Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • Blackwell's in Portsmouth 'Civil War in Wessex' talk by Alan Turton

    Wednesday, May 25th at 14:00 - 15:00
    We're delighted to welcome author Alan Turton to Blackwell's for an illustrated talk and book signing. His recently published book 'Civil War in Wessex' kicks off with The Siege of Portsmouth and takes us on a journey through the key battles and sieges in the region, showing how the people of Wessex found themselves embroiled in a bloody and destructive civil war. An acknowledged expert on the English Civil War, Alan Turton brings the key events of the time – hard-fought battles, exhausting sieges, narrow escapes – vividly to life and offers a splendid introduction into just what happened, where and why. Alan is Chair of the Battlefields Trust's Wessex Region and a past curator of Basing House, site of another significant siege in the war. This is a free event and all are welcome. Seating is limited  - please call or email the shop if you would like to reserve a seat.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Top ELT Teaching Tips with Penny Ur

    Wednesday, May 25th at 17:45 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 25th of May
    Time: 5.45pm to 8pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Bookshop and Cambridge University Press invite you to an evening with internationally renowned ELT authors and teacher Penny Ur. Over drinks and nibbles hear Penny's top tips for ELT teaching.

    Penny Ur has over forty year's experience as an English teacher in elementary, middle and high schools in Israel. She has published a number of articles, and was for ten year the editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Language Teaching series. Her books include A Course in English Language Teaching, Five Minute Activies, Teaching Listening Comprehension, Grammar Practice Activities, Vocabulary Activities, Discussions and More and Penny Ur's 100 Teaching Tips, all published by Cambridge University Press.

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

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

  • Place Writing at MMU: Rob Cowen (bookstall)

    Wednesday, May 25th at 18:30 - 20:30
    A Blackwell's Manchester bookstall.

    The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met is delighted to present special guest Rob Cowen for an evening of reading and discussion about Place.

    Rob will be reading from and talking about his work and answering questions from the audience, and there’ll be a special bookstall, with signing after the event. Drinks will be served on arrival.

    Where: Number 70, Oxford Road, Manchester

    When: 25 May 2016 6.30pm

    Tickets and event info: click here
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Carnegie Shadowing Group session 3

    Thursday, May 26th at 18:00

    Join us in store as we read through and discuss the 2016 Carnegie Medal shortlist. This week we will be talking about There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake and Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine.

    E-mail newcastle.events@blackwells.co.uk for more information.

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Michael Kerrigan: A Handbook of Scottish History

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

    Scotland has more history than you can shake a spurtle at, or a shinty stick, or a sporran - one of the many reasons for the nation's newfound pride in its own glorious past.

    The richness of our history also explains why visitors find their trips to this land of contradictions so memorable: as stunning as our scenery is, there's plenty of tradition and time capsules aplenty to explore on a rainy day. The Handbook of Scottish History offers an inspirational resource for those who want to discover more about this land of Roman and Viking raids, the scene for epic battles, the historic home of the Enlightenment. From geological origins to the momentous Independence Referendum, this is the essential accessible guide to exploring Scotland's history.

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

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Paul Behrens: Diplomatic Interference and the Law

    Friday, May 27th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Friday 27th of May
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell’s Bookshop and publisher Bloomsbury invite you to celebrate the publication of Diplomatic Interference and the Law by eminent author Paul Behrens.

    Diplomatic interference carries considerable potential for disruption. In this context, diplomats have been accused of insulting behaviour, the funding of political parties, incitement to terrorism and even attempts to topple the host government. Reactions can be harsh. Diplomatic Interference and the Law provides an examination of the main areas in which charges of meddling have arisen - such as lobbying activities, contacts with the opposition, propaganda, the use of threats and insults and the granting of asylum. It analyses situations in which the sovereignty of the receiving State meets competing interests and offers solutions which avoid a conflict of norms, offers useful advice for foreign offices and diplomatic agents and underlines the most efficient ways of dealing with situations of alleged interference.

    About the Author…
    Paul Behrens lectures in International Criminal Law at the University of Edinburgh. He is an Associate of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Leicester University, and a member of the Surrey International Law Centre.

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

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    GAMES NIGHT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Please book your tickets on Eventbrite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Yuri HerrerawithJames AttleeThe Transmigration of Bodies

    Tuesday, May 31st at 19:00 - 20:00
    Born in Mexico in 1970, Yuri Herrera studied politics in Mexico, Creative writing in El Paso and took his PHD in literature in Berkeley. Yuri's debut novel 'Signs preceding the End of the World' was published last year to wide acclaim selling nearly 250 copies in this store alone. His second novel, 'The Transmigration of Bodies' is eagerly anticipated!

    A Plague has brought death to the city. Two feuding crime families with blood on their hands need our hard-boiled hero, The Redeemer, to broker peace. With echoes of Romeo and Juliet, Yuri Herrera's novel is a response to the violence of contemporary Mexico.

