Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • Cambridge, Heffers: Children's Department Competition

    Saturday, August 23rd at 00:00 TO Sunday, September 7th at 17:00
    To celebrate the screening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Cambridge Family Film Festival this summer, we're hosting a Design a Sweet competition. From Saturday, 23rd August competition sheets will be available at Children's at Heffers. There are two age categories - 11and under and 12 and over. Prizes will be a set of Roald Dahl books for the winner in each category.   The closing date for entries to reach Children's at Heffers is 7th September.
  • Cambridge, Heffers: Children's Department & Cambridge Family Film Festival

    Saturday, August 23rd at 00:00 TO Saturday, September 6th at 00:00
    Children's at Heffers & Cambridge Family Film Festival Free Activities In Store 23rd August - 6th September   Children's at Heffers is proud to be a partner of the Cambridge Family Film Festival 2014. To celebrate we'll be hosting a number of free activities:   Saturday, 23rd August - launching the 'Design a Sweet' competition from 11am Saturday, 30th August - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory activities from 11am Wednesday, 3rd September - Storytelling session from 11am Saturday, 6th September - The Gruffalo activities from 11am  
  • OXFORD Poet's Corner Open Mic Night

    Tuesday, September 2nd at 19:00 - 20:30
    Join us on the first Tuesday of every month for our 'Poets Corner' open mic poetry night. We invite you to stand up and read your work or to come along and enjoy being part of the audience listening. If you feel brave and would like to be speaker on the night please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Services Department on 01865 333623 to put your name on the list. Places are normally booked in advance so please get in touch to avoid disappointment. This event is free to attend.
  • OXFORD Sarah Waters - 'The Paying Guests' at the Divinity School

    Tuesday, September 2nd at 19:00 - 21:00
    We are delighted to announce an evening event with Sarah Waters at the Divinity School. Sarah will be discussing her new book 'The Paying Guests' and will be signing copies of the book afterwards. Tickets cost £20 which includes entry to the talk and a copy of 'The Paying Guests' for you to get signed by Sarah afterwards if you so wish. We will also have copies of Sarah's extensive backlist for sale on the evening. There are only 120 places to this very exclusive event so please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    CHARLAINE HARRIS: Midnight Crossroad

    Wednesday, September 3rd at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 3rd of September
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Come and meet Charlaine Harris, Queen of Dark Fantasy, celebrated mystery writer and of course author of the hugely successful SOOKIE STACKHOUSE novels, which were made into HBO's Golden Globe award winning series TRUE BLOOD.

    Her latest novel (and first in a new trilogy), Midnight Crossroad , is an edge-of-your-seat page-turner and a perfect example of what she does best: chilling small town murder mysteries with a jaw-dropping twist.

    'Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town. There's a pawnshop (where someone lives in the basement and runs the store during the night). There's a diner (although those folk who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there's new resident: Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he's found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

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

    For more information or if you would like to order a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Vincent Deary speaks about his new book How We Are

    Friday, September 5th at 18:30
    Vincent Deary, health psychologist at Northumbria University, comes to Blackwell's Newcastle to speak about his new book How We Are. This is the first in his major new How To Live trilogy - the next two books will look at How We Break and How We Mend. How We Are looks at the truth of what it means to be human, examining the power of habit and the difficulty of change. We will be offering £3 off How We Are at this event. This is a free event with no pre-booking required; please ring 0191 2326421 or e-mail newcastle@blackwell.co.uk for further information.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Children’s Book Group

    Monday, September 8th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Monday 8th of September
    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 and chat!

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

    We are currently reading Lauren Child's look Into My Eyes.

    What is the book about?

    Here's the low-down on Ruby Redfort: she's a genius code-cracker, a daring detective, and a gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a thirteen-year-old girl. She and her slick sidekick butler, Hitch, foil crimes and get into loads of scrapes with evil villains, but they're always ice-cool in a crisis. In this first book, we go right back to Ruby's beginnings as an agent. When an anonymous caller sets Ruby a challenge, it's not long before she finds her way into the HQ of the most secret of secret agencies - SPECTRUM. They need her help to crack a code but her desk job soon spirals into an all-out action adventure, as Ruby uncovers the dastardly plans of the formidable Fool's Gold Gang...

