night!

    Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623

    Thursday, August 6th at 17:45 TO Thursday, August 27th at 20:00
    Date: Every Thursday in August
    Time: 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Now in its eighth year, Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe once again brings you the best in Scottish writing.

    Every Thursday during the Festival we invite a selection of Scottish performers to give us a taste of their work. New and unpublished works of literary art stands alongside established novelists, with any and all genres free to be expressed - from Scots poetry to cutting edge drama, from folk music to contemporary fiction, and all that is found in between.

    Our 2015 line-up

    Thursday 6th August

    Irene Taylor

    Grahame Howard

    Catherine Gault

    Jonathan Whitelaw

    Anne Donovan

    Thursday 13th August

    Ian Garbutt

    Jane Alexander

    Alwyn James

    Sue Lawrence

    Doug Johnstone

    Thursday 20th August

    Peter Ranscombe

    Michael F Russel

    Jim Crumley

    Vicki Jarrett

    Chris Dolan

    Thursday 27th August

    Michael Cannon

    Malachy Tallack

    Carol Fox

    John Mackay

    Andrew O'Hagan


    These events are ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8229 or from the The Fringe Box Office.. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    For more information or if you would like a signed copies of any of the books please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8237 or

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS:The Oxford Business Book Club Meeting

    Thursday, August 6th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Join us for the next Oxford Business Book Club meeting, where the group will be discussing "Ignorant Maestro: How Great Leaders Inspire Unpredictable Brilliance" by Itay Talgam.

    Members of the group receive a £4 discount on the book. When purchasing your copy please inform staff you are attending to receive your discount.

    For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit the groups website.

    Friday, August 14th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Friday 14th of August
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell’s Bookshop and Mariscat Press are delighted to invite you to the launch of the new poetry pamphlet of one of Scotland's most loved poets.

    Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. She writes poetry and fiction for adults and children. Her first poetry collection The Adoption Papers won the Forward Prize, a Saltire Award and a Scottish Arts Council Book Award, and she has won numerous awards for her writing since, including an MBE in 2006.

    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 8222 or emailing

    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

  • Life After Dark: Dave Haslam (bookstall & signing)

    Sunday, August 16th at 20:00 - 22:30
    DAVE HASLAM'S new book Life After Dark takes us from vice-ridden Victorian venues to acid house and beyond; from Mecca dance halls to mods in basement dives; from psychedelic light shows to high street discos; from the Roxy to the Hacienda; from the Krays to the Slits; and from reggae sound systems to rave nights in Stoke.

    This launch event includes Dave Haslam in-conversation with a panel of guests, and a surprise musical finale. The panel features Bruce Mitchell (Durutti Column), Kath McDermott (Flesh/HomoElectric), Graeme Park (Hacienda) and Pete Wylie (Wah!).

    Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues will be discounted £5 for ticket-holders. There will be a signing.

    Click here for tickets and more information.

    Monday, August 17th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Monday 17th of August
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 5DR

    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 The Children Act by Ian McEwan.

    What is the book about?
    Fiona Maye, a leading High Court judge, renowned for her fierce intelligence and sensitivity is called on to try an urgent case. For religious reasons, a seventeen-year-old boy is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life. Time is running out. She visits the boy in hospital - an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. But it is Fiona who must ultimately decide whether he lives or dies and her judgement will have momentous consequences for them both.

    Future meetings...
    On Monday 14th September we are reading The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam and on Monday 19th Octover The Quick by Lauren Owen

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

    So join today! Just email your name and address details to

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages - What Dreams May Come

    Thursday, August 20th at 18:30 - 21:30
    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.

    This month we will be discussing and watching What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson. Starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr, the film won many awards for it's visual graphics including an Oscar in 1999.

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    This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now  Tel: 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Mick Wall in conversation with Dave Everley

    Saturday, August 22nd at 17:00 - 18:00
    We are thrilled to be welcoming music journalist and biographer Mick Wall back to Blackwell's to discuss his latest book, 'Getcha Rocks Off'

    The book details Mick's adventurous years touring with some of the biggest heavy metal bands on the planet. Mick spent a large amount of the 1980's sprawled in the back of limos and five-star hotels with the likes of Black Sabbath, Guns and Roses, Led Zeppelin and many others. He became the cover star writer for Kerrang! magazine and presented a weekly show on SkyTV called 'Monsters of Rock'

    Mick will be discussing his hedonistic years of excess with deputy editor of 'Classic Rock', Dave Everley.