    Chairing the talk will be author James Attlee.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room. Alternatively, call 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Baileys Prize shadowing group: Love

    Wednesday, June 1st at 18:00

    Join us in store for the third of three themed evenings discussing the shortlisted books for this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. This week our theme will be 'Love', and we will be looking at The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, and The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie.

    E-mail newcastle.events@blackwells.co.uk for more information.

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

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

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

    Three people in three countries in three different eras.

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

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

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

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

  • Blackwell's book quiz

    Wednesday, June 1st at 18:30 - 20:30
    Manchester, do you know your Tolkien from your Tolstoy? Was Beatrix Potter a bunny boy wizard? Who is the bestselling Ian?

    In this BRAND NEW BOOK QUIZ, Blackwell's Manchester will cover bestsellers, biographies, prize winners and attention grabbers. We'll be scrawling strange things in marker pen and confusing you with booky brain teasers.

    You don't have to be a literary expert to be in with a chance of winning FREE BOOKS and BOOK VOUCHERS. In fact, this might just get rather silly. It would be great if you could BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE - we'll get some soft drinks in.

    This takes place in the brand new Blackwell's bookshop just a minute's walk off Oxford Road (down the side of the precinct centre building works). Entry is FREE, just click 'going' on this event page then turn up on the night. Oh and the maximum team size is five.

    Do join our Facebook event.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD IS PROUD TO PRESENT: Buzz Aldrin at the Sheldonian Theatre No Dream is Too High

    Wednesday, June 1st at 19:00 - 20:30
    THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT

    We are now running a competition for one lucky customer to win A PAIR OF FRONT ROW SEATS! All you need to do is drop into the store, pop your details onto one of our specially designed cards and drop it into the specific box and on MONDAY 30th MAY we'll randomly select a winning card. (The winning person will be notified on the morning of the above date)

    We are proud to be hosting an evening at the Sheldonian Theatre with former Astronaut and the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin.

    Buzz will be discussing his illustrious career in space exploration and the latest book about his life, 'No Dream is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon'. A beautiful memento, a thought-provoking set of ideas, and a new opportunity for Buzz Aldrin to connect with the masses of people who recognize his unique place in human history

    Tickets for this very special evening cost just £6 and are limited.

    Copies of 'No Dream is Too High' will be available to purchase on the evening and have signed by Buzz. Due to the potentially large amount of people wanting a book signed, Buzz will ONLY be signing copies of 'No Dream is Too High' and will be unable to write dedications. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit our Customer Service Department or call 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Hannah Robinson: Secret Edinburgh

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Heffers Presents: Launch of The Iconic Imagination by Douglas Hedley

    Thursday, June 2nd at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join us at 6.30pm on 2nd June for the launch of The Iconic Imagination by Douglas Hedley. Is it merely an accident of English etymology that 'imagination' is cognate with 'image'? Despite the iconoclasm shared to a greater or lesser extent by all Abrahamic faiths, theism tends to assert a link between beauty, goodness and truth, all of which are viewed as Divine attributes. Douglas Hedley argues that religious ideas can be presented in a sensory form, especially in aesthetic works. Drawing explicitly on a Platonic metaphysics of the image as a bearer of transcendence, "The Iconic Imagination" shows the singular capacity and power of images to represent the transcendent in the traditions of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam. In opposition to cold abstraction and narrow asceticism, Hedley shows that the image furnishes a vision of the eternal through the visible and temporal. The Iconic Imagination completes the trilogy which also includes Living Forms of the Imagination and Sacrifice Imagined. Tickets for the event are free but booking is essential. Please book to secure your place.

    RESERVE TICKETS HERE

  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Val McDermid at Wallsend Library

    Thursday, June 2nd at 19:00

    Award-winning crime writer Val McDermid is a number one bestseller, translated into more than 30 languages, with over two million copies sold in the UK and over 11 million worldwide.

    At this event at Wallsend Library, she will be talking about Splinter the Silence, her latest book to come out in paperback. Tickets cost £4.00 and are available from Wallsend Library.

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Daisy Johnson Fen

    Friday, June 3rd at 19:00 - 21:00
    We are proud to be launching the debut collection of short stories by poet and author, Daisy Johnson.

    Daisy Johnson's Fen is a liminal land. Real people live their lives here. They wrestle with familiar instincts, with sex and desire, with everyday routine. But the wild is always close at hand, ready to erupt. This is a place where animals and people commingle and fuse, where curious metamorphoses take place, where myth and dark magic still linger.

    English folklore and a contemporary eye, sexual honesty and combustible invention - in Fen, these elements have come together to create a singular, startling piece of modern fiction.

    Pre-order the book

    "This book marks the emergence of a great, stomping, wall-knocking talent" Kevin Barry

    This is a FREE launch to attend and will take place in the Norrington Room. For more information or enquiries, please contact our customer service department on 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop with Nigel Warburton and Roman Krznaric

    Saturday, June 4th at 11:00 - 12:00
    Each month, Nigel Warburton hosts a talk in a series called 'Philosophy in the Bookshop'. In June, Nigel will be in conversation with thinker and founder of the Empathy Library, Roman Krznaric.