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

  • OXFORD 'Fiction Week' 'Crime Panel' - Mick Herron, Helen Giltrow, Dan Holloway and Toby Purser'

    Tuesday, September 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    As part of 'Fiction Week', We will be joined by crime writers Mick Herron, Helen Giltrow, Dan Holloway and Toby Purser to discuss their craft and the fascinating subject of what freedom a fictional character has. Mick is the winner of the Gold Dagger Award for his book 'Dead Lions', Helen has recently published her first novel 'The Distance', Dan is an established poet and author of crime novels and Toby is the author of 6 books, his latest being 'The Zaharoff Conspiracy'. Join us for what promises to be a very interesting discussion around this popular genre. A must for all lovers of Crime writing. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD 'Fiction Week' David Mitchell - 'The Bone Clocks' at the Sheldonian Theatre

    Wednesday, September 10th at 19:00 - 21:00
    We are extremely excited and pleased to be able to present to you an event with David Mitchell for the release of his new novel 'The Bone Clocks'. One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking ...The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly's life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland's Atlantic coast as Europe's oil supply dries up - a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality.Tickets cost £6 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad St, Oxford. Alternatively contact us on (01865) 333623 or for events enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD 'Fiction Week' Charlie Hill and Zoe Pilger in Conversation

    Thursday, September 11th at 19:00 - 20:00
    As part of our 'Fiction Week', we will be hosting a talk with new authors Charlie Hill and Zoe Pilger. Charlie is the author of 'Books'. Two holidaymakers die of a mysterious condition while on holiday in Corfu, piquing neurologist Lauren Manning's interest. She investigates, finding help in the unlikely form of Richard Liggett. Together they discover the killer: best-selling author Tony Sayles and his insipid novels. Zoe is the author of 'Eat My Heart Out'. Meet 2014's most outrageous, funny and shocking anti-heroine: Ann-Marie. She's 23, her life has collapsed, and she's blaming everyone but herself. 'Eat My Heart Out' is the satire for our narcissistic, hedonistic, post-post-feminist era. Join us as we hear what inspired these 'Rising literary stars' to put pen to paper!
  • OXFORD 'Fiction Week' Ali Smith - 'How to be Both'

    Friday, September 12th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are very excited to have one of this year's Booker Prize nominees joining us for an event! The wonderful Ali Smith will be here to discuss her new novel 'How to be Both'. Ali is the author of both non-fiction and fiction titles including the Booker nominated 'The Accidental'. Will 2014 be Ali's much deserved year to walk away with the coveted prize? Ali will be in conversation in our prestigious Norrington Room and will be signing copies of her novels. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD 'Fiction Week' Deborah Harkness - 'The Book of Life' In Store Signing

    Saturday, September 13th at 13:00 - 14:00
    To round off 'Fiction Week' we have a very special hour long signing with author Deborah Harkness. Deborah is the author of the 'All Souls' trilogy which began with 'A Discovery of Witches' in 2011. In the tril­ogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowl­edge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, Matthew and Diana at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago. The signing is free to attend and is strictly limited to one hour, please arrive early to avoid disappointment!
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, September 14th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 14th of September
    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 first Sunday of each month, and read anything from classics to contemporary, dystopian to historical – in short, anything you fancy!

    We are currently reading Paul Dowswell’s The Red Shadow.

    Russia, 1940. Fifteen-year-old Misha's life is about to transform when his father is offered a job in Stalin's inner circle. They move into a luxurious apartment in the Kremlin, but doubts about the glorious new Russia quickly surface. Misha realises that the secret police can do whatever they like. His own mother is arrested and sent to prison, but Misha and his father daren't complain.

    Then as German troops advance on Moscow, the atmosphere in the Kremlin ignites. Misha and a friend find themselves at the heart of a battle against the mighty state in this powerful evocation of one of the most turbulent places and periods of the 20th century, told by a master storyteller.

