Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • Stand Magazine poetry launch

    Thursday, November 27th at 17:30 - 19:30
    • Blackwell’s Leeds is pleased to welcome Stand magazine for a launch of the latest issue.
     
    • Founded in 1952 with founding editor John Silkin’s redundancy money, its title expressed its aim: to stand against injustice and oppression, and for the role the arts, and fiction in particular, should play in that fight.
    • Run from the University of Leeds School of English, Stand has firmly established its position among the leading global publishers of fiction and criticism.
    • This is a free event and no tickets are required.
    • Doors open from 17:00. The event will begin at 17:30.
    • Books by the poets will be available on the night at exclusive discount prices.
    • Free customer car park.
     
    • Five readers featured in the latest issue will be reading from their work.
     
    • Lucy Burnett
    • was born and grew up in South West Scotland. Her first poetry collection, Leaf Graffiti, was published by Northern House / Carcanet in 2013. A hybrid novel is forthcoming with Knives Forks and Spoons Press. She currently works as Centre Director of Arvon Lumb Bank.
     
    • Hannah Copley
    • is finishing off a PhD in Contemporary British Poetry at the University of Leeds. Alongside her research she works as an Editorial Assistant at 'Stand', and is the current co-Editor of 'Poetry & Audience'. Hannah's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of publications and she is currently working towards her first full collection.
       
    • Ian Harker
    • was born and lives in Leeds. His work has appeared in Agenda, Other Poetry, The North, and Stand; and was featured in Versions of the North: Contemporary Yorkshire Poetry. He was shortlisted for the Bridport in 2014.
     
    • Helen Mort
    • lives in Sheffield and is a Cultural Fellow at the University of Leeds. Her collection Division Street was published in 2013 by Chatto & Windus and won the Fenton Aldeburgh prize for best first collection. At Leeds, she is working on a second collection of poems and a novel.
       
    • Ian Parks'
    • collections include Shell Island, The Landing Stage, Love Poems 1979-2009, and The Exile's House. He was writer in residence at Gladstone's Library in 2012 and Writing Fellow at De Montfort University, Leicester from 2012-2014. The Cavafy Variations was a Poetry Book Society Choice.
     
    • Tom Weir
    • was born in North Yorkshire in 1980. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. His poems have appeared in various journals and he was one of the poets featured in Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam. He was one of the winners of this year’s Templar IOTA shots competition and his pamphlet The Outsider was brought out in May. He is a founder member of AFC Wimbledon and eagerly awaits the call to become their first ever poet in residence!
  • PREVIOUSLY…
    SCOTLAND’S HISTORY FESTIVAL and
    BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...

    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

  • 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.
  • 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.

    This event has been POSTPONED. We will update our events page as soon as a date has been confirmed. We apologise for any inconvenience. 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
    Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.
  • 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          
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    HUGH CORNWELL – Arnold Drive

    Saturday, November 29th at 14:00 - 15:30
    Date: Saturday 29th of November
    Time: 14:00 – 15:30
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    We are delighted to announce Hugh Cornwell will be in store with us to talk about his second novel 'Arnold Drive' and he will be signing books for fans afterwards.

    Can a man keep his faith when he’s lost his way?

    Nothing much has ever happened to Reverend Arnold Drive, the meekly quiet vicar of St Tobias’s. Feeling safe only within the walls of his church and the gentle rules of his faith, Arnold is ironically a man utterly without drive; a man content that nothing much ever happens.

    Nothing, that is, until the day his church is sold off to property developers. Ejected from his church and his home, Arnold is thrust out into the modern world - a world for which he is utterly ill-equipped.

    Suddenly, life presents Arnold with a series of moral dilemmas that test his faith, his judgement and his understanding of human nature. His first experience of love and sex, a surprise confession of murder, a suicide, the prospect of unexpected wealth, the discovery of a hidden family history, all cause Arnold to reassess the certainties he has taken for granted. Then, a near-fatal car accident forces him to face up to the fragility of sanity and of life itself...

    Arnold Drive is the story of a man's journey from innocence to experience where he discovers his moral compass isn't always pointing the right way.

    Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK’s finest songwriting talents and most accomplished live performers. The original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in The Stranglers, Hugh has had 10 hit albums and 21 Top 40 singles, including No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sunand Duchess. His latest solo album Totem and Taboo was released to rave reviews.

    On the same day we have our event Hugh will be performing with Hazel O'Connor at the Liquid Rooms. Doors 7pm and tickets can be bought from Tickets Scotland (0131 220 3234) or Ripping Records (0131 226 7010).

    Please note: Hugh will not sign any Stranglers or music memorabilia unless a copy of Arnold Drive has been purchased.

    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 Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, December 1st at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 1st of December
    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 Oxford Presents: The Fat Boy with the Bomb Book Launch

    Tuesday, December 2nd at 19:00 - 20:00
    This first attempt to catalogue the world’s craziest politicians contains 300 caricatures and profiles drawn from every corner of the globe and representing every shade of the political spectrum. The extent of their lunacy ranges from the endearingly eccentric to the pathologically insane.

    Join us for the launch celebration event for a chance to meet the author Brian O'Connell and illustrator Norm Chung. As this is a launch event there will be a brief talk about the book during the event.

    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 For enquiries email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...NIKKI WELCH'S POCKET GUIDE TO WINE

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

    Get a small taste of Nikki Welch's new book A Pocket Guide to Wine.

    Learning about wine can be a daunting task. With terms like assemblage, batonnage and cuvee; ullage, terroir and vielles vignes, it’s not surprising that many people are put off and simply reach for the nearest bottle of red or white in the supermarket aisle.p> This is the perfect, concise guide for anyone who loves wine but wants to find out more. Arranged in an easy-to-use format in which different types of wine are shown schematically on a map like the London Underground, the reader can see at a glance the salient features of hundreds of different wines and how they relate to each other in terms of taste. A unique and original tool to navigate the complex world of wine, The Pocket Guide to Wine enables wine lovers to find out more about the wines they already like and to make informed choices as they explore further.

    Nikki Welch spent ten years selling and marketing wine for a number of wine producers and major supermarkets. She now owns Convivium Wine (www.conviviumwine.co.uk), organizes events for the public and for wine companies, trains staff, writes about wine and acts as a consultant for wine businesses, helping them understand what wine drinkers really want.

    This event includes the tasting of two wines.

    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: Matchbook Stories Issue 2

    Wednesday, December 3rd at 19:00 - 20:00
    Matchbook Stories is a literary magazine in matchbox form. Each Issue collects for different tiny stories (each its own matchbook) in prose or poetry form. Matchbook Stories: Issue Two brings together three brilliant new authors creating a new collection of stories and poems. The authors featured in this collection include Erik Boman, Pat Cash and Marc Cinanni. Blackwell's is honoured to be able to launch the second volume of this wonderful new series.

    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: Booker Prize Foundation One Book Challenge: Tan Twan Eng at the Curtis Auditorium

    Wednesday, December 3rd at 19:00
    From Tan Twan Eng, acclaimed writer of The Gift of Rain, The Garden of Evening Mists has the same sumptuous style and exotic imagery so beloved by readers and critics alike. It explores the universal themes of memory, hatred and forgiveness and reveals Malaysia’s turbulent road to independence: a time of insurrection, uncertainty and terror. Tan Twan Eng was born in Penang, Malaysia. He worked as an Intellectual Property lawyer before resigning from his position to write his novel, The Gift of Rain. He divides his time between Kuala Lumpur and Cape Town. This event is the culmination of the ‘One Book’ reading challenge designed to encourage students to appreciate and engage with the very best contemporary literary fiction, regardless of their chosen field of study. It is the fifth year that Newcastle University has run this project in conjunction with The Booker Prize Foundation. Tickets for this event are priced at £6/£4 (concessions) but are free to Newcastle University students (booking essential). To purchase a ticket please see further information at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.
  • 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.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Christmas Family Day

