Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • World Book Day

    Monday, March 2nd at 09:00 TO Sunday, March 29th at 17:30
    WORLD BOOK DAY This years World Book Day takes place on the 5th March. We work with schools throughout Nottingham and the surrounding areas, giving out free Children's books in exchange for £1 World Book Day tokens. Please contact us on trent@blackwell.co.uk if you would like to involve your school.  
  • NTU Global Week

    Monday, March 2nd at 10:00 TO Friday, March 6th at 16:00
    NTU Global week takes place from 2nd - 6th March.  Blackwell's will be joining in with the festival with a stall in Newton building. We will be showcasing the best of travel writing books and travel guides. We will also have lots of competitions to test travel book knowledge and some exciting prizes. During this week our customers will also be able to take advantage of a 3 for 2 offer on a wide selection of Travel writing books and travel guides at both or City and Clifton campus shops or 30% off online.  
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH CELEBRATES WORLD BOOK DAY

    Saturday, March 7th at 10:00 - 16:00
    Join us to celebrate World Book Day 2015 in our Children's Department.


    Meet award-winning author Lari Don
    10.30am – 11.30am

    Lari will read from her magical picture books, help you imagine your own magic, and tell one of her favourite traditional tales.

    For children aged 4 to 7.

    Book your tickets here or phone 0131 622 8218


    12noon – 1pm

    Lari will read from her adventure books the Fabled Beast Chronicles, and tell one of the legends which inspire her fiction. She might even give you an exclusive sneak peak of the book she’s working on right now.

    For children aged 8 to 12.

    Book your tickets here or phone 0131 622 8218


    Dress up as your favourite book character - there will be a prize for the best costume!


    Get your face painted by the fabulous Mrs Fantoosh


    Take part in our book hunt


    Take a look behind the scenes of Edinburgh's oldest bookshop with our bookshop tours.


    All activities are free!

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, March 8th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 8th of March
    Time: 2pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

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

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

    We are currently reading Steve Campden's debut novel Tape

    About the book...
    Record a voice and it lasts forever...In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother's death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn't even know he exists. In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy's voice on it - a voice she can't quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her. Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape. This is their story.

    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

  • Elisa Frank - The Borderline Diaries - Book Signing at Blackwell Leeds

    Monday, March 9th at 12:00 - 14:00
    A free meet-the-author event at Blackwells Leeds on Blenheim Terrace. Elisa Frank will be there to sign The Borderline Diaries, her powerful semi-fictionalised account of trauma, mental illness and healing.

    "As a troubled teenager, Elisa Frank fell into an abusive relationship in her home town of Wakefield, Yorkshire, with the apparently charming Ahmad Otak. His behaviour became more and more extreme and controlling until at last, in 2012, Elisa gathered the courage to flee to her sister’s home. Otak followed and, making a pretence of sorrow, was allowed inside. He then violently murdered Kim Frank, who was seventeen, with a knife while forcing a restrained Elisa to watch. When the girls’ friend Samantha Sykes arrived, she suffered the same fate. Otak abducted Elisa and fled by car to Dover in an attempt to leave the country, but was arrested there.

    Otak is serving a life sentence in prison. But Elisa is also suffering her own life sentence, utterly devastated by these events and the abject grief of losing her sister, with whom she had been very close. She spent several months in psychiatric care, with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a Borderline Personality Disorder. Hence the title of this book.

    In this book, Elisa does not dwell on the tragedy save to tell us what happened before her eyes and show us how it affected her mind. Then, with great courage, she describes how she began to heal. Her observation of both others’ behaviour around her and of her own inner states is at times breathtaking, and always humbling. We should all learn much from this perceptive, talented and brave young woman. Elisa still lives in Yorkshire and is determined to honour her sister’s and friend’s memories by succeeding as a writer."

    See the recent interview on Calendar News for more:

    You can visit the book's Facebook page here,

    and the Publisher's website here

    And don't forget to watch the ITV documentary about Elisa, part of the series Britain's Darkest Taboos, on Sunday 8th March, 2015.

    We invite you all to drop in to the bookshop to support the launch of this very personal work.
  • Blackwell's Portsmouth - British Government and Northern Ireland

    Monday, March 9th at 13:00
    Dr Graham Spencer (University of Portsmouth) will introduce his latest book on the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. Graham has written extensively on the issues facing Northern Ireland and has developed exceptional access to key players in the Peace Process. Here he examines how senior British officials and civil servants worked to bring about power-sharing in Northern Ireland. With a unique format featuring self-authored inside accounts and interview testimonies, it considers a spectrum of areas and issues that came into play during the dialogues and negotiations that led to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and political accommodation in Northern Ireland. This is a free event and all are welcome! Do come along and raise a glass with us.
  • David Crystal - Language BLANK Literature: from Conjunction to Preposition

    Monday, March 9th at 17:15 - 19:30
    Public lecture at Leeds University's Michael Sadler Building, the Rupert Beckett lecture theatre. From 17:15 to 18:30.

