Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • 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 OXFORD AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENT Daniel Susskind The Future of the Professions

    Monday, June 27th at 19:00 - 20:00
    As part of this year’s Oxfordshire Science Festival, we are delighted to be hosting Daniel Susskind to discuss his book ‘The future of the professions’.

    In the era of the development of technologies like robotics and artificial intelligence, machines are becoming more capable of outperforming human beings. Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind argue that today’s professions will decline as they are antiquated, unaffordable and opaque.

    Tickets for this event are £5, and may be purchased on the Oxfordshire Science Festival website, or by clicking here. The event will be held in the Norrington Room.
  • BLACKWELL’S OXFORD PRESENTS Marcus du Sautoy What we Cannot Know

    Tuesday, June 28th at 18:00 - 19:00
    As part of this year’s Oxfordshire Science Festival, we are proud to host Marcus du Sautoy to discuss his latest book, ‘What we cannot know’.

    Marcus du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and has presented multiple television series about maths and science. In What we cannot know he explores the limits of human knowledge, and asks the question “Is it possible that one day we will know everything, or are some things simply beyond the scope of human understanding?”

    Tickets for this event are £7, and may be purchased on the Oxfordshire Science Festival website, or by clicking here. The event will be held in the Norrington Room.
  • Ketchup – the confidence building condiment book launch

    Tuesday, June 28th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Ketchup is all about confidence! How to build it, use it and make the most of what you have. Learn the secret recipe for success with Davina Whitnall's collection of over 100 inspiring ideas to create confidence and personal effectiveness. This is the indispensable guide to help develop your own brand of confidence.

    This launch event includes a short inspirational confidence workshop, refreshments, an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book and chat with the author.

    Where: Blackwell's bookshop, Manchester

    When: 28 Jun 2016 6.30pm

    Free entry. Book your free place here.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: June Book Group: Charlotte Bronte, A Life by Claire Harman

    Wednesday, June 29th at 18:00

    Raised motherless on remote Yorkshire moors, watching five beloved siblings sicken and die, haunted by unrequited love: Charlotte Bronte's life has all the drama and tragedy of the great Gothic novels it inspired. Charlotte was a literary visionary, a feminist trailblazer and the driving force behind the whole Bronte family. She pushed Emily to publish Wuthering Heights and took charge of their precarious finances when her feckless brother turned to opium. In Jane Eyre she introduced the world to a brand new kind of heroine, modelled on herself: quiet but fiercely intelligent, burning with passion and potential. Join us in-store to discuss this gripping and illuminating account of one of our best-loved novelists.

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

  • 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 AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENT Jim Baggott Origins: the Scientific Story of Creation

    Thursday, June 30th at 19:00 - 20:00
    As part of this year’s Oxfordshire Science Festival, we are delighted to host Jim Baggott to discuss his ninth book, ‘Origins’.

    In just one hour, Jim Baggott will take us from the Big Bang to the emergence of humans 13.8 billion years later. Origins provides a unique and up-to-date summary of the state of scientific thinking about the origins of space, time, matter, life, humans, and consciousness.

    Tickets for this event are £6, and may be purchased on the Oxfordshire Science Festival website, or by clicking here. The event will be held in the Norrington Room.
  • BLACKWELL’S OXFORD AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENT Fred Taylor Exploring the Planets

    Friday, July 1st at 17:30 - 18:30
    As part of this year’s Oxfordshire Science Festival, we are proud to host Fred Taylor to discuss his latest book, ‘Exploring the Planets’.

    The astronomer Fred Taylor offers personal insights into the evolution of the space programme, and how political and scientific motivation can merge to increase funding and push us further into space. From Cape Canaveral to Downing Street, the book uses Taylor’s individual experiences to build a fascinating narrative of the past and present of space exploration.

    Tickets for this event are £6, and may be purchased on the Oxfordshire Science Festival website, or by clicking here. The event will be held in the Norrington Room.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Tales from the Farm

    Saturday, July 2nd at 10:00 TO Sunday, July 3rd at 16:00

    Blackwell's First Children's Book Festival 'Tales from the Farm'

    A two day book festival opens it's marquee doors on the 2nd & 3rd of July. With activities, workshops, crafts, story telling, author appearances and of course a book shop this weekend is not to be missed! Neither of the two days will be the same so why not join us for both? A jam packed weekend for all the family to enjoy, we hope that you can get in to the spirit of the festival and make it your own.

    Saturday 2nd July

    Programme

    Storytimes

    10.00-10.30, 12.00-12.30, 14.00-14.30

    10:00-11:00 – Journey Stick

    Use a journey stick to retell the story of a journey. Along the way, bits and pieces will get tied to the stick to represent events, feelings and milestones.

    11:00-12:00 – Clive Goddard (author of 'Fintan Fedora the World's Worst Explorer)

    Come and meet some real-life authors and find out about their books.