    This is a FREE talk to attend and will take place in the philosophy department in the Norrington Room. No booking is required. For more information or enquiries, please call 01865 333623 or email:
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Chris Impey - Beyond: Our Future in Space

    Monday, August 24th at 19:00 - 20:00
    “Beyond” is for everyone who longs to see the sun from across an interstellar gulf, “like a buttercup set on velvet,” a book for readers who wish to reach out their hands amid the stars.- New York Times.

    Join us as astronomy expert Chris Impey discusses his fascinating new book 'Beyond'. Beyond dares to imagine a fantastic future for humans in space-and then reminds us that we’re already there.

    Human exploration has been an unceasing engine of technological progress, from the first homo sapiens to leave our African cradle to a future in which mankind promises to settle another world. Beyond tells the epic story of humanity leaving home-and how humans will soon thrive in the vast universe beyond the earth.

    Chris Impey is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona. Beyond is his tenth book on astronomy, with past publications including "How it Began" and "How it Ends".

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623
  • Stuart Evers and Thomas Morris at Blackwell's High Holborn

    Tuesday, August 25th at 18:30
    We will be joined in the shop by not just one but two fantastic short story writers on the evening of Tuesday 25th August. Thomas Morris will be reading from his debut collection We Don't Know What We're Doing, and Stuart Evers from his latest publication Your Father Sends His Love. Both authors will be reading and signing their books in our cosy cafe area. Tickets are free, but book now to avoid disappointment.
  • Blackwell's Leeds Public Lecture Series

    Wednesday, August 26th at 16:30 - 19:30
    A free series of talks on wide-ranging topics, hosted by your favourite neighbourhood bookshop. Each month we invite guest speakers from various disciplines and walks of life to expand our minds, give our grey matter a workout and inspire us on a different chosen subject. The talks are held in Costa Blackwell's, so why not grab a coffee and a bite to eat, get comfortable and get ready to be fascinated... Keep an eye on this website for updates about the upcoming programme of talks. Free customer car park. Full wheelchair access. All welcome!
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD Group 2012 PRESENTS: An evening with Rebecca Wait

    Wednesday, August 26th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Group 2012 is a writing group based in Oxford which meets monthly, on the last Wednesday of each month. Meetings include talks by authors, agents, publishers and booksellers, discussions on all aspect of writing and publishing writing workshops and writing critique sessions.

    The guest speaker for this session is Rebecca Wait, author of the novels The Followers and The View on the Way Down. She’ll be talking through her experiences as a novelist, the creative process, how to (try to) make a living from being a writer, the author’s relationship with their editor and agent, and other aspects of being a published writer.

    Entry to this event is £3 or membership for a year costs £20. Membership allows attendance to all meetings for free. For more information about Group2012, please visit their website. If you have any questions or need further information email
  • Book/Film Reading Group for August

    Thursday, August 27th at 18:00 - 21:30
    Sign up now for our Blackwell’s Bradford Book/Film Reading Group. Third meeting Thursday 27th of August at 6pm in Lecture Theatre C7 in the Richmond Building. We will watch and discuss Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. BUY THE BOOK 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! This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now  Tel: 01274 905149 or email  
  • Heffers Presents: Author talk and book signing: ‘A Nazi in the Family’ by Derek Niemann

    Tuesday, September 1st at 18:30

    Join us at Heffers at 6.30pm on 1st September for an evening with author Derek Niemann, who will be talking about his chilling World War II biography, A Nazi in the Family.  This is the first of two evenings at Heffers where those appearing have a truly personal connection to the events of the Second World War.

