Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • MANCHESTER SCIENCE FESTIVAL

    Saturday, October 25th at 17:00 TO Saturday, November 1st at 19:30
    Our popular annual talks for Manchester Science Festival are bigger than ever this year, and will take place in two venues: here at Blackwell's and at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Look out for a pigeon from the past teaching us about the decline of species, the last people you expect to ignore climate change, top mathematician Alex Bellos making numbers add up for us non-mathematicians, plenty of animal sex, the story of the biggest particle hunt of all time and a spot of stargazing with TV's Mark Thompson. (We recommend you book for the Alex Bellos and Mark Thompson events. Click their names to book.)

    Please note that the event with geneticist Steve Jones on 23 October has been cancelled.

  • A message from Martha, the world's last carrier pigeon

    Saturday, October 25th at 17:30 - 18:30
    A Blackwell's talk for Manchester Science Festival. On September 1st 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, died in the Cincinnati Zoo. Half a century previously, it was the commonest bird on the planet - so what happened? Author Mark Avery tells the tale of Martha, a largely untold story of ecological annihilation, felled forests and human stupidity, and how a species went from a population that numbered in the billions to nil in a lightning-quick period of time. A century on, Martha brings another message: a call to reconnect with the natural world and plan a more sustainable future. FREE. No need to book.
  • BLACKWELL’S MUSIC PRESENTS...
    THE SIXTEEN

    Saturday, October 25th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Saturday 25th of October
    Time: 6.00pm to 7.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    The Sixteen and Blackwell’s Music invite you to a drinks reception to celebrate The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage visit to Edinburgh and the release of the new recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 on the CORO label.

    After thirty-five years of world-wide performance and recording, The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen's total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. Its special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of 20th Century music, is drawn from the passions of conductor and founder, Harry Christopher.

    Signed copies of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 will be available exclusively at Blackwell's.

    Booking is essential as this event is happening outside our normal opening hours.

    For more information, and to reserve your place for this special evening, please contact our Music Department on 0131 622 8230 or email music.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: 'The Opposite of Loneliness' - A Celebration of Marina Keegan's Writing with Kevin and Tracy Keegan

    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. We will also be joined on the evening by Marina's parents, Kevin and Tracy Keegan and Marina's mentor and high school teacher, Beth McNamara.

    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
  • Why we ignore climate change

    Monday, October 27th at 18:30 - 19:30
    A Blackwell's talk for Manchester Science Festival. Climate change is a dire problem – but our brains are evolutionarily wired to ignore it. George Marshall, author of Don't Even Think About It, explains why our evolutionary origins mean we’re great at responding to immediate threats but not so great with something as large and long-term as a suffering planet. What excites, threatens and motivates us? And how do we overcome the psychological mechanism that stops us facing Earth’s greatest challenge? As much a discourse about climate change as it is about the qualities – good and bad – that make us human. FREE. No need to book.
  • OXFORD Autumn Half-Term Events

    Tuesday, October 28th at 11:00 TO Saturday, November 1st at 11:00
    If you are at a loose end this half-term holiday, then come and join us in our Children's Department where we have on offer a week full of fun activities. Goth Girl Day - Tues, 10am - 5pm Join us throughout the day for a Goth Girl fete with activities and a 'design your own spooky cake' competition. Paddington Day - Wed, 10am - 5pm Join us for a wonderful day of Paddington related activities and stories with appearances from Paddington throughout the day. Storytime - Thurs, 1pm - 2pm Join us for our regular weekly storytime with songs and activities. Halloween Party -  Fri, 10am - 5pm Join us for spooky goings on with Halloween crafts, activities and stories. Why not come in fancy dress and a prize will be given to the best costume. Loom Band Day - Sat, 1pm - 3pm Join us for a day of Loom Band madness, with workshops and fun ideas for all your Loom Band needs!  
  • Alli Rogers 'Life's a Bag of Laughs' Book Signing

    Tuesday, October 28th at 17:00 - 18:30
    Life's a Bag of Laughs is a journey through the colourfully eventful and amusing life of Alli Rogers and how she overcomes and survives the many pitfalls that life can present. Written with irony and humour throughout, the book explores some of Rogers' often hilarious and unbelievable ups and downs. Described through many vivid anecdotes is Rogers' childhood as the daughter of a diplomat, spent in numerous foreign destinations, followed by university and her career in banking. With warm-hearted, witty observations, irony and self-deprecating humour, Rogers also explores subjects like the perils of holidays and air travel, pets, shopping, music, fashion trends, property, adapting to country life and the challenges of children. By her own admission, the last fifty years have been a bit crazy. But despite everything that has been thrown at her, she has come out smiling and embraces the ability to laugh at the absurdities of life. Alli is a former American Studies Student at University of Nottingham, studying between 1982-1985. She has won the July Book of the Month award for Pegasus Publishers and has been nominated for The People's Book Prize Non-Fiction category.    
  • What's your favourite number? with Alex Bellos

    Tuesday, October 28th at 18:30 - 19:30
    A Blackwell's talk for Manchester Science Festival. Taking place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Alex Bellos, bestselling author of Alex Through the Looking-Glass and Alex's Adventures in Numberland, dives into fractals, cones and curves to navigate a sea of numbers. Expect stories of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world as we learn how numbers have become our friends – and how they’ve changed the world. Calculus, rollercoasters, negative numbers and a shed in Illinois: it’s all here. He has even sifted through 30,000 survey submissions to reveal the world's favourite number. By this talk’s end, Alex will have you hooked on maths. Ten out of ten. BOOKING ADVISED. Buy your ticket here.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    M.R. CAREY: The Girl With All The Gifts

    Tuesday, October 28th at 18:30 - 19:45
    Date: Tuesday the 28th of October
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Mike Carey joins us to talk about his latest best-selling novel, Girl With All The Gifts.

    NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING.
    Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

    When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh.

    Melanie is a very special girl.

    About the author…
    M. R. Carey is a pen name for an established British writer of prose fiction and comic books. He has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels and one Hollywood movie screenplay to his credit.

    This event is a must for any fans of the sci-fi/fantasy genre!

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    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

  • Cambridge, Heffers: Mandy Morton and The No.2 Feline Detective Agency

    Tuesday, October 28th at 18:30
    GUNPOWDER, TREACLE and SHOCKS... ...as Hettie and Tilly set out to investigate an old crime and a spate of new murders in the town. Why is Mavis Spitforce dressed as a pumpkin? Can Irene Peggledrip really talk to cats from the spirit world? Did Milky Myers murder his whole family on Halloween, longer ago than anyone can remember? Just some of the questions that the tabby duo must answer before the latest case for The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency can be solved. As the November fog closes in, where will the killer strike next - and will there be enough samosas to go round? Cat Among the Pumpkins is the second in Mandy Morton's funny and original Hettie Bagshot Mystery series - detective novels with a difference, set entirely in a feline world. 'Original and intriguing...a world without people which cat lovers will enter and enjoy.' PD James Tickets from: https://mandy-morton.eventbrite.co.uk Proceeds from the series go towards feeding, sheltering and finding loving homes for less fortunate cats. On launch night, tickets, book sales and refreshments - kindly provided by Betty and Beryl Butter - will also be raising money for The Blue Cross Rehoming Centre in Cambridge. And don't forget to bring a photo of your cat along on the night - Hettie and Tilly would love to meet them! Mandy Morton   Mandy Morton was born in Suffolk and began her professional life as a musician. Her songwriting formed the basis of six albums during the 1970s and early 1980s, when she toured extensively with her band. More recently, she has worked as a freelance arts journalist for national and local radio, specialising in music and theatre documentary. She is the co-author of the theatre book In Good Company, and lives with her partner in Cambridge and Cornwall, where there is always a place for an ageing, long-haired tabby cat. The Hettie Bagshot mystery series was inspired by her own cats, Hettie and Tilly. Cat Among the Pumpkins is the second in the series, and follows The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency. Tickets from: https://mandy-morton.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: 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 our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Owen Jones and Harry Leslie Smith with Melissa Benn

    Tuesday, October 28th at 19:00 - 20:00
    To celebrate the 350th Anniversary of the Sheldonian Theatre, we are hosting an evening discussion with Owen Jones and Harry Leslie Smith. The talk will be chaired by Melissa Benn. Author of Chavs and The Establishment, Owen Jones discusses the current problems that Britain faces with Harry Leslie Smith. Harry is the author of this year's bestselling Harry's Last Stand and a 91 year old survivor of the Great Depression, a second world war RAF veteran and an activist for the poor and for the preservation of social democracy. Owen Jones is a left-wing English columnist, author and commentator. He is a regular columnist for The Guardian.