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    CHILDREN’S BOOKGROUP

    Monday, March 9th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Monday 9th of March
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

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

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

    We are currently reading Sally Gardner’s I, Coriander

    What is the book about?
    The story is told by Coriander, daughter of a silk merchant in 1650s London. Her idyllic childhood ends when her mother dies and her father goes away, leaving Coriander with her stepmother, a widow who is in cahoots with a fundamentalist Puritan preacher. She is shut away in a chest and left to die, but emerges into the fairy world from which her mother came, and where time has no meaning. When she returns, charged with a task that will transform her life, she is seventeen. This is a book filled with enchantments -- a pair of silver shoes, a fairy shadow, a prince transformed into a fox - that contrast with the heartbreaking loss and cruelty of Coriander's life in the real world.

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

  • Birth of a Theorem

    Monday, March 9th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Fields Medal winner Cedric Villani speaks on the mystery and beauty of mathematics. We will be selling his book Birth of a Theorem after the event. Tickets are available for this event at the Royal Institution and can be booked here.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    JENNI DAICHES – Forgive

    Tuesday, March 10th at 18:30 - 19:45
    Date: Tuesday 10th of March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Bookshop and Luath Press invite you to celebrate the launch of Jenni Daiches’ latest novel Forgive

    About the Book…
    Ruth has lived at Netherburn, her home in the remote moors of Scotland, ever since she was a small child. It's a home with a history, and, having seen her own children grow up and move on, Ruth is trying to make sense of it all. From her Father's death, to her ex-husband leaving and her lack of contact with her sons. But she's not alone with her thoughts: her empty house has become lively once again as various people - with equally complicated pasts - come to lodge at Netherburn, and Ruth finds herself helping them through their pain; some of which won't stay in the past. Forgive is the story of Ruth, and those living at Netherburn, as they live their lives and try to move on. But the question always looms for Ruth, what does it mean to forgive?

    About the Author…
    Jenni Daiches was born in Chicago, educated in the USA and in England, and has lived in Scotland since 1971. From 1978 to 2001 she worked at the National Museums of Scotland in various capacities, including Head of Publications and script co-ordinator for the Museum of Scotland exhibitions. She is a freelance writer and lecturer, writing on literary and historical subjects as Jenni Calder, and fiction and poetry as Jenni Daiches. An area of special interest has been Scottish emigration, particularly to North America, and questions of identity. Other key interests include Scottish literature, particularly R. L. Stevenson and women writers.

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

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

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

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

  • Blackwell's Oxford and Oxfam present: An Evening with Victoria Hislop

    Tuesday, March 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    In collaboration with Oxfam, founded right here on Broad Street in 1942, We are very proud to present an evening in the company of bestselling author, Victoria Hislop. Victoria will be with us as part of this year's International Women's Day and will be discussing her widely acclaimed novels. She studied in Oxford at St.Hilda's College and went on to work in the publishing industry and as a journalist before becoming an author. Her novel The Island was a number one bestseller in Britain and was chosen by the Richard and Judy Book Club as a 2006 summer read. It was also made into a TV series by Greek TV Channel MEGA.

    Tickets cost £10, which includes a glass of wine and can be obtained by visiting www.eventbrite.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    ROBERT BURNS IN EDINBURGH

    Wednesday, March 11th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 11th March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS


    Join us to celebrate the launch of Robert Burns in Edinburgh - An Illustrated Guide to Burns' Time in Edinburgh

    Robert Burns came to Edinburgh in November 1786 and stayed for 14 months. His book, Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, Kilmarnock Edition, went on sale on July 31, 1786 and was an immediate success throughout Scotland. Suddenly, he was being spoken of the length and breadth of the land. His plan to emigrateto Jamaica with any profit from the sales of the book was abandoned. Burns's life was about to change!

    So it was that on November 27, 1786 that Robert Burns, on a borrowed pony, set off on the two-day journey to Edinburgh. It was at the peak of the Scottish Enlightenment. Edinburgh at the time was home to great philosophers, world-renowned economists, engineers, scientists, writers and poets. Enterprise and industry were flourishing. Robert Burns was to find himself thrust into the midst of the social and academic whirlpool that was Edinburgh in 1786, establishing him as a vital part of the Scottish Enlightenment. This book chronicles the places he visited and the brilliant, eccentric, but always fascinating people he met during his stay.

    A reader-friendly, fully illustrated colour guide to Robert Burns' time in Edinburgh, with fresh research, maps and illustrations of the key people Burns met, with 27 relevant poems by Burns throughout.