    WARTIME BERLIN: The Niemann family – Karl, Minna and their four children – live in a quiet, suburban enclave. Every day Karl commutes to work, a business manager travelling around inspecting his “factories”. In the evenings he returns home to life as a normal family man. Three years ago Derek Niemann, born and raised in Scotland, made the chilling discovery that his grandfather Karl had been an officer in the SS; and that his “business” used thousands of slave labourers in concentration camps, such as Auschwitz, Dachau, Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen. Derek had known little about the German side of his family, but now a lifetime of unsettling hints and clues began to fall into place. With the help of surviving relatives and hundreds of previously unknown family photographs, Derek uncovers the true story of what Karl did. A Nazi in the Family is an illuminating portrayal of how ordinary people can fall into the service of a monstrous regime.


    If you are unable to attend this event but would like to reserve a signed copy of a book, please email your request to

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD, THE BODLEIAN LIBRARIES AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENT: Stanley Wells on 'The Genius of Shakespeare' : A Marks of Genius event

    Thursday, September 3rd at 18:15 - 20:15
    Blackwell's Bookshop and the Bodleian Library are delighted to welcome Stanley Wells to Oxford to talk about William Shakespeare.

    This is one of a series of talks being held to celebrate the wonderful Marks of Genius exhibition at the Weston Library.

    Stanley Wells is one of the world's most respected Shakespeare scholars. In his own words: "Shakespeare is a source of aesthetic pleasure and intellectual stimulus to millions. There is no holding him back. He is in the water supply, and is likely to remain there until the pipes run dry." In this lecture, Stanley Wells will address the aspects of William Shakespeare which make him the most celebrated and influential literary colossus in history. In particular, Stanley Wells will explore the pleasure of Shakespeare's use of language, his sense of theatre, his awareness of the needs of actors and the enduring relevance of his exploration of the human condition.

    Tickets for this talk, costing £12, include a Private View of the Marks of Genius exhibition as well as a glass of wine. Private View from 6.15pm, talk 7pm to 8.15pm. Tickets are available from the Customer Services Department at Blackwell's Bookshop. Alternatively please telephone 01865 333623 or email

    Photograph courtesy of Christoph Mueller.
  • Heffers Presents: Born Survivors: An Evening with Wendy Holden and Eva Clarke

    Thursday, September 3rd at 18:30

    Join us at Heffers at 6.30pm on 3rd September for an evening with author Wendy Holden and Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke. They will be discussing Wendy’s book Born Survivors and the events of the Holocaust which Eva, a newborn baby at the time, so miraculously lived through.  This is the second of two evenings at Heffers where those appearing have a truly personal connection to the events of the Second World War.

    Among millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel, and Anka each passed through its infamous gates with a secret. Strangers to each other, they were newly pregnant, and facing an uncertain fate without their husbands. Alone, scared, and with so many loved ones already lost to the Nazis, these young women were privately determined to hold on to all they had left: their lives, and those of their unborn babies. That the gas chambers ran out of Zyklon-B just after the babies were born, before they and their mothers could be exterminated, is just one of several miracles that allowed them all to survive and rebuild their lives after World War II.  In Born Survivors, Wendy Holden brings all three stories together for the first time to mark their seventieth birthdays and the seventieth anniversary of the ending of the war. A heart-stopping account of how three mothers and their newborns fought to survive the Holocaust, Born Survivors is also a life-affirming celebration of our capacity to care and to love amid inconceivable cruelty.


    If you are unable to attend this event but would like to reserve a signed copy of a book, please email your request to

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ian Brennan - Sister Maple Syrup Eyes

    Saturday, September 5th at 15:00 - 16:00
    Grammy award winning music producer, Ian Brennan will be joining us to read from and sign copies of his new book, 'Sister Maple Syrup Eyes'.

    This is one of the first books to look at the historically under-reported perspective on rape: from the oft-forgotten 'other victim', the individual's partner. This novella explores the anguish of trying to repair a relationship that has been shattered by a violent act.

    This is a FREE event to attend and will take place in the philosophy department of the shop.

    For information and more details, please contact the customer service department on 01865 333623 or email
    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, September 7th at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 7th of September
    Time: 6pm (come early as space is at a premium)
    Venue: Caffè Nero in the Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

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

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

    Teams of up to five people can take part.