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Okey Ndibe reads from his new book Foreign Gods, Inc.

    Wednesday, October 29th at 18:00
    Okey Ndibe is a novelist, academic teaching African literature at Brown University and Trinity College Hartford, and a political columnist. He is founding editor of African Commentary.  Of Igbo ethnicity, Ndibe was born in Yola, Nigeria. His essay, "My Biafran Eyes," about his childhood experience of war, is published in the Dzanc Best of the Web 2008. His  new novel, Foreign Gods, Inc., follows a man from New York to Nigeria where he is bent on stealing a religious artefact. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, author of Wizard of the Crow, says, “Foreign Gods, Inc. reads like the narrative of a taxi-driving Faust in modern Nigeria and America. . . . it teems with characters and situations that make you laugh in order not to cry.” This is a free event and no pre-booking is necessary.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    DAVID J. SIMONS: The Land Agent

    Wednesday, October 29th at 18:30 - 19:45
    Date: Wednesday the 29th of October
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Palestine 1920s. Working as a land agent for one of the richest men in the world, Polish-Jewish immigrant Lev Sela stumbles upon a strategic area of land that doesn’t exist on any map. The resultant struggle for ownership involves the Jews, the Arabs, the Zionists, the British, a Russian engineer with ambitions to build a hydro-electric power station and the local Bedouin. The ensuing dispute draws Lev into a relationship with beautiful pioneer Celia Kahn, who has left Scotland for a fairer and more equitable society on a kibbutz. Touching on issues of identity, community, feminism and socialism, The Land Agent is a moving story which also provides welcome historical context for the origins of today's Middle East. It is the third title in a loose trilogy following the award-winning novels The Credit Draper and The Liberation of Celia Kahn.

    About the author…
    J. David Simons is Scotland's pre-eminent Jewish novelist. He lived on a kibbutz in Israel in the '70s and is the author of four novels, short stories and essays. The Credit Draper was shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize and he has received bursaries and writing fellowships from three prestigious organisations. His acclaimed best-selling novel An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful was published in 2013.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

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

  • Cambridge, Heffers: Children's event: Oliver Jeffers

    Thursday, October 30th at 11:00

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    Meet the brilliant and best-selling author Oliver Jeffers, who will be here to sign copies of his stunning new book Once Upon An Alphabet and other titles, from 11.00am at Heffers Bookshop, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TY, October 30th. This is a great opportunity to get your Christmas gift books signed! Please contact 01223 463224 to reserve your copy.

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS... LAUNCH: LEITH THROUGH TIME

    Thursday, October 30th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 30th of October
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Bookshop would like to invite you to an informal drinks reception to celebrate the launch of Leith Through Time by Jack Gillon and Fraser Parkinson.

    This new book features a fascinating selection of photographs tracing some of the many ways in which Leith and its surroundings have changed and developed over the last century.

    In 1560, when Mary of Guise ran Scotland and Mary, Queen of Scots, remained in France, Mary of Guise moved the Scottish Court to Leith, a site that is now Parliament Street, off Coalhill. Serving Edinburgh's shipbuilding and repair facilities, Leith's port saw the opening of a new Wet Dock, the first of its kind in Scotland. Today, Leith is, again, part of Edinburgh, and recent regeneration has helped improve its poorer areas. Leith has played a long and prominent role in Scottish history. As the major port serving Edinburgh, it has been the stage on which many significant events in Scottish history have taken place. From housing the Scottish Court to seeing civil war, being the port of call for royal arrivals and becoming its own burgh, Leith has seen it all. Leith Through Time takes you on this journey, with old and new images to illustrate how Leith has changed over the years.

    So come and meet the authors, enjoy a glass of wine whilst perusing some wonderful stills and film of Edinburgh.

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Roanna Brannigan on 0131 622 8220 or stationery.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • Sex on earth

    Thursday, October 30th at 18:30 - 19:30
    A Blackwell's talk for Manchester Science Festival. Everyone remembers the sexual revolution. It was 1,000 million years ago, when sex happened for the first time. The world in which we live rings, bleeds, and howls with sex. It's everywhere. Birds are singing, flowers bloom, a million females choose, a billion penises ejaculate (or snap off), a trillion sperm battle, block and tackle. A brilliantly engaging talk by Jules Howard on the ins and outs of animal reproduction and how sex made planet Earth sexy. FREE. No need to book.
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Lars Iyer and Wittegenstein Jr

    Thursday, October 30th at 18:30
    Lars Iyer will be in conversation with literary critic David Winters. Lars Iyer’s latest novel Wittgenstein Jr 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
  • Blackwell's Oxford and Oxford University Press Presents: Literary 'Speed-Dating' A Very Short Introduction

    Thursday, October 30th at 19:00 - 21:00
    We are hosting a very special evening for a very limited number of guests. Joining us in the Norrington Room will be a select group of academics and authors in the 'Very Short Introduction' series. The evening will consist of 8 groups of 10 people, getting to spend time with a speaker in a 6 minute question and answer session before moving onto the next. Over the course of 1 hour, you will have the chance to hear some of the leading academics in their field discuss subjects ranging from Free Speech to the Ice Age in a very intimate setting. Our speakers will be Nigel Warburton Free Speech, Julian Baggini Atheism, Rana Mitter Modern China, Jonathan Slack Genes, Sue Blackmore Conciousness, Jamie Woodward Ice Age, Peter Atkins Physical Chemistry, Robert Eaglestone Contemporary Fiction and Barry Cunliffe The Celts

    .Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Please note that there are a limited number of places for this event, so please book now to avoid disappointment. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Come and Meet Julia Donaldson

    Friday, October 31st at 14:00 - 16:00
    Date: Friday the 31st of October
    Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Meet one of the nation’s best loved children’s authors!

    To celebrate the publication of The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat, Julia Donaldson will be visiting our shop on Friday 31 October from 2pm. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to meet the much-loved author of The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The Scarecrow’s Wedding.

    Please note this is a signing, and no tickets are required.

    Julia is happy to sign one book brought from home, plus anything you purchase in-store.