    Event Info...
    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.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • Jasper Fforde - Headingley Literature Fest, Leeds

    Wednesday, March 11th at 19:15 - 21:00
    £5 - Headingley Library - More Details here. Part Of Headingley Literature Festive

    The best-selling author's first novel, The Eyre Affair, was published in 2001. Fforde is mainly known for his Thursday Next novels, although he has written several books in the loosely connected Nursery Crime series and has begun two more independent series, The Last Dragonslayer and Shades of Grey.
  • Blackwell's Portsmouth - The Amber Antidote Book Launch

    Thursday, March 12th at 17:00 - 18:30
    Edgy middle grade and YA author Tom Harris celebrates the release of his new novel The Amber Antidote. The Amber Antidote is the sequel to The Amber Room  a modern fairy tale adventure series. The Amber Antidote sees North and Rosie follow Javotte's instruction and head to the GRIMM museum, to seek help from Tan's old partner, the mysterious, Gumstone.Under the guidance and protection of Gumstone, Javotte and The Guardians of Amber, North and Rosie must survive the threat of Tan's army of Shadows and navigate more dark and sinister fairy tale worlds, in their search for a rare amber antidote that can save India. Tom Harris has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Portsmouth, is a proud member of S.C.B.W.I (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators).
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: George Frideric Handel: A Life With Friends, with Ellen T Harris at the Curtis Auditorium

    Thursday, March 12th at 17:30
    During his lifetime, the sounds of Handel's music reached from court to theater, echoed in cathedrals, and filled crowded taverns, but the man himself - known to most as the composer of Messiah - is a bit of a mystery. Though he took meticulous care of his musical manuscripts and even provided for their preservation on his death, very little of an intimate nature survives. One document - Handel's will - offers us a narrow window into his personal life. In it, he remembers not only family and close colleagues but also neighbourhood friends. In search of the private man behind the public figure, Ellen T. Harris has spent years tracking down the letters, diaries, personal accounts, legal cases, and other documents connected to these bequests. Her new book on Handel's life is more than a biography - it is a full portrait of the man himself and the times he lived in.
    This is a free event and no pre-booking is necessary. For further information see the Insights Public Lectures website.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    JOHN LISTER-KAYE

    Thursday, March 12th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 12th March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of John Lister-Kaye's much awaited new book Gods of Morning.

    For more than three decades, Sir John Lister-Kaye has been enraptured by the spectacular seasonal metamorphosis at Aigas, the world-renowned Highlands field centre. Over the years, the glen's wildlife has come to infiltrate his soul, whether it is a warbling blackcap's cascading refrains, whooper swans hauling winter along with them, pine martens causing havoc in the hen run, loyal resident tawny owls defending their territory from adolescents, or a regal roe buck strutting in the broom and gorse, suddenly gilded by a fiery ray of sunlight.

    Sir John Lister-Kaye has come to understand intimately the movements of these beloved creatures, but increasingly unpredictable weather patterns have caused sometimes subtle, sometimes seismic shifts in their behaviour.

    His new book Gods of the Morning follows a year through the turning of the seasons at Aigas, exploring the habits of the Highland animals, and in particular the birds - his gods of the morning - for whom he has nourished a lifelong passion. Gods of the Morning is an affectionate and wise celebration of the British landscape and the birds that come and go through the year, a lyrical reminder of the relationship we have lost with the seasons and a call to look afresh at the natural world around us.

    About the Author...
    Sir John Lister-Kaye is one of Britain's best-known naturalists and conservationists and the author of eight books on wildlife and the environment. He has served prominently in the RSPB, the Nature Conservancy Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. In 2003 he was awarded an OBE for services to nature conservation. He lives with his wife and family among the mountains of the Scottish Highlands, where he runs the world-famous Aigas Field Centre.

    Event Info...
    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.

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

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

  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Carolyn Forché at the Culture Lab

    Thursday, March 12th at 19:15
    Carolyn Forché's four books of poetry include Blue Hour, The Angel of History and The Country Between Us. She has translated poets including Mahmoud Darwish and Robert Desnos and edited the acclaimed anthology Against Forgetting. Human rights advocate, Professor of English and Chair of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University, she has received many prizes and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Lannan Literary Fellowship and, most recently, The Academy of American Poets Fellowship. Forché's reading of her own work will be followed by a discussion with Ahren Warner.
    Tickets for this event are £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students and can be obtained from the Newcastle University Webstore.
  • Jo Shapcott and Colin Speakman - Headingley Literature Fest, Leeds

    Thursday, March 12th at 19:30 - 21:00
    Part Of Headingley Literary Festival. More details here.

    £5 Entry. Event taking place at: New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Road, LS6 3BG

    Jo Shapcott won the Commonwealth poetry prize with her first collection and her poetry ever since has proved her to be one of the most original voices of her generation. As Sinclair McKay in The Telegraph says of her Costa award winning collection Of Mutability she explores themes of change and mortality using ‘a dazzling variety of tone and colour and subject throughout - Shapcott's language dances lightly, and often with wit.’

    Colin Speakman’s poetry often focuses on landscape, especially that of the Yorkshire Dales and South Pennines, the history of that landscape and the impact it has on human lives. His work is represented in various poetry publications, anthologies and in three collections of his work, Northland (Perkin Poets 1973), That Bleak Frontier (Outposts Publications) 1978 and Dune Fox & Other Poems (Fighting Cock Press 2011).
  • Yorkshire Noir - An Evening Of Crime Writing
    - Headingley Literature Fest, Leeds

    Sunday, March 15th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Part Of Headingley Literary Festival. More details here. £4 Entry. Event taking place at: New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Road, LS6 3BG Four of the region’s foremost crime authors present an evening - chaired by Alison Taft - of readings, crime-writing history (in film and fiction), discussion and debate.
    Featuring:
    Helen Cadbury (To Catch A Rabbit – Winner of the Northern Crime Award 2013)
    Nick Quantrill (Broken Dreams, The Late Greats, The Crooked Beat)
    Alison Taft (Our Father Who Art Out There Somewhere, Shallow Be Thy Grave, My Time Has Come)
    Nick Triplow (Frank’s Wild Years)
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    ADULT BOOK GROUP

    Monday, March 16th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Monday 16th March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

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

    Our current book is Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.

