Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • 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 and Jonathan Cavendish

    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, along with director Jonathan Cavendish the founder of Imaginarium Studios which has purchased the rights to Samatha's 'The Bone Season'. Chairing the afternoon's discussion will be Oxford film-maker Victor Glynn. Victor currently works at Blackwell's on Broad Street.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
  • Oxford Inspired by Blake Festival: Waiting for Robert

    Saturday, January 31st at 19:00 - 20:00
    London, 1827. Poet and engraver William Blake is supposed to be working on an urgent commission for his friend and patron John Hayley. But William is being stalked by the spectre of a terrifying Flea and he knows that only his dead brother, Robert, can save him. As his marriage is put to the test, and his friendship with John sinks into bitter recriminations, William is forced to question both his sanity and the merit of the artistic work that has sustained him throughout the years.

    Luke Welch’s Waiting for Robert is a powerful exploration of human creativity and a love that abides all things.

    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. For enquiries please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    Brought to you by Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Ashmolean Museum, 'Inspired by Blake' is a  two-week William Blake Festival celebrating the magnificent and visionary painter, poet, thinker and icon.  For information about the festival, including a full events listing, please visit the Inspired by Blake website. #inspiredbyblake
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, February 2nd at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 2nd of February 2015
    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 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • Oxford Group 2012 Presents: A Brief Introduction to Novel Writing

    Monday, February 2nd at 19:00 - 21:00
    Richard Skinner, Director of the Fiction Programme at the Faber Academy and a tutor on its six-month ‘Writing a Novel’ course, will be running a two-hour workshop from 7pm to 9pm on Monday 2nd February at Blackwell’s Bookshop.

    This workshop will involve two long exercises, one on plotting and one on point of view, both of which should shed light on these issues for those who have embarked, or are about to embark, on a long piece of fiction.

    Richard Skinner is the author of three novels, all published by Faber & Faber. The Red Dancer has been translated into seven languages. The Mirror consists of two short novels, The Mirror and The Velvet Gentleman. A translation of The Velvet Gentleman was shortlisted in France for the Prix Livres & Musiques. He has also written a writer’s handbook entitled Fiction Writing. His poems have been published in various magazines including Faber & Faber’s First Pressings, Staple, Brand and Magma. For many years, Richard was an Associate Tutor at Goldsmiths College, London, where he taught on the MA Creative & Life Writing. For more information, please visit Richard’s website: http://richardskinner.weebly.com

    There are 20 places on this workshop, and the cost is £15. Please email oxford@blackwell.co.uk or telephone 01865 333636 if you would like to register.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: The Rise of Islamic State with Patrick Cockburn at the Curtis Auditorium

    Tuesday, February 3rd at 17:30
    How did the Islamic State come to exist and what can be done about it?
    The creation of the Islamic State is one of the most important developments in the Middle East for half a century. It has spread religious hate and civil war in a region destabilised by internal strife and foreign intervention. Patrick Cockburn is one of the most respected journalists on the subject and has reported from the region for over 30 years. In this talk and in his new book he asks: what can be done to stop it? Copies of The Rise of Islamic State will be on sale at the reduced price of £8.00.
    This is a free event and no pre-booking is required. Further information can be found at the Insights Public Lectures website.
  • Book Launch: Education and International Development

    Wednesday, February 4th at 17:15 - 19:00
    Blackwell's IOE will be selling copies of Education and International Development: An Introduction at the book's official launch event, with the IOE-based authors Dr Tristan McCowan and Professor Elaine Unterhalter. The book will be available on the night at the special launch price of £22.49 - 10% off the RRP. The launch will take place in room 708 of the IOE. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Book Launch: Understanding the School Curriculum by Alex Moore