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

  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: 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 can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • 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. Tickets on sale from: https://heffersclassicsforum2014.eventbrite.co.uk The full programme 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. Heffers Children's Classics Forum events: https://childrens-classics-forum.eventbrite.co.uk Heffers Classics Forum, Saturday 1st November, at the Faculty of Law, starting at 10am until 12.30am we have 2 sessions specifically aimed at children (or the young at heart!) TICKETS CAN BE BOOKED SEPERATELY Heffers are pleased to provide children of all ages the chance to hear Caroline Lawrence talk about her latest book:The Night Raid Night Raid cover  The story is inspired by the ancient poet Virgil and his tale of two teenage warriors in Aeneas’s army of Trojan refugees. When Troy falls, the survivors flee the city and search for new land on which to settle. But war faces them once more when their leader’s courtship of a princess angers a rival, and Rye and Nisus make the disastrous decision to raid the camp of their enemy… Caroline tells how she adapted a tragic incident from book nine of Virgil's Aeneid for dyslexic teen readers, especially boys. She shares her approach and research. This talk is suitable for kids aged 8+ who don't mind gore and a sad ending. And for any adult who wants tips on writing for dyslexic readers. 11.30am to 12.30pm Matthew WardFollowing his sellout appearances last year with us, we have historian and broadcaster Matthew Ward, who suffered and died in all sorts of ghastly ways in three series of the award-winning tv show, Horrible Histories. Today, it's your turn to choose whether Matthew explores nice or nasty history in this riotous romp through the lives of ancient Greeks and Romans.   Children MUST bring along an adult to these sessions.     See you there ...
  • Smashing Physics: inside the world’s biggest experiment

    Saturday, November 1st at 14:00 - 15:00
    A Blackwell's talk for Manchester Science Festival. On July 4th 2012, CERN announced the discovery of a new particle - the Higgs boson, intimately involved with the unification of two fundamental forces and with the origin of mass itself. The discovery was a milestone in science, and led to the award of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics to François Englert and Peter Higgs. Find out the real story of that discovery from Jonathan Butterworth, who was there: the reality of life in an underground bunker in Switzerland, the amazing machines, the people, the science, the politics, and the consequences. FREE. No need to book.
  • Stargazing with Mark Thompson

    Saturday, November 1st at 18:30 - 19:30
    A Blackwell's talk for Manchester Science Festival held at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Television’s favourite astronomer, Mark Thompson, returns to the Manchester Science Festival to talk all things galactic: from satellites to supernovas, and from parsecs to planispheres. Whether you’re a stargazing novice or 'light years' ahead, this event is for anyone interested in the wonders of the night sky and the best observational techniques. Mark Thompson is perhaps best known for his work on Stargazing Live, but he has also appeared on The One Show, This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and even Celebrity Mastermind. This event celebrates the launch of two new books with Philip’s Astronomy. BOOKING ADVISED. Click here to buy a ticket.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, November 3rd at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 3rd of November
    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 a taster of the quiz follow us on twitter @BlackwellEdin and take part in our daily #InvisiBooks quiz.

    For further information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Next Generation Poets 2014

    Tuesday, November 4th at 18:00 - 19:45
    Date: Tuesday 4th of November
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us for an evening of poetry celebrating the Next Generation Poets 2014.

    The event will feature performances from Alan Gillis and Helen Mort from the Next Generation Poets 2014. They will be joined on the night by special guests Jacob Polley, from the Next Generation Poets 2004, and Scottish performance poet, Harry Giles.

    Next Generation Poets 2014 is a major poetry promotion following on from New Generation Poets in 1994 and Next Generation Poets in 2004, which launched the careers of many of today’s leading British and Irish poets, including Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Alice Oswald and Paul Farley.

    The Poets…
    Alan Gillis was born in Belfast and lives in Scotland where he is Lecturer in English at The University of Edinburgh. His debut collection,  Somebody, Somewhere, won the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for Best First Collection in 2004, and was shortlisted for the  Irish Times  Poetry Now Award. His second collection  Hawks and Doves  was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation in 2007 and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize.  Here Comes the Night  was published by Gallery Press in 2010, and his fourth collection,  Scapegoat, is published by Gallery Press in October 2014.

    Helen Mort was born in Sheffield in 1985. She has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse press,  a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2010. Five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets award, she received an Eric Gregory Award from The Society of Authors in 2007 and won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008. In 2010, she became the youngest ever poet in residence at The Wordsworth Trust. Division Street, Helen’s first collection, was published by Chatto & Windus in 2013, was a PBS Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Costa Prize and the T S Eliot Prize.

    Jacob Polley is the author of three acclaimed poetry collections, The Brink, Little Gods and, most recently, The Havocs, as well as a Somerset Maugham Award-winning novel, Talk of the Town. Born in Cumbria, he lives in Scotland where he teaches at the University of St Andrews.

    Harry Giles is from Orkney, Scotland, and is a poet, performance-maker and general doer of things. He has lived on four islands, each larger than the last. He trained in Theatre Directing and Sustainable Development and his work generally happens in the places where performance and politics cross paths.

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

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

  • 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
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    PETER IRVINE – Scotland The Best 100 Places

    Wednesday, November 5th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Wednesday 5th of November
    Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Peter Irvine, bestselling author of SCOTLAND THE BEST, has selected 100 extraordinary places that epitomize what is truly great about Scotland

    This personal and diverse compendium is illustrated with beautiful and evocative images by some of Scotland's best photographers. Peter Irvine has drawn on a lifetime of experiences to create this list of the 100 best places in Scotland: reflective, magnificent and human places. Some choices may be surprising but all are exceptional. This book is Pete's ultimate collection selected from the hundreds of places that feature in the bestselling independent guide to Scotland, SCOTLAND THE BEST. As well as expert commentary, all 100 places include highly selective recommendations of where to walk, eat and sleep nearby. Some of Scotland's finest photographers have captured the essence of each place.

    From wild glens to ancient buildings, remote islands to vibrant cities, this is Pete's list of the places in Scotland that you really should visit in your lifetime.

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

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

  • What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    Wednesday, November 5th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Former NASA roboticist and creater of online comic xkcd Randall Munroe brings together the best of absurd questions about physics and the world around us in his talk at the Royal Institution. His book will be sold after the talk. Sadly this event is now sold out, but click here for more details and to be added to the waiting list.
  • Cambridge, Heffers: East Anglian Poets

    Thursday, November 6th at 18:30
    Peter hughes cover  Rod Mengham cover Join three East Anglian Poets for the launch of their latest work. Rod Mengham teaches at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Curator of Works of Art at Jesus College and publisher of Equipage poetry books and pamphlets. His own poetry publications include The Understory (Corrupt Press, 2014), Still Moving [with Marc Atkins] (Veer, 2014) and, now, Paris by Helen (Oystercatcher, 2014). Peter Hughes is a poet & painter who runs Oystercatcher Press.  2013 saw the publication of his Selected Poems, from Shearsman, and Allotment Architecture, from Reality Street. His inventive versions of the complete sonnets of Petrarch, Quite Frankly, will be published by Reality Street in spring 2015. He lives in Norfolk. Alex Houen has published poems in various magazines, including The Fortnightly Review, Molly Bloom, PN Review, Visual Verse, Free Verse, and Shearsman Magazine. He is co-editor of the online poetry journal Blackbox Manifold, and is the author of Powers of Possibility: Experimental American Writing since the 1960s (OUP, 2012). He teaches in the Faculty of English, Cambridge University. Tickets from: https://e-anglian-poetry.eventbrite.co.uk  
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    VAL McDERMID & SUE BLACK – Forensics

    Thursday, November 6th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 6th of November
    Time: 7.00pm (Doors 6.30pm)
    Venue: King Khalid Building, The Royal College of Surgeons, Surgeon’s Hall off Hill Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9SW

    Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Surgeons’ Hall Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh are delighted to welcome best-selling author Val McDermid and forensic anthropologist Sue Black.

    Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid picks up the scalpel to uncover the secrets of forensic medicine, from the crime scene to the courtroom. She will be joined by Professor Sue Black, one of the UK’s leading forensic anthropologists.

    The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died - and who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help justice to be done using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene or the faintest of human traces.

    Forensics uncovers the secrets of forensic medicine, drawing on interviews with top-level professionals, ground-breaking research and Val McDermid's own experience to lay bare the secrets of this fascinating science. And, along the way, she wonders at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death, how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist uncovered the victims of a genocide.

