Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

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

    Monday, January 5th at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 5th of January 2015
    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 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Pass on a Poem

    Wednesday, January 7th at 19:00 - 20:30
    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.

    From January 7th 2014 we will be running our Pass on a Poem group on the 1st Wednesday every 2 months. Our next meeting after this will be held on Wednesday 4th March.

    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. For all enquiries please visit our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, January 11th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 14th of December
    Time: 2pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Do you love to read, or just want to read more?

    Then join us to talk about the latest teenage fiction and your favourite books. The teen book group meet on the second Sunday of each month, and read anything from classics to contemporary, dystopian to historical – in short, anything you fancy!

    We are currently reading Marcus Sedgewick'sForeshadowing.

    About the book...
    It is 1915. Seventeen-year-old Sasha Fox is the privileged only daughter of a respected doctor living in the wealthy seaside town of Brighton. But her brothers, Edgar and Tom, have gone to war and Sasha has a terrible gift. She can see the future. Her premonitions show her untold horrors on the battlefields of the Somme, and worse still, what will happen to Edgar and Tom. Like the prophetess Cassandra, who foretold the tragedies of Troy, Sasha is trapped by power. No one will believe her. Her family have lost faith in her. She is determined to win them back, whatever the price. And it is a high one - seeing the future is a fate almost too awful to contemplate - for who wants to see the end of their own story...? Stylishly written in his familiar, poetic prose the story is that of a world full of threat and a child in jeopardy - but with a heroine resourceful enough to try to change the path of Fate. Special World War One anniversary edition containing brand new bonus material.

    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

  • Oxford Inspired by Blake Festival: Inspired by Blake

    Sunday, January 18th at 15:00 - 16:00
    Brought to you by Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Ashmolean Museum, 'Inspired by Blake' is a  two-week William Blake Festival celebrating the magnificent and visionary painter, poet, thinker and icon.

    This panel discussion opens the festival and examines the many different aspects of William Blake, his influence on thought and culture, and his relevance today. The panel features Philip Pullman (who is President of the Blake Society), Iain Sinclair (author and pschogeographer, whose book ‘Blake’s London’ examines Blake’s relationship with our capital) and Caspar Henderson, whose new book will be ‘A New Map of Wonders’, a book about wonder and things that make the world astonishing.

    This event will be take place at the Sheldonian Theatre.

    Tickets cost £10 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 For enquiries email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    For information about the festival, including a full events listing, please visit the Inspired by Blake website.  #inspiredbyblake
  • THE BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    ADULT BOOK GROUP

    Monday, January 19th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Monday 19th January
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Who says reading is a solitary pursuit? Not us! Come and join the Blackwell’s Book Group for lively, friendly book chatter. No previous experience required! We meet monthly to discuss a wide range of books — fiction and non-fiction, classic and contemporary, prizewinners and cult heroes—in short, whatever you fancy!

    Our current book is Donna Tartt'sThe Secret History.

    What is the book about?

    Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever..

    Future meetings...
    In February we are discussing Eleanor Updale's The Last Minute and in March we are reading Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons We offer 10% discount on the current book to Book Group members.

    So join today! Just email your name and address details to events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • Oxford Inspired by Blake Festival: Ruth Rosen: William Blake- Man Without a Mask

    Tuesday, January 20th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Take an incredible journey through the mind of this great visionary genius as Ruth Rosen performs extracts from every one of Blake’s works from his poetry to his prose to his letters (no ifs, buts, howevers and no interlinking narrative). This event is sure to be hugely inspiring and deeply moving.

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623. For enquiries please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    Brought to you by Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Ashmolean Museum, 'Inspired by Blake' is a  two-week William Blake Festival celebrating the magnificent and visionary painter, poet, thinker and icon. For information about the festival, including a full events listing, please visit the Inspired by Blake website.  #inspiredbyblake
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Sue Lieberman - After Genocide: How Ordinary Jews Face The Holocaust

    Wednesday, January 21st at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Wednesday 21st of January
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    How does a people – in this case, the worldwide Jewish community – deal with the emotional impact of their attempted genocide?

    After Genocide explores the neglected world of "ordinary Jews": Jews who have no direct family lineage to the Holocaust but who nevertheless are deeply affected by its memory.

    Drawing from interviews with Jews from across the age spectrum, After Genocide focuses on the complex psychological legacy for a community of such a devastating history. Is it, as many commentators think, a "collective trauma"? How is a community detached in space and time traumatised by an event which neither they nor their immediate ancestors experienced?