    12:00-13:00 Phoenix Comics Workshop

    Join artist Neill Cameron, from Oxford's very own Phoenix Comic, to create your own comic. Perfect for young budding comic book creators.

    13:00-14:00 Jo Cotterill (author of 'Electrigirl')

    Come and meet some real-life authors and find out about their books.

    14:00-15:00 – Ciara Flood (author of 'Those Pesky Rabbits and Perfect Picnic')

    Come and meet some real-life authors and find out about their books.

    15:00-16:00 – Shakespeare can be Fun

    To read or not to read the great bard, love him or hate him, Shakespeare can be fun! Join us for a great hour of Shakespeare fuelled fun.

    Sunday 3rd July

    Storytimes

    10:00-10:30, 12:00-12:30, 14:00-14:30

    10:00-11:00 – Pop Up Club

    Everyone loves a great pop up book, so why not join us for an hour of pop up based craft activities and learn how to make your own pop up!

    11:00-12:00 – Caroline Baxter (author of 'Bear Club Bakers')

    Come and meet some real-life authors and find out about their books.

    12:00-13:00 – Teddy Bear Picnic Storytime

    Who doesn't love taking their favourite teddy to storytime? Even if you've not brought one with you, you can borrow one of ours.

    13:00-14:00 – Sally Nicholls (author of 'Billy Button')

    Come and meet some real-life authors and find out about their books.

    14:00-15:00 – Cas Lester (author of 'Nixie the Bad Bad Fairy')

    Come and meet some real-life authors and find out about their books.

    15:00-16:00 – Happy Birthday Mr. Dahl

    What better way to celebrate the birthday of the world's greatest storyteller than with a fun packed activity session exploring the world of Roald Dahl.

    We will also have drop-in activities running throughout the weekend. Pop in and join the fun!

    The festival is completely free. You can book your place for the above sessions on the day inside the marquee.

    Visit www.milletsfarmcentre.com for details on how to find us! We do hope this festival is the first of many!

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Alice's Day 2016

    Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00 - 16:00
    Join us on Saturday 2nd July as we celebrate Oxford's city-wide event, Alice's day. From 11am-4pm there will be drop-in craft activities taking place in the Norrington Room, where you can make your own Alice animal ears and take home a decorated movable caterpillar. At timed slots during the day we will be having animal storytime with the White Rabbit and our magical bookseller will be creating an animal hand shadow puppet show. All of our activities are free to attend and everyone is welcome.

    White Rabbit Storytime will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, catch him before he runs away!

    Hand Shadow Puppet Show will take place at 12pm and 2pm.

    For the full listing of all of the activities taking place in venues across Oxford, please visit The Story Museum's website.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop with Nigel Warburton and Sir 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 Sir Roger Scruton.

    Sir 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 EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, July 4th at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 4th of July
    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 EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    GAMES NIGHT

    Tuesday, July 5th at 18:00 - 21:00
    Date: Tuesday 5th July 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 (for 3 to 4 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, RBS presents: MARK WEBBER - Aussie Grit: My Formula One Journey

    Wednesday, July 6th at 12:30

    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 12.30pm, so arrive in good time to avoid disappointment!

    If you are unable to attend and would like a signed copy of Mark's book, please speak to a bookseller or send an email to rbs@blackwell.co.uk.

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    John Hunter: The Small Isles

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

    Some ten thousand years ago, hunter-gatherers moving through a landscape newly emerged from the grip of the last Ice Age reached four islands on the western seaboard. The shores they landed on were deserted. After making camp, they struck out to hunt and explore.

    The islands were Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck - four distinctive shapes rising from the waters of the Inner Hebrides between Ardnamurchan and Skye. Collectively, they are known as the Small Isles. From those first moments on, people have been working these islands and using their resources, adapting each landscape to suit the changing needs of the communities they served.

    In The Small Isles, archaeologist John Hunter searches for the stories of the Small Isles in the evidence that survives - from the fragmentary physical remains of dwellings, defences, places of worship and monuments, to the records of early antiquarians, historians and travellers.This is a journey to rediscover communities that were erased by the mass migrations of the nineteenth century, and the rise of the Victorian sporting estate. Within a few generations cultural identity on the islands disappeared and a new order developed. Placenames were changed, buildings and structures abandoned, and traditions forgotten. The Small Isles became islands without memories.

    This comprehensive guide - illustrated with a wealth of photographs, maps and drawings - takes readers on a tour of both place and time. Crisscrossing the landscapes of four fascinating and evocative islands, it reveals traces of a forgotten past in everything that has been left behind.

    About the Author
    John Hunter is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. A Commissioner of Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, he has undertaken extensive survey work in Scotland, with a particular focus on the Northern and Western Isles.