    What is the book about?

    When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly-named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation.

    Future meetings...
    Our book for April is Andrew Greig's At the Loch of the Green Corrie and in May we are reading The Blue Afternoon by William Boyd.

    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

  • Juliet Barker - England Arise - Headingley Literature Festival, Leeds

    Monday, March 16th at 19:15 - 21:00
    £6 - Headingley Library, North Lane

    Part of Headingley Literature Festival, more info available here.

    Juliet Barker, acclaimed author of Agincourt, discusses her fascinating account of the 1381 Peasants' Revolt, the dramatic and shocking events of which give a snapshot of what everyday life was like for ordinary people in the Middle Ages. Barker explores why such a diverse group of ordinary men and women united in armed rebellion against church and state, demanding a radical political agenda.
  • Dr Michael Barr "Who’s Afraid of China?"

    Tuesday, March 17th at 17:30 - 20:00
    A Leeds Business Confucius Institute "Meet the Authors event". Leeds University Business School, Maurice Keyworth Building, Free event, registration start from 17:30. More info and register at: Event Page "In this lecture, part of the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds (BCIUL) ‘Meet the Authors’ series, Dr Michael Barr of Newcastle University will be discussing his book ‘Who’s Afraid of China? The Challenges of Chinese Soft Power’. He will explore Chinese efforts to promote its image and examine what underlies Western fears of the rising power."
  • Sean Stowell - The King's Psychic

    Tuesday, March 17th at 19:15 - 21:00
    7.15pm Headingley Library, North Lane Free - Part of Headingley Literature Festival

    Local TV journalist Sean Stowell's recent book is a tale of intrigue and mystery which tells how a Leeds university medical graduate became known as a 'master of black magic' whose powerful presence penetrated the upper echelons of British society in the late 30s. Dr Alexander Cannon seemingly influenced the military top brass, government ministers and even royalty itself. Involved in secret psychic experiments backed by the war office, was he both a charlatan and a dangerous spy? An intriguing and sensational true story.
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky - Headingley Literature Festival, Leeds

    Wednesday, March 18th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Part of Headingley Literature Festival. Oxfam Books, Otley Road. £3

    Adrian Tchaikovsky is the successful author of the 10-book fantasy series Shadows of the Apt and newly published period fantasy Guns of the Dawn, all published by Tor UK, along with a large number of short stories in numerous anthologies and magazines. He is a keen swordsman, gamer and amateur entomologist and his work has been nominated for the Gemmel Awards and the British Fantasy Awards. More details to follow...
  • Blackwell's Portsmouth - Tim Bell at St. John's College, Southsea

    Wednesday, March 18th at 19:30 - 20:30
    18th March, 7.30-9pm, St Johns College, Free Lord Bell, better known as the advertising executive and forthright Conservative, Tim Bell, who worked closely with Margaret Thatcher, will be talking about his eventful life and association with the late Prime Minister. Also discussing stories from his book Right or Wrong: The memoirs of Lord Bell.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents Moving Pages: Monthly Film Book Club

    Thursday, March 19th at 18:30 - 21:30
    Love seeing your favourite books brought to life on the big screen? Dislike the way a director has changed the film to the book and want to talk about it?

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

    This event is free to attend! Simply register in advance by email at events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or by calling our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623 before the event. We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now!

    Following on from our last session where we watched and discussed Brideshead Revisited, this month we will be reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. The 1975 film directed by Milo Forman stars Jack Nicholson as Randle McMurphy and Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched in a multiple award winning performance. This film has an 18 rating and contains emotionally intense scenes.
  • A J Taft & James Nash - Murder and Mayhem

    Thursday, March 19th at 19:15 - 21:00
    £4 7.15pm Headingley Library, North Lane

    Part Of Headingley Literature Festival

    Award winning-author and Headingley LitFest Writer in Residence, AJ Taft will be chatting to poet and writer James Nash about how she gets away with murder, why revenge is a dish best served cold and what makes a young woman buy a one-way ticket to Thailand. They may also get around to talking about her novels...

    When not being chased by drug-runners, Alison writes about a female detective duo, based in Headingley in the late 80s and early 90s. The first, Our Father Who Art Out There...Somewhere was published in 2011, followed by Shallow Be Thy Grave in 2013. Tonight she will be launching the hotly-awaited third in the series, My Time Has Come.

    Please join them for laughter, launching and literature (and a glass of wine!)
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    ROSS MACKENZIE: The Nowhere Emporium

    Saturday, March 21st at 14:00 - 16:00
    Enter the fantastical world of the Nowhere Emporium, right here in our Children's Department! Inside you will find author Ross MacKenzie, who will be signing copies of his new book about the Emporium.