    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

  • THE BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    ADULT BOOK GROUP

    Monday, September 15th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: 15th of September
    Time: 6pm
    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: Laurent Binet's HHhH.

    What is the book about?

    Two men have been enlisted to kill the head of the Gestapo. This is Operation Anthropoid, Prague, 1942: two Czechoslovakian parachutists sent on a daring mission by London to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich - chief of the Nazi secret services, 'the hangman of Prague', 'the blond beast', 'the most dangerous man in the Third Reich'. His boss is Heinrich Himmler but everyone in the SS says 'Himmler's brain is called Heydrich', which in German spells "HHhH". All the characters in "HHhH" are real. All the events depicted are true. But alongside the nerve-shredding preparations for the attack runs another story: when you are a novelist writing about real people, how do you resist the temptation to make things up? "HHhH" is a panorama of the Third Reich told through the life of one outstandingly brutal man, a story of unbearable heroism and loyalty, revenge and betrayal. It is improbably entertaining and electrifyingly modern, a moving and shattering work of fiction.

    In October we are discussing The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud and in November The Little Strangers by Sarah Waters.

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

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

  • OXFORD David Bramwell - 'The No.9 Bus to Utopia'

    Thursday, September 18th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Author, Radio 4 presenter and TED speaker David Bramwell recounts his adventures visiting the world's most extraordinary communities, with slides, stories and tales of singing plants, time machines and the world's largest underground temple! There will also be a Q&A with Nicole Pohl, editor of Utopian Studies on the nature of community and utopianism. David will, in his inimitable style, present the evening's using slides, humour and wit! 'Packed with gags, wisdom and pathos, this actually is a must-read' Tom Hodgkinson: author of 'How to be Idle' Tickets for this event are free and may be obtained by visiting the customer service department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford or by calling 01865 333623
  • OXFORD Steven Pinker - 'The Sense of Style'

    Tuesday, September 23rd at 19:00 - 21:00
    Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care? In 'The Sense of Style', the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first century, Pinker doesn’t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose. Join us in the magnificent Sheldonian Theatre to hear from one of the most important public intellectuals. Tickets cost £6 and are available in the shop or by calling 01865 333623
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Douglas Adams (courtesy of Jem Roberts & David Haddock)

    Thursday, September 25th at 18:30
    It would be ridiculous to pretend that Douglas Adams's life and work has gone unexamined since his dismayingly early death at 49 but throughout the decade since the last book to tackle the subject, the universes Adams created have continued to develop, to beguile and expand minds, and will undoubtedly do so for generations to come.   An all-new approach to the most celebrated creation of Douglas Adams is therefore most welcome, and The Frood tells the story of Adams's explosive but agonizingly constructed fictional universe, from his initial inspirations to the posthumous sequel(s) and adaptations, bringing together a thousand tales of life as part of the British Comedy movements of the late 70s and 80s along the way. With the benefit of hindsight and much time passed, friends and colleagues have been interviewed for a fresh take on the man and his works. Jem Roberts72dpi    Jem Roberts was born in Ludlow and studied English, Film & Television at Aberystwyth University. A lifetime in magazines led to the honour of writing his first book, the acclaimed Clue Bible, The Fully Authorised History of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, whereupon a life-long adoration for Blackadder made this follow-up a must. This, his third book is probably the closest to heart. He lives in Bath, where he runs the comedy gang 'The Unrelated Family' and writes strange tales for young readers. David Haddock    David Haddock is an ex-President of ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, the Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Appreciation Society. He has been writing for the club magazine since for over ten years and researching many aspects of Douglas Adams and Hitchhiker's. He was asked to write programme notes for the Live Radio Show Programme in 2012, and leads tours around 'Douglas Adams's Cambridge' that members of the author's family have attended. Not being totally obsessed by Douglas Adams he edits an Iain (M) Banks fanzine, The Banksoniain. Tickets from: http://douglas-adams.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Ellee Seymour and the Shopgirls