    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...
    Cheryl Smith: Being Mrs Smith

    Thursday, July 7th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 7th of July
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of A Very Unorthodox Love Story

    Being Mrs Smith always did mean embracing the unexpected, but even Mrs Smith didn't expect an Amazonian adventure. When the horror of cancer touched the Smiths, they embarked on a journey to ultimate healing and peace.

    This is the story of their journey. Faced with heart-rending decisions, they accept unmissable opportunities with a courageousness they never knew they had. In the deepest jungle regions, they encounter charlatans and shamans and learn to distinguish between them. Surrendering to the path that is theirs to take, they embrace ancient teachings and strange medicines, and grasp the opportunity to dance with the spirits of sacred plants, including that of Ayahuasca. Far from home, the Smiths learn the true value of family and community as they place their trust in the wisdom of the indigenous elders, in themselves and in each other, and ultimately in Nature herself. Here is a rare story of healing that tells of the melding of souls as Mr and Mrs Smith walk each other home.

    About the Author
    Cheryl Smith followed various paths before she finally learned to trust that Life would lead her to where she needed to be. She is dedicated to sharing her experiences in the hope that others will see themselves reflected in her words and be encouraged by them.

    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 Portsmouth presents 'Filling the Void' an afternoon of humanist poetry & song

    Saturday, July 9th at 14:00
    Come and listen to some humanist poetry and a song or two in celebration of the new book collection 'Filling the Void'. Author Jonathan MS Pearce and contributors, Gareth Howells (of BEMIS) and Glenn Barr, will be in attendance to introduce their work and discuss the themes explored. We will be showcasing an assortment of books published by local publishing imprints "Onus Books" and "Loom" which will be available, in addition to 'Filling the Void'. Bring a humanist poem if you want to share! This is a free event and all are welcome. N.B. This is also a University of Portsmouth Open Day so parking will be difficult in the immediate vicinity. There are plenty of bike-racks and we can accommodate your legs in-store...
  • Blackwell's Portsmouth - Book Launch - Lawless & the Flowers of Sin

    Tuesday, July 12th at 17:30 - 18:30
    Come along and celebrate the launch of William Sutton's second Victorian mystery, Lawless & the Flowers of Sin, with Titan Books.
    "It's Victorian London. Of course perfection can be bought." Moustachios, mutton chops, crinoline and taffeta all welcome, so tug on your cover-me-properlies, your velvet, lace, your stampers, your fumbles and your corsetry, and help us turn a Tuesday evening into a night of Victorian revelry. There will be a post-launch buffet (£5 per head) across the road at Le Cafe Parisien Portsmouth, from 6.30ish until the ennui bites us. This is a free event and all are welcome.   For more information and additional tomfoolery, visit http://www.william-sutton.co.uk/ Titan Books f/williamgeorgeq t @WilliamGeorgeQ Soundcloud.com/william-george-Sutton
  • Book Quiz 2: Electric Bookaloo

    Tuesday, July 12th at 18:30 - 20:30
    Manchester, do you know your Crichton from your Blyton? Was Gandalf one of the red-nosed reindeer? Who is the bestselling Ian?

    In the second installment of this BRAND NEW BOOK QUIZ, Blackwell's Manchester will cover bestsellers, bad sellers, prize winners and page turners. 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 £1, just click 'going' on this event page then turn up on the night. Oh and the maximum team size is five.

    Where: Blackwell's bookshop, Manchester

    When: 12 July 2016 6.30pm

    Entry: £1.

    Do join our Facebook event.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Ian Garden: Battling with the Truth

    Tuesday, July 12th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 12th July
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    'Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.' - Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda

    Dunkirk, Stalingrad, the Dieppe Raid: there were many bloody and gruesome conflicts fought during the Second World War, yet there was one vital and aggressive battle in which no blood was directly shed - that of the warring nations' battle with the truth.

    In his new book, Battling with the Truth, a follow-up to The Third Reich's Celluloid War, Ian Garden offers fascinating insights into the ways by which both the Axis and Allies manipulated military and political facts for their own ends. By analysing key incidents and contemporary sources from both British and German perspectives, he reveals how essential information was concealed from the public. Asking how both sides could have believed they were fighting a just war, Garden exposes the extent to which their peoples were told downright lies or fed very carefully worded versions of the truth. Often these 'versions' gave completely false impressions of the success or failure of missions - even whole campaigns.

    Ultimately, Battling with the Truth demonstrates that almost nothing about war is as clear-cut as the reporting at the time makes out. From the past, we can learn valuable lessons about the continuing potential for media manipulation and political misinformation - especially during wartime.