    Ordinary Jews’ own words bring to life a narrative which looks at how commonly-recognised attributes of trauma are integral to Jewish reactions to the Holocaust. The final two chapters consider how such painful feelings shape two central questions derived from the Holocaust: how the Jewish diaspora relates to Israel; and how a community traumatised however indirectly might free itself from the burden of a heavy past.

    After Genocide opens up a neglected dimension of the post-Holocaust legacy. Written for both lay and professional audiences, readers will see powerful feelings reflected and explored in ways which are deeply moving. In addressing the question of what constitutes collective trauma, it will speak to many communities with comparable collective histories. It is a book that many will want to read.

    Sue Lieberman grew up in London in an "ordinary Jewish" family. She studied history at Bristol University and social administration at York. Her first career in community work led her to work at the policy interface between voluntary organisations and government. In 1988 she began training in psychotherapy, and is qualified as a Group Analytic psychotherapist. She describes the practice of psychotherapy as an endlessly fascinating journey into the human unconscious, and psychodynamic theory as a uniquely rich source of insight and inspiration. She lives in Edinburgh.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or email ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • Oxford Inspired by Blake Festival: Blake and His Contemporaries Balloon Debate

    Thursday, January 22nd at 19:00 - 20:00
    William Blake and five of his contemporaries, including William Wordsworth, Mary Wollstonecraft and Humphry Davy are in a balloon that is plummeting perilously towards Earth. Excess weight will have to be jettisoned. Which figure can justify that they merit their place in the balloon? An evening that is both educational and highly entertaining is guaranteed!

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 For enquiries please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    Brought to you by Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Ashmolean Museum, 'Inspired by Blake' is a  two-week William Blake Festival celebrating the magnificent and visionary painter, poet, thinker and icon.  For information about the festival, including a full events listing, please visit the Inspired by Blake website. #inspiredbyblake
  • Oxford Inspired by Blake Festival: Saree Makdisi: Reading in the Spirit of Blake

    Friday, January 23rd at 16:30 - 17:30
    Grounded in an exploration of the relationship between words and images and the material nature of Blake's illustrated books, this lecture will use the material and formal openness of Blake's work as the basis for learning to read in the spirit of Blake. Saree Makdisi is the professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA.

    This event will take place at the Ashmolean Museum.

    Tickets cost £5/£3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623. For enquiries please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    Brought to you by Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Ashmolean Museum, 'Inspired by Blake' is a  two-week William Blake Festival celebrating the magnificent and visionary painter, poet, thinker and icon.  For information about the festival, including a full events listing, please visit the Inspired by Blake website. #inspiredbyblake
  • Oxford Inspired by Blake Festival: Testament

    Friday, January 23rd at 19:00 - 20:00
    A special performance from acclaimed rapper and Guinness World Record holding beatboxer Testament, whose 'Blake Remixed' show, forthcoming next summer, blends a very modern coming-of-age story with strong Blakean influences. Testament's work shows the continuing relevance of William Blake to current styles of creativity, and explores Blake's genius in a fresh and exciting way.

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623. For enquiries please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    Brought to you by Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Ashmolean Museum, 'Inspired by Blake' is a  two-week William Blake Festival celebrating the magnificent and visionary painter, poet, thinker and icon.  For information about the festival, including a full events listing, please visit the Inspired by Blake website. #inspiredbyblake
  • Oxford Inspired by Blake Festival: Shared readings from Songs of Innocence and Experience, and Auguries of Innocence

    Sunday, January 25th at 10:30 - 11:30
    A Sunday morning of shared readings aloud of Blake’s ‘songs’ which, though conventional in form have an extraordinary vitality and unusual depth of meaning. Participate in the absolute pleasure and joy of reading aloud with others from the works of William Blake. Led by Barbara Vellacott. This event will take place at the Ashmolean Museum and is free to attend. Brought to you by Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Ashmolean Museum, 'Inspired by Blake' is a  two-week William Blake Festival celebrating the magnificent and visionary painter, poet, thinker and icon.  For information about the festival, including a full events listing, please visit the Inspired by Blake website. #inspiredbyblake
  • Oxford Inspired by Blake Festival: Hear the Voice of the Bard

    Monday, January 26th at 19:00 - 20:00
    For William Blake, the human voice and the spoken word were means of divine inspiration, and much of his work is concerned with the relationship between oral and written forms of expression. This workshop will explore some ways of preparing a poetry recitation, using selected Blake poems. Price includes tea/coffee and cake.