    Tuesday, September 30th at 18:30 - 20:00
    IMG_4307  THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! Ellee Seymour and her special guests welcome you to the world of the Shop Girls: the charming true story of four young women working in a glamorous department store in the 1950s. For Eve, Irene, Betty and Rosemary, working at the exclusive Heyworth's store in Cambridge is a dream come true. Once the girls step inside the elegant building - surrounded by luxurious dresses and beautiful accessories - the hardships of their own lives are temporarily forgotten. Serving a variety of curious customers, from glamorous gypsy queens to genuine royalty and stuffy academics to the city's fashionable elite, the store is a place where these young women can forge successful careers, under the ever-watchful eye of flamboyant owner Mr Heyworth. Set against the backdrop of the closing years of the Second World War, and moving into the 1950s, The Shop Girls perfectly captures the camaraderie and friendship of four ambitious young women working together in a store that offered them an escape from the drudgery of their wartime childhoods.  Tickets from: https://shopgirls.eventbrite.co.uk
  • OXFORD Charlie Waite - 'Seeing Landscapes'

    Wednesday, October 1st at 19:00 - 20:30
    As part of this year's Oxford Photography Festival http://www.photographyoxford.co.uk/, we will be joined in the Norrington Room by landscape photographer, Charlie Waite. Charlie will be discussing his current exhibition 'Seeing Landscapes'. Born in England, Charlie worked in theatre and television for the first ten years of his professional life before moving to photography. He is noted for his "painterly" approach in using light and shade. He also runs and takes part in a photographic tour company called Light and Land. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our customer service department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford or by calling Tel: 01865 333 623.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Pat Barker, in conversation with Anne Whitehead at the Curtis Auditorium

    Tuesday, October 7th at 17:30 - 18:45
    Booker Prizewinning author, Pat Barker, is celebrated for her novels exploring the First World War, among them the critically acclaimed Regeneration Trilogy. Here, she reflects on these novels in conversation with Anne Whitehead, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University. This event has been timed to coincide with the Hatton Gallery’s exhibition ‘Screaming Steel: Art, War and Trauma 1914–1918’. This is a free event, no pre-booking required. Part of Newcastle University's Insights Public Lectures series.
  • OXFORD Chen Xiwo - 'The Book of Sins'

    Wednesday, October 8th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us as we warmly welcome controversial author Chen Xiwo to Blackwell's to discuss his latest novel, 'The Book of Sins'. Chen's writing has been banned in his homeland of China due to it's graphic depiction of sex and violence. He is also no stranger to the courtroom and has stood before judges many times throughout his illustrious career to defend his right to a freedom of speech. Chen's most talked about and most controversial story is one called 'I Love my Mum' and which alludes to a sexual relationship between a Mother and her severely disabled Son. Not for the faint of heart, this talk by one of China's bravest authors is sure to raise a few eyebrows. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel: 01865 333623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: The Sick Rose with Richard Barnett at the Life Science Centre

    Thursday, October 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    An exploration of medical images and how they represent ideas about life, death and disease. Between the French Revolution and the First World War, Europe and America witnessed a golden age of medical image-making. The first generation of mass-market anatomical and pathological textbooks and atlases offered crisp, detailed colour illustrations of the human body in health and sickness, but they also embodied a revolution in ideas about life, disease and death. Richard Barnett, author of The Sick Rose, explores the tales and people behind this remarkable corpus of art. Richard Barnett studied medicine in London before becoming a historian. He has taught the history of science, medicine and evolutionary theory at the universities of Cambridge and London, and in 2011 received one of the first Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships. His latest book – The Sick Rose, on art and anatomy in an age of revolution – is published by Thames & Hudson in the UK. Seahouses, his first collection of poetry, will be published by Valley Press in spring 2015. Tickets are £15 and booking is essential - visit life.org.uk for further information.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: An Evening With Martina Cole at Thornaby Central Library

    Thursday, October 9th at 19:15
    Join us in conversation with the No.1 bestselling author Martina Cole at Thornaby Library.   Martina will be talking about her life and work and discussing her new novel The Good Life. This will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.   Tickets are priced at £4. £3 of the ticket price can be redeemed against the price of a book at the event.   To book contact the Rediscover Stockton shop: (01642) 528130 or call in at any library in Stockton borough to buy a ticket. Booking essential.
  • OXFORD Peter F. Hamilton - 'The Abyss Beyond Dreams'

    Friday, October 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Science Fiction writer Peter F. Hamilton will be joining us to discuss his new book “The Abyss Beyond Dreams”. Set in the Commonwealth Universe, “The Abyss Beyond Dreams” is set chronologically between The Commonwealth saga and The Void trilogy, two of his popular series.