    Roman is the author of books such as 'The Wonderbox', 'Empathy' and 'How to find fulfilling work'. They have been translated into over 20 languages. He's also the founder of the world's first Empathy Museum as well as the digital Empathy Library. His writings on empathy have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs and designers. Roman's latest crowdfunded venture, 'Carpe Diem Reclaimed' explores one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western History, 'Carpe Diem' or 'Seize the Day', a phrase first uttered over two thousand years ago by the Roman poet Horace.

    This talk is FREE to attend and takes place in the Norrington Room. No prior booking is required. For more information, please visit our customer service department or call 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Monthly Book Quiz

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

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

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

    Teams of up to five people can take part.

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

    For further information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8237 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • Blackwell's Newcastle: A C Grayling at Café Philosophique: The Case for Humanism

    Monday, June 6th at 18:45

    AC Grayling, author of The God Argument and Vice President of the British Humanist Association, will consider how humanism is based on the idea that human reality in the here and now is the right starting point for thinking about good, worthwhile lives.

    This event is ticketed; tickets are available from Café Philosophique.

  • Heffers Presents: Launch of Timed Out by Barbara Lorna Hudson

    Tuesday, June 7th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join us at 6.30pm on 7th June for the launch of Timed Out by Barbara Lorna Hudson. Jane Lambert thinks she may have made a mistake putting her work ahead of love and family for so long. She’s left wondering what to do with her life now that she has retired. Taking note of the sentiment from one of her retirement cards⎯ Retirement is NOT the end. It’s a NEW BEGINNING⎯ she decides it’s about time she looked for love again, and places a lonely hearts advertisement. Jane embarks on her new life, suffering disappointments and learning hard truths about herself, while never losing her gift for self mockery or her eye for the absurd. Timed Out is a contemporary “coming-of-age” novel about different kinds of love and the search for a meaningful life. Barbara Lorna Hudson studied at Newnham College, Cambridge. She started out as a psychiatric social worker before becoming an Oxford tutor. She is an Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford. This event is free to attend but booking is essential: to reserve your place please register.

    RESERVE TICKETS HERE

  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Junot Diaz: Immigration and Xenophobia in the Age of Disruption at The Curtis Auditorium

    Wednesday, June 8th at 17:30

    Junot Diaz is the internationally acclaimed author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This Is How You Lose Her. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear him speak in the UK, in this free-to-attend public lecture at Newcastle University.

    This is a free event and there's no need to book.

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    CHILDREN’S BOOKGROUP

    Wednesday, June 8th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Wednesday 8th of June
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Are you eight to eleven years old, with a love of books and biscuits? Become a member of our book group to enjoy a friendly hour of fiction, from both classic and contemporary Scottish writing to your own choice of favourite book. Come and discover more books to treasure!

    Membership of the book group gives you 10% off every book we read!

    We are currently reading Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret by Lyn Gardner

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

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

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ray Foulk When the World came to the Isle of Wight: The Last Great Event

    Wednesday, June 8th at 20:00
    Join festival supremo Ray Foulk for the launch of his long-awaited new book, 'The Last Great Event'. It's been a long time coming but finally this historical work sets the record straight about Britain's greatest pioneering rock festival.

    We pick up the story as amateur promoters, Ray and Ronnie are struggling to repeat the success of their great Bob Dylan festival of 1969 - and find there are no megastars to compare. The brothers go completely overboard and book a massive raft of stars including Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. They would go on to create the largest event in the World - Bigger than Woodstock, bigger than anything. This most controversial festival takes its course over five days with up to 600,000 attending. The Island MP is so outraged that he secures an act of parliament to prevent any repetition. The festival is the final hurrah of the Sixties, the last great gathering of the tribes.

    Tickets for this event cost just £3 and can be purchased by visiting our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Carnegie Shadowing Group session 4

    Thursday, June 9th at 18:00

    Join us in store as we read through and discuss the 2016 Carnegie Medal shortlist. This week we will be talking about The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick and The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

    E-mail newcastle.events@blackwells.co.uk for more information.

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

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

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

    Nobody knew where the virus came from.

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

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

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

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

    This event is held in association with The Skinny.

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

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

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Mick Wall Lemmy: The Definitive Biography

    Thursday, June 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Lemmy once said of Wall, 'Mick Wall is one of the few rock writers in the World who can actually write and seems to know anything about rock music. I can and do talk to him for hours - poor Bastard'.