    In her crime novels, Val McDermid has been solving complex crimes and confronting unimaginable evil for years. Now, she's looking at the people who do it for real, and real crime scenes. It's a journey that will take her to war zones, fire scenes and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.

    Professor Sue Black is one of the UK's leading forensic anthropologists, and is director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at Dundee University. She has appeared on the BBC's History Cold Case, a series of programmes in which she and her team used forensic science to shed light on the past. These included the case of 'Ipswich Man', an apparently African skeleton which was unearthed near a medieval monastery. She founded the British Association of Human Identification in 2001, the same year in which she received an OBE for her services to forensic anthropology in Kosovo. She received the Lucy Mair Medal from the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2008.

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

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

  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: 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 our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Lars Iyer and Evie Wyld at the Percy Building, Newcastle University

    Thursday, November 6th at 19:15
    Lars Iyer is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Newcastle, and author of the Spurious trilogy - Spurious, Dogma and Exodus, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Goldsmiths Prize. His latest novel, Wittgenstein Jr, combines Iyer's trademark wit and sharp brilliance to be his most assured and ambitious novel to date.   Evie Wyld’s first novel, After the Fire, a Still Small Voice, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, the Commonwealth Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin literary award. Her second novel, All the Birds Singing, won the Miles Franklin Award.   Tickets cost £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students. To purchase a ticket please see further information at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.
  • BORN TO BE WIDE PRESENTS...
    Music Journalism Seminar with Mark Ellen

    Thursday, November 6th at 19:30 - 22:30
    Date: Thursday 6th of November
    Time: 7.30pm (Doors: 7.00pm)
    Venue: The Electric Circus, 36 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF

    Born To Be Wide is set to host an evening focusing on music journalism, including an interview with former Smash Hits editor and Q founder Mark Ellen.

    Taking place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on Thursday 6 November, it follows on from the sell out music management event, and also features a discussion panel, with Herald Group Arts Editor Alan Morrison and freelancer Nicola Meighan [The List, Quietus].

    Veteran scribe, Ellen, whose extensive CV also includes a decade editing Word Magazine, will be in conversation with Born To Be Wide founder Olaf Furniss. Following the interview, he will take part in the panel, DJ and sign copies of his recently-published book, Rock Stars Stole My Life.

    “This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from one of the UK’s most experienced music journalists,” says Furniss, who also co-writes the Under The Radar column in The Scotsman. “The panel will provide a valuable insight into who decides which acts to cover, and how decisions are made.”

    Both Morrison and Meighan will also DJ, and all the speakers will stay to socialise with the audience.

    EVENT DETAILS
    19.00 - Doors open
    19.30-20.15 - Interview with Mark Ellen
    20.30-21.15 - Music Journalism Seminar
    21.15-late - Guest DJ sets from panellists

    Tickets: £6 / £4.50 [Musicians' Union]. Click here to buy tickets.

    Blackwell's are proud to be the book suppliers for this very special event.

    We will be there on the night selling copies of Rock Stars Stole My Life by Mark Ellen, Songs In the Key of Fife by Vic Galloway and Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay by Simon Napier-Bell.

    If you are unable to make the event and would like to order a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8239 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, November 9th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 9th of November
    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 Faye Bird’s My Second Life.

    About the book...
    "The first time I was born, I was Emma. I was beautiful. I had everything to live for. But I died. I was 22." Ana struggles to live a normal life, bombarded by memories of her previous life as Emma. The worst memories are of a little girl who tragically drowned: was Emma responsible? Consumed by guilt, Ana will do anything to uncover the past.

    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

  • Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

    Monday, November 10th at 18:00 - 21:00
    The Royal Society Winton Prize will be awarded in November, to one of the following incredible science books, Serving the Reich by Philip Ball Seven Elements that Have Changed the World by John Browne The Perfect Theory by Pedro G. Ferreira The Cancer Chronicles by George Johnson Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik Gulp by Mary Roach All of these will be for sale on the night, and are available from Balckwell's website. You can download the first chapter of these books for free here. This event is free and open to the public, more details can be found here.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    CHILDREN’S BOOKGROUP

    Monday, November 10th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Monday 10th of November
    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? Then 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 John Fardell’s The 7 Professors of the Far North

    What is the book about?
    This gripping adventure story is packed with eccentric characters, thrilling secrets, amazing inventions and breathtaking surprises. Sam's holiday with his friends Zara and Ben is interrupted when a bedraggled traveller blows in on a storm, reawakening a mystery from their Great Uncle Alexander's past. For thirty years, the remote Arctic island of Nordbergen has remained desolate and uninhabited. Now, strange aircraft have been seen landing and armed guards patrol the island's fringes. Professor Murdo has returned to Nordbergen to complete his secret and deadly work. Sam, Zara and Ben embark on a desperate rescue mission to the frozen Arctic Ocean. To make the journey, they must discover one of the most extraordinary secrets in the world. To survive, they must rely on their courage, their ingenuity and the assistance of strangers.

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    RUTH BAILEY & JACKIE HOLT
    Knit Your Own Broons

    Monday, November 10th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 10th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of Knit Your Own Broons, the new book from Ruth Bailey and Jackie Holt, the authors of the much-loved Knit Your Own Scotland and Knit Your Own Britain

    The Broons have been making readers laugh for decades, so what better way to celebrate Scotland's most-loved family than creating miniature woolly versions of your very own!

    With detailed step-by-step instructions on how to create Maw, Paw, Joe, Hen, Daphne, Maggie, Horace, the Twins, the Bairn and not forgetting Gran'paw, Knit Your Own Broons is perfect for knitters of all abilities and an ideal gift for fans of Scotland's favourite happy family.

    About the Authors…
    Ruth Bailey
    was born and brought up in Thurso, Caithness. After gaining a postgraduate degree in painting from Edinburgh College of Art she went on to self train as a milliner. She currently works freelance as an artist, costume designer and prop maker for theatre and business. Amongst others, Ruth has carried out work for The Royal Lyceum,The Festival Theatre, The Royal Commonwealth Games, The Metro Centre, Tyneside, Macsween of Edinburgh (giant haggis!) and Muscular Dystrophy U.K. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner, daughter and an axolotl.

    Jackie Holt has worked as a costume maker and a wardrobe supervisor in numerous theatres around Britain. She has worked in a freelance capacity on anything from small scale touring shows for companies like Red Shift to supervising large scale musicals, such as 125th Street at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End and the sell-out 20th Anniversary concert of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall. Living in Edinburgh for the past 20 years, Jackie has worked for the Traverse Theatre and The Royal Lyceum Theatre and prominently amongst her recent work has been working on The Secret Garden and The King and I at the Festival Theatre.

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

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

  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: An evening with Jung Chang

    Monday, November 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    The Oxford University History Society presents an evening with Jung Chang, beselling author of Wild Swans and Mao, who will discussing her new book Empress Dowager Cixi.

    In this ground-breaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Empress Dowager Cixi fought against monumental obstacles to change China. Under her the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, telegraph, and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry. It was she who abolished gruesome punishments like ‘death by a thousand cuts’ and put an end to foot-binding. She inaugurated women’s liberation, and embarked on the path to introduce parliamentary elections to China. Jung Chang comprehensively overturns the conventional view of Cixi as a die-hard conservative and cruel despot.

    This event has been organised by the Oxford University History Society and their members, however we would like to invite twenty lucky customers to join us for this special evening. Purchase your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email enquiries: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    ALANNA KNIGHT – The Balmoral Incident

    Tuesday, November 11th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Tuesday 11th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the latest novel in the Rose McQuinn series - The Balmoral Incident - by bestselling crime writer Alanna Knight.