    Thursday, February 5th at 17:00 - 20:00
    Blackwell's at the UCL Institute of Education are delighted to be hosting the launch for Professor Alex Moore's latest book, Understanding the School Curriculum. Having spent eighteen years as a secondary school teacher and ten years in initial teacher education, three of Moore's main areas of interest are in the learning and experiences of beginning teachers; teachers' work; and young people's experiences of schooling. For the last eight years, he has developed more specific interests in curriculum studies - in particular, the nature and effects of cultural bias in school curricula - and education for citizenship. Understanding the School Curriculum will be for sale at the special launch price of £22.50, along with a selection of Professor Moore's other works, also at exclusive reduced prices.The informal event will take place in and around Blackwell's bookshop on Level 3. Light refreshments will be on offer, plus a chance to browse the shop. We look forward to seeing you all there!    
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Hall of Mirrors: the Great Depression and the Great Recession with Barry Eichengreen at the Curtis Auditorium

    Thursday, February 5th at 17:30
    Barry Eichengreen is one of the world’s leading economic historians and author of new book Hall of Mirrors. He will discuss how popular understanding of the Great Depression of the 1930s shaped the international response to the Great Recession of the 2010s – and how the experience of the Great Recession will change our understanding of the Great Depression. Copies of Hall of Mirrors will be on sale at the reduced price of £16.00.
    This is a free event and no pre-booking is required. Further information can be found at the Insights Public Lectures website.
  • Sabby Sagall

    Thursday, February 5th at 18:00 - 19:30
    In Costa Coffee, Blackwell's. Free event, no tickets required! Final Solutions offers a ground-breaking and genuinely unique analysis of modern genocide. Sabby Sagall draws on the insights of the Frankfurt school and Wilhelm Reich to create an innovative combination of Marxism and psychoanalysis. He argues that genocide is a product of an 'irrational' destructiveness by social classes or communities that have suffered major historical defeats or similar forms of extreme stress. Sagall shows how the denial of human needs and the ensuing feelings of isolation and powerlessness propel groups to project their impotent rage, hatred and destructiveness engendered by these defeats on to the 'outsider' and the 'other'. The book applies this theoretical framework to four modern genocides - that of the Native Americans, the Armenians, the Jews and the Rwandan Tutsis. This is a truly pioneering contribution which adds to our understanding of some of the darkest hours of humanity - and how we can stop them from happening again.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: New Mindsets for New Times by Maurice Duffy: meet the author

    Thursday, February 5th at 18:00
    Come along to Blackwell's Newcastle to meet Maurice Duffy, author of New Mindsets for New Times. Duffy is a well-respected consultant on business transformation, and his book distills down years of experience into an accessible read on how to change your mindset and make the best of every opportunity.
    This is a free event and there is no need to book.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Harry Potter Book Night

    Thursday, February 5th at 18:30 - 20:30
    On Thursday 5th February from 6:30-8:30pm we are joining 5,000 communities around the world to be part of the official Harry Potter Book Night. We will be hosting an evening of magical games, activities and readings in celebration of the worlds favourite wizard.

    • Enter on Platform 9 3/4
    • Let the sorting hat declare your house
    • Make a balloon owl
    • Hunt the Snitch
    • Visit the potions desk
    • Play Quidditch
    • Let your want pick you


    A perfect evening for Harry Potter fans of all ages, to celebrate one of the worlds most loved stories. This event is free to attend, please sign up by visiting the Children's department desk or by emailing childrens@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    OWEN DUDLEY EDWARDS

    Thursday, February 5th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 5th February
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the launch of the new book by Owen Dudley Edwards -
    How David Cameron Saved Scotland

    David Cameron was Prime Minister throughout the campaign for Scottish Independence. People thought if the Scots voted YES for Independence that he may lose his job. But Scotland voted NO, so where does that leave him?

    As leader of the Unionist campaign, it is sensible to ask ourselves how he won the victory. One method might be to write and ask Mr Cameron how he did it. But, as Prime Minister, he may be too busy to reply, so Owen Dudley Edwards has helpfully written to inform Mr Cameron how he did it, sometimes telling him things he may not know or has only dimly guessed.