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

    For further information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8237 or

  • Poetry Evening at Blackwell's High Holborn

    Tuesday, September 8th at 18:30
    Blackwell's High Holborn will be hosting the launch of Frances Spurrier's new collection of poems The Pilgrim's Trail. Frances will be joined by poets Richard Skinner and Melanie Pryor for poetry readings in our cosy bookshop.
    Frances Spurrier’s poetry grabs the reader’s attention and holds it, not with showy performance, but with beautifully turned phrases; visceral images in precise language; lyrical and well-controlled lines and the ability to create haunting moments in time.

    Wednesday, September 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be welcoming art historian, journalist and author Iain Pears to Blackwell's to discuss his new novel 'Arcadia'.

    Iain is the author of the critically acclaimed 'An Instance of the Fingerpost' which went on to be translated into several other languages. 'Arcadia' tells the story of fifteen year old Rosie who goes in search of her missing cat and ends up in a different world.

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    This is Iain's first novel since 2009's 'Stones Fall'.

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623
  • Fiction Book Club at Blackwell's High Holborn

    Thursday, September 10th at 18:30
    Every six weeks we’ll be meeting in the Holborn branch to discuss a recent paperback release in our cosy armchairs. The evening will be a great way to meet other Londoners who adore reading, and to talk about what we love (and hate!) in literature. Members can also enjoy 20% off everything in the shop during the book club, so we’ll make sure there’s time to browse. Booking tickets is free, but please bring a £2 donation on the night to cover refreshments. This month’s book will be Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. If you don’t make it through the whole book, don’t be afraid to still come along, but we make no promises to refrain from spoilers! Click here to order your copy.

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    NEIL OLIVER: Master of Shadows

    Thursday, September 10th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Date: Thursday 10th of September
    Time: 7pm
    Venue: Central Library - 7-9 George IV Bridge Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1EG

    Blackwell's Edinburgh, Orion Publishing and Edinburgh Reads are delighted to bring historian Neil Oliver to Edinburgh upon the publication of this first novel, Master of Shadows.

    About the Book…
    From the lawless borderlands of Scotland to the crumbling majesty of Constantinople, Master of Shadows is a sweeping, epic adventure and the story of a man all but forgotten by history.

    In fifteenth-century Constantinople, Prince Constantine saves the life of a broken-hearted girl. But the price of his valour is high. John Grant is a young man on the edge of the world. His unique abilities carry him from his home in Scotland to the heart of the Byzantine Empire in search of a girl and the chance to fulfil a death-bed promise. Lena has remained hidden from the men who have been searching for her for many years. When she's hunted down, at last she knows what she must do. With an army amassing beyond the city's ancient walls, the fates of these three will intertwine. As the Siege of Constantinople reaches its climax, each must make a choice between head and heart, duty and destiny.

    About the Author…
    Neil Oliver is a Scottish archaeologist, historian, broadcaster and writer who has become widely known as the presenter of the BBC's flagship series A History of Scotland. Before that, his distinctive style was much in evidence as a charismatic presenter of the award-winning multi-part documentary series Coast and the author of its tie-in book. His archaeological training at Glasgow University was put to good use in BBC2's series Two Men in a Trench where he visited historic British battlefields and attempted to recreate the events of each battle. He co-wrote the two accompanying books. He has also appeared as a contributor on The One Show, and as a presenter on The History Detectives, Time Team and Channel 4's The Face of Britain.

    Tickets are FREE and available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8229 or emailing

    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 8229 or

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

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Licensed to Thrill : Novelists Lucy Atkins, Clare Mackintosh and Renee Knight discuss writing psychological suspense

    Friday, September 11th at 19:30 - 20:30
    Joining us for a discussion based around the psychological thriller genre will be authors Lucy Atkins, Clare Mackintosh and Renee Knight.

    Lucy is an award winning journalist and author. Her latest novel 'The Other Child' follows 2014's 'The Missing One'.

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    Clare is an author, feature writer and columnist. Her debut novel 'I let you go' was published by Little, Brown this year. She is currently writing her second book.

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    Renee is the author of last year's brilliant, 'Disclaimer'.