    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: 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.
  • Blackwell's Bradford presents Professor Paul Rogers

    Wednesday, July 13th at 17:00 - 19:30
    Blackwell's at The University of Bradford are proud to present Professor Paul Rogers' launch of his new book 'Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat From the Margins'. If the rise of Islamic State can overthrow powerful states in a matter of weeks, what kind of a secure future can the world expect? After more than a decade of the war on terror, security specialists thought that Islamist paramilitary movements were in decline; the threat from ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Boko Haram in Nigeria, al-Qaida in Yemen, the chaos in Libya and the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan have all shown that to be wishful thinking. Once again the West is at war in the Middle East. Paul Rogers, the distinguished global security specialist, provides a much-needed look at the rise of such global terrorist movements from the margins and presents a new argument as troubling as it is compelling. While Islamic State has taken root in the Middle East and North Africa and has increasing impact across the world as thousands of young men and women rally to its cause, Rogers argues that it should be seen not just as a threat in its own right but as a marker of a much more dangerous world riddled with irregular war. Professor Rogers will discuss his research for the new book and will be signing copies. This is a FREE event but please book your seat via Eventbrite by clicking here  
  • Michael Moorcock in conversation with Sam Leith

    Wednesday, July 13th at 18:30
    Blackwell’s are thrilled to be welcoming Michael Moorcock into the shop, to celebrate not only his newest book The Whispering Swarm, but also the gorgeous new covers for his classics, Mother London, King of the City, and London Bone.

    Michael will be in conversation with Sam Leith, author of You Talkin’ to Me and contributor to The Spectator, followed by an audience Q&A session.

    Tickets are free and open to all, but please book in advance – we look forward to seeing you on the day!

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  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    William Egginton: The Man Who Invented Fiction

    Wednesday, July 13th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 13th July
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World

    In 1605 a crippled, greying, almost toothless veteran of Spain's wars against the Ottoman Empire published a book. That book, Don Quixote, went on to sell more copies than any other book beside the Bible, making its author, Miguel de Cervantes, the most widely read author in human history.

    Cervantes did more than just publish a bestseller, though. He invented a way of writing.

    In Cervantes' time, 'fiction' was synonymous with a lie. Books were either history, and true, or 'poetry' which might be invented, but had to conform to strict principles. Don Quixote tells the story of a poor nobleman, addled from reading too many books on chivalry, who deludes himself that he is a knight errant and sets off to put the world to rights. The book was hugely entertaining, broke the existing rules, devised a new set and, in the process, created a new, modern hybrid form we know today as the novel.

    The Man Who Invented Fiction explores Cervantes's life and the world he lived in, showing how his life and influences converged in his work, and how his work - especially Don Quixote - radically changed the nature of literature and created a new way of viewing the world. Finally, it explains how that worldview went on to infiltrate art, politics and science, and how the world today would be unthinkable without it.

    About the Author
    William Egginton is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and chair of the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University. Egginton is the author six highly praised books, including How the World Became a Stage, and writes for the digital salon Arcade, published by Stanford University, he has written popular essays for The Stone, an online forum for contemporary philosophers published by the New York Times. He is fluent in English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian.

    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: Lucie Whitehouse and Lucy Atkins

    Wednesday, July 13th at 20:00
    Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, comes a thrilling new novel from acclaimed author Lucie Whitehouse.

    They said it was a tragic accident. She knows better...The brilliant young painter Marianne Glass is found dead in her snow-covered garden. Rowan Winter, once her closest friend, knows it wasn't an accident. Marianne had vertigo, paralysing vertigo. She never would have gone that close to the edge.

    Lucie will be discussing this fantastic new novel with fellow crime writer, Lucy Atkins.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Crime Factor: Four Men in Search of a Plot

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

    Plotting the perfect murder? Join us for an evening of debate when four Scottish crime writers will be discussing - and answering questions about - all aspects of crime novels, including plotting, writing, plus general death and destruction.

    Author Peter Burnett will chair the discussion and attempt to keep the hilarity and body count under control.

    The Four Men
    Neil Broadfoot’s debut Falling Fast, was nominated for the Deanston prize, whilst its follow-up, The Storm, won over readers and authors alike. A journalist for 15 years, Neil’s third book All The Devils, is out later this year.

    GJ Brown is the author of four crime thrillers, Falling, 59 Minutes, The Catalyst and Meltdown. Gordon is a DJ, runs a creativity training business and also helped found Bloody Scotland – Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival.

    Mark Leggatt is the author of two international thrillers, Names of the Dead and The London Cage, and has appeared at several international festivals to talk about his work. European history and modern global conspiracy lie at the heart of his novels.

    Douglas Skelton wrote 11 True Crime/Scottish criminal history books before turning, in 2013, to fiction with Blood City, the first in the Davie McCall quartet. The final Davie McCall book, Open Wounds was published earlier this year.

    Keeping the four in check is Peter Burnett, the author of Scotland or No and #freetopiary: An Occupy Romance, as well as other fiction and non-fiction.

    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

  • Identity, Politics and Mythology: Poetry Reading at The Culture Lab, Newcastle University

    Thursday, July 14th at 19:00

    Celebrating contemporary South Asian poetry, Trashed Organ and GemArts in association with NCLA, present an evening of readings by three prize-winning poets: Moniza AlviArundhathi Subramaniam and Amali Rodrigo.