    How David Cameron Saved Scotland explains to Mr Cameron what the wilder psychiatric shores of Premiership involve, whether he knows it or not, what sort of people he recruited to gain his victory and whether they knew they were recruits, what his opponents were like and why they opposed him, how Scotland reversed the UK fall in voter interest and involvement, and why. It works out how far the victory was won on the playing fields of Eton, and how the generalissimo's lieutenants in all three major Unionist parties did what he wanted.

    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 here.

    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
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, February 8th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 8th of February
    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 Alex Bell's Frozen Charlotte.

    About the book...
    Following the sudden death of her best friend, Sophie hopes that spending the summer with family on a remote Scottish island will be just what she needs. But the old schoolhouse, with its tragic history, is anything but an escape. History is about to repeat itself. And Sophie is in terrible danger...

    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 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
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    DOUG JOHNSTONE & HELEN FITZGERALD

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

    Blackwell's Bookshop is delighted to welcome two of our favourite crime authors, Helen Fitzgerald and Doug Johnstone.

    Born down under but happily settled in Glasgow, Helen FitzGerald is the bestselling author of Dead Lovely (2007) and nine other adult and young adult thrillers, including My Last Confession (2009), The Donor (2011) and The Cry (2013), which was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

    Her new novel, The Exit, tells the story of 23-year-old Catherine. Catherine is mainly interested in Facebook and flirting, but she reluctantly takes a job at a local care home after her mother puts her foot down - and soon discovers that her new workplace contains many secrets. One of the residents at the home, 82-year-old Rose, is convinced that something sinister is going on in Room 7 and that her own life is under threat. But Rose has dementia - so what does she actually know, and who would believe her anyway? As Catherine starts investigating Rose's allegations, terrible revelations surface about everyone involved. Can Catherine find out what's really going on before it's too late?

    Edinburgh-based Doug Johnstone is the author of five novels, including Smokeheads, Hit & Run and the acclaimed Gone Again. He is also a freelance journalist, a songwriter and musician, and has a PhD in nuclear physics.

    His latest novel, The Dead Beat, introduces us to Martha. It's the first day of her new job as intern at Edinburgh's The Standard. But all's not well at the ailing newspaper, and Martha is carrying some serious baggage of her own. Put straight onto the obituary page, she takes a call from a former employee who seems to commit suicide while on the phone, something which echoes with her own troubled past. Setting in motion a frantic race around modern-day Edinburgh,The Dead Beat traces Martha's desperate search for answers to the dark mystery of her parents' past.

    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 here

    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: Wolf Hall: Peter Straughan and John Yorke at the Culture Lab

    Wednesday, February 11th at 19:30
    Coinciding with the broadcasts of the BBC2 serialisation of Wolf Hall, join writer Peter Straughan and Managing Director of Company Pictures, and author, John Yorke, as they discuss the challenges of bringing the Booker Prize-winning series of books by Hilary Mantel to the screen. Hilary Mantel has described the series as exceeding expectations, “It’s illuminating, exciting, yet also curious, to see how my imagination matched theirs.”
    Tickets for this event are £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students and can be obtained from the Newcastle University Webstore.
    **Please note date change for this event - it was originally scheduled for the 20th of February.**
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Final Solutions by Sabby Sagall

    Thursday, February 12th at 18:30
    To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Blackwell's Newcastle hosts author Sabby Sagall discussing his book Final Solutions, a groundbreaking look at the Holocaust and other genocides throughout history. Both an explanation and a warning, Sagall's book is not the kind that ought to be ignored.
    This is a free event and no pre-booking is required. Copies of Final Solutions will be on sale at the reduced price of £15.00.
  • The Oldest Light in the Universe