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    The evenings talk will be chaired by award winning radio presenter and thriller writer, David Prever.

    Tickets cost £3 and wine will be available to purchase on the evening. Tel: 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Sarah Alderson - Can We Live Here?

    Saturday, September 12th at 12:00 - 13:00
    Author Sarah Alderson will be joining us on Saturday 12th September to discuss her new biography 'Can We Live Here?'.

    'Can We Live Here' shares Sarah's adventure looking for a new home with her family. In 2009, Sarah and John Alderson quit their full-time jobs in London and headed off, with Alula, their three-year-old daughter, on a global adventure to find a new home. For eight months, they travelled through Australia, the US and Asia – navigating India with a toddler in a tutu, battling black magic curses in Indonesia and encountering bears in North America – asking themselves one defining question: ‘Can We Live Here?’

    Inspirational, hilarious and fascinating – this is an unforgettable travel memoir and a unique guide to quitting your job, following your dreams and finding your home in a far–flung paradise.

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    During their travels Sarah started writing a blog, sharing stories along the way.'Can We Live Here' book tells their whole story. Sarah Alderson is the author of ten teen fiction titles including Hunting Lila, The Sound and her newest release, Conspiracy Girl. She also writes under the pseudonym Mila Grey, with novel 'This is One Moment' published in September. Buy the book This event is free to attend and no booking is required. For enquires, please email: or call 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Voice Vocal Trio in the Norrington Room

    Sunday, September 13th at 14:00 - 14:30
    To celebrate the release of their new album Pattern of Love a capella trio Voice will be staging a number of short performances across Oxford.

    Expect to hear everything from sung Shakespeare sonnets to evocative poetry set by contemporary British composers.

    Voice will perform across venues ancient and modern, hear them hear in our Norrington Room, the Ashmolean Museum, and Vault's café to name a few.

    For further information about performances and times, click here

    This event is part of Oxford Open Doors.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Tim Richardson - Oxford College Gardens

    Tuesday, September 15th at 15:00 - 16:00
    Join us as Tim Richardson offers a glimpse into the beautiful gardens of Oxford Colleges.

    Hear stories about each college gardens own distinct styles, from the ancient mound in New College to the stunning side garden at Corpus Christi. Using photographs taken by Royal Horticultural Gold Medal Photographer Andrew Lawson, Tim Richardson will be taking us through each garden with their surprises and hidden corners. You will even be given an insight into the colleges most private gardens, normally closed to the public.

    Tim Richardson was the garden editor for Country Life, going on to be the founding editor of Country Life Gardens magazine and the award winning New Eden. He has written a range of garden books, including 'The New English Garden', 'Arcadian Friends' and 'The Garden Book'.

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    This event is free to attend and no booking is required. For any enquiries please email or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages - The Handmaid's Tale

    Thursday, September 17th at 18:30 - 21:30
    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.

    This month we will be discussing and watching The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. First published in 1985, the novel was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. The film was released in 1990, based on the screenplay by Harold Pinter. It stars Natasha Richardson as Offred and Robert Duvall as The Commander.

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    This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now  Tel: 01865 333623
  • Meet the Authors: Michael Dillon

    Monday, September 21st at 13:00 - 14:00
    Professor MICHAEL DILLON, one of the UK’s leading authorities on modern China, will talk about his biography of Deng Xiaoping, a charismatic leader who has played a huge role in China's modern history.

    Deng Xiaoping was credited for the reforms of the late 1970s that put China on the path to spectacular economic growth and development, while becoming a figurehead for Hong Kong citizens protesting against the growing threat of China to its autonomy.

    Monday, 21 September 2015, 1-2pm; The Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum

    Michael Dillon, one of the UK’s leading authorities on modern China, presents an account of Deng’s life of struggle and survival, and the complexity and contradictoriness of Deng - a committed communist who brought in economic liberalization but who fell dramatically from grace in the wake of the violently crushed protests in Tiananmen Square.