    This is the story of the only Rock'n'Roller never to sell his soul for silver and gold, while keeping the Devil, as he put it 'very close to my side'. From school days growing up in North Wales, to first finding fame in the mid-sixties with the Rockin' Vicars; from becoming Jimi Hendrix's personal roadie to leading Hawkwind to the top of the charts in 1972 with 'Silver Machine', the going on to forming Motorhead whose iconoclastic album 'No Sleep 'til Hammersmith' entered the UK charts at No.1. Based on Mick's original interviews with Lemmy conducted over numerous years, along with the insights of those who knew him best, this is an eye-opening story of one of Britain's greatest characters who sadly passed away at the end of 2015.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623. Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Crossing The Tees book festival 2016

    Friday, June 10th at 18:00 TO Saturday, June 25th at 23:00

    The Crossing the Tees Book Festival returns for 2016! With highlights including celebrated authors Frances Brody, Jenny Colgan, Kate Ellis and Stuart Cosgrove, poets Natalie Scott and Andy Willoughby, children’s authors Holly Sterling and Gabrielle Kent, plus creative writing, how to self-publish and a film festival. School audiences can delight in award-winning bestselling author illustrators Jim Smith and Lydia Monks and for families there are fun days and storytelling sessions to enjoy – there really is something for everyone!

    For more information see the Crossing The Tees website.

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND CREATION THEATRE PRESENTS: Hamlet First Quarto

    Friday, June 10th at 19:00 - 20:30
    As well as Creation Theatre's Hamlet in the parks, Shakespeare fans are invited to come to a rehearsed reading of the First Quarto.

    The cast of Hamlet will uncover a performing version of this famous revenge tragedy from 1604. With Gertrude cast as Hamlet's accomplice and many other unexplained oddities, you can expect a play that is quite different from the text of today.

    Tickets cost £16 and can be booked via Creation Theatre's website. For enquiries about the performance you can speak with our customer service desk on 01865 333623.
  • Laid-back and Local - A Literary Festival at Blackwell's High Holborn

    Saturday, June 11th at 10:30 TO Saturday, June 18th at 16:00
    We’re swiftly approaching our second summer in our lovely shop in High Holborn, and we at Blackwell’s think that’s something to celebrate. As a result, we’re running a week of events, promotions, give-aways and competitions in the shop, with all things summery, laid-back, and relaxed. There’s something for everyone, so click below for more details on each event, or simply pop into the shop to speak to one of our Booksellers.

    Saturday June 11th, 10.30am - Play the Forest School Way

    Monday 13th June, 6.30pm - Blackwell's Fiction Book Club

    Tuesday 14th June, 6.30pm - Blackwell's Book Quiz returns!

    Wednesday 15th June, 6.30pm - Beer Tasting with Tim Hampson

    Saturday 18th June, 11.00am - Colouring, Crafts, and Cake!

    Plus, more promotions, competitions and events coming soon!
  • Heffers Presents: Britain's Europe? A Discussion with Brendan Simms and Chris Bickerton

    Tuesday, June 14th at 18:30 - 20:00
    On June 23rd 2016, the people of Britain will take a historic vote on the country's future in the EU. A lot of them are undecided whether it's better to stay or go.  If you're one of them, come along to our event with Brendan Simms, author of Britain's Europe, and Chris Bickerton, author of The European Union: A Citizen's Guide, and hear them discuss some of the issues at stake. There will also be the opportunity for Q&A.

    PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Michael and Matthew Dickman (bookstall)

    Tuesday, June 14th at 19:00 - 21:00
    A Blackwell's Manchester bookstall.

    The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Faber & Faber are delighted to present special guests Michael and Matthew Dickman, launching their dual-authored volume of poems, Brother.

    There will be a Blackwell's book signing on the night, with a special discount on the books.

    Where: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

    When: 14 Jun 2016 7pm

    Tickets and event info: click here
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Stuart Cosgrove: Young Soul Rebels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Heffers Presents: A Country Road, A Tree: An Evening with Jo Baker

    Wednesday, June 15th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join us at 6.30pm on the 15th of June for an evening with Jo Baker, bestselling author of Longbourn, who will talking about her new book A Country Road, A Tree. Paris, 1939: The pavement rumbles with the footfall of Nazi soldiers marching along the Champs Elysees. A young writer, recently arrived from Ireland to make his mark, smokes one last cigarette with his lover before the city they know is torn apart. Soon, he will put is own life and those of his loved ones in mortal danger by joining the Resistance...Spies, artists, deprivation, danger and passion: this is a story of life at the edges of human experience, and of how one man came to translate it all into art. Praise for Jo Baker's LONGBOURN: "Intoxicating". (Guardian). "Engrossing". (Sunday Times). "Audacious". (New York Times). We are delighted to welcome Jo to Heffers! PURCHASE TICKETS HERE    
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Jacky Collis Harvey in conversation with Nigel Warburton on Red

    Saturday, June 18th at 15:00 - 16:00
    A Captivating history of red hair through the ages, drawing on science, religion, politics, literature and art.