    Rose McQuinn is invited to stay with her friend Olive who has a small cottage on the Balmoral Estate. As Rose travels on the train with her trusty dog Vane and her niece Mabel, she wonders what exciting adventures await them at the Royal household. Little does she realise that within just 48 hours of their arrival, death will have visited the great castle ...can Rose find out what happened and prevent any more bloodshed?

    About the Author…
    Edinburgh-based crime writer Alanna Knight has written over forty novels since the publication of her award-winning debut Legend of the Loch in 1969. Born and educated in Tyneside, she now lives and writes in Edinburgh after a time in Aberdeen.

    She is the creator of the Inspector Faro series of Victoria detective novels, which are set in Edinburgh around the 1870s. Knight also has a series of novels featuring Faro's daughter, Rose McQuinn, and has written a number of historical and gothic novels. She has also written for none-fiction books, numerous short stories, and two plays.

    Alanna Knight is one of the three Femmes Fatales, and was a founding member of the Scottish Association of Writers. She received an MBE in the New Year's Honours List for her services to literature.

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

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

  • Cambridge, Heffers: Sophie Hannah & Adèle Geras

    Tuesday, November 11th at 18:30
    Sophie-Hannah-web  Adele-Gera-web Two great authors, who happen to be mother and daughter! Sophie Hannah just goes from strength to strength as a writer of psychological thrillers and crime novels. Adele Geras, Sophie’s mother, has returned to adult writing after many years as a highly successful children’s author.  

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    Sophie Hannah’s The Telling Error:

    Stuck in a traffic jam, Nicki Clements sees a face she hoped never to see again. It's definitely him, the same police officer, stopping each car on Elmhirst Road. Keen to avoid him, Nicki does a U-turn and makes a panicky escape. Or so she thinks. The next day, Nicki is pulled in for questioning in connection with the murder of Damon Blundy, controversial newspaper columnist and resident of Elmhirst Road. Nicki can't answer any of the questions detectives fire at her. She has no idea why the killer used a knife in a way that involved no spilling of blood, or why 'HE IS NO LESS DEAD' was painted across Blundy's study. And she can't explain why she avoided Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her life. Because although Nicki is not guilty of murder, she is far from innocent… Sophie Hannah is a bestselling crime fiction writer and poet. Her psychological thrillers Little Face, Hurting Distance, The Point of Rescue, The Other Half Lives, A Room Swept White, Lasting Damage, Kind of Cruel and The Carrier have received critical acclaim and have been translated into more than twenty languages. The Carrier won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Novel of the Year 2013.

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    Once a legendary fashion designer, now retired, Eva Conway has spent a lifetime hiding from a ghost she sees in mirrors. A widow, she lives with her family in Salix House, the home she’s owned and loved for forty years. When her daughter announces it’s time to sell, Eva is deeply reluctant. The house contains memories and secrets from her childhood in wartime Berlin – secrets she has never shared with anyone. Megan Pritchard is a fashion journalist working in London who interviewed Eva for a magazine. Torn apart by the abrupt end of a love affair, Megan is drawn back to Salix House and Eva. Decades apart in age, the two women share a bond. Both are hiding something, but perhaps together they can confront their fears, their past pain and their uncertain futures – and discover the truth about the secrets of Salix House. Adèle Geras is the author of many acclaimed stories for children and young adults as well as four adult novels: Facing the Light, Hester’s Story, Made in Heaven and A Hidden Life - all available in ebook from Quercus.   Adèle lives in Great Shelford, Cambridge. Tickets from: https://crime-evening.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford and The Poetry Society Presents: Next Generation Poets 2014

    Tuesday, November 11th at 19:00 - 20:00
    The Poetry Book Society presents Luke Kennard and Jane Yeh, two poets from Next Generation Poets 2014, a major promotion of the 20 most exciting new poets who have published their first collection in the last decade, reading with Rachel Piercey, a young newcomer. For more information about the Next Generation Poets 2014 list, please visit www.nextgenerationpoets.com Luke Kennard is a poet and writer of fiction. He won an Eric Gregory award in 2005 for his first collection of prose poems, The Solex Brothers (Stride Books), and his second collection of poetry, The Harbour Beyond the Movie (Salt, 2007), made him the youngest poet ever to be nominated for the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection. Jane Yeh was born in America and educated at Harvard University. Her chapbook, Teen Spies, was published in 2003 by Metre Editions. Her first full-length collection, Marabou, was published by Carcanet in 2005 and shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh Festival poetry prizes. Her second collection, The Ninjas, was published by Carcanet in 2012.Rachel Piercey read English at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she won the 2008 Newdigate Prize. She has two pamphlets with The Emma Press, The Flower and the Plough and Rivers Wanted .

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Marilynne Robinson - 'Lila' at the Sheldonian Theatre

    Wednesday, November 12th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and widower, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood of itinerant work. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand-to-mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a lucky knife to protect them. But despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life is laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to harmonize the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves.

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

    Thursday, November 13th at 18:00
    Join us for the launch of Little Crackers, the new collection of short stories by local author Beda Higgins. Inspired by the author's experiences as a nurse, this compassionate and thought-provoking collection explores just what makes us tick - and what happens when the mind falters and breaks down. Obsession, dementia, post-natal depression, psychosis and even murder all feature in this 'Tales of the Unexpected' for the 21st century. This is a free event and no pre-booking is necessary.
  • PREVIOUSLY…
    SCOTLAND’S HISTORY FESTIVAL and
    BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...

    CATRIONA CHILD – Writing Historic Fiction

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

    Is writing Historic Fiction different from General Fiction?

    After her debut novel Trackman, set in contemporary Edinburgh, Catriona Child’s second book, Swim Until You Can’t See Land is partly set in WW2

    The novel charts the relationship between two women born sixty years apart, whose chance encounter marks a watershed for the younger woman. In her early twenties, Hannah Wright is forced to give up a promising career as a professional swimmer, and is adjusting with difficulty to her narrowed horizons. She is in danger of becoming embittered, haunted by a lost future. Mariele may now be frail and old, but as her exploits during WW2 unfold, she is revealed as a woman of extraordinary spirit, unbroken by capture and interrogation as an agent in occupied France. Hannah's delight in the medium of water and the rhythms of swimming are set in dramatic counterpoint to Mariele's of torture by water, an ordeal that puts her in touch with her core strength - something Hannah starts to discover in herself.

    About the Author…
    Catriona Child was born in 1980 in Dundee and spent a great deal of her youth ploughing up and down swimming pools. She has a degree in English from the University of Aberdeen and an MA with distinction in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She won the Sunday Herald Blog competition in 2007, was shortlisted for the National Library of Scotland/The Scotsman Crime short story competition in 2008 and has recently been published in the Scottish Book Trust Family Legends anthology and the magazine Northwords Now. She has worked as a postie, in a cinema, in a music shop and even had a very short-lived spell selling knickers on a market stall. She now lives and writes in Edinburgh.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

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

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

  • Cambridge, Heffers: Hester Vaizey and the GDR

    Thursday, November 13th at 18:30
    Join us to listen to Hester Vaizey talk about her new book: Born in the GDR. The changes that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 were particularly dramatic for East Germans. With the German Democratic Republic effectively taken over by West Germany in the reunification process, nothing in their lives was immune from change and upheaval: from the way they voted, the newspapers they read, to the brand of butter they bought. But what was it really like to go from living under communism one minute, to capitalism the next? What did the East Germans make of capitalism? And how do they remember the GDR today? Are their memories dominated by fear and loathing of the Stasi state, or do they look back with a measure of fondness and regret on a world of guaranteed employment and low living costs? This is the story of eight citizens of the former German Democratic Republic, and how these dramatic changes affected them. All of the people in the book were born in East Germany after the Berlin Wall was put up in August 1961, so they knew nothing other than living in a socialist system when the GDR fell apart. Their stories provide a fascinating insight not only into everyday life in East Germany, but also into how this now-vanished state is remembered today, a quarter of a century after the fall of the Wall. Hester Vaizey  Hester Vaizey is a University Lecturer in Modern German History and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. Her first book, Surviving Hitler's War: Family Life in Germany 1939-1948, was shortlisted for the Women's History Network Prize and won the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History. Tickets from: https://hester-vaizey.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Arrival of the Fittest

