Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • How The Light Gets In Festival

    Thursday, May 21st at 00:00 TO Sunday, May 31st at 00:00
    Blackwell's Cardiff are proud to be the Booksellers of this years How The Light Gets In Festival. HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, is back in Hay and bigger than ever, with the thought-provoking debates, infectiously danceable music and parties that you've come to expect. To find more information about the festival, please click here.
    BETH SHAPIRO – How to Clone a Mammoth

    Monday, May 25th at 18:30 - 19:45
    Date: Monday 25th of May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life?

    About the Book…
    In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in "ancient DNA" research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction.

    From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used – today - to resurrect the past. Journeying to far-flung Siberian locales in search of ice age bones and delving into her own research - as well as those of fellow experts such as Svante Paabo, George Church, and Craig Venter - Shapiro considers de-extinction's practical benefits and ethical challenges.

    Would de-extinction change the way we live? Is this really cloning? What are the costs and risks? And what is the ultimate goal? Using DNA collected from remains as a genetic blueprint, scientists aim to engineer extinct traits - traits that evolved by natural selection over thousands of years - into living organisms.

    But rather than viewing de-extinction as a way to restore one particular species, Shapiro argues that the overarching goal should be the revitalization and stabilization of contemporary ecosystems. For example, elephants with genes modified to express mammoth traits could expand into the Arctic, re-establishing lost productivity to the tundra ecosystem. Looking at the very real and compelling science behind an idea once seen as science fiction, How to Clone a Mammoth demonstrates how de-extinction will redefine conservation's future.

    Event Info…
    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE.

    Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: 'Whispering' Bob Harris in Conversation

    Tuesday, May 26th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are thrilled to be hosting an evening's conversation bewteen the legendary 'Whispering' Bob Harris and David Freeman. Bob is the familiar face of 'The Old Grey Whistle Test' and will be sharing anecdotes and stories from his 40 years in the music industry. His autobiography 'Still Whispering After all the Years' is published this month and Bob will be signing copies after his talk on the night.

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623
  • Launch of Seahouses at Blackwell's High Holborn

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

    Wednesday, May 27th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 27th May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Bookshop and Sandstone Press invite you to celebrate the publication of the new novel by Moira Forsyth, The Treacle Well

    Daniel and Caroline are closest to each other, twins for whom the rest of the world is always distant. After the death of their mother and their father's remarriage they are sent to separate boarding schools, then a dramatic accident when they are students divides them again. The repercussions last for years, as they cut themselves off from the relatives who raised them, the cousins who adore them. Underneath the stable family life their grandparents worked so hard to establish, run currents of insecurity and restlessness, and a secret only one person is able to uncover.

    About the Author... Moira Forsyth grew up in Aberdeen, lived in England for nearly twenty years, and is now in the Highlands. She is the author of three previous novels and many short stories and poems published in anthologies and magazines. She worked for many years in Education, including teaching in a Young Offenders’ Institution in the North of England, then latterly in Highland as the strategic lead for government initiatives to assist young people to move on successfully from school. She has been with Sandstone Press since its inception in 2002. Her previous novels, Waiting for Lindsay and David’s Sisters were originally published by Sceptre, but are now available as e-books from Sandstone Press, which also published her third novel, Tell Me Where You Are.

    The Treacle Well identifies the deep stickiness of families and the powerful tug of their secrets. The reader grows more helpless and more vigilant, while also becoming involved with and fond of the characters Moira Forsyth has breathed into life. Candia McWilliam

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell's Bookshop, by emailing or by phoning 0131 622 8218. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or

  • Launch of A Letter From Oggi at Blackwell's High Holborn

    Thursday, May 28th at 18:00
    Join us in the shop for the launch of A Letter from Oggi, a collection of letters by the larger than life Olga Franklin to her sister Beryl. Blackwell's are pleased to be hosting the launch where there will be refreshments and a chance to get a copy signed by the editor, Olga's nephew, Richard Jaffa.
  • Join our new Blackwell's Bradford Book/Film Reading Group