    When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the 'shop from nowhere' -- and its owner, Mr Silver -- draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment. Recruited as Mr Silver's apprentice, Daniel learns the secrets of the Emporium's vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms -- rooms that contain wonders beyond anything Daniel has ever imagined. But when Mr Silver disappears, and a shadow from the past threatens everything, the Emporium and all its wonders begin to crumble. Can Daniel save his home, and his new friends, before the Nowhere Emporium is destroyed forever?

    Scottish Children's Book Award winner Ross MacKenzie unleashes a riot of imagination, colour and fantasy in this astonishing adventure, perfect for fans of Philip Pullman, Corneila Funke and Neil Gaiman.

    About the author...
    Ross MacKenzie is the author of fantasy adventure, Zac and the Dream Pirates, winner of a Scottish Children’s Book Award in 2012. He lives in Renfrew, where he grew up, with his wife and baby daughter, but spends much of his time in another world.

    Event Info...
    This is a FREE signing and no tickets are needed. Just pop in between 2pm and 4pm to meet Ross.

    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 EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    ALEX GRAY: Keep The Midnight Out

    Monday, March 23rd at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date:Monday 23rd March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS


    A new case for Detective Lorimer

    When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer's tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a twenty year old Glasgow case that he failed to solve as a newly fledged detective constable and which has haunted him ever since. As local cop DI Stevie Crozier takes charge of the island murder investigation, Lorimer tries to avoid stepping on her toes. But as the similarities between the young man's death and his cold case grow more obvious, Lorimer realises that there could be a serial killer on the loose after all these years. As Keep the Midnight Out switches dramatically between the Mull murder and the Glasgow cold case two decades earlier, DC Lorimer tries desperately to catch a cold-hearted killer. Has someone got away with murder for decades?

    About the author...
    Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. She has worked as a folk singer and an English teacher. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. Her first crime novel Never Somewhere Else was a bestseller on publication in 2002, and since then she has published almost one a year, with Keep The Midnight completing her first dozen.

    Event Info...
    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.

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

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

  • Ancient World Study Day

    Tuesday, March 24th at 09:00
    Held at the University of Reading's London Road Campus, this is a chance for AS and A Level students to get a chance to find out what it's like to study Ancient History at University. Covering Ancient History, Archaeology, Classical Civilization and Latin syllabuses. We'll be there with a bookstall so you can have a browse for books that give you a foundation into life in Ancient Rome and Greece, and a good grounding to start your study at University.   See you there!  
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    HELEN GRANT: Urban Legends

    Tuesday, March 24th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 24th March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of the final installment in the Forbidden Spaces Trilogy!

    A group of story-tellers are disappearing one by one. A young woman is haunted by her past. A serial killer has one target he is desperate to hunt down. Veerle is trying to lie low, to live as 'normal' a life as she possibly can. But when you've thwarted a serial killer, it's hard to do this. Especially when he wants revenge...

    About the Author...
    Helen Grant is a highly acclaimed YA author. Her debut novel attracted praise from critics and readers alike and was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Born in London in 1964, Helen showed an early leaning towards the arts after being told off for writing stories under the desk during maths lessons. She went on to read Classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and then worked in marketing for ten years to fund her love of travelling before returning to writing. She now lives in the Scottish Highlands.

    Event Info...
    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.

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    KAREN CAMPBELL: Rise

    Wednesday, March 25th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 24th of March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of Karen Campbell’s new novel Rise.

    Justine is running for her life. Escaping a city and a man who between them have almost broken her she heads north to the mountains and the valleys of the Highlands. She is looking for somewhere to hide.

    Michael and Hannah are also running. With their two sons and their tattered marriage they have come to the village of Kilmacarra. They are looking for somewhere they can once again call home.

    In a place of standing stones - an ancient landscape in a country on the brink of change - a shocking accident causes their lives to intertwine. Tangled together in threads of guilt and love, with Scotland rushing towards a referendum and the community around them fracturing, each must question where they truly belong. And, as the ground beneath their feet begins to give up its secrets, and the darkness Justine fled grows close, each must also find a way to face their ghosts.

    About the Author...
    Karen Campbell is a graduate of Glasgow University's renowned Creative Writing Masters, and author of The Twilight Time, After the Fire, Shadowplay, Proof of Life and, most recently, This Is Where I Am, which was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. A former police officer, and council PR, Karen Campbell won the Best New Scottish Writer Award in 2009. She lives in Galloway, Scotland.

    Praise for the book...
    “Engrossing, entertaining and thoroughly readable ... It is a page-turner but Karen also demonstrates her acute eye for detail and for profound observation in just a phrase or a sentence. On the strength of Rise I will certainly be going to the backlist”
    James Robertson

    Event Info...
    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.

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

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

  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents at the Blackwell's Festival Marquee: George Rousseau- Rachmaninoff's Cape

    Thursday, March 26th at 15:00 - 16:00
    As part of our marquee events taking place within the Blackwell's Festival Marquee during the Oxford Literary Festival, George Rousseau will be joining us to discussing he new publication 'Rachmaninoff's Cape: A Memoir'. George started researching Rachmaninoff through a treasured friendship he had with Evelyn Amster, mother of a friend, who was fascinated by Rachmanioff and  his music. 'Rachmaninoff’s Cape' captures the musical worlds of Silver Age Russia at the end of the nineteenth century and New York City in the twentieth.