    This lunchtime Meet the Authors event at Manchester Museum's Kanaris Theatre is organised in association with The Conficius Institute. Copies of the book will be on sale. Free: no need to book.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Peter Hainsworth and David Robey discuss DANTE: 1265 - 2015 A Marks of Genius event

    Monday, September 21st at 16:00 - 17:00
    In 'Dante: A Very Short Introduction', Peter Hainsworth and David Robey take a different approach to Dante, by examining the main themes and issues that run through all of his work, ranging from autobiography, to understanding God and the order of the universe. In doing so, they highlight what has made Dante a vital point of reference for modern writers and readers, both inside and outside Italy.

    The talk will last for approximately 40 mins followed by an audience Q&A.

    Peter Hainsworth and David Robey are also the authors of 'Italian Literature: A Very Short Introduction' and 'The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature'.

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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. For enquires, please email: or call 01865 333623
  • Book/Film Reading Group for September

    Thursday, September 24th at 19:00 - 21:30
    Sign up now for our Blackwell’s Bradford Book/Film Reading GroupThird meeting Thursday 24th of September at 7pm in Lecture Theatre C7 in the Richmond Building. We will watch and discuss Robert Bloch’s Psycho and watch Hitchcock's masterpiece. 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!   This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now  Tel: 01274 905149 or email
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: The Face of Britain: An Evening with Simon Schama

    Thursday, September 24th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Join us at the Sheldonian Theatre for an evening with Simon Schama.

    Simon will be discussing his new book The Face of Britain: A History of the Nation through its portraits. The book accompanies a five-part BBC TV series and will coincide with special displays at the National Portrait Gallery. Simon will be presenting a thrilling evening discussing a surprising array of portraits from the Tudors to the present day that tell the story of the British people.

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    Simon Schama CBE is an English historian specialising in art history, Dutch history and French History. He is a University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, New York. He is best known for writing and hosting the 15 part BBC documentary series A History of Britain broadcast between 2000 and 2002.

    Tickets for this very special event are available to purchase online only. Buy a Ticket.For enquiries or more information, please call 01865 333623.
  • Fresher's event at NTU Global lounge

    Monday, September 28th at 11:00 - 14:00

    The first of our fresher's events for the new academic year will take place on the 28th September at NTU Global lounge on City campus.

    All students are welcome to the event which will take place over lunch time during one of the Global lounges famous "free international lunch's" - Sound good.  We're looking forward to it.

    A little bit to promote NTU Global lounge.  This department was set up to support students looking for International opportunity's and is a fantastic resource at NTU so if you are interested in studying or work placements abroad then this is the place to go to.  They also have a fantastic range of travel books for students to look through and read for free - trust us - from the bookshop it's a good selection.  Please follow the link to find out more about NTU Global lounge.

    New Students:

    The Blackwell's frehser event will be an opportunity for new students to come and meet members of the Blackwell's Bookshop team, find out about what we do and how we can help you during your studies at NTU.

    You will have the chance to find out about some of our services such as:

    •  2ndhand buy back service
    •     Free student reward card
    •     Big savings on key textbooks
    •     How to find your reading list details
    •     Where Blackwell's are located at NTU
    •     Obtaining eBooks
    •     More than Books - we aren't just a bookshop we also sell stationery, tablets and course materials as well as more

    Exisiting students:

    The event is open to everyone so if you are an existing student and want to know more about Blackwell's, please come and see us as well.  At this event we are also going to be offering existing students an open forum to feedback on your experiences of using Blackwell's whilst at NTU so far.  We want to hear your opinions so we can improve our service to you.

    Freebies - it wouldn't be a fresher's event without them: 

    There will be chances to win bookish prizes and sign up to our mailing list free of charge to be entered into a free prize draw.

    More details will be announced on this event and the prizes to be won closer to the time - so watch this space.

    We will also be hosting a 2nd Fresher's event in the same location at the same time on Wednesday 30th September so you have two chances to attend, speak to us and win.

    Global lounge is located near the Blackwell's City campus shop on Goldsmith street - Chaucer Building.

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: An Evening with Samuel Shem

    Tuesday, September 29th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are thrilled to be presenting an evening with cult writer, Samuel Shem, author of the classic 'The House of God' and 'Mount Misery', both fictional but close-to-real first-hand descriptions of the training of doctors in the United States.