    The reading will be followed by a discussion led by Dr James Procter of Newcastle University.

    Tickets cost £6/£4 concessions and are available from the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Donald Thomson: A Hebrides Suit

    Saturday, July 16th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Saturday 16th July
    Time: 2pm to 3pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Following the success of "A Borders Suite" earlier this year, composer and pianist Donald Thomson returns to Blackwell's Bookshop to perform the five piano pieces from his new book 'A Hebrides Suite'

    In this latest addition to the Celtic Piano series published by EVC Music Publications (www.elenacobb.com), Thomson captures the unique beauty of the Hebrides in pieces such as Luskentyre Lullaby, Harris Tweed and Colonsay Ceilidh.

    The music will be interspersed with some fine poetry readings by Liz O'Malley.

    In order to assure yourself a seat, please contact Blackwells to book a ticket: phone 0131 622 8229 or email events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, July 17th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 17th of July
    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 Nation by Terry Pratchett

    What is the book about?
    On the day the world ends ...Mau is on his way home from the Boys' Island. Soon he will be a man. And then the wave comes - a huge wave, dragging black night behind it and bringing a schooner which sails over and through the island rainforest. The village has gone. The Nation as it was has gone. Now there's just Mau, who wears barely anything, a trouserman girl who wears far too much, and an awful lot of big misunderstandings ...Wise, witty and filled with Terry Pratchett's inimitable comic satire, this is a terrific adventure that - quite literally - turns the world upside down.

    For our meeting on Sunday 14th August we are reading Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe 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, July 18th at 18:00 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 180th of July
    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!

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

    What is the book about?
    One of the most extraordinary, imaginative and ambitious novels of the century: a history of the evolution of humankind over the next 2 billion years. Among all science fiction writers Olaf Stapledon stands alone for the sheer scope and ambition of his work. First published in 1930, Last and First Men is full of pioneering speculations about evolution, terraforming, genetic engineering and many other subjects. First published nearly 70 years ago, this text is regarded as one of the most influential science fiction novels of the 20th century. Olaf Stapledon creates a history of the evolution of humankind over the next two billion years.

    Future meetings...
    Monday 16th August at 6pm to discuss Whispering Shadows by Jan-Philipp Sendker Monday 12th September at 6pm to discuss The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life by William Brandt

    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 Newcastle: Owen Jones at Café Politique: The Politics of Hope

    Monday, July 18th at 18:45

    Owen Jones, author of Chavs and The Establishment, on the need for The Politics of Hope, which says that all problems and injustice can be overcome with enough determination and courage. Owen will say we can build a society run in the interests of the real wealth creators, working people, rather than run as a racket for a tiny elite at the top.

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Fantastic Worlds with Maria Lewis and Elizabeth May

    Tuesday, July 19th at 18:30
    Date: Tuesday 19th July
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    We are delighted to welcome fantasy authors Maria Lewis and Elizabeth May to chat about their latest novels Who's Afraid? and The Vanishing Throne.

    A must-see event for any fantasy fan!

    About the books

    Who's Afraid? by Maria Lewis is a fresh, new urban fantasy for fans of Darynda Jones, Patricia Briggs and Keri Arthur

    Meet Tommi Grayson: she's all bark . . . and all bite
    Bright blue hair, a mysterious past and barely controlled rage issues have a way of making a woman stand out. Yet she's never come close to guessing who she really is . . .
    When her mother dies, a shattered Tommi decides to track down her estranged father. Leaving Scotland for a remote corner of New Zealand, she discovers the truth of her heritage - and it's a whole lot more than merely human.

    Elizabeth May's The Vanishing Throne is the much awaited sequel to her 2013 debut The Falconer.

    My name is Lady Aileana Kameron. First the fae murdered my mother. Then they destroyed my world. Now I'm fighting for more than revenge.

    Aileana took a stand against the Wild Hunt, and she lost everything: her home, her family and her friends. Held captive by her enemy, and tormenting herself over her failure, escape seems like only the faintest possibility. But when she gets her chance, she seizes it . . . to rejoin a world devastated by war.
    The future is bleak. Hunted by the fae, running for her life, Aileana has only a few options left. Trying to become part of a society scarred by - and hiding from - the Wild Hunt; trusting that a fragile alliance with the fae will save her; or walking the most dangerous path at all: coming in to her own powers as the last of the Falconers . . .

    About the authors

    Maria Lewis got her start covering police rounds in a newsroom as a teenager and has been working as a professional journalist for the past 10 years. Making the switch from writing about murders to movie stars was not a difficult decision, and her work has appeared in magazines across the globe as well as on radio and TV. Based in Sydney, she lives in a house with too many movie posters and just the right amount of humans. Maria can often be found spending much money on comics, watching horror movies at stupid hours, inhaling books on modern feminist theory and holding on to the one belief she has had since she was five: that unicorns exist. She is most likely Mark Wahlberg's future wife. Most likely.