    Join us for this fascinating event, it is free to attend and all are welcome. For any enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.

    The Oxford Literary Festival runs from Saturday 21st- Sunday 29th March.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    DAVID TORRANCE: Nicola Sturgeon - A Political Life

    Thursday, March 26th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 25th March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    After his biography of former First Minister Alex Salmond, journalist and political commentator David Torrance (@davidtorrance) now takes a look at his successor, Nicola Sturgeon. This event will be chaired by The Guardian's Scotland correspondent Severin Carrell (@severincarrell).

    Born in Irvine in 1970 Nicola Sturgeon joined the SNP aged only 16 and devoted her teenage years to Glasgow University’s Scottish Nationalist Association, after graduating in law she worked as a solicitor at the Drumchapel Law Centre in Glasgow.

    Sturgeon became the party’s Youth Affairs Vice Convener and Publicity Vice Convener and first stood for Parliament at the 1992 general election – Scotland’s youngest parliamentary candidate. In 1997 she contested Glasgow Govan, an urban working-class constituency that was to form the nucleus of her political career thereafter. Only in 2007 did Sturgeon manage to win the constituency from Labour, having secured a place in the Scottish Parliament via the Glasgow list in 1999 and 2003. Self-evidently a rising star within the SNP, she stood aside as a leadership candidate in 2004 to become Alex Salmond’s running mate, quickly establishing herself as the party’s leader at Holyrood. When the SNP formed its first (minority) administration in 2007 Sturgeon became Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, and swiftly became one of the Scottish Government’s most successful ministers. Her reputation for efficiency and shrewd political judgement grew even more during the referendum negotiations of 2012 and the subsequent independence campaign.

    By the time Alex Salmond resigned as First Minister and SNP leader in the wake of a No vote Sturgeon was viewed as his inevitable successor. Ten years earlier she’d been perceived as what some called a ‘nippy sweetie’, a street-fighting Glaswegian politician lacking Salmond’s broad populist appeal. But in the intervening period she had softened her image and even begun to outstrip her mentor and boss in terms of voter approval.

    About the Author...
    David Torrance was born and brought up in Edinburgh and educated at Leith Academy, Aberdeen University and Cardiff University’s School of Journalism. He was formerly political reporter for STV and is now a freelance writer, journalist and broadcaster. He lives in London. Follow David on twitter @davidtorrance.

    About the Chair...
    Severin Carrell is Scotland correspondent for the Guardian. He has worked as a home affairs, environment and politics correspondent for the Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, and as a senior reporter with the Independent and Independent on Sunday. Follow Severin on twitter @severincarrell.

    Event Info...
    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.

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

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

  • Blackwell's Music Oxford and The Sixteen Presents: The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage 2015

    Wednesday, April 8th at 18:00 - 19:00
    In conjunction with The Sixteen, Blackwell's Music are pleased to invite you to a drinks reception to celebrate The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage 2015 and their latest CD releases. Harry Christophers will be signing CDs from 6:30pm - 7pm which is then followed by a concert at Christ Church Cathedral at 8pm.

    To RSVP to the drinks reception, please email luke.rickett@blackwell.co.uk or call 01865 333581. For tickets to the concert, please contact Christ Church Cathedral Box Office on 01865 305305.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, April 13th at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 13th of April (Please note the date change)
    Time: 6pm (come early as space is at a premium)
    Venue: Caffè Nero in the Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

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

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

    Teams of up to five people can take part.

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

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

  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents Moving Pages: Monthly Film Book Club

    Thursday, April 16th at 18:30 - 21:30
    Love seeing your favourite books brought to life on the big screen? Dislike the way a director has changed the film to the book and want to talk about it?

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

    This event is free to attend! Simply register in advance by email at events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or by calling our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623 before the event. We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now!

    This month we will be reading The Ghost by Robert Harris. The Ghost was released in 2010 starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan. Unlike many other films, the script for the film was also written by Robert Harris, does this mean that it's the same as the book? Join us to find out!
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Katherine Freese - 'The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter'

    Thursday, April 16th at 19:00 - 20:00
    The ordinary atoms that make up the known universe - from our bodies and the air we breathe to the planets and stars - constitute only 5 percent of all matter and energy in the cosmos. This title tells the story of the epic quest to solve one of the most compelling enigmas of modern science - what is the universe made of? Many cosmologists believe we are on the verge of solving the mystery. The Cosmic Cocktail provides the foundation needed to fully fathom this epochal moment in humankind's quest to understand the universe. Katherine Freese, a theoretical astrophysicist, is the George Eugene Uhlenbeck Collegiate Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan.