    Thursday, November 13th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Evolutionary Biologist Andreas Wagner will be discussing the intricacies of evolution, and afterwards signing his new book Arrival of the Fittest. Tickets for this event are still available, and can be booked here.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Mick Wall in conversation with Scott Rowley - 'Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre: A Biography of The Doors' including special guests Soul Kitchen

    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 our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle:Thomas Lux, Adélia Prado and Ellen Doré Watson: Bloodaxe International Poets at the Percy Building, Newcastle University

    Thursday, November 13th at 19:15
    Thomas Lux is now Bourne Professor of Poetry and director of Poetry@Tech at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He has published 12 collections of poetry. His “switchover” collection was Half Promised Land in 1986, which marked a sea change in his work. He has published two books of poetry in Britain, The Street of Clocks – from Arc in 2001 – and now his Selected Poems (2014) from Bloodaxe. Adélia Prado has authored eight volumes of poetry and seven volumes of literary prose in Portuguese. The first in her family of labourers to see the ocean or go to college, Prado has lived all her life in the provincial industrial city of Divinópolis in Minas Gerais, Brazil. She has degrees in Philosophy and Religious Education from the University of Divinópolis, and she worked for many years as a schoolteacher. Ellen Doré Watson’s collections of poetry include Ladder Music and We Live in Bodies (Alice James, 2001 and 2002), This Sharpening (Tupelo, 2006), and most recently Dogged Hearts (Tupelo, 2010). She has also translated a dozen books, including works by Brazilian poet Ignácio de Loyola Brandão as well as contemporary Arabic poetry. She is the Poetry and Translation Editor for The Massachusetts Review and the director of The Poetry Center at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Tickets cost £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students. To purchase a ticket please see further information at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.
  • THE BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    ADULT BOOK GROUP

    Monday, November 17th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: 17th of November
    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: Sarah Water's The Little Stranger.

    What is the book about?

    In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, its owners - mother, son and daughter - struggling to keep pace. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.

    Future meetings...
    On Monday 15th of December we are discussing John Irving's The Cider House Rules.

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

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

  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: James Ellroy in Conversation

    Monday, November 17th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are extremely pleased to be able to bring to you an evening with the Demon Dog of Crime writing, James Ellroy, in the relative safety of our very own Norrington Room. James will be with us to discuss his new novel, 'Perfidia'. This is an event that is not too be missed and is strictly limited to 100 places for a more intimate style talk. Ellroy is best known for the incredible hard-boiled L.A.Quartet which includes, 'L.A.Confidential' and describes himself as "the author of 16 books, masterpieces all... These books will leave you reamed, steamed and drycleaned, tie-dyed, swept to the side, true-blued, tattooed and bah fongooed" Don't miss this amazing opportunity to witness one of the greatest living writers at the top of his game!

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class - Dr Selina Todd at the Curtis Auditorium

    Tuesday, November 18th at 17:30
    What was it really like to live through the twentieth century? In 1910 three-quarters of the population were working class, but their story has been ignored until now. Based on the first-person accounts of servants, factory workers, miners and housewives, Selina Todd reveals an unexpected Britain where cinema audiences shook their fists at footage of Winston Churchill, communities supported strikers and pools winners (like Viv Nicholson) refused to become respectable. Charting their rise through two world wars to the defeats of Thatcher's Britain and the uncertainties of the present, Todd tells the story of the working class in their own words. This is a free event, no pre-booking required. Part of Newcastle University's Insights Public Lectures series.
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    MICHAEL MEIGHAN – The Forth Bridges and Edinburgh Waverley Station Through Time

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

    Join local historian Michael Meighan as he talks about his latest books, Edinburgh Waverley Station Through Time and The Forth Bridges Through Time.

    Waverley is Scotland's largest railway station and covering an area of 25 acres it is the second largest mainline station in the UK after Waterloo. Unusually for such an important destination it is both a terminus and a through station. In the 1840s, three railway companies built stations at the east end of what had been the Nor Loch - North Bridge, General and Canal Street - and these became known collectively as Waverley from around 1854. By 1865, the North British Railway company had acquired all three, and between 1892 and 1900 it was completely rebuilt to form the present Victorian structure. Under the LNER's reign Waverley became the symbolic destination for the East Coast Main Line trains with a series of high-profile expresses departing daily from King's Cross, London. In his new book, Edinburgh resident and expert Michael Meighan explores this great station, showing how it has changed over the years.

    The River Forth is one of Scotland's great waterways. It has a majestic history and heritage, part of which is the Forth bridges. Of these, the most iconic is the Forth Rail Bridge, which opened in 1890. But there is also the Kincardine Bridge, opened in 1936 and once the longest swing bridge in Europe, the Forth Road Bridge, opened in 1964, and the new Queensferry Crossing, due to be completed in 2016. In this book, Michael Meighan looks at all these bridges as well as the Clackmannanshire Bridge and the fords, ferries and smaller bridges which preceded these great crossings. The Forth crossings have a special place in the history and culture of Scotland, and in the hearts of all Scots, and Michael Meighan pays tribute to them in a wonderful mix of both old and new images.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

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

  • Cambridge, Heffers: James Ellroy and Perfidia

    Tuesday, November 18th at 18:30

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    Heffers presents James Ellroy in conversation with Nicola Upson in conjunction with Cambridge Arts PictureHouse. It’s a long time since James Ellroy graced us with his considerable presence! Come and hear the renowned author of the L.A Quartet in conversation with Nicola Upson. Perfidia is an epic-length novel that will transpire within only 24 days – from December 6, 1941 through to New Year’s Eve. A crime novel, a war novel and a historic romance, it will unfold in real time as two police officers, a Japanese-American forensic chemist and a young woman coerced into a cabal of Hollywood leftists work around the clock, while Los Angeles comports under night-time blackouts, war fever and escalating racial tension spawned by the Pearl Harbor bombings. Characters from Ellroy’s previous seven novels – including arch villain Dudley Smith, anti-hero of The Big Nowhere, White Jazz and L.A. Confidential – will be joined by new characters, both real-life and fictional, in this grand drama of Los Angeles during the first month of America’s entry into the war. James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the acclaimed ‘L.A. Quartet’: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz. His most recent novel, Blood's a Rover, completes the magisterial 'Underworld USA Trilogy' – the first two volumes of which (American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand) were both Sunday Times bestsellers. Please note: This event will be held at Cambridge Arts PictureHouse, St Andrew's Street Cambridge Tickets from: Cambridge Arts PictureHouse
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Matilda Tristram - 'Probably Nothing : A Diary of not-your-average nine months'

    Tuesday, November 18th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Matilda Tristram was 17 weeks pregnant and looking forward to having her first baby when she discovered she had cancer. This touching graphic memoir, never morose or self-pitying, starts when Matilda was diagnosed and ends when her chemotherapy finished. Recording the awkward conversations, the highs and lows of treatment, and the reality of still having to queue too long for croissants, Matilda captures her experiences with style and warmth. Along the way she cherishes the small details of life, and learns not to sweat the big things. Her beautiful and boisterous son James was born without complications.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • An Evening With Graham Hancock

    Tuesday, November 18th at 19:30 - 21:30
    Legendary author of Fingerprints of the Gods and The Sign and the Seal will be at Blackwell's at The University of Bradford to talk about his latest book 'Return of the Plumed Serpent (War God) and also talk about alternative history and role of hallucinogens in history. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening. This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 01274 905149 The event will be held in The Small Hall and parking will be free on the night. For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact  Martin Kelly on 01274 905149 or martin.kelly@blackwell.co.uk
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    DAVID FORSYTH & STUART ALLAN – Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War

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

    In 1914, as the world prepared for war, thousands of men enlisted in Scotland. But thousands more Scots, and those of Scottish descent, joined up across the world. As the optimism of 1914 gave way to the grim reality of years of conflict, the human cost of fighting the First World War became a foundation of national consciousness - for Canada at Vimy Ridge, for Australia and New Zealand at Gallipoli, for South Africa at Delville Wood.