    Elizabeth May grew up outside of Los Angeles, where she spent most of her early years dragging books from the library to dinner tables, restaurants, classrooms, and family vacations. Eventually, she tried telling her own stories, writing about people in places she had never been to, but longed to see. With writing came her love for travelling. One day she landed in the United Kingdom, fell in love with Scotland, and decided that was where she belonged.

    Tickets are FREE and are available from the Ground Floor desk at Blackwell's on South Bridge, by calling on 0131 622 8229 or on Eventbrite here

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Gearbox Records Showcase

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

    Blackwell's Music are delighted to welcome Gearbox Records, purveyors of fine vinyl. They will bring
    a crate of the finest vinyl money can buy
    their own record player to play it on
    free whisky

    Darrel Sheinman, the head of Gearbox Records, will play a selection of incredibly rare original first pressing Blue Note releases, the holy grail for many audiophiles, as well a selection of highlights from the Gearbox catalogue.

    Nikka Whisky will be offering free tasters of their award-winning Japanese whisky.

    So come along for an evening of fantastic Jazz, whisky and an exclusive insight into one of Britain's most successful new record companies (they have their own mastering studio!)

    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

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philip Pullman's 'The Ruby in the Smoke'

    Wednesday, July 20th at 19:30 TO Thursday, July 21st at 21:00
    Working in collaboration with Philip Pullman (creator of His Dark Materials), the bestselling novel comes to life on stage for the first time in the fantastic and unique venue of Blackwell's Bookshop. After her father's mysterious death, Sally Lockhart is thrown into the heart of Victorian London, battling unseen forces to uncover the secrets he left behind. Strap yourselves in for a tale of breathtaking intrigue, unforgettable characters, and, behind everything, a legendary ruby waiting to be found…

    See the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of The Ruby in the Smoke before it embarks on its national tour – inside one of the world's most iconic bookshops. Sit amongst the shelves and watch as the thrilling play unfolds!

    The Ruby in the Smoke will be on the 20th and 21st July at 19:30. Tickets cost £12 (£10 concessions).

    Tickets are available direct from the theatre company ReprintProductions here.
  • Heffers Presents: Launch of The Staircase Girls

    Thursday, July 21st at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join us at Heffers on 21st July to celebrate the launch of The Staircase Girls: The Secret Lives, Heartaches and Joy of the Cambridge 'Bedders' by Catherine Seymour. The Staircase Girls takes us into the lives of Joyce and other bedders, like Nance, Maud, Rose and Audrey. They endured the Second World War and then had to contend with poverty, ill health and bereavement. They loved, lost and loved again. But their friendships gave them strength, and their work gave them happiness - and even a lasting connection with their charges, some of whom would go on to run the country. Revealing their untold stories for the first time, this is a vivid, poignant account of these remarkable women's lives. This event is free to attend but booking is essential.

    RESERVE TICKETS HERE

  • 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 EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Launch Party

    Saturday, July 30th at 20:00 - 00:30
    Date: Saturday 30th July
    Time: 8.00pm to 12:30am
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us in the heart of Harry Potter city to celebrate the launch of the latest chapter in the Wizarding World.

    Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh is situated in the perfect Old Town location – between two of the major sites where the Harry Potter books were penned. Make Saturday 30th July your magical day out - grab lunch at Spoon, where J.K. Rowling started the Philosopher's Stone. Or have dinner at the Balmoral, where she wrote the climactic conclusion to the series. Then then head on over to South Bridge for a truly magical party!

    When the Muggle side of Blackwell's closes for the day on Saturday 30th July, witches and wizards are welcome to step through the door into Edinburgh's very own Flourish and Blotts.

    Come prepared for O.W.L. and N.E.W.T. examinations, and do feel free to come in uniform – we might even manage a prize for the best dressed! In the lead up to midnight we will test your Potter knowledge, show off our new and shiny Harry Potter jewellery and wand collection, and tantalise your taste buds with a selection of Honeydukes' finest treats – replicated by our very own House Elves.Create your own magic with our book folding workshops or listen to how it all began in our Read-A-Thon.

    Or just find a quiet corner to pass the hours, for when the clock strikes midnight, you can buy your very own copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

    Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

    P.S. The Daily Prophet has rumoured that The Weird Sisters and Celestina Warbeck may make an appearance...*

    P.P.S. *Unconfirmed – best to trust The Quibbler for reliable Wizarding World news!