    Red is the first book to explore the history of red hair and red-headedness throughout the world. Jacky Collis Harvey and Nigel Warburton (both redheaded authors and thinkers!) will discuss Jacky's obsessive fascination that is as contagious as it is compelling. More than just a book for redheads, Red is a fascination social and cultural celebration of a rich and mysterious genetic quirk.

    This is a FREE event to attend and will take place in the Norrington Room. For more information, Please visit the customer service department in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: John Webster Shelley’s Golden Years in Italy

    Saturday, June 18th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Local songwriter and Shelley specialist John Webster’s new DVD ‘Shelley’s Golden Years in Italy’ takes Shelley from the printed page and into the flux of contemporary culture. Teaming up with poet, playwright and Shelley admirer Benjamin Zephaniah, who provides context to the Shelley songs performed by John’s group Brindaband, it is an unrivalled guide to the poet, introducing around 20 of his key poems, highlighting important aspects of his thinking and describing his final dramatic years in Italy.

    John will be introducing and playing the 43 minute-long film – expect an evening touching on some of life’s ‘fundamental things’, illuminated by a great poet’s unique perspective, and leaving an afterburn of hope.

    Light refreshments, with an Italian flavour, will be provided.

    We hope you can join us for this very special evening. To confirm your attendance please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, June 19th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 19th of June
    Time: 2pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

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

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

    We are currently reading James Clammer's Why I Went Back

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

    Membership of the book group gives you 10% off every book we read!

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH BOOK GROUP

    Monday, June 20th at 18:00 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 20th of June
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

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

    Our current book is My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin.

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

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

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

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

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Shore to Shore Celebrating Poetry and Community with Carol Ann Duffy and Friends

    Tuesday, June 21st at 12:30 - 13:30
    Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold, original voice and one of Britain’s best-loved poets since the publication of Standing Female Nude in 1985; she has subsequently won every major poetry prize in the UK, published collections that have collectively sold more than one million copies worldwide and was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009.

    Coinciding with and supporting the 10th anniversary of Independent Book Week, Shore to Shore sees the Poet Laureate and her chosen fwllo artists undertaking a major national tour to perform their work and to celebrate communities with independent bookshops at their heart.

    Picador and Blackwell's Oxford are proud to present Carol Ann Duffy performing alongside three of the fellow poets whom she most admires: Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker and Jackie Kay. The afternoon will be accompanied by music from instrumentalist and composer John Sampson plus a special guest poet local to Oxford.

    Shore to Shore: Celebrating Poetry and Community with the Laureate and Friends will bring audiences an unforgettable afternoon featuring some of the finest voices in contemporary British poetry. For more information please visit carolannduffyandfriends.com

    This event will take place at the beautiful St Aldates Church, which is located 40 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP.

    Tickets cost £10 and include a copy of the Shore to Shore commemorative tour programme (distributed on the day). To purchase your ticket please visit https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/shore-to-shore-oxford . For all enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Scottish History and Scotland’s Empire with Sir Tom Devine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    New to the Laundry Files? Here an introduction

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

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

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

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Sarah Knight The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

    Sunday, June 26th at 15:00 - 16:00
    How to stop spending time you don't have with people you don't like doing things you don't want to do.

    Are you stressed out, overbooked and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? Then it's time to stop giving a f**k.

    This irreverent and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame and guilt-and give your f**ks instead to people and things that make you happy. Sarah's simple 'NotSorry Method' for mental decluttering will help you unleash the power of not giving a f**k and will free you to spend your time, energy and money on things that really matter. This wise and humorous guide to modern living is a must read. Sarah is visiting from America and will be discussing the ideas and fantastic flow-charts in an evening talk and signing.

    Buy the book

    This is a FREE event and will take place in the philosophy department in the Norrington Room. For more information or to register, please visit the customer service department or call 01865 333623. Alternatively, for enquiries please email: events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENTS: Oxford Science Week

    Monday, June 27th at 12:30 TO Friday, July 1st at 13:15
    As part of this year's Oxford Science Festival, and in association with Oxford University Press, we will be hosting a week of free 'Very Short Introduction' talks in the Norrington from beginning at 12:30pm and ending at 1:15pm.

    The programme for the talks is as follows:

    Monday 27 June: Tom Burns on 'Serious Adult Mental Health'

    28 June: Peter Smith and Belinda Lennox on 'Adolescent Mental Health

    29 June: Les Iversen on 'Medication and Patient Safety'

    30 June: David Clark on 'Mental Health Services'

    1 July: Russel Foster on 'Sleep'

    For more information about these talks, please visit our customer service department or call: 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Mark Leggatt: The London Cage

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

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

    Connor Montrose is still running for his life.

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

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

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

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

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Simon Tolkien No Man's Land

    Wednesday, June 29th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are proud to be welcoming Simon Tolkien to Blackwell's, Grandson of J.R.R.Tolkien to discuss his new novel, 'No Man's Land'.

    Inspired by his grandfather's experiences in the battlefields of the Somme, 'No Man's Land' is a powerful and moving picture of early 20th-Century England torn apart by the First World War.