    Thursday, February 12th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Roberto Trotta will be discussing light, specifically the echos of the Big Bang, in this lecture on the universe. As a further challenge to himself, he will be doing it only using the 1,000 most common words in the English language. We will be selling his book, The Edge of the Sky which has the same limitations on its vocabulary, after the event. Tickets are still available for this event at the Royal Institution and can be purchased here.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: H is for Hawk: Helen Macdonald in conversation with William Fiennes in the Percy Building, Newcastle University

    Thursday, February 12th at 19:15
    A poet, historian, naturalist, illustrator and Cambridge academic, Helen Macdonald’s extraordinary memoir – a lyrical depiction of the relationship between human and wild falcon – told in H is for Hawk, is one that was deeply personal to Macdonald, and it took her almost seven years to put it on to paper.
    Hawk won the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, with judge Claire Tomalin describing it as “an extraordinary book that displayed an originality and a poetic power. None of us on the panel were either naturalists or wildlife enthusiasts but this book just took hold of us”.
    Tickets for this event are £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students and can be obtained from the Newcastle University Webstore.
  • The Death House - Launch

    Friday, February 13th at 18:00
    The wonderful Sarah Pinborough will be in the shop launching her brand new book The Death House.

    “A bleak but compulsive tale…The Death House could be her finest novel yet” The Big Issue.

    As a staple in our old Charing Cross branch, we are thrilled to be joined by Sarah again, and hope to see many of you there for tipple and cake. Don't let Friday 13th keep you at home!
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    ADULT BOOK GROUP

    Monday, February 16th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Monday 16th February
    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 Eleanor Updale'sThe Last Minute.

    What is the book about?

    9.21am: business as usual on a high street in England. 9.22am: the explosions are heard for miles around, and in the early confusion there is talk of a gas leak, a plane crash, and even terrorism... The people of Heathwick had been preparing for Christmas unaware that many would die, and the rest would be transformed for ever.

    Future meetings...
    In March we are reading Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons and our book for April is Andrew Greig's At the Loch of the Green Corrie.

    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 Moving Pages: Monthly Film Book Club

    Thursday, February 19th at 18:30 - 21:00
    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?

    We are launching a new film book club, where we discuss the good, the bad and the ugly side of book film adaptations. Each month a book will be chosen that has been adapted into a film, members then 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!
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    SAMANTHA SHANNON - The Mime Order

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

    We are delighted to welcome novelist Samantha Shannon as she talks about The Mime Order, the follow-up to her debut novel The Bone Season, a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller in 2013.

    Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...

    As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided..

    About the Author...
    Samantha Shannon was born in west London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen and studied English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 2012 she signed a seven-book deal with Bloomsbury, the publisher of Harry Potter, and was immediately dubbed the new JK Rowling.

    This event will be chaired by Stuart Kelly.

    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 here

    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

  • Jewish Book Week 2015

    Saturday, February 21st at 20:00 TO Sunday, March 1st at 21:00
    Once again Blackwell's will be part of Jewish Book Week 2015, a full week of events, talks, and art installations taking place at King's Place and the Jewish Museum. We will be running a bookshop out of King's Place with speakers books, plus titles on fiction, history, cookery, biography and much more. Tickets are available for all events here.
  • Quantum Biology: Does Life Depend on Quantum Mechanics?

    Tuesday, February 24th at 19:00 - 20:30
    In the second quantum mechanics discussion curated by Jim Al-Khalili, Johnjoe McFadden and Hans Westerhoff will be discussing the significance of quantum mechanics to biology and to our world. We will be selling Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili's co-authored book Life on the Edge after the event. Tickets are still available at the Royal Institution and can be booked here.
  • Kersten Hall,