    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

  • Heffers Present: FULLY BOOKED Launch Night! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Scripts

    Saturday, July 30th at 21:00 - 00:30
    THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED Muggles! Join us at Heffers to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II: We will be opening at 9pm on Saturday, 30th July for activities such as wand-making, Butter Beer drinking and a Harry Potter quiz. Dressing up is mightily encouraged! Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on 30th July 2016. You can pre-order a copy of the book and get £5 off here. If you decide not to pre-order, you will be able to get a copy on the night but with £4 off. Whichever option you choose, the new book will ONLY be released into your eager hands at the Witching Hour: MIDNIGHT! Tickets for this event are free but places are limited. If you would like to attend, it's very important that you register through this page so that we know how much Butter Beer to prepare! FULLY BOOKED
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    V.E. Schwab: This Savage Song

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

    Blackwell's Bookshop are very, VERY excited to be hosting one of our favourite Fantasy / YA authors, V.E.Schwab, creator of the bestselling A Darker Shade of Magic, for a chat about her new novel This Savage Song.

    About the Book

    Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city, a grisly metropolis where the violence has begun to create real and deadly monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the inhabitants pay for his protection. August just wants to be human, as good-hearted as his own father-but his curse is to be what the humans fear. The thin truce that keeps the Harker and Flynn families at peace is crumbling, and an assassination attempt forces Kate and August into a tenuous alliance.

    But how long will they survive in a city where no one is safe and monsters are real....

    About the Author
    Victoria "V.E." Schwab is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say "tom-ah-toes", "like", and "y'all". When she is not wandering in search of buried treasure, fairy tales, and good tea, she's tucked in a cafe, dreaming up monsters.

    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: 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
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    WRITERS AT THE FRINGE

    Thursday, August 4th at 17:45 TO Thursday, August 25th at 20:00
    Date: Every Thursday in August
    Time: 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

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

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

    Our 2016 line-up

    Thursday 4th August
    Catherine Simpson
    Helen MacKinven
    Chitra Ramaswamy
    Sue Reid-Sexton

    Thursday 11th August
    Bert Flitcroft
    Harrison Hickman
    Jane Tulloch
    Martin MacInnes
    Billy Letford

    Thursday 18th August
    Jane Lambert
    Angela Jackson
    Toni Jenkins
    Rob Ewing
    Lucy Ribchester

    Thursday 25th August
    Catherine Czerkawska
    GD Harper
    Jean Findlay
    Shelley Day
    Kevin MacNeil

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

    For more information or if you would like a signed copies of any of the books please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8237 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • Blackwell's, RBS presents: The Edinburgh Derby Book Signing - Hibs vs Hearts

    Wednesday, August 10th at 12:30 - 13:30

    Blackwell's Second Annual Edinburgh Derby Book Signing

    Hibernian vs. Heart of Midlothian

    After last year's Edinburgh Derby Book Signing (a Hearts win), we are excited to announce that we will be having a re-match on 10th August.

    For the Jambos, Steve Weddell will be returning to Gogarburn with his forthcoming book Hearts On This Day. Revisits the most magical and memorable moments from the club's distinguished history, Steve mixes up a maelstrom of anecdotes and characters to produce an irresistible Jambos diary - with an entry for every day of the year. Steve is the author of A Tale of Two Seasons.

    The Scottish Cup winners will be represented by Ian Colquhoun who we are pleased to welcome to Gogarburn for the first time. Ian's forthcoming book, From Oblivion to Hampden: Hibs Heroes 1991, is about the remarkable story of how an ill-fated flirtation with the stock market nearly killed Hibernian FC but was fought off by the club and its fans, ushering in a long line of cup wins. He also wrote Hibernian FC On This Day with Bobby Sinnet.

    Steve and Ian will be signing copies of their books at lunchtime at Blackwell's Bookshop. So do come along to support your side, reminisce about its history and chat about its chances in the season.

    If you are unable to attend and would like a signed copy of either book, please speak to a bookseller or send an email to rbs@blackwell.co.uk.

    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: Andrew Marshall Photographing Wildlife in the UK

    Saturday, August 13th at 15:00 - 16:00
    Andrew Marshall, a wildlife photographer and author of the book "Photographing Wildlife in the UK" talks about how he came to be a wildlife photographer. Andrew will be letting you in on some of the wildlife photography tips he has learned, the kit he has used and how he started out taking wildlife images. He will also be sharing some of his adventures on the journey to creating the book and will be describing just what it took to get some of the images.

    This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. Please register your attendance by visiting our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room, calling 01865 333623 or emailing events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • Book Signing - Aberdeen in 100 Dates

    Friday, August 19th at 17:30 - 20:00

    'Aberdeen in 100 Dates'.

    Experience 100 key dates that shaped Aberdeen's history, highlighted its people's genius (and silliness) and embrace the unexpected. Featuring an amazing mix of pivotal social, criminal, and sporting events this books reveals a past that will fascinate, delight and even shock both the residents and visitors to Scotland's Granite City.