    Based on the exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland (11 July to 12 October 2014) the book Common Cause explores how military service was related to other expressions of Scottish identity. And, following the structure of the exhibition, personal story vignettes, based on National Museum Scotland and on international collections, will reinforce the main themes of migration, multiple identity and loss.

    Stuart Allan and David Forsyth are the Principal Curators in the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology at the National Museums of Scotland.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

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

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

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    QUNITIN JARDINE – Mathew’s Tale

    Thursday, November 20th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Thursday 20th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    In this, his landmark fortieth novel, Quintin Jardine tells the remarkable story of a man's quest for justice - at any cost. Best-known for his crime series featuring Bob Skinner, Primavera Blackstone and Oz Blackstone, Mathew’s Tale is his first foray into historic fiction.

    1818, Carluke, Lanarkshire. Mathew Fleming returns home to Scotland following heroic service at the Battle of Waterloo. After seven years away, he is a ghostly presence to those he left behind. But Mathew is ambitious and soon becomes a man of influence in his county and beyond. Yet through all his success, he still hides the loss of his one true love. When a terrible act of murder occurs, Mathew must choose between the rule of blood and the rule of law. And as a man of honour with a warrior's instincts, he embarks on a journey of vengeance that will test every sinew of his faith in mankind...

    About the Author…
    Quintin Jardine was born once upon a time in the West - of Scotland rather than America, but still he grew to manhood as a massive Sergio Leone fan. On the way there he was educated, against his will, in Glasgow, where he ditched a token attempt to study law for more interesting careers in journalism, government propaganda, and political spin-doctoring. After a close call with the Brighton Bomb in 1984, he moved into the even riskier world of media relations consultancy, before realising that all along he had been training to become a crime writer. Now, forty novels later, he never looks back.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

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

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

  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Oggy Boytchev - 'Simpson & I : Between Two Worlds'

    Thursday, November 20th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Simpson & I: Between Two Worlds documents some of the most memorable stories ever to appear on the Ten O'Clock News. In a career spanning thirty years, Oggy Boytchev has written a factual thriller about the highly competitive world of international journalism. With astonishing revelations of how stories are discovered and reported, he shares with us the often nail-biting, sometimes touch-and-go moments behind the camera - as well as the skill and courage it takes to break the news we all watch while safely tucked up at home.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: The Hundred Years' War: Poetry in Performance at The Culture Lab

    Thursday, November 20th at 19:15
    Following on from their highly acclaimed poetry in performance production ‘Being Human’, Midlands Creative Projects in association with Bloodaxe Books and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry present The Hundred Years’ War. Drawing on 40 extraordinary war poems written between 1914 and 2013, this brand-new production fuses poetry and theatre to create a distinctive and deeply moving portrayal of life under fire. Tickets cost £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students. To purchase a ticket please see further information at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Being Human poetry reading at The Culture Lab

    Friday, November 21st at 19:15
    Join us at The Culture Lab for the culmination of the About Archives day, featuring poetry readings by Moniza Alvi, David Constantine, and Heather Phillipson. Tickets cost £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students. To purchase a ticket please see further information at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.
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    TOM POW – Wild Adventure and Concerning the Atlas of the Dead

    Monday, November 24th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 24th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join Tom Pow as he discusses his poetry on the remarkable life of Thomas Watling and his own experience as writer in residence at the National Library of Scotland’s Map Library.

    Tom Pow's beautiful, powerful poems in A Wild Adventure examine the remarkable life of Thomas Watling. Watling was born in Dumfries in September 1762 and raised by a long-suffering maiden aunt. Convicted of forging Bank of Scotland one-guinea notes he was sentenced to fourteen years in the recently founded colony of Botany Bay in Australia. The first professional artist to arrive in the colony, Watling was seconded to its Surgeon General (and amateur naturalist) John White. His pioneer paintings of birds, animals and the landscape became some of the principal records of the earliest days of Australia. He was eventually pardoned, on 5 April 1797, and left Australia, eventually returning home to Dumfries. He died there, most likely in 1814.

    About the Author…
    Tom Pow spent six months as Writer in Residence at the National Library of Scotland Map Library in Edinburgh. He was so inspired by the collection that they hold and by the stories that they tell that he wrote a collection of poetry, Concerning the Atlas of Scotland, based on that experience. Published by Polygon but with input from the National Library and illustrated with details from the collection, this beautiful and quite haunting collection will be welcomed by map lovers as well as poetry lovers.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

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

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

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    JUDAH PASSOW & MICHAEL MAIL – The Scots Jews

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

    Identity, Belonging and the Future

    In The Scots Jews, photographer Judah Passow has created a portrait of Jewish people who live north of England's border. In exploring the place of the Jewish community in contemporary Scottish society, Passow's journey has much emphasis, naturally, on Glasgow and Edinburgh but also takes us to surprising places like the Shetland Islands and Skye.

    This fascinating photographic essay shows Scotland's Jews firmly rooted in their Jewish identity, but fervently patriotic Scots as well. The photographs are introduced by Michael Mail, an award-winning author, who conceived the project to document Scottish Jewish life.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

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

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

  • Cambridge, Heffers: Hazem Kandil: Inside the Muslim Brotherhood

    Tuesday, November 25th at 18:30
    Hazem Kandil online Hazem Kandil is University Lecturer in Political Sociology and Fellow of St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge. He is also the author of Soldiers, Spies and Statesmen (2013) This is the first in-depth study of the relationship between the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and its own members. Drawing on years of participant observation, extensive interviews, previously inaccessible organizational documents, and dozens of memoirs and writings, the book provides an intimate portrayal of the recruitment and socialization of Brothers, the evolution of their intricate social networks, and the construction of the peculiar ideology that shapes their everyday practices. Kandil seeks to unlock the organization’s unique logic and reinterpret its slow rise and rapid fall from power in Egypt, and compares it to the Islamist subsidiaries it created and the varieties it inspired around the world. “An original and challenging interpretation of the organisation and ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, enriched by unique access to members and functions... helps to explain the Brotherhood’s twists and turns at crucial points in modern Egyptian history, and their rise and fall since 2011.” Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck, University of London “By probing what it means to be a Muslim Brother, exploring how the Brotherhood organization is structured, and placing religion at the center of the movement's amorphous ideology, Hazem Kandil offers helpful new interpretations. The resulting picture is not always flattering, but it helps shed light on the group’s sometimes puzzling behavior.” Nathan Brown, George Washington University Tickets from: https://kandil.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Kate Mosse - 'The Taxidermist's Daughter'

    Tuesday, November 25th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us for a wintry evening of gothic delight as Kate Mosse discusses her latest novel, 'The Taxidermist's Daughter'. Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to walk. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway. Standing alone is the taxidermist's daughter. At twenty-two, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it contains all that is left of Gifford's once world-famous museum of taxidermy. The string of events that led to the museum's closure are never spoken of and an accident has robbed Connie of any memory of those days. The bell begins to toll and all eyes are fixed on the church. No one sees the gloved hands holding a garotte. As the last notes fade into the dark, a woman lies dead.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
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    J.D. OSWALD – The Ballad of Sir Benfro

    Wednesday, November 26th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Tuesday 26th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    From James Oswald, one of Scotland’s most successful new crime writers, comes an epic fantasy series!