    From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coalmine to the exposed terrors of the trenches, Adam Raine's journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world.

    We are pleased to be presenting this event alongside seAp Military Advocacy. A service that provides help and support to veterans of all ages. For more information, please visit www.seap.org.uk

    Tickets for this event cost £5 with proceeds going to seAp, they can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623. Availability is strictly limited so call now to avoid disappointment. This will be Simon's only UK event to promote his book.
  • Heffers Presents: Launch of The Death of Downton Tabby

    Thursday, June 30th at 18:30 - 20:00
    On 30th June, join Mandy Morton at Heffers to celebrate the launch of the latest No.2 Feline Detective Agency novel, The Death of Downton Tabby. On the arrival of the three Bronte sisters and the famous aristocat, Sir Downton Tabby, Hettie Bagshot and her sidekick, Tilly, are plunged into crisis as a serial killer stalks the festival grounds. Will there be an author left standing? Will Meridian Hambone sell out of her 'Littertray' t-shirts? And will there be enough crime teas to go round? The launch is free to attend but booking is essential; to reserve your place please register. RESERVE TICKETS HERE
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop with Nigel Warburton and Roger Scruton

    Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00 - 12:00
    Each month, Philosopher Nigel Warburton interviews a fellow thinking for a series of events entitled 'Philosophy in the Bookshop'. In July, Nigel will be in conversation with Roger Scruton.

    Roger Scruton is an English Philosopher specialising in aesthetics. He has written over 30 books, several novels and a number of general textbooks on philosophy and culture. He has also composed two operas. Outside his career as a philosopher and writer, Scruton was involved in the establishment of underground universities and academic networks in soviet-controlled Central Europe during the Cold War and has received a number of awards for his work in this area.

    The 'Philosophy in the Bookshop' events are free to attend and take place on the first Saturday of each month. They take place in the Philosophy Department which is located in the Norrington Room. For more information or enquiries, please call 01865 333620 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars The Final Concert Anniversary

    Sunday, July 3rd at 18:00 - 20:00
    Tickets for this event have now SOLD OUT

    To celebrate the incredible life and career of David Bowie, we'll be screening the remastered film by D.A.Pennebaker which chronicles the very last live appearance of Ziggy Stardust.

    The film was shot at Hammersmith Odeon on July 3rd 1973 and was where Bowie announced before the final song that not only was this the last date of their tour but the last live gig that they would play together as 'Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'.

    David Bowie died on January 10 this year, just 2 days after celebrating his 69th birthday and releasing his incredible final album, 'Blackstar'. All proceeds from the screening will go to Cancer Research.

    Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries about this event, please email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's, RBS presents: MARK WEBBER - Aussie Grit: My Formula One Journey

    Wednesday, July 6th at 12:00

    Meet Mark Webber, Formula One driver, endurance racer and motorsports commentator, at Blackwell's Bookshop at the Royal Bank of Scotland, for a signing of his book, Aussie Grit.

    Mark Webber was at the centre of one of the most captivating chapters in the history of Formula One. In 2010, while racing for Red Bull, he and his team mate Sebastian Vettel went head to head for the World Championship.

    Here, for the first time, Webber tells the inside story of one of Formula One's most intriguing battles - it is a story that goes to the heart of why the sport is loved by millions of fans around the world. In his trademark straight-talking, no-nonsense style Mark reveals his amazing life on and off the Formula One race track. Mark Webber's journey to the top of Formula One was every bit as determined and committed as his racing. Aussie Grit is his searingly honest story.

    We are delighted that Mark Webber is taking a pit stop with us on a high-speed tour of Scotland. Please note that Mark will be with us from 12 noon, so arrive in good time to avoid disappointment!

    This event is only open to RBS employees and contractors with access to Gogarburn. It is not open to the general public.

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Sarah Moss The Tidal Zone

    Tuesday, July 12th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Sarah Moss will be visiting Oxford to talk about her latest novel, 'The Tidal Zone'. Chairing the talk will be Senior Lecturer in Publishing, Sarah Franklin.

    Adam is a stay-at-home dad who is also working on a history of the bombing and restoration of Coventry Cathedral. He is a good man and he is happy. But one day, he receives a call from his daughter's school to inform him that, for no apparent reason, fifteen year old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. In that moment, he is plunged into a world of waiting, agonising, not knowing. The story of his life and the lives of his family are rewritten and re-told around this shocking central event, around a body that has inexplicably failed.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room, or by calling 01865 333623.
  • Tim Burgess at Salford Lad's Club (bookstall)

    Monday, July 25th at 19:00 - 21:00
    A Blackwell's Manchester bookstall.

    At this event in one of the most iconic buildings in the North West of England, Tim Burgess will discuss his new book with writer/broadcaster Stuart Maconie.

    The event will conclude with a book signing session.