    Join local professional tourist guide Elma McMenemy as she reads from her book  and answers any questions you may have on the turbulent history of Aberdeen. The event will take place at Blackwell's Bookshop on the Aberdeen campus and refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Heffers Presents: Bird Brain - An Exploration of Avian Intelligence

    Thursday, September 29th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join us at Heffers bookshop on 29th September for an evening with Dr Nathan Emery, who will be talking about his new book Bird Brain: An Exploration of Avian Intelligence. An absorbing study of how birds think, revealing how science is exploding the myth of our feathered friends being 'bird brained', and how recent discoveries may call for us to re-evaluate how we identify and classify intelligence in other animals. Bird Brain will start by looking at the structures and functions of the avian brain, and move on to examine different types of intelligence by profiling the extraordinary behaviours of a broad range of the species, studying the masterminds of the avian world, and examining what types of behaviour can be interpreted as 'intelligence' as we would recognize it. Bird Brain will not only look at the well-studied species such as New Caledonian crows and parrots, but also cast a broader eye over the behaviour of a wide range of species from around the world.

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  • An Evening with Margaret Atwood

    Monday, October 10th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh are delighted to welcome back award-winning author Margaret Atwood to celebrate the publication of Hag-seed, her take on Shakespeare's The Tempest.

    About the book
    'It's got a thunderstorm in it. And revenge. Definitely revenge.' Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded . Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge. After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

    Margaret Atwood's novel take on Shakespeare's play of enchantment, revenge and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own. So don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the world’s most renowned writers, and be one of the first to get your hands on a signed copy of Hag-Seed.

    About the author
    Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, including The Handmaid’s Tale, the Booker-winning The Blind Assassin, the MaddAddam trilogy, and The Heart Goes Last. Her work has received many awards around the world and she has consistently named Shakespeare as one of the most important influences on her own work. Hag-Seed is published as part of the VINTAGE Hogarth Shakespeare series, described by the Guardian as ‘the great rewriting project of the 21st century’.

    Running time: Approx. 70 minutes

    Tickets
    £11 per person, no concessions
    £24 per person, including a signed copy of Hag-seed Booking fee applies.

    Tickets are only be available from the Festival Theatre and King's Theatre Box office. Book in person, over the phone on 0131 529 6000 or online When booking online, please note that tickets to the event only (without the book) are available - just select £12 "Ticket Only" under "Discounts" on Step 4 (Summary) once you have selected your seat.

    Please note that Margaret will not be signing after this event, so secure your signed first edition of Hag-seed now with our combined ticket for just £24 (plus booking fee)

    Copies of Hag-seed will be available for sale on the night at the full RRP of £16.99. Signed copies will only be available while stock lasts.

    For more information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

    Terms & Conditions Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. Please note that events can occasionally be cancelled at short notice or their times or dates may alter; we therefore recommend that you check with the shop before travelling. Any event changes will be published on this page. If you are unable to attend an event we can often reserve signed copies. Please contact Ann Landmann on ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk for details. Reserved copies cannot be guaranteed and may not always carry dedications.

  • 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: All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation with Diarmaid MacCulloch

    Thursday, October 20th at 18:30 - 20:00

    ALL THINGS MADE NEW: WRITINGS ON THE REFORMATION WITH DIARMAID MCCULLOCH – THURSDAY 20TH OCTOBER, 6.30PM

    Join us at 6.30pm on 20th October for an evening with Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, who will be talking about his new book All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation. As we approach five-hundredth anniversary of the momentous events which triggered the European Reformation, the author gathers together essays introducing not only the Reformation in its widest impact across Europe, but also the Catholic Counter-Reformation, and the special evolution of religion in England. Tickets for this event are priced at £4 (inc VAT) and entitle the holder to a discount on the book on the night.

    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 12th 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.

    To register your place to attend any of the free events featuring in the Philosophy Festival, events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or visit our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Margaret Atwood Hag-Seed

    Wednesday, November 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Come and spend an evening with the bestselling novelist Margaret Atwood this autumn as she discusses her new novel, 'Hag-Seed', a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Margaret’s novel take on this tale of enchantment, revenge and second chances is filled with new surprises and wonders of its own. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the world’s most renowned writers, and be one of the first to get your hands on a signed copy of 'Hag-Seed'.

    Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, including 'The Handmaid’s Tale', the Booker-winning 'The Blind Assassin', the 'MaddAddam' trilogy, and 'The Heart Goes Last'. Her work has received many awards around the world and she has consistently named Shakespeare as one of the most important influences on her own work. 'Hag-Seed' is published as part of the VINTAGE Hogarth Shakespeare series, described by the Guardian as ‘the great rewriting project of the 21st century’.

    Chairing the talk will be Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Oxford, Dr Emma Smith.

    This event will be taking place at the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street. Tickets cost £18 which includes entry and a signed copy of the book, £20 for a copy of the book and entry for two or £7 for entry only. Margaret Atwood will not be signing after the event, to guarantee owning a special signed copy of 'Hag-Seed', please purchase a book and entry ticket.

    To purchase your tickets visit our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623. For event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • 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.