    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
  • An Evening With S.J.Watson

    Thursday, April 16th at 19:30 - 21:30
    Blackwell’s At The University Of Bradford proudly present… An Evening With S.J.Watson Thursday 16th of April 7.30pm The Small Hall, Richmond Building, The University of Bradford We are proud to announce that bestselling thriller writer S.J.Watson will be with us to read from his latest novel ‘Second Life’ and discuss the phenomenal success of his debut novel ‘Before I Go To Sleep’. Admission is free but you will need to reserve a seat. Contact Martin on 01274 905149 or email martin.kelly@blackwell.co.uk to secure your place or reserve a signed copy!
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: An evening with Deborah Harkness

    Friday, April 17th at 19:30 - 20:30
    We are thrilled to be welcoming Deborah Harkness into Blackwell's to celebrate her All Souls Trilogy. Beginning in the present with A Discovery of Witches, and then travelling through time in Shadow of Night, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present in The Book of Life to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home in France they reunite with their families - with one heart-breaking exception. But the real threat to their future is yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on a terrifying urgency. Using ancient knowl­edge and modern science, from the palaces of Venice and beyond, Diana and Matthew will finally learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago. Join DEBORAH HARKNESS author of the hugely successful ALL SOULS TRILOGY, as she launches the paperback of the No 1 Sunday Times and No 1 New York Times bestseller and third book in the series, THE BOOK OF LIFE.Deborah returns to Oxford where the books also begin and will talk about and answer questions on all things All Souls. Come and meet her for a lovely evening of wine and conversation. Tickets cost £5, which includes a glass of wine and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. The talk will take place on the first floor in Caffe Nero. Contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford and OFW Presents: The Oxford Folk Weekend 2015

    Sunday, April 19th at 11:15 - 16:45
    As part of this year's Oxford Folk Weekend, we are proud to present a day of folk music in the Norrington Room. The program for the day is:

    11:15 - 11:45 Henry Webster & Dave Malkin

    12:15 - 12:45 Moore Moss Rutter

    13:15 - 13:45 Penny Kempson

    14:15 - 14:45 Susanna Starling & Friends

    15:15 - 15:45 Kelly Oliver

    16:15 - 16:45 Ben Moss & Laurel Swift

    These are free performances to attend and will take place in the Norrington Room of Blackwell's Oxford. For more infomation, please visit www.oxfordfolkweekend.co.uk or call 01865 333623.
  • The Thoughts Of Chairmen Now - Meet the authors

    Tuesday, April 21st at 17:30 - 19:30
    A Leeds Business Confucius Institute "Meet the Authors event". Leeds University Business School, Venue TBC, Free event, registration start from 17:30. More info and register at: Event Page "Jonathan Geldart has interviewed some of the top Chinese business leaders of today- and now he is going to share their secrets with you. Who hasn’t felt overwhelmed at the size and complexity of China? You want to tap into that huge market, but you don’t know where to start. Now you can learn from a man who has been there before. Jonathan Geldart not only has a wealth of experience of developing markets in China, but can also share candid insights from top Chinese CEOs."    
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Art for the people: William Morris and his legacy with Fiona MacCarthy at the Curtis Auditorium

    Thursday, April 23rd at 17:30
    Fiona MacCarthy's biography of William Morris won the Wolfson History Prize. Now using material from her latest book on Morris, Anarchy & Beauty, she examines his legacy, from the Arts & Crafts movement through to the Festival of Britain in 1951.
    This is a free event and no pre-booking is necessary. Further information can be found at the Insights Public Lectures website.
  • Blackwell's Oxford and Pale Blue Dot Presents: An Evening with Dave Goulson

    Friday, April 24th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Dave Goulson is an award-winning professor of biological sciences at the University of Sussex.  In 2006 he founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. His work on bumblebee ecology and conservation has led to him becoming one of the UK’s most high profile scientists. His books A Sting in the Tale (a Times and Guardian bestseller) and A Buzz in the Meadow, are the results of Goulson’s determination to ensure that his work is published in the ‘real world’ as well as scientific journals.  Both books celebrate the beauty and wonder of the natural world.  They also leave readers in no doubt that they reach the heart some of the most important issues of our times, namely farming, food production and the economy. We may see ourselves as predominantly an urban society but over 70% of the UK is farmland so the way in which land is managed has a major impact on us all.  Goulson’s research results showing the damage caused to the environment and food chains by a group of systemic insecticides has put him at odds with Governments and some of the world’s largest corporations.

    Pale Blue Dot is an art-science organisation collaborating with Dave Goulson to encourage debate between scientists, the food and farming industry and the public, to explore these issues and ask whether such independent research is too inconvenient for today’s business-backed policy makers.

    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 and Irregular Folk Presents: A Night in the Norrington Room with Laura Moody and Alabaster De Plume

    Friday, April 24th at 20:00 - 23:00
    In conjunction with Irregular Folk, we proudly present a night of music in the Norrington Room. Laura Moody is an astonishing musician and singer songwriter who played Irregular Folk's "Ode to the Cello" evening two years ago and floored everyone with a quite frankly mind bending performance. Her debut album was released late last year to great acclaim. Alabaster De Plume hails from Manchester and this will be his first ever Oxford gig. He soothes, amuses, jars and inspires all in one baffling bundle.

    Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening and will be supplied by Loose Cannon. Tickets are available to purchase from this link.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Matthew Caminer, Martyn Percy and Beaumont Stevenson - 'Curacies and how to survive them'

    Tuesday, April 28th at 19:00 - 20:00
    It is common knowledge that many curacies run into difficulties and that this is something people often feel constrained from discussing openly. Curacies and How to Survive Them offers readers the opportunity to listen in on a series of fast-flowing conversations between a psychologist, a theologian and a clergy spouse, which explore frequently occurring dilemmas and challenges.By highlighting issues that are not generally discussed, it will be immensely useful to people who might otherwise feel isolated and helpless. Tickets are FREE 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. For enquiries please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Everyday Sexism with Laura Bates at the Curtis Auditorium

    Thursday, April 30th at 17:30
    Laura Bates began an international movement with the launch of her Everyday Sexism project, with the aim of highlighting how millions of injustices, experienced daily by women across the world, build up into one intolerable whole. Now with over 80,000 individual testimonies, she is coming to Newcastle to explain the origins of the project and charts its findings – from ‘lad culture’ in education to workplace discrimination and sexual abuse – as well as its ongoing work with schools, universities, police forces and politicians, in the fight against sexism and prejudice.
    This is a free event and no pre-booking is required. Further information can be found at the Insights Public Lectures website.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: David Almond and Alison Light at the Culture Lab

    Thursday, April 30th at 19:15
    The Tightrope Walkers is David Almond’s second book for adults; he has won the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbreads and a Hans Christian Andersen award for his many children’s novels.
    Alison Light’s second book, Mrs Woolf and the Servants, won second prize at the Longman History Today Awards and was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Her most recent book, Common People: The History of an English Family, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.
    Tickets for this event are £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students and can be obtained from the Newcastle University Webstore.
  • Blackwell's Portsmouth-Shami Chakrabarti in discussion at St Johns College

    Wednesday, May 6th at 14:00
    6th May, 2pm, St Johns College, Free The director of Liberty, the British civil liberties advocacy organisation Shami Chakrabarti, comes to St Johns College to discuss today’s threats on our freedom. Touching on the issues raised in her new book On Liberty she will discuss why today more than ever, we need to defend our fundamental rights.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Kamila Shamsie in conversation with William Fiennes in the Percy Building, Newcastle University

    Thursday, May 14th at 19:15
    A God In Every Stone is Kamila Shamsie's sixth novel. Her previous novel, Burnt Shadows, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into more than 20 languages. She is a trustee of English PEN and Free Word, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London. Peter Carey in the Observer reviewed A God in Every Stone as ‘a work of art, as human as the feel of another’s hand’.
    Tickets for this event are £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students and can be obtained from the Newcastle University Webstore.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Finding Wonderland with Robert Douglas-Fairhurst at the Curtis Auditorium

    Tuesday, May 19th at 17:30
    Since its first publication 150 years ago, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has remained one of the most popular and influential children’s stories of all time. In this talk, drawing on his new book The Story of Alice, Professor Robert Douglas-Fairhurst revisits the other story that lies behind the narrative in Carroll’s book: his friendship with Alice  Liddell, the real girl he transformed into a fictional heroine, and the imaginary world they created together.
    This is a free event and no pre-booking is required. Further information can be found at the Insights Public Lectures website.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents Moving Pages: Monthly Film Book Club

    Thursday, May 21st at 18:30
    Love seeing your favourite books brought to life on the big screen? Dislike the way a director has changed the film to the book and want to talk about it?

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

    This event is free to attend! Simply register in advance by email at events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or by calling our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623 before the event. We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now!

    This month we will be reading the much loved 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green. The film took £3.4million in its opening weekend in the UK and the book sold 633,919 copies in the UK alone last year. Don't miss out on watching this beautiful film, bring a packet of tissues with you, it is a necessity!
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: The Poetry Cure: A celebration of the work of Julia Darling at the Clore Suite, Great North Museum

    Friday, May 29th at 18:00
    Presenting new poems commissioned in celebration of Julia Darling's work on poetry and health as well as selected works from Julia's own poetry collections. As Julia herself said, 'Poetry is essential, not a frill or a nicety. It's a powerful force, which can help us through the darkest times.' The evening will be led by Cynthia Fuller and Christy Ducker and includes the launch of the 2015 Flambard Poetry Prize.
    This event is free but ticketed; tickets are available from the Newcastle University Webstore.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Val McDermid and Jackie Kay at the Curtis Auditorium

    Thursday, June 4th at 19:15
    Join acclaimed writers Val McDermid and Jackie Kay as they discuss the short story. As Jackie Kay says, “I think the short story is perfect for our time, and perfect for people’s time. You can read a short story in your lunch hour or before you go to sleep and it’s a complete experience. You can carry the story around with you in your head and if you put it down in a large field it should still glow because of its intensity.”
    Tickets for this event are £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students and can be obtained from the Newcastle University Webstore.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents Moving Pages: Monthly Film Book Club

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

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

    This event is free to attend! All you have to do is register in advance by email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or by calling our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623 before the event. We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now!

    Join us as we discuss To Kill a Mockingbird and watch the award winning film, a month before the publication of Go Set A Watchman.