    Saturday, December 6th at 11:00 - 16:00
    A day not to be missed, join us on Saturday 6th December for our annual Christmas family day. There will be seasonal music, Christmas crafts and festive games for all the family. This year our theme is the Snow Queen, where there will be Snow Queen crafts & activities, face painting, balloon modelling, story telling, music and games. This is a FREE event. All are welcome.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: John Lydon in conversation with David Freeman

    Monday, December 8th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are thrilled to be welcoming John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten to Oxford and for an evening discussion at the prestgious Sheldonian Theatre. John will be discussing his autobiography, 'Anger is an Energy' with David Freeman. This will be the very last time that John appears in public to discuss his book before rejoining PiL for an upcoming tour. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols - the world's most notorious band, who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with singles such as 'Anarchy in the UK' and 'God Save the Queen'. So revolutionary was his influence, he was even discussed in the Houses of Parliament, under the Traitors and Treasons Act, which still carries the death penalty. Via his music and invective he spearheaded a generation of young people across the world who were clamouring for change - and found it in the style and attitude of this most unlikely figurehead. With his next band, Public Image Ltd (PiL) Lydon expressed an equally urgent impulse in his make-up - the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978 he set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive in the 2010s.

    We are offering 2 tickets buying options for this event. Option 1 costs £20 and gets you entry to the event and a pre-signed copy of 'Anger is an Energy'. Option 2 costs just £5 and is a general, unallocated seating ticket for the event. This event will NOT be followed by a public signing, pre-signed copies of John's book will be available ONLY at the event on the evening for £20. Tickets can be purchased by either visiting the customer service desk in the Norrington Room of Blackwell's, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, We can take payment for tickets over the phone by calling 01865 333623. We are unable to reserve tickets or take orders online.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: A Little Bit Autistic? - Uta Frith at the Curtis Auditorium

    Tuesday, December 9th at 17:30
    Autism is an umbrella term acknowledging many different forms of the condition, but they have in common profound difficulties in social communication. This is due to a failure of ‘mentalising’, a recently discovered social sense. However, some autistic individuals show excellent compensation and can cope surprisingly well with social interactions. Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London, will give this free talk at the Curtis Auditorium. Part of Newcastle University's Insights Public Lectures series.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS... JOHN LEWIS-STEMPEL: WAR BEHIND THE WIRE

    Tuesday, December 9th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 9th December
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    The last untold story of the First World War: the fortunes and fates of 170,000 British soldiers captured by the enemy.

    On capture, British officers and men were routinely told by the Germans 'For you the war is over'. Nothing could be further from the truth. British Prisoners of War merely exchanged one barbed-wire battleground for another. In the camps the war was eternal. There was the war against the German military, fought with everything from taunting humour to outright sabotage, with a literal spanner put in the works of the factories and salt mines prisoners were forced to slave in. British PoWs also fought a valiant war against the conditions in which they were mired. They battled starvation, disease, Prussian cruelties, boredom, and their own inner demons. And, of course, they escaped. Then escaped again. No less than 29 officers at Holzminden camp in 1918 burrowed their way out via a tunnel (dug with a chisel and trowel) in the Great Escape of the Great War.

    It was war with heart-breaking consequences: more than 12,000 PoWs died, many of them murdered, to be buried in shallow unmarked graves. Using contemporary records - from prisoners' diaries to letters home to poetry - John Lewis-Stempel reveals the death, life and, above all, the glory of Britain's warriors behind the wire. For it was in the PoW camps, far from the blasted trenches, that the true spirit of the Tommy was exemplified.

    John Lewis-Stempel is a historian and author who has written on a variety of subjects from the Native Americans to his experiences of fatherhood, but who is predominantly known for his work as a military historian and nature lover. His most recent books include Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field and Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War

    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 Newcastle: Crime and Punishment in Roman Britain: Lindsay Allason-Jones at the Curtis Auditorium

    Thursday, December 11th at 17:30
    The traditional view of the Roman Empire is that the Romans brought peace to the provinces under their control and that everyone prospered under Roman law. This is not, however, entirely accurate. In this lecture, Lindsay Allason-Jones examines archaeological and written evidence for crime in Roman Britain, what people did to avoid becoming a victim and how the perpetrators were punished. This is a free event; part of Newcastle University's Insights Public Lectures series.
  • 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 EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Ian Rankin – The Beat Goes On

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

    This event is now SOLD OUT. There may be standing room on the night, but we cannot guarantee it.