    When images of a lost civilization are ‘dreamed’ by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void – a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities. With it being the greatest threat to the known universe, Nigel is committed to finding out what really lies within the Void and if there’s any truth to the visions they’ve received. Does human life really exist inside its boundary?

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Harry Bucknall

    Tuesday, October 14th at 18:30
    In 2012 Harry Bucknall set off from the steps of St Pauls Cathedral to walk 1,400 miles through England, France, Switzerland and Italy to Rome.  He was following in the footsteps of pilgrims down the centuries on an ancient route known as the Via Francigena.  Saint Wilfred of Hexham was the first named English pilgrim to make the journey from Canterbury in the 7th century, both Alfred the Great and King Canute did so and by 1450 it was estimated that 40,000 pilgrims a day were flocking to St Peter’s Basilica. Harry Bucknall tells of his journey in LIKE A TRAMP, LIKE A PILGRIM, weaving a historical tapestry liberally coloured with tales of angels and saints, emperors and kings and war and revolution. He uncovers a little known route that leads him through vineyards and villages, towns and cities and over rivers and mountains to the heart of the Eternal City, Saint Peter’s Basilica.   LIKE A TRAMP, LIKE A PILGRIM is a joyous journey of Elizabethan proportion filled with anecdote, adventure and mishap as Harry encounters the changing faces of a landscape suffused with history; yet his journey is perhaps most enriched by the extraordinary stories of those he meets - fellow pilgrims and locals alike- along the way. After twelve years service in the Coldstream Guards, including operational tours in Northern Ireland and Bosnia, Harry Bucknall, 48, worked in the oil and harry bucknallmining industry and as a consultant in the Middle East. He has also produced theatre on the London Fringe, sat on the Olivier Awards Panel and acted as reviewer for Arts Council, London and a number of West End publications. Tickets from: https://like-a-tramp.eventbrite.co.uk
  • OXFORD Alexander Larman - 'Blazing Star: The Life and Times of the Earl of Rochester'

    Tuesday, October 14th at 19:00 - 20:00
    'Blazing Star' tells of the life and times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Described as a dashing Restoration Dandy, a scabrous satirist and a Pornographic poet, John Wilmot was an alcoholic by the age of 14, in prison by 18 and dead of syphilis by the age of 33. This is the first comprehensive biography of a remarkable and extremely complex man. Johnny Depp even donned a wig to play the Earl in the 2004 movie, 'The Libertine'. Join us for a discussion around John Wilmot's incredible life. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel: 01865 333623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD Juliet Barker - 'England, Arise'

    Wednesday, October 15th at 19:00 - 20:00
    The dramatic and shocking events of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 are to be the backdrop to Juliet Barker's latest book: a snapshot of what everyday life was like for ordinary people living in the middle ages.This book not only provides an important reassessment of the revolt itself but is also be an illuminating and original study of English medieval life at the time. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD Deborah Levy in conversation with Stefan Tobler

    Friday, October 17th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Joining us to discuss her novels with Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories) will be award winning author, Deborah Levy. Deborah will be discussing the relationship between authors and publishers as well as Deborah and Stefan's own shared journey to publishing 'Swimming Home'. Deborah's new book 'An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell' is published by And Other Stories in October. Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening withWendy Pollard