    Thursday, May 28th at 19:00 - 22:00
    Sign up now for our brand new Blackwell's Bradford Book/Film Reading Group. Each month we will choose a book and on the night of the meeting we will watch the film adaptation of the same book and discuss the merits (or lack of) both over free coffee and nibbles. Our first evening is on Thursday 28th of May at 7pm in the University Small Hall. The book/film will be Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Meetings will be on the last Thursday of each month. If you are interested please email Martin on to sign up
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ros Barber on Christopher Marlowe

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

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    This is a free event and takes part in a series of events to celebrate the Marks of Genius exhibition at the Weston Library
  • Water - the Strangest Molecule in the Universe

    Thursday, May 28th at 19:00
    Water is the most every day of substances, but on closer examination it also one of the strangest. To celebrate the launch of his latest book, The Water BookAlok Jha will tell the story of this fascinating molecule which takes us back to the beginning of the Universe at the Royal Institution in London. This talk will be followed by a signing with Blackwell's Book Shop. Tickets for this event are now available and can be booked here.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: The Poetry Cure: A celebration of the work of Julia Darling at the Clore Suite, Great North Museum

    Friday, May 29th at 18:00

    Presenting new poems commissioned in celebration of Julia Darling's work on poetry and health as well as selected works from Julia's own poetry collections. As Julia herself said, 'Poetry is essential, not a frill or a nicety. It's a powerful force, which can help us through the darkest times.' The evening will be led by Cynthia Fuller and Christy Ducker and includes the launch of the 2015 Flambard Poetry Prize.

    This event is free but ticketed; tickets are available from the Newcastle University Webstore.

    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, June 1st at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 1st 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

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Steve Toltz in conversation with Suzi Feay - Quicksand

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

    Suzi Feay has been writing for over 20 years for Time Out, The Independent on Sunday and the Financial Times. She also writes her own blog.Buy the book

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623

    Tuesday, June 2nd at 20:00 - 21:30
    HRH Princess Michael of Kent is a member of the British Royal Family, married to Prince Michael of Kent. She is an interior designer and author, and has published several books on the Royal Families of Europe. Her latest novel Agnes Sorel: Mistress of Beauty, was published in 2014. She will be discussing her novels including her critically acclaimed series The Anjou Trilogy.

    This event is open to members of the Oxford Union. More details about how to register can be found here.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: A Celebration of 60 years of City Lights Publishing

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

    Readers on the evening include Dan Holloway, Alan Buckley, Daisy Johnson, Tom De Freston and Kiran Millwood Hargrave. We will also be passing around a folder containing some of the very best City Lights published poems to give guests on the evening the opportunity to read aloud.

    Wine will be provided, Angel-headed Hipsters and Mohammedan Angels are all Welcome! Buy 'Howl' here

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623
  • Launch of Plastic Materialities at Blackwell's High Holborn

    Thursday, June 4th at 18:30
    The contributors to Plastic Materialities explore the ways in which Catherine Malabou's new materialism and concept of plasticity can provide new insights into issues of race, colonialism, subjectivity, science, social order, sovereignty and justice. This collection also includes three new essays by Malabou and an interview. We're thrilled to be hosting a discussion panel for this evening, speaking on all the above topics and answering audience questions. This event is free but please RSVP
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Andrew Duff - The Story of Sikkim

    Thursday, June 4th at 19:00 - 20:00
    This is the true story of Sikkim, a tiny Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas that survived the end of the British Empire only to be annexed by India in 1975. It tells the remarkable tale of Thondup Namgyal, the last king of Sikkim, and his American Wife, Hope Cooke. Based on interviews and archive research, as well as a retracing of a journey the author's grandfather made in 1922, this is a thrilling, romantic and informative glimpse of a real-life Shangri-la.

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: The Oxford Business Book Club

    Thursday, June 4th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Join us for the next Oxford Business Book Club session, held in partnership with Blackwell's. This month, the discussion will be based around Zero to One by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters. Members of the reading group receive a special club discount on the book of the month, please visit the bookshop and speak to a member of staff for more details.