    Shem was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College in 1966 , He is now the Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Shem's latest book, written with wife Janet Surrey, is called The Buddha's Wife and tells the story of Princess Yasodhara, the wife Buddha left behind and her alternative route to spiritual enlightenment.

    This very special event will include dramatic readings of some of Shem's works.

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623
  • Intelligence Squared: An Evening with Jonathan Franzen at the Royal Geographical Society

    Wednesday, September 30th at 19:00
    A new Jonathan Franzen novel is seen as a major cultural event. His 2010 novel Freedom was described by The New York Times as ‘a masterpiece’ and was the book that President Obama took on holiday. That year, Franzen became the first novelist in a decade to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
    On September 30, to mark the publication of his new novel Purity, Franzen makes a rare London appearance when he comes to the Intelligence Squared stage.
    In Purity, Franzen has once again funnelled the issues of our age through the drama of one family. The novel follows a young American, Purity Tyler — known by her Dickensian nickname ‘Pip’ — as she searches for the father she never knew. Journeying to South America, she is drawn into the secrets of her own family past and the secrets of state, when she crosses paths with a charismatic internet hacker.
    Tickets are available now, and can be purchased as a book bundle, click here to book. This event will be followed by a signing with Blackwell's Bookshop.

    Wednesday, October 7th 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 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 2nd December.

    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 

    This event is free to attend. Enquiries Tel: 01865 333623

    Wednesday, October 7th at 19:00 - 21:00
    On 7th October 1955, an event took place in San Francisco that changed the face of poetry forever and thrust an unsuspecting Allen Ginsberg into the courts and national media.

    Exactly sixty years on, we'll be recreating the Six Gallery Poetry evening where 'Howl' was performed on stage by Ginsberg for the very first time. Also being read will be the same poems that Gary Snyder, Philip Lamantia, Michael McClure and Philip Whelan read as accompanying pieces.

    This is your chance to take a trip back to that wonderful era and the burgeoning beat scene and get a taste of what it would have been like to have been sat next to a whooping Kerouac and a wine guzzling Cassady and hear one of the greatest ever poems read aloud.

    If you'd like to take part in the event and read one of the poems that were recited on that night, please email

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Dr Janina Ramirez - The Private Lives of the Saints

    Friday, October 9th at 15:00 - 16:00
    British Art Historian and TV Presenter, Dr Janina Ramirez will be talking about her new book 'Private Lives of the Saints'

    The word 'saint' conjures a variety of associations in our modern minds. Some might connect it with suffering, charity and devotion to Christian values; others with miracles, martyrdom and heavenly gifts such as the stigmata. Drawing on a wide range of evidence, from art and literature to archaeology, theology and historical data, Dr Ramirez examines the real lives of over a dozen seminal individuals, from the infamous to the obscure whose effect can still be felt today.

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    This is a FREE talk to attend. It will take place in the Norrington Room. For enquiries or more information, please contact our customer service department on 01865 333623 or email:
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Graham Hancock - Magicians of the Gods

    Tuesday, October 13th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Graham Hancock is the author of multi-million bestseller, Fingerprints of the Gods, a book that remains an astonishing, deeply controversial, wide ranging investigation into the mysteries of our past and the evidence for earth's lost civilisation.

    Now, Twenty years on, Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new, scientific and archaeological evidence which has only recently come to light.

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    We are delighted to be given this very special opportunity to host Graham in an event that is not too be missed.

    Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623 For event enquiries, please email:
  • An Evening With Graham Hancock

    Wednesday, October 14th at 19:00 - 21:30
    Blackwell's at The University of Bradford are proud to announce the return of Graham Hancock who will be discussing and signing his new book Magicians of the Gods, the explosive sequel to global bestseller FINGERPRINTS OF THE GODS.   This event is free but we do ask you reserve your seat before attending. Last year seats went very quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment. To reserve your seat ring 01274 905149 or email us at
  • Book Launch | Romeo and Juliet in Palestine: Teaching Under Occupation