    In a small village, miles from the great cities of the Twin Kingdoms, a young boy called Errol tries to find his way in the world. He's an outsider - he looks different from other children and has never known his father. No one, not even himself, has any knowledge of his true lineage. Deep in the forest, Benfro, the young male dragon begins his training in the subtle arts. Like his mother, Morgwm the Green, he is destined to be a great Mage. No one could imagine that the future of all life in the Twin Kingdoms rests in the hands of these two unlikely heroes. But it is a destiny that will change the lives of boy and dragon forever...

    And so begins The Ballad of Sir Benfro - the unputdownable tale of the great dragons returning to the kingdom of men.

    The first installment, Dreamwalker, is followed by The Rose Cord, published on 20th November, and The Golden Cage, which will be published in January 2015.

    About the Order…
    J. D. Oswald is also the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels under the name James Oswald. In his spare time James runs a 350-acre livestock farm in North East Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep.

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

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

  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Shami Chakrabarti - 'On Liberty' at Lady Margaret Hall

    Wednesday, November 26th at 19:00 - 20:00
    'On Liberty' is the story of today's threats to our freedoms and a highly personal, impassioned plea in defence of fundamental rights, from Shami Chakrabarti, the director of the advocacy group Liberty. Shami Chakrabarti - who joined Liberty, the UK's leading civil rights organisation, on 10 September 2001 - explores why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable. She shows, too, the unprecedented pressures those rights are under today. Labelled by The Sun as 'The Most Dangerous Woman in Britain', Shami will be presenting her lecture in the stunning surrounds of Lady Margaret Hall and will be exploring why our rights to liberty are paramount in upholding democracy. Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Very Short Talks

    Thursday, November 27th at 18:30 - 20:00
    An evening of talks with selected authors from the brilliant, bestselling book series Very Short Introductions. Featuring: Oliver P Richmond talking about peace; Jamie Woodward talking about the Ice Age Tim Bayne talking about thought. Come and have your brain stretched in this entertaining (and FREE) evening packed with facts, analysis, new ideas and buckets of enthusiasm. Hosted by local compere and comic performer Fat Roland. Brought to you by Blackwell's and Oxford University Press.
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    ELIZABETH LAIRD – The Lure of the Honey Bird

    Thursday, November 27th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Thurdsay 27th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join acclaimed writer Elizabeth Laird as she discusses her autobiographical novel, The Lure of the Honey Bird .

    In 1967, at the age of 23, Elizabeth Laird set off for Addis Ababa to take up her first teaching post. She was introduced to Haile Selassie, made a pilgrimage across the mountains on foot to the ancient city of Lalibela, hitched a ride on an oil tanker across the Danakil Desert, and was arrested for a murder she had not committed. Back in Britain, Laird established herself as a major author of fiction for children and young adults, but she always wanted to return to Ethiopia. Her chance came in the late 1990s, when the British Council in Addis Ababa invited her to collect folk stories from every region of the country. Encountering ex-guerrilla fighters, camel traders, Coptic nuns and tribespeople en route, Laird has written a remarkable account of her journey interwoven with a treasure trove of stories featuring princes and maidens, snakes and lions, zombies and hyena-women.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

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

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

  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: 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 our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Jenni Fagan and Debbie Taylor at The Culture Lab

    Thursday, November 27th at 19:15
    Jenni Fagan was born in Livingston, Scotland. She has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, and was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013. The Panopticon is her first novel. Debbie Taylor is an editor, novelist, journalist; author of Herring Girl and founder of Mslexia, the magazine for women writers. Her full-length books of fiction and non-fiction include Women: A World Report (Methuen), My Children, My Gold (Virago), The Fourth Queen (Penguin) and Hungry Ghosts (Penguin). Tickets cost £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students. To purchase a ticket please see further information at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.
  • Cambridge, Heffers:Theology Festival

    Friday, November 28th at 12:00 - 18:00
    The inaugural Heffers Theology Festival is bringing together, in association with SPCK, four theologians to discuss the role of the church in modern society. The event will be held at St.Andrew's St Baptist Church, 43 St. Andrew's St, Cambridge. Appearing will be: The Revd Canon Allan Billings is an Anglican priest and a former Director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University. In recent years he has taught the ethics of war to chaplains to the forces at the UK Defence Academy, Amport, and on military bases in England and Germany. Alister McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, and a prolific author. His other books for SPCK include The Dawkins Delusion?, Why God Won't Go Away and Mere Theology. Rowan Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. His most recent books include Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer (SPCK 2014), A Silent Action: Engagements with Thomas Merton (SPCK 2013), The Lion's World: A journey into the heart of Narnia (SPCK 2012) and Faith in the Public Square (Bloomsbury 2012). Tom Wright is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of over seventy books, including 'For Everyone' guides to the New Testament and the bestselling Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, Virtue Reborn, Simply Jesus, How God Became King and Creation, Power and Truth. Tickets from: https://theology.eventbrite.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
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Tom De Freston The Charnel House

    Thursday, December 4th at 19:00 - 20:00
    "Horse-headed victims, a bull-headed protagonist, golems and humunculous caricatures are the cast which populate these mutated mythologies. Domestic interiors, stage sets and storm-filled landscapes are the strange but familiar spaces in which the drama unfolds. Pot plants, kitsch geometric light shades, light bulbs, chess boards, doors and velux windows are the recurring uncanny motifs populating this world. Themes of familial grief, the spectacle of violence, flesh and sex, theatrical performances, crucifixions and apocalyptic visions are recurrent and inescapable." Tom De Freston. Join us for an event with Tom and his incredible new book. 'The Charnel House' is a poetic graphic novel by Tom de Freston in collaboration with 37 leading contemporary poets.

    This is a FREE Event. Please RSVP to james.orton@blackwell.co.uk.
  • Cambridge Heffers Christmas Chrime Party

    Thursday, December 11th at 18:30
    Save The Date! The Heffers Christmas Chrime Party: Mystery, Murder and Mayhem, Mirth, Mince pies and Mulled wine! Details to follow.  Tickets from: https://crime-party.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: An Evening with Dame Vivienne Westwood at The Divinity School

    Monday, December 15th at 19:00 - 21:00
    We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting an intimate audience with Dame Vivienne Westwood in the incredible setting of the Divinity School at the Bodleian.

    Tickets are strictly limited, cost £12 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: 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.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Pass on a Poem

    Wednesday, January 7th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Do you love reading poetry? Join us for our Pass on a Poem evening, where we invite you to share with the group your favourite published poems, meet others who also have a passion for poetry and hear about poets you may have never listened to before. To sign up for a reading spot during the event please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or visit our Customer Services Department located in the Norrington Room. From January 7th 2014 we will be running our Pass on a Poem group on the 1st Wednesday every 2 months. Our next meeting after this will be held on Wednesday 4th March. Pass on a Poem is  a not-for-profit initiative, existing to provide entertainment and to create enthusiasm for poetry by bringing people together to read out loud poems which have a special personal significance and to explain, briefly, why. For more information please visit their website http://www.passonapoem.com/ This event is free to attend. For all enquiries please visit our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Michael Morpurgo, John Tams and Barry Coope - 'War Horse'

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

    Tickets cost £15 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

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