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    There is a small charge for this event to cover cost of drinks. For ticket enquiries, please call: 01865 333623
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Val McDermid and Jackie Kay at the Curtis Auditorium

    Thursday, June 4th at 19:15

    Join acclaimed writers Val McDermid and Jackie Kay as they discuss the short story. As Jackie Kay says, “I think the short story is perfect for our time, and perfect for people’s time. You can read a short story in your lunch hour or before you go to sleep and it’s a complete experience. You can carry the story around with you in your head and if you put it down in a large field it should still glow because of its intensity.”

    Tickets for this event are £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students and can be obtained from the Newcastle University Webstore.

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Peter Singer - The Most Good You Can Do

    Saturday, June 6th at 16:00 - 17:00
    We are thrilled to be joined by acclaimed philosopher Peter Singer. Peter is currently the Ira W DeCamp professor of bioethics at Princeton University and is best known for his 1975 work, 'Animal Liberation'. His new book 'The most good you can do' explores effective altruism and how to live an ethical life. The book offers new hope for our ability to tackle the world's most pressing problems.

    The talk takes place as part of our 'Empathy Week' which is in collaboration with Roman Krznaric. Other speakers across the week include Theodore Zeldin, Danny Dorling and Morten Kringelbach

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    This is a free talk to attend and no booking is required. For enquiries, please call 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ray Foulk - Stealing Dylan from Woodstock

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

    The evening will also include an appearance from a very special guest and somebody that knows only too well what it was like to perform on the hallowed stage and music from guest band Grub.Buy the book.

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623

    Tuesday, June 9th at 20:00 - 21:30
    Ella Woodward is the creator of the cooking brand Deliciously Ella, which is dedicated to providing recipes for healthy natural food. She was diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, and started cooking as a means of dealing with the symptoms. She has recently released a best-selling app and has just written her first cookbook.

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    Places for this event are free to members of the Oxford Union and you can register attendance here.We also have a limited number of spaces for Blackwell's customers. Please enquire to sign up at the customer service desk in the Norrington Room.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Javier Cercas in conversation with Peter Bush

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

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

    Buy the book here

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

    He will also be talking about the translations of Joseph Pla's 'The Gray Notebook' (Buy the book here) and 'Life Embitters' (Buy the book here) which will both be available to purchase on the evening.

    Chairing the talk will be Daniela Omlor, a specialist in contemporary Spanish fiction at Lincoln College.

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: A Conversational Supper with Theodore Zeldin

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

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

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 £3
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Stephen Church on Magna Carta

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

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    This is a FREE event and takes place as part of our series of events to celebrate the Marks of Genius exhibition at the Weston Library.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Caroline Criado-Perez in conversation with Deborah Cameron

    Tuesday, June 16th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Caroline Criado-Perez will be discussing her new book, 'Do it like a Woman' with Deborah Cameron.

    'Do it like a Woman' is an inspiring book exploring the private heroisms and personal triumphs of ordinary women from all walks and ways of life, and a brilliant manifesto for feminists everywhere. Caroline Criado-Perez is one of the most vocal and tenacious campaigners of her generation and will be in converstaion with Scottish feminist and linguist Deborah Cameron.

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    Tickets: £3 Tel: 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Mark Haddon launches Sarah Leipciger's The Mountain Can Wait

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

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

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages - To Kill a Mockingbird

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

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

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

    Buy To Kill A Mockingbird

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

    This event is free to attend!

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

    Ticket Reservations Tel: 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Roma Tearne - The Last Pier

    Thursday, June 18th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Roma Tearne will be appearing in conversation with Lucy Popescu here at Blackwell's in Oxford to talk about her latest novel, 'The Last Pier' - A beautiful and atmospheric novel about family, love, loss and regret.