    Tuesday, October 21st at 18:30
    This first biography of Pamela Hansford Johnson (1912-1981) has been written with the full co-operation of her three children, who allowed Wendy Pollard access to previously unexamined diaries, letters and much other material, illuminating their mother’s eventful and often entertaining life. Pamela Hansford Johnson’s achievements were all the more remarkable because of her lack of formal education after the age of 16. With no literary contacts to ease her path, she nevertheless quickly established herself first as a poet, then as a prolific short story writer, and, after the publication of her first novel, she was able to support herself and her mother on her income from writing and reviewing. In addition to their aesthetic worth, her novels are remarkable for the portraits they paint of almost forgotten, yet comparatively recent, worlds. Her 1930s novels are not set in the privileged surroundings featured in the novels of the majority of her contemporaries, but in the down-to-earth milieu of lower middle-class Londoners. Her novels of the 1940s and 1950s graphically portray the period of social adjustment during, and immediately after, the Second World War. Later, several of her novels focused on moral dilemmas, and she also varied her range with a group of well-received satirical novels. Her private life was full of incident, the earliest being her youthful romance with Dylan Thomas. Her first marriage was to an Australian journalist, and she subsequently married the novelist and scientist, C.P. (later Lord) Snow. The Snows formed a celebrated literary partnership, travelling widely, and being fêted in academic circles in the USA and the USSR as well as in the UK. The biography also recounts the many intrigues in literary circles in the post-war years when the Snows later became targets for the emerging satire movement. After a number of administrative jobs, Wendy Pollard worked for five years as editorial assistant on the Newsdesk of Independent Television News. While her family was growing up, she studied with the Open University, gaining a first-class honours degree. She was awarded a PhD in 2000 by the English Faculty of the University of Cambridge, for a dissertation on the literary reception of the works of Rosamond Lehmann, which was later published as Rosamond Lehmann and Her Critics: The Vagaries of Literary Reception (Ashgate, 2004).  Tickets from: https://pamela-hansford-johnson.eventbrite.co.uk
  • OXFORD Henry Marsh - 'Do No Harm'

    Tuesday, October 21st at 19:00 - 20:00
    What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially life-saving operation when it all goes wrong? In neurosurgery, more than in any other branch of medicine, the doctor's oath to 'do no harm' holds a bitter irony. Operations on the brain carry grave risks... Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel: 01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD Richard Barnett - 'The Sick Rose'

    Wednesday, October 22nd at 19:00 - 20:00
    The Sick Rose is a beautifully gruesome and strangely fascinating visual tour through disease in an age before colour photography. This stunning volume, combining detailed illustrations of afflicted patients from some of the worlds rarest medical books, forms an unforgettable and profoundly human reminder of mankinds struggle with disease. Incorporating historic maps, pioneering charts and contemporary case notes, Richard Barnetts evocative overview reveals the fears and obsessions of an era gripped by epidemics. Richard will be accompanying his talk with a slide show presentation of the books illustrations in all their glory - not for the squeamish! Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: The Fall of the Berlin Wall - Dr Hester Vaizey at the Curtis Auditorium

    Thursday, October 23rd at 17:30 - 18:45
    When the Berlin Wall fell, and German reunification followed, a whole country was wiped out as East Germany was effectively taken over by West Germany. Dr Hester Vaizey, Lecturer in Modern German History at Clare College, Cambridge, will discuss how life changed for East Germans once the Wall fell: the world they left behind, and how they coped with the transition from communism to a Western consumer society. This is a free event, no pre-booking required. Part of Newcastle University's Insights Public Lectures series.
  • OXFORD 'The Opposite of Loneliness' - A Celebration of Marina Keegan's Writing

    Saturday, October 25th at 19:00 - 20:00
    October 25th 2014 would have been Marina Keegan's 25th Birthday. Marina was killed in a car accident just days after graduating from Yale and writing her inspirational essay, The Opposite of Loneliness. We will be joined by Jason Cowley, editor of the New Statesman and Suzanne Baboneau, managing director of Simon and Schuster UK to celebrate Marina's legacy and the innocence and beauty of this wonderful book. We'll also be having selected readings from The Opposite of Loneliness, giving people the chance to reflect and celebrate a life that was tragically cut short but which has now become an inspiration to many people. This is a FREE event to attend. For a ticket please collect from our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel: 01865 333 623 or for enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD Michael Rodgers - 'Publishing and the Advancement of Science'