    Scotland's most celebrated crime author, Ian Rankin, joins us to talk about his latest Rebus short story collection, The Beat Goes On. He will also be signing copies.

    There is no detective like D.I. Rebus. Brilliant, irascible and endlessly frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, he has made the dark places of Edinburgh his comfort and his home for over two decades. From his beginnings as a young Detective Constable in 'Dead and Buried', right up to his dramatic - but as it turns out, not quite final - retirement in 'The Very Last Drop', we see one of the most compelling, brilliant and mesmeric characters of modern times in his every guise and very much in his element.

    Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible portfolio of short stories featuring his curmudgeonly hero John Rebus. Published in crime magazines, composed for events, broadcast on radio, they all share the best qualities of his phenomenally popular novels. These stories are brought together for the first time in THE BEAT GOES ON which also contains two brand new stories The Passenger and A Three-Pint Problem, plus an essay by Rankin on his creation. The 29 stories unfold chronologically; we follow a younger, energetic Rebus as he grows into the more world-weary, cynical character of the latest novels.

    This is the ultimate Ian Rankin treasure trove - a must-have book for aficionados and crime lovers as well as a superb introduction from anyone looking to experience DI John Rebus, and the dark and twist-filled crimes he has to investigate, for the very first time.

    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 Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, December 14th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 14th of December
    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 Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar.

    About the book...
    I was sent here because of a boy. His name was Reeve Maxfield, and I loved him and then he died, and almost a year passed and no one knew what to do with me. A group of emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers gather at a therapeutic boarding school where they are mysteriously picked for 'Special Topics in English'. Here, they are tasked with studying Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and keeping a journal. Each time the teens write in their diaries they are transported to a miraculous other world called Belzhar, a world where they are no longer haunted by their trauma and grief - and each begins to tell their own 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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    CHILDREN’S BOOKGROUP

    Monday, December 15th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Monday 15th of December
    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 Susan Cooper’s Over Sea Under Stone

    What is the book about?
    On holiday in Cornwall, Simon, Jane and Barney Drew discover an ancient map in the attic of the Grey House, where they are staying with their mysterious Great-Uncle Merry. They know immediately that it is special. But it is much more than just a map. It is the start of a quest to find a grail, a source of great power that could contain - or resurrect - the powerful, age-old forces of evil in the world. And the Drews are not the only ones searching for it.

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

  • THE BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    ADULT BOOK GROUP

    Monday, December 15th at 18:00 - 20:00
    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: John Irving's The Cider House Rules.

    What is the book about?

    Set among the apple orchards of rural Maine, it is a peverse world in which Homer Wells' odyssey begins. As the oldest unadopted offspring at St Cloud's orphanage, he learns about the skills which, one way or another, help young and not-so-young women, from Wilbur Larch, the orphanage's founder -- a man of rare compassion and an addiction to ether.Dr Larch loves all his orphans, especically Homer Wells. It is Homer's story we follow, from his early apprenticeship in the orphanage surgery, to his adult life running a cider-making factory and his strange relationship with the wife of his closest friend.

    Future meetings...
    On Monday 19th of January we are discussing Donna Tartt's The Secret History.

    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: An Evening with Dame Vivienne Westwood at The Divinity School with Lorna Tucker

    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. Dame Vivienne will be discussing her new autobiography with film maker and actress, Lorna Tucker.

    This event has now SOLD OUT. 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 EDINBURGH PRESENTS... PETER RANSCOMBE: HARE

    Wednesday, December 17th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 17th December
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of Peter Ranscombe's debut novel Hare.

    When William Burke was hanged in Edinburgh for mass murder in 1829, his accomplice, William Hare, was set free after turning king's evidence against his partner-in-crime. Fleeing from a potential lynching in the Scottish capital, Hare headed for London, where rumours spread of his death in a lime pit at the hands of an angry mob..