    Thursday, February 26th at 18:00 - 19:30
    In Costa Coffee, Blackwell's. Free event, no tickets required! Sir Isaac Newton once declared that his momentous discoveries were only made thanks to having 'stood on the shoulders of giants'. The same might also be said of the scientists James Watson and Francis Crick. Their discovery of the structure of DNA was, without doubt, one of the biggest scientific landmarks in history and, thanks largely to the success of Watson's best-selling memoir 'The Double Helix', there might seem to be little new to say about this story. But much remains to be said about the particular 'giants' on whose shoulders Watson and Crick stood. Of these, the crystallographer Rosalind Franklin, whose famous X-ray diffraction photograph known as 'Photo 51' provided Watson and Crick with a vital clue, is now well recognised. Far less well known is the physicist William T. Astbury who, working at Leeds in the 1930s on the structure of wool for the local textile industry, pioneered the use of X-ray crystallography to study biological fibres. In so doing, he not only made the very first studies of the structure of DNA culminating in a photo almost identical to Franklin's 'Photo 51', but also founded the new science of 'molecular biology'. Yet whilst Watson and Crick won the Nobel Prize, Astbury has largely been forgotten. The Man in the Monkeynut Coat tells the story of this neglected pioneer, showing not only how it was thanks to him that Watson and Crick were not left empty-handed, but also how his ideas transformed biology leaving a legacy which is still felt today.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Susie Campbell launching The Bitters

    Thursday, February 26th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Susie Campbell has a particular interest in prose poems and collage poems. Her work has appeared in journals such as Smiths Knoll, Shearsman, Envoi and Domestic Cherry. She recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at Oxford University. In 2013, she was awarded the inaugural F. H Pasby prize for the student who receives the highest mark on the course for a collection of poems that went on to form the basis of THE BITTERS. She is currently currently working on my first novel Burntwood which is set in an Edwardian Mental Asylum and takes further the Casebook stories which appear in THE BITTERS. Susie will be reading a selection of poems from THE BITTERS alongside a few of Oxford's best local poets. This a FREE event to attend. Please RSVP by emailing events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or by collecting a free ticket in store.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Debbie Taylor and Emily Woof at the Culture Lab

    Thursday, February 26th at 19:15
    Emily Woof’s The Lightning Tree is a lyrical and funny novel about love when life gets in the way. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Emily Woof has written for stage, film and radio. Her first novel, The Whole Wide Beauty, was published to great acclaim in 2010.
    Debbie Taylor is an editor, novelist and journalist; author of Herring Girl and founder of Mslexia, the magazine for women writers.
    Tickets for this event are £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students and can be obtained from the Newcastle University Webstore.
  • London Festival of Education 2015

    Saturday, February 28th at 00:00
    Blackwell’s IOE are delighted to be the festival bookshop for the London Festival of Education 2015, on 28th February at the Institute of Education. We will be based both inside the conference centre, and at our bricks and mortar shop on Level 3 of the IOE, adjacent to reception and Costa coffee. See here for news about the Festival, including registration information, speaker announcements and the full programme. There will be a range of sessions available for Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education and Adult Learning. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Teri Terry Book Signing- Mind Games

    Saturday, February 28th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Author of the bestselling teen fiction Slated Trilogy series, Teri Terry, will be signing copies of her new book Mind Games on Saturday 28th February at 2pm. Don't miss out on your chance to meet Teri and purchase a special signed copy of her book.

    Mind Games In a future world, life is tightly controlled by the all-powerful PareCo. Standing out from the crowd is dangerous so misfit Luna hides her secrets carefully, not realising her own power. Unlike her friends and family, Luna has never been able to plug into Realtime, PareCo's virtual world, where almost everyone now lives their lives. So how do PareCo know about Luna, and why do they want her for their elite think tank?
  • "If it's Not Impossible" - Barbara Winton