    Tuesday, October 28th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Popular science books, selling in their thousands - even millions - help us appreciate breakthroughs in understanding the natural world, while highlighting the cultural importance of scientific knowledge. Textbooks bring these same advances to students; the scientists of tomorrow. But how do these books come about? And why are some of them so spectacularly successful? This is the first ever insider's account of science publishing, written by an editor intimately involved in the publication of some of the most famous bestsellers in the field. Michael Rodgers reveals the stories behind these extraordinary books, providing a behind-the-scenes view of the world of books, authors and ideas. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Lars Iyer and Wittegenstein Jr

    Thursday, October 30th at 18:30
    Lars Iyer’s latest novel Wittgenstein Jr (Melville House UK) concerns the academic career of a group of Cambridge philosophy students, deeply under the influence of their supervisor, whom they nickname Wittgenstein Jr. Wittgenstein Jr’s austere, exacting philosophy provides a tragicomic counterpoint to the chemical excesses of a student life that takes place in Cambridge locations that will having Cambridge inhabitants laughing out loud in recognition: the college backs, the Maypole, the Copper Kettle, the weekend tourists on King's Parade…With the wit and linguistic playfulness of Evelyn Waugh and the experimentation of Beckett, the novel moves towards an unexpectedly hopeful and touching conclusion. The event will be of great interest to fans of philosophy and contemporary fiction. Iyer will be reading from his work, and taking questions from the audience. Tickets from: https://wittgenstein-jr.eventbrite.co.uk
  • OXFORD Darryl Jones Hallowe'en Classic Ghost Story reading

    Friday, October 31st at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us for an intimate gathering to hear Darryl Jones read some classic ghost stories. Darryl will be reading from his new collection 'Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffman to Hodgson'. This anthology brings together 29 of the greatest horror stories from the British, Irish, American, and European traditions through the long 19th century. It ranges widely across diverse sub-genres including the supernatural, psychological and tales of the uncanny, and features established classics as well as little-known works. These are stories guaranteed to freeze the blood, revolt the senses, and keep you awake at night: prepare to be terrified! Come in your scariest garb as Darryl will be judging the best fancy dress, the winner of which will receive a signed copy of 'Horror Stories' as a prize! Tickets cost £3 and are available from the shop or by calling Tel: 01865 333 623.
  • Cambridge, Heffers: Classics Forum 2014

    Saturday, November 1st at 09:30 - 18:00
    The third Heffers Classics Forum is in partnership with Cambridge Festival of Ideas. For full programme details visit:https://tinyurl.com/heffers-classics-forum-2014 Heffers Classics Forum returns to Cambridge: Saturday 1st November 2014. Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site 9.30am - 6pm We are delighted to be holding the annual Heffers Classics Forum once again, in association with Cambridge Festival of Ideas, featuring a host of celebrities from the world of Classics. The Forum will be taking place at the Faculty of Law on the Sidgwick site in Cambridge. Earlybird tickets on sale until 1st September from: https://heffersclassicsforum2014.eventbrite.co.uk The full programme (so far) can be seen here: https://tinyurl.com/heffers-classics-forum-2014   This dynamic day long Forum celebrates the Classical World. The programme is a diverse celebration of all that the Classical world has to offer. See you there ...
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Richard Barnett and the Sick Rose

    Tuesday, November 4th at 18:30
    The Sick Rose is a strangely fascinating, often gruesome visual tour through disease in an age before colour photography. The illustrations produced for 19th century medical books were created through a sophisticated collaboration between doctors, artists, craftsmen and publishers, and chronicle a major attempt to record, understand and treat the symptoms of disease at every stage. The 19th century experienced an explosion of epidemics such as cholera and diphtheria, driven by industrialization, urbanization and poor hygiene. But the age also saw enormous scientific progress, including the acceptance of vaccination and germ theory.   Richard Barnett, a highly regarded medical historian, focuses on ten diseases prevalent in this period, and illustrates his social history with over 350 images from some of the world’s rarest medical books, historic maps, pioneering charts and contemporary case notes. His evocative overview of ailments, ranging from those that are largely forgotten to epidemics that shaped our modern age, are a reminder of the transience of the body and the frailty of the flesh.   Richard Barnett is a writer, teacher and broadcaster on the cultural history of science and medicine. His first book, Medical London: City of Diseases, City of Cures, came out in 2008, and was a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4, and The Sick Rose was described by Will Self in the Guardian as ‘superbly erudite and lucid’. He has taught the history of science, medicine and evolutionary theory at the universities of Cambridge and London, and in 2011 received one of the first Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships. He is online at richardbarnettwriter.com, and on Twitter @doctorbarnett.     Tickets from: https://sick-rose.eventbrite.co.uk
  • OXFORD Katherine Rundell in conversation with Richard Smith