    Where: Salford Lad's Club, Salford

    When: 25 July 2016 7pm

    Tickets and event info: click here
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Edinburgh in the Shadows

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

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

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

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

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

    About the Author…

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

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

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

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

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Paul Morley The Age Of Bowie

    Tuesday, August 2nd at 19:00 - 20:00
    "A Handsome Six-Footer with a warm and engaging personality, Davie Jones has all it takes to get to the show business heights including...talent" David Bowie in May 1964 writing his own biography.

    Music journalist, band manager and one time member of Art of Noise,Paul Morley will be with us to discuss his new biography of the late David Bowie. In The Age Of Bowie , Morley constructs the definitive story of Bowie that explores how he worked, played, aged, structured his ideas, invented the future and entered history as someone who could and would never be forgotten. Morley captures the greatest moments of his career, from the recording studio with the likes of Brian Eno and Tony Visconti to the iconic live performances of the 70's, 80's and 90's. He also discusses the much heralded and critically acclaimed comeback with the release of Blackstar just days before his untimely death.

    Buy the book

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For event enquiries, please email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: The Bookshop Band

    Wednesday, August 3rd at 19:00 - 20:30
    We are delighted to be welcoming back to the bookshop the incredibly talented The Bookshop Band. The Bookshop Band write songs inspired by books and play them in bookshops and at book festivals all around the country. Their beautiful lyrics and music are not to be missed, so book your tickets now to join us for this very special evening.

    For more information about The Bookshop Band please check out their website.

    Tickets cost £6 and can be purchased from our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries about this event, please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Heffers Presents: All About Agatha - An Evening Devoted to Agatha Christie

    Tuesday, October 11th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Everything you ever wanted to know about Agatha Christie but were afraid to ask! At 6.30pm on 11th October, join three authorities on the life and works of Agatha Christie for our evening: All About Agatha.. Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Hercule Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than fifteen countries. In September 2016, her second Poirot novel, Closed Casket, will be published. Dr John Curran acted as consultant to the National Trust during the renovation of Agatha Christie's former home, Greenway House. His Edgar-nominated Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks (2009) won the 2011 Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards and he published Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Making, also nominated for the same awards, in September 2011. He completed his PhD, on The Golden Age of Detection, at Trinity College, Dublin where he lives. His most recent publication, Tom Adams Uncovered: The Art of Agatha Christie, was co-authored with the artist Tom Adams who painted over a hundred Christie book covers. Julius Green is the founder of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2015. In 2001 he produced the twelve-week Agatha Christie Theatre Festival, presenting a repertoire of the complete stage works of Agatha Christie, as then known. Julius' latest book is Curtain Up: Agatha Christie – A Life in Theatre, which was published in 2015 as part of the Agatha Christie 125th anniversary celebrations. Tickets for the event are priced at £7.50. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
  • Heffers Presents: The Pursuit of Power with Richard J Evans

    Wednesday, October 12th at 18:30 - 20:00
    At 6.30pm on 12th October, join Richard J Evans at Heffers as he talks about his new book, The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914. 'The Pursuit of Power' draws on a lifetime of thinking about nineteenth-century Europe to create an extraordinarily rich, surprising and entertaining panorama of a continent undergoing drastic change. The aim of the book is to reignite the sense of wonder that permeated this remarkable era, as rulers and ruled navigated overwhelming cultural, political and technological changes. It was a time where what was seen as modern with amazing speed appeared old-fashioned, where huge cities sprang up in a generation, new European countries were created and where, for the first time, humans could communicate almost instantly over thousands of miles. Richard Evans gives full coverage to the revolutions, empire-building and wars that marked the nineteenth century, but the book is about so much more, whether it is illness, serfdom, religion or philosophy. 'The Pursuit of Power' is a book by a historian at the height of his powers and an essential book for anyone trying to understand Europe, then or now. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
  • Heffers Presents: The Heffers Classics Forum 2016

    Saturday, October 29th at 10:00
    We are delighted to announce the much-anticipated return of the Heffers’ Classics Forum! Join us on 29th October 2016 as we hear from a host of fascinating speakers from the world of Classics, including Paul Cartledge, Daisy Dunn, Adrian Goldsworthy, Edith Hall, Natalie Haynes, Tom Holland, Bettany Hughes, Harry Sidebottom, David Stuttard and others to be confirmed. There will also be a balloon debate where you can vote to save your favourite figure from the Classical world! We will be running a bookshop at this event, and authors will be signing books after their talks.  Please note that due to the structure of the building, credit/debit card machines may not work at all times, so bringing some cash along is advisable.  Tickets for this day-long event are priced at £25 including VAT and booking fee.  Please note tickets are transferable but non-refundable. Talks are suitable for persons aged 14+. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND Oxford University Press PRESENTS: The OUP Philosophy Festival

    Monday, November 7th at 12:00 TO Saturday, November 12th at 18:00
    Blackwell’s Oxford and Oxford University Press present the OUP Philosophy Festival, in partnership with the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education

    Back after a hugely successful first year, the OUP Philosophy Festival returns for a second celebration of the power and freedom of ideas. This time we bring you Philosophy “Speed Dating”, an evening of musical enlightenment and a series of events hoping to answer the vital question: What's Philosophy got to do with… Anything? Finishing off with a full day of debates and discussions with some of the most prominent and well-known philosophers of our time, including David Edmonds, Marianne Talbot, Janet Radcliffe Richards, Stephen Law and many others, make sure you don’t miss out on this diverse and fascinating festival.