    Thirty-four years later, a series of murders in Boston terrifies the public and thrusts the city's police force into a desperate search for the killer. When Hare is found working as a labourer on Boston's latest canal-building project, Captain Alexander Gillespie believes he has his man, the same murderer he chased through the streets of Edinburgh during his first year with the police..

    But as the slayings continue, Gillespie must turn Hare loose and use the mind of one killer to catch another. From the oak-panelled studies of Massachusetts's universities to the grimy underworld of the city's docks, Gillespie and Hare must pursue a shadowy villain before he strikes again. Against the backdrop of the American Civil War, their search leads them closer to the killer and into the heart of a desperate plot that could threaten the very future of the United States itself. .

    Peter Ranscombe was a journalist with The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday newspapers in Edinburgh, before moving to Scottish Field magazine. He is now a freelance journalist. Born and raised in Nairn in the Highlands of Scotland, he gained a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of St Andrews and then a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University. As a young writer, he won awards for his poetry and short stories, with his work being published in various anthologies. Fiction was always his first love, and Hare is his first novel..

    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.

  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Brian Aldiss - 'Jocasta'

    Wednesday, December 17th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Legendary Science-Fiction author Brian Aldiss will be joining us for the second year running to celebrate the re-release of his mythological novel,  'Jocasta'. In 'Jocasta', Aldiss brings vividly to life the ancient world of dreaming Thebes: a world of sun-drenched landscapes, golden dust, sphynxes, Furies, hermaphroditic philosophers, ghostly apparitions and ambivalent gods. Jocasta is also a strikingly effective contemplation of an older world order where the human mind is still struggling to understand itself and the nature of the world around it. 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: Boris Johnson signing copies of 'The Churchill Factor'

    Saturday, December 20th at 12:30 - 14:00
    Out of ideas for that very special Christmas present? How about a book signed by Boris Johnson? Just a few days before Christmas and we will be welcoming Boris Johnson into the Norrington Room of Blackwell's to sign copies of his book 'The Churchill Factor'. This is a wonderful opportunity to get up close to the mayor of London and walk away with a very special signed edition of his wonderful book.

    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: Richard Adams afternoon signing

    Saturday, December 20th at 15:00 - 16:00
    We are honoured to be welcoming a legend of literature into Blackwell's. Richard Adams, the author of the beloved children's story 'Watership Down' will be with us to sign copies of stunning new editions of both 'Watership Down' and 'Shardik' published by Oneworld publications. These beautiful new hardcover books include wonderful full colour illustrations and are the ideal Christmas gift. Richard will be signing on the second floor of our shop from 3pm - 4pm. This is FREE to attend and will be extremely popular so please arrive early to avoid missing out! For enquiries please call 01865 333623.
  • 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
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Samantha Shannon in conversation with Andy Serkis

    Saturday, January 31st at 15:00 - 16:00
    To celebrate the publication of 'The Mime Order', Samantha Shannon's follow up to 'The Bone Season', We will be hosting a very special afternoon event at the Sheldonian Theatre. Joining Samantha to discuss her books and the wonderful world that she has created will be Andy Serkis, best known for his acting roles as Gollum, King Kong and Caesar from 'Planet of the Apes'. Andy is also the founder of Imaginarium Studios which has purchased the rights to Samatha's 'The Bone Season'.

    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 Oxford Presents: Karim Miske in conversation with Tariq Ali

    Monday, February 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be welcoming author Karim Miske to Blackwell's to discuss his debut novel with Tariq Ali. Kosher sushi, kebabs, a second hand bookshop and a bar: the 19th arrondissement in Paris is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood where multicultural citizens live, love and worship alongside one another. This peace is shattered when Ahmed Taroudant's melancholy daydreams are interrupted by the blood dripping from his upstairs neighbour's brutally mutilated corpse. The violent murder of Laura Vignole, and the pork joint placed next to her, set imaginations ablaze across the neighborhood, and Ahmed finds himself the prime suspect. Karim Miske demonstrates a masterful control of setting, as he moves seamlessly between the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of New York to reveal the truth behind a horrifying crime. Tariq Ali is a British Pakistani writer, journalist, and filmmaker.  He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.

    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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