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    Brought to you by Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Ashmolean Museum, 'Inspired by Blake' is a  two-week William Blake Festival celebrating the magnificent and visionary painter, poet, thinker and icon.  For information about the festival, including a full events listing, please visit the Inspired by Blake website. #inspiredbyblake
  • Oxford Inspired by Blake Festival: Blake and his Visions

    Thursday, January 29th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Blake's visions have long been a topic of debate by scholars, artists and poets; and now, in this age of neuroscientific advancement, they are being considered by psychologists too. AXNS invites four panelists, including Buddhist poet Maitreyabandhu, Professor Christopher Rowland, and Professor Glyn Humphreys, Head of Department for Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford to consider the questions: How useful is it to look at Blake's visions through Psychology? Does it detract from his artistic intent? And were Blake's visions purely visual?

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623. For enquiries please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    Brought to you by Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Ashmolean Museum, 'Inspired by Blake' is a  two-week William Blake Festival celebrating the magnificent and visionary painter, poet, thinker and icon.  For information about the festival, including a full events listing, please visit the Inspired by Blake website. #inspiredbyblake
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Michael Morpurgo, John Tams and Barry Coope - 'War Horse'

    Friday, January 30th at 19:00 - 20:30
    We are delighted to be able to present a musically accompanied reading of 'War Horse' at the prestigious Sheldonian Theatre. Michael Morpurgo tells the powerful and deeply moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. Michael is joined by acclaimed musicians John Tams and Barry Coope, who accompany his reading with the rousing yet haunting songs specially composed by John Tams for the National Theatre's award-winning production of 'War Horse'.

    Tickets cost £15 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Samantha Shannon in conversation with Andy Serkis

    Saturday, January 31st at 15:00 - 16:00
    To celebrate the publication of 'The Mime Order', Samantha Shannon's follow up to 'The Bone Season', We will be hosting a very special afternoon event at the Sheldonian Theatre. Joining Samantha to discuss her books and the wonderful world that she has created will be Andy Serkis, best known for his acting roles as Gollum, King Kong and Caesar from 'Planet of the Apes'. Andy is also the founder of Imaginarium Studios which has purchased the rights to Samatha's 'The Bone Season'.

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Oxford Inspired by Blake Festival: Waiting for Robert

    Saturday, January 31st at 19:00 - 20:00
    London, 1827. Poet and engraver William Blake is supposed to be working on an urgent commission for his friend and patron John Hayley. But William is being stalked by the spectre of a terrifying Flea and he knows that only his dead brother, Robert, can save him. As his marriage is put to the test, and his friendship with John sinks into bitter recriminations, William is forced to question both his sanity and the merit of the artistic work that has sustained him throughout the years.

    Luke Welch’s Waiting for Robert is a powerful exploration of human creativity and a love that abides all things.

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623. For enquiries please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    Brought to you by Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Ashmolean Museum, 'Inspired by Blake' is a  two-week William Blake Festival celebrating the magnificent and visionary painter, poet, thinker and icon.  For information about the festival, including a full events listing, please visit the Inspired by Blake website. #inspiredbyblake
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Karim Miske in conversation with Tariq Ali

    Monday, February 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be welcoming author Karim Miske to Blackwell's to discuss his debut novel with Tariq Ali. Kosher sushi, kebabs, a second hand bookshop and a bar: the 19th arrondissement in Paris is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood where multicultural citizens live, love and worship alongside one another. This peace is shattered when Ahmed Taroudant's melancholy daydreams are interrupted by the blood dripping from his upstairs neighbour's brutally mutilated corpse. The violent murder of Laura Vignole, and the pork joint placed next to her, set imaginations ablaze across the neighborhood, and Ahmed finds himself the prime suspect. Karim Miske demonstrates a masterful control of setting, as he moves seamlessly between the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of New York to reveal the truth behind a horrifying crime. Tariq Ali is a British Pakistani writer, journalist, and filmmaker.  He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • London Festival of Education 2015

    Saturday, February 28th at 00:00
    Blackwell’s IOE are delighted to be the festival bookshop for the London Festival of Education 2015, on 28th February at the Institute of Education. We will be based both inside the conference centre, and at our bricks and mortar shop on Level 3 of the IOE, adjacent to reception and Costa coffee. See here for news about the Festival, including registration information, speaker announcements and the full programme. There will be a range of sessions available for Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education and Adult Learning. We look forward to seeing you there!