    In the author's own words, "Why should a Sri Lanken novelist with five books set in Sri Lanka choose to write a novel set in Suffolk on the eve of WWII? The answer is simply, why not. The imagination has no borders and the voyage out or the passage to india can equally be the passage to Suffolk if indeed we live in a truly global world. I have wanted for many years to write a novel steeped in the English countryside, in a part of the world I know and love. I have wanted to depict the England that is receding and that once, long ago, I read about while living beside a tropical sea. 'The Last Pier' is that novel.

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    Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased by calling 01865 333623
  • Blackwell's Leeds Book Group

    Wednesday, July 1st at 16:30 - 19:30
    First meeting of the all-new reading group hosted by Blackwell's Bookshop!

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

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

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

    The Blackwell's Leeds book group will run on the first Wednesday of every month. Keep an eye on the website for further details.

    Free customer car park. Full wheelchair access. All welcome!

    Wednesday, July 1st at 18:30 - 20:00
    Do you love reading poetry? Join us for our Pass on a Poem evening, where we invite you to share with the group your favourite published poems, meet others who also have a passion for poetry and hear about poets you may have never listened to before. To sign up for a reading spot during the event please email or visit our Customer Services Department located in the Norrington Room.

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

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

    This event is free to attend. Enquiries Tel: 01865 333623
    CHARLES STROSS – The Annihilation Score

    Wednesday, July 1st at 18:30 - 19:45
    Date: Wednesday 1st of July
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us for the launch of Charles Stross's excellent new book in the Laundry File series, The Annihilation Score .

    About the Book…
    NOBODY DOES IT BETTER ...Dr Mo O'Brien is an intelligence agent at the top secret government agency known as 'the Laundry'. When occult powers threaten the realm, they'll be there to clean up the mess and deal with the witnesses. But the Laundry is recovering from a devastating attack and when average citizens all over the country start to develop supernatural powers, the police are called in to help. Mo is appointed as official police liaison, but in between dealing with police bureaucracy, superpowered members of the public and disgruntled politicians, Mo discovers to her horror that she can no longer rely on her marriage, nor on the weapon that has been at her side for eight years of undercover work, the possessed violin known as 'Lecter'. If this wasn't bad enough, a mysterious figure known as Dr Freudstein is committing heists and sending increasingly threatening messages to the police. Who is Freudstein and what is he planning?

    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.

    Event Info…
    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE.

    Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8239 or

  • Blackwell's Leeds Poetry Evening

    Wednesday, July 8th at 16:30 - 19:30
    The free monthly gathering for all things poetry.

    Join us each second Wednesday of the month to drink from the springs of Hippocrene (or alternatively, the equally stimulating wares of Costa Coffee Blackwell's).

    Share your stanzas, haikus, doggerel and most tasteful limericks with other budding bards in the inviting environs of your local bookshop. Or simply come along and listen! The Blackwell's poetry evening is a friendly and fun place to share work and ideas with fellow wordsmiths.

    Even if it doesn't rhyme.

    The sessions are informal so feel free to turn up when you can, if work or lectures mean you can't make it for the start.

    Free customer car park. Full wheelchair access. All welcome!

    Thursday, July 9th at 19:00 - 20:15
    "Genius in the Humanities and the Sciences: Milton and Darwin - Two views of creation" Blackwell's Bookshop and the Bodleian Library are delighted to welcome Sir Paul Nurse to Oxford to talk about John Milton and Charles Darwin. In this intriguing lecture, Paul Nurse will compare Paradise Lost and The Origin of the Species and their contrasting views of the origins of biological diversity and explore the similarities and differences between creativity in the humanities and the sciences. This is one of a series of talks being held to celebrate the wonderful Marks of Genius exhibition at the Weston Library.

    Sir Paul Nurse is a geneticist who works on what controls the division and shape of cells. He was Professor of Microbiology at the University of Oxford, CEO of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Cancer Research UK and President of Rockefeller University New York. He is currently Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute and is currently President of the Royal Society. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001 and the Royal Society Copley Medal in 2005.