    Monday, March 2nd at 20:00 - 22:00
    A no tickets required, free event. Part of Jewish Book Week. On Monday 2nd March at 8pm, under the auspices of the Leeds Jewish Historical Society, Barbara Winton will speak about If It's Not Impossible.. The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton at the UHC Synagogue 151 Shadwell Lane, Leeds LS17 8DW. "There are around 6000 people in the world today who owe their lives to Nicholas Winton. They are the descendants of a group of refugee children rescued by him from the Nazi threat in 1939. Some of them know of his existence and the part he played in their history, many others do not. It was a short event in his life but a critical one for those whose lives were saved. For him that intervention was over in a flash and other adventures supplanted it. Only much later did this episode re-emerge in his life and ever since has brought him visitors from all over the world anxious to learn his story. This book lays out that story in detail, exploring the motivation and early experiences that led to him acting to save young lives, while others looked the other way. His motto "If something is not impossible, then there must be a way to do it" led him to follow his own convictions and undertake an operation others had dismissed as unnecessary or too difficult. His life thereafter was full of exploits stimulated by similar motivation which, though not so consequential, remain testimony to his character. But what was his motivation? How had his life and background led to him being ready, willing and able to conduct a successful rescue operation of 669 children from Czechoslovakia at the age of 29? His daughter has painstakingly sifted through her father's papers and talked to family and friends to construct a detailed account of his whole life. It explores the influences on his character as well as the historical events he was caught up in. Taken from his historical letters and writings, Winton's own words are introduced to convey the atmosphere of many of his diverse experiences."
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Next Generation Poets - Hannah Lowe and Alan Gillis at the Culture Lab

    Tuesday, March 3rd at 19:15
    Come to the Culture Lab for an evening of poetry celebrating the Next Generation featuring performances from Hannah Lowe and Alan Gillis from the Next Generation Poets 2014, and special guests Bill Herbert and Jake Campbell.
    Hannah Lowe’s debut collection Chick was shortlisted for the Forward and Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prizes and the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry. Her family memoir, Long Time, No See, will be published in April 2015.
    Alan Gillis’s debut collection, Somebody, Somewhere, won the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for Best First Collection in 2004, and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. His second collection, Hawks and Doves, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. His fourth collection, Scapegoat, is out now.
    Tickets for this event are £6/£4 concessions/£2 Newcastle University students and can be obtained from the Newcastle University Webstore.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: The Riddle of the Childscape with Jay Griffiths at the Curtis Auditorium

    Thursday, March 5th at 17:30
    To write her latest book Kith, Jay Griffiths visited communities as far apart as West Papua and the Arctic, as well as the UK, and delved into history, philosophy, language and literature. She seeks to discover why we deny our children the freedoms of space, time and the natural world, and explores how children's affinity for nature is an essential and universal element of childhood. It is a journey deep into the heart of what it means to be a child, and it is central to all our experiences, young and old.
    Praise for Kith: "Kith could have been written by no-one but Jay Griffiths. It is ablaze with her love of the physical world and her passionate moral sense that goodness and a true relation with nature are intimately connected. She has the same visionary understanding of childhood that we find in Blake and Wordsworth, and John Clare would have read her with delight. Her work isn't just good - it's necessary" - Philip Pullman.
    This is a free event and no pre-booking is required. Further information can be found at the Insights Public Lectures website.
  • Half Life - Bruno Pontecorvo

    Thursday, March 5th at 19:00 - 20:30
    With new archival information Frank Close explores the sudden departure of Bruno Pontecorvo from Britain to the USSR and the reasons behind it. We will be selling Frank's book Half Life after the event. Tickets are still available at the Royal Institution and can be booked here.
  • Elisa Frank - The Borderline Diaries - Book Signing

    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.   "As a troubled teenager, Elisa Frank was groomed in her home town of Wakefield, Yorkshire, by an apparently charming asylum-seeker, Ahmad Otak, from Afghanistan. But 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. She has also experienced eating disorders and self-harming. 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."
  • 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.
  • Jasper Fforde

    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 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 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.
  • Juliet Barker

    Monday, March 16th at 19:14 TO Saturday, March 28th at 21:00
    £6 - Headingley Library, North Lane 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."
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky - Headingley Literature Festival

    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...
  • 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!
  • 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 Presents: Matthew Caminer, Martin 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: 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.