    Thursday, October 15th at 17:30 - 00:00
    Blackwell's at the UCL Institute of Education is delighted to present the book launch for Tom Sperlinger's new books "Romeo and Juliet in Palestine: Teachig Under Occupation.   or five months at the start of 2013, Tom Sperlinger taught English literature at the Abu Dis campus of Al-Quds University in the Occupied West Bank. In this account of the semester, Sperlinger explores his students' encounters with works from 'Hamlet' and 'The Yellow Wallpaper' to Kafka and Malcolm X. By placing stories from the classroom alongside anecdotes about life in the West Bank, Sperlinger shows how his own ideas about literature and teaching changed during his time in Palestine, and asks what such encounters might reveal about the nature of pedagogy and the role of a university under occupation. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to   We look forward to seeing you there.      
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages - Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Thursday, October 15th at 18:30 - 21:30
    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.

    This month we will be discussing and watching Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. The much loved classic stars the award winning star actress Audrey Hepburn as the tragicomic cultural icon Holly Golightly.

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    This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now  Tel: 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Laura Bates - Everyday Sexism

    Tuesday, October 20th at 17:00 - 18:00
    As part of our Back to University celebration and to welcome new students to Oxford, we will be hosting a free talk in the philosophy department of the Norrington Room with Laura Bates, author of Everyday Sexism.

    Laura is a feminist writer, whose work appears in the Guardian, the Independent, TIME, The New Statesman, The Finanacial Times and Red magazine among others. She won the Georgina Henry Women in Journalism award at the 2015 press awards. Everyday Sexism is her first book.

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    This event is free to attend and no booking is required

    For enquires, please email: or call 01865 333623
  • Book/Film Reading Group for October

    Thursday, October 22nd at 18:00 - 21:30
    Sign up now for our Blackwell’s Bradford Book/Film Reading Group. The fifth meeting is on Thursday 22nd of October at 6pm in The Small Hall in the Richmond Building. We will watch and discuss Shirley Jackson's  The Haunting of Hill House. 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. This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now  Tel: 01274 905149 or email
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Professor Richard Dawkins - Brief Candle in the Dark : My Life in Science in conversation with Professor Peter Atkins

    Thursday, October 22nd at 19:00 - 21:00
    Blackwell's is delighted to be hosting Professor Richard Dawkins at the Sheldonian Theatre to talk about the lastest volume in his autobiography, Brief Candle in the Dark. This highly anticipated event will be chaired by Professor Peter Atkins.

    Professor Dawkins is an ethnologist, evolutionary biologist and writer. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford and was the University of Oxford's Professor for public understanding from 1995 until 2008.

    Brief Candle in the Dark explores Dawkins coming to prominence following the publication of the ground breaking The Selfish Gene in 1976 and begins where his first volume, An Appetite for Wonder finished.

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    Tickets for this event cost £5 and can be purchased from the customer service desk in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND DAVID FREEMAN PRESENTS: Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells in 5.1 Surround Sound

    Saturday, October 31st at 19:00 - 21:00
    As a very special Hallowe'en treat and to continue our series of 'David Freeman Presents', we'll be playing Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells', the piece that William Friedkin chose to accompany his chilling movie 'The Exorcist'.

    Oldfield was just 19 years old when he recorded this, his debut album which was followed by three sequels.

    We'll be celebrating Hallowe'en with projected images to accompany the music. Fancy dress is actively encouraged and anybody in a costume will get their beers for half price all night!

    The proceeds from this events go to Maggies. Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Owen Jones in conversation with Danny Dorling

    Tuesday, November 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be welcoming Owen Jones to the shop to discuss his book, 'The Establishment', voted at this year's conference as 'Blackwell's Book of the Year'.

    Owen will be discussing his bestselling book with Professor Danny Dorling.

    In 'The Establishment', Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet street and the City. Exposing the revolving doors that link these worlds, and the vested interests that bind them together, Jones shows how, by claiming to work on our behalf, the people at the top are doing just the opposite. In fact, they represent the biggest threat to our democracy today - and it is time they were challenged.

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    The discussion will end with Jones being presented with the Blackwell's Book of the Year award. Tickets to this very special event are strictly limited and cost £5 which includes complimentary wine on arrival. To purchase tickets, please call 01865 333623.