    Tickets for this talk, costing £12, include a Private View of the Marks of Genius exhibition as well as a glass of wine. Tickets are available from the Customer Services Department at Blackwell's Bookshop. Alternatively please telephone 01865 333623 or for ticket enquiries email
    SARA PARETSKY – Brush Back

    Monday, July 13th at 18:30 - 19:45
    Date: Monday 13th of July
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Bookshop is delighted to welcome best-selling crime author Sara Paretsky in-store to talk about her latest V. I. Warshawski novel, Brush Back.

    About the Book…
    Twenty-five years ago, Stella Guzzo beat her daughter to death and then walked up the street to play bingo at her parish church.

    Chicago detective V.I. Warshawski grew up with the Guzzo family, even dating Stella's son Frank when they were teenagers. She knew Stella's murderous rages first-hand and was relieved when a judge sent Stella to prison for a long stretch.

    About the Author…
    Sara Paretsky is the author of twenty books, including seventeen V.I. Warshawski novels. She was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association and the CWA Gold Dagger for Blacklist.

    Event Info…
    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE.

    Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8239 or

  • Blackwell's Leeds Board Games Club

    Wednesday, July 15th at 16:30 - 19:30
    Every third Wednesday of the month is the free games club at Blackwell's Leeds!

    Turn up any time from 4.30pm upstairs in Costa Coffee, where we'll be Articulating, checkmating, passing Go and rollin' them bones to our hearts' content...

    Bring along your favourite board games or just turn up and join in with whatever looks like the most fun. Come and get your geek on with other gamers!

    Free customer car park. Full wheelchair access. All welcome!
  • Blackwell's Leeds Public Lecture Series

    Wednesday, July 22nd at 16:30 - 19:30
    A free series of talks on wide-ranging topics, hosted by your favourite neighbourhood bookshop.

    Each month we invite guest speakers from various disciplines and walks of life to expand our minds, give our grey matter a workout and inspire us on a different chosen subject.

    The talks are held in Costa Blackwell's, so why not grab a coffee and a bite to eat, get comfortable and get ready to be fascinated...

    Keep an eye on this website for updates about the upcoming programme of talks.

    Free customer car park. Full wheelchair access. All welcome!

    Thursday, July 23rd at 19:00 - 20:00
    Following on from a hugely successful evening of Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon' in quadraphonic sound, David Freeman will be hosting a playing of their fifth studio album, 'Atom Heart Mother'. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and released in October 1970 being the first Pink Floyd album to reach number one in the UK charts. It was the first Pink Floyd album to be mixed in Quadraphonic sound and this is how you will have the opportunity to experience the playback on this evening.

    This is the second in our series of 'David Freeman Presents' evenings of classic albums played in quadraphonic sound in the Norrington Room.

    Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623
  • Blackwell's Portsmouth - Michelle Magorian visits

    Saturday, August 1st at 00:00
    Michelle Magorian author of the multi award winning book Goodnight Mr Tom is coming to visit! Oh how excited we all are! Not only are we big Mr Tom fan's here but we have all been sneaking a look at Michelle's latest book Impossible. impossible Michelle will be reading and talking about Impossible with us. So here is a little about the book. A compelling story of London s theatre world at the start of the 60s as Josie tries to find success as an actress. 12-year old Josie attends a finishing-style stage school where she is firmly told she has no acting ability. Fortunately she finds herself cast as a boy in an American comedy but in a case of mistaken identity she is kidnapped and imprisoned in a dockside warehouse. Managing to escape, she and a fellow runaway take refuge in the Theatre Royal, Stratford. They are offered work by the legendary Joan Littlewood, founder of the Theatre Workshop Company. Much to Josie s surprise this leads to a role in a Saturday-morning film. However, the kidnappers haven't given up yet and they are hot on Josie s trail. Exact time is TBC, so watch this space, our blog and Facebook for more announcements. This is an event not to miss!
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Summer Folk Evening 2015

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

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

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

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

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

    Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623