    Thursday, November 6th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Katherine Rundell was born in 1987 and grew up in Africa and Europe. In 2008 she was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her first book, The Girl Savage, was born of her love of Zimbabwe and her own childhood there; her second, Rooftoppers, was inspired by summers working in Paris and by night-time trespassing on the rooftops of All Souls. Katherine will be in conversation with author of 'The Man with his head in the clouds', Richard Smith. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD Mick Wall - 'Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre: A Biography of The Doors'

    Thursday, November 13th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Think you know the story of Jim Morrison and The Doors? Think again. Jim Morrison died in Paris in 1971 - but not in a bathtub. Along with evoking the cultural milieu of Los Angeles in the Sixties, in Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre writer Mick Wall captures the true spirit of that tarnished age with a brilliantly penetrating and contemporary investigation into the real story of The Doors. We'll be celebrating the legacy of The Doors with beer and our very own instrumental Doors tribute act, Soul Kitchen. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds - 'Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan'

    Thursday, November 27th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Aneurin - Nye - Bevan was one of the pivotal Labour figures of the post-war era. As Minister for Health in Attlee's government, his role in the foundation of the NHS, the world's largest publically-funded health service and the centre-piece of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, changed the face of British society forever. In this book, acclaimed author Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds provides the first full-life biography of Bevan in over two decades, from his birth in Tredegar in the South Wales Valleys in 1897 to his death from stomach cancer at the age of 62 in 1960. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Jonathan Steffen

    Thursday, December 4th at 18:30
    EXPOSURE_dust_jacket.indd Exposure by Jonathan Steffen Exposure brings together forty love-poems written by Jonathan Steffen over a period of thirty years. It also matches these compositions with photographs by photographers from around the world. Each poem has been paired with the work of a contemporary photographer that provides a powerful commentary on the verse. The poems and photographs are presented on individually coloured double-page spreads that create a unique kaleidoscope of longing, celebration and loss.   Jonathan Steffen was born in London in 1958 and read English at King’s College, Cambridge. His work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines, and has been featured on BBC radio. 2011 saw the launch of his poetry pamphlet The Colour of Love, which followed the poetry CD St Francis in the Slaughter-House (2006) and the song album The Road in Our Feet (2005). Tickets from: https://jonathan-steffen.eventbrite.co.uk
  • OXFORD Chris Hadfield Signing copies of 'You Are Here'

    Tuesday, December 16th at 14:30 - 16:30
    We are delighted to announce that we will be joined by astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield to sign copies of his new book, 'You Are Here'. The millions of us who followed Hadfield's news-making Twitter feed from the ISS thought we knew what we were looking at when we first saw his photos. But we may have caught the beauty and missed the full meaning. Now, through photographs - many of which have never been shared - Hadfield unveils a fresh and insightful look at our planet. THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE NORRINGTON ROOM. We are sure that this will be an extremely popular event so we advise that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.
  • OXFORD Michael Morpurgo, John Tams and Barry Coope - 'War Horse'

    Friday, January 30th at 19:00 - 20:30
    We are delighted to be able to present a musically accompanied reading of 'War Horse' at the prestigious Sheldonian Theatre. Michael Morpurgo tells the powerful and deeply moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. Michael is joined by acclaimed musicians John Tams and Barry Coope, who accompany his reading with the rousing yet haunting songs specially composed by John Tams for the National Theatre's award-winning production of 'War Horse'. Tickets cost £15 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

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