    Details of events and speakers below (with more to come!)

    Monday 7th – Friday 11th November 12:30-13:15 What's Philosophy got to do with… Anything?

    Oxford University Press and the Department of Continuing Education present a series of lunchtime interviews on the importance of the relationship between philosophy and other subjects. Bring your lunch and your thinking caps! Featuring Marianne Talbot alongside:

    Rachel Paine on What's philosophy got to do with… the Human Mind?
    David Edmonds on What's philosophy got to do with… Prime Time TV?
    Cecile Fabre and Helen Frowe on What's Philosophy got to do with… War and Peace?
    Stephen Law on What's philosophy got to do with… Education?
    Tina Beatie on What's Philosophy got to do with… Understanding Religion?

    Tuesday 8th November 18:30-20:00
    Philosopher's Take on the World

    Should men be allowed to discuss abortion? Are pets property? Is it ethical to use data from Nazi medical experiments? Would you hand over a decision to machines? Can you be gay by choice? Do we own our bodies? The Practical Ethics Blog from the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford has shown that philosophers have much to contribute to questions such as these. This fast-paced presentation of opinion will make you think again about the judgments we make on a daily basis and the ways in which we choose to conduct our lives.

    Wednesday 9th November 19:30-21:00
    What's Philosophy got to do with… Making Music

    Philosopher and Saxophonist Andrew Bowie presents an evening of music and enlightenment. In partnership with fourbythree magazine.

    Thursday 10th November 18:30-20:00
    Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

    Confused by Conciseness? Perplexed by Poststructuralism? Come and pick the brains of our authors who can help you get to grips with topics as diverse as Humanism and Heidegger. In small groups you’ll get the chance to meet with leading experts, hear their thoughts and ask them the questions you’ve always wanted answers to. So, where’s the gap in your knowledge?

    Stephen Law (Humanism)
    Chris Janaway (Nietzsche)
    Susan Blackmore (Conciseness)
    Catherine Wilson (Epicureanism)
    Andrew Bowie (Heidegger)
    Catherine Belsey (Poststructuralism)

    Saturday 12th November 10:30-11:30
    What's Philosophy got to do with… Equality

    47,571 ‘racist incidents’ were recorded by British police in 2014; 70% of people in national minimum wage jobs are women; and unlike the rest of the population the poorest tenth have not seen their average incomes rise in a decade. Inequality is a reality, but what, is anything, can philosophy do to help make it a thing of the past?

    Saturday 7th November 11:45-12:45
    What's Philosophy got to do with… Creating a Masterpiece

    What’s philosophy got to do with a Rembrandt, a Man Booker Prize Winner or a Stanley Kubrick film? Does good philosophy help or hinder creative brilliance? An artist and a literary critic join our philosophers for this discussion.

    Saturday 12th November 13:30-14:45
    What's Philosophy got to do with… Being Good

    Can humans be ‘good’? If so, what’s the secret to ‘good’ living? This is THE question at the basis of all ethics, yet it is one that both philosophers and ethicists often avoid facing straight on. Stephen Law John Harris and James Garvey debate the ways in which philosophy can show us ‘how to be good’ (or perhaps, more accurately, how to try to be good) – as well as showing the ways in which it is pointless or self-defeating to try.

    Saturday 12th November 15:00-16:00
    What's Philosophy got to do with… Science

    “How does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality? Where did all this come from? Did the universe need a creator? Most of us do not spend most of our time worrying about these questions, but almost all of us worry about them some of the time. Traditionally these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead.” – Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design

    Sparks and smarts fly as our philosophers are confronted with the claim that science has rendered philosophy obsolete.

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Love by The Beatles in Quadrophonic Sound

    Thursday, November 17th at 19:00 - 21:00
    To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of 'Love' by The Beatles, we'll be playing the entire album in full quadrophonic sound in the Norrington Room.

    'Love' is an album of remixed and re-mastered music performed by The Beatles. It was produced by George Martin (1926 - 2016) and his son Giles Martin who said "What people will be hearing on the album is a new experience, a new way of re-living the whole Beatles musical lifespan in a very condensed period".

    The evening will be hosted by DJ David Freeman and will involve an uninterrupted playback of the album in a quadrophonic surround sound setting. Refreshments will be available to purchase and enjoy whilst listening to the music.

    Tickets for this special anniversary evening are strictly limited and cost £5. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit the customer service department in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.