Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • Tim Burgess at Salford Lad's Club (bookstall)

    Monday, July 25th at 19:00 - 21:00
    A Blackwell's Manchester bookstall.

    At this event in one of the most iconic buildings in the North West of England, Tim Burgess will discuss his new book with writer/broadcaster Stuart Maconie.

    The event will conclude with a book signing session.

    Where: Salford Lad's Club, Salford

    When: 25 July 2016 7pm

    Tickets and event info: click here
  • The Knowledge Weapon book launch with Annette C Boehm

    Tuesday, July 26th at 18:00 - 20:00
    A Blackwell's Manchester event.

    Annette C Boehm's book launch tour continues in Manchester with this event at Blackwell's University Bookshop with special guests Rosie Garland & Emma McGordon.

    Annette won the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition 2015, as judged by award winning poet Andrew McMillan who has this to say about The Knowledge Weapon: "Open the book on any page and try not to be impressed by the command of language, the dynamism of image, the thrill of subjects which are on offer."

    This is a BYOB event. Do feel free to bring your own booze/drinks etc and make it your own type of poetry party!

    Where: Blackwell's bookshop, Manchester

    When: 26 July 2016 6pm

    Entry: free. Join the Facebook event.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Edinburgh in the Shadows

    Tuesday, July 26th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 26th of July
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    “…a collection of …lesser known and thoroughly dark Edinburgh stories. Highly recommended..." Fringe Review Magazine

    After a spectacular run at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Alec Beattie & Max Scratchmann return with a stunning sequel to their hugely successful spoken word show plus a gruesome new book about the darker side of Edinburgh’s history!

    Want to know the sinister side of the city that the tourist brochures won't tell you about? You’ve come to the right place! Beattie and Scratchmann tell it like it really is in Edinburgh in the Shadows 2 - a dark but funny account of the city's shady side with tales and poems of murder, muck and mayhem that reveal the truth behind Edinburgh's most celebrated sites and characters!

    “Easily the best show in the 2015 Fringe, and one that puts the big attractions to shame. The boys really brought the dark eccentricity of Edinburgh’s murky past to life with their eclectic mix of poetry, story and gallows humour. Storytelling is definitely the new rock ’n’ roll!” Teresa & Chris, Austin, Texas

    About the Author…

    Alec Beattie is a writer, promoter and performer. He’s been involved in the Edinburgh spoken word scene for years and currently runs and co-hosts Blind Poetics. As well as being an Edinburgh Fringe regular he’s performed his poetry and short stories throughout Scotland and took part in the Scottish Slam Finals in 2013 and the BBC Slam in 2014. He’s also read his work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. When he’s not boasting about his meagre achievements on a website no-one will read anyway he likes people to think he’s working on his latest novel when he’s really playing Candy Crush and drinking cheap cider. He lives in Edinburgh with his partner and two cats.

    Max Scratchmann is one half of Poetry Circus as well as being an illustrator, writer and performer, equally well known for his dark art and black comedy. He was a big hit at the Edinburgh Festival with his one-man-show, Moving Pictures, and was one of the four Inky Fingers’ Poets on a Bus at the History Festival. He lives in Edinburgh in a depressingly cat-free household.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 6222 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Tom McCulloch A Private Haunting Book Launch

    Tuesday, July 26th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us in celebrating the launch of 'A Private Haunting', the second novel by local author Tom McCulloch.

    In 'A Private Haunting', Jonas, a freewheeling Norwegian, has been living in a quiet English village for years, an eccentric everyone has an opinion about. Then the real owner of his house turns up. Fletcher, a traumatised veteran of the Afghan War, has come to claim his inheritance. The two men live side by side in an increasingly bizarre standoff, until a teenage girl goes missing and suspicion falls on Jonas. As the hunt intensifies, it’s clear both men are concealing past lives that won’t stay hidden much longer.

    This event is free to attend, to register your place to attend please visit the Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room, call 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • Tim Burgess at Gorilla (bookstall)

    Tuesday, July 26th at 19:30 - 21:30
    A Blackwell's Manchester bookstall.

    Tim will discuss his new book Tim Book Two with writer/DJ Dave Haslam (expect also a very special guest or two to join them onstage).

    This is his second book signing in two days - and we expect both events to sell out.

    Where: Gorilla, Manchester

    When: 26 July 2016 7pm

    Tickets and event info: click here
  • Blackwell's RBS Book Signing: MARK LEGGATT The London Cage

    Wednesday, July 27th at 12:00 - 13:00

    We are pleased to welcome thriller writer Mark Leggatt back to Blackwell's upon the publication of his second book, THE LONDON CAGE.

    Following hot on the heels of Mark's first Connor Montrose thriller (Names of the Dead), THE LONDON CAGE is packed full of high speed action and intrigue. If you are excited about Jason Bourne's return to the silver screen, then this will certainly be a great summer read for you.

    Connor Montrose is still running for his life. His CIA counterparts are determined to end his one man campaign for justice in another high-paced thriller from Mark Leggatt.The retreat of the glaciers has revealed a Cold War secret that should have lain buried for centuries, with the power to bring down the communications and defence systems of every country on the planet. Including his own. Montrose is faced with the choice of betrayal or survival, but either way, he'll lose.

    A muscular and savvy sprint of a thriller.

    Mark Leggatt is the author of two international thrillers and has appeared at several international festivals to talk about his work. European history and modern global conspiracy lie at the heart of his novels. He is formerly a specialist in Disaster Recovery working with global banks.

    Mark will be signing copies and chatting about crime and thriller writing at Blackwell's Bookshop on 27 July from 12 until 1pm.

    If you are unable to attend on the day but would still like a signed copy of either of Mark's books, please contact the bookshop - rbs@blackwell.co.uk.

    Please note that our events are open to RBS staff and contractors but closed to the general public.

  • Blackwell's Newcastle: July Book Group

    Wednesday, July 27th at 18:00

    It's All in Your Head; WINNER OF THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2016

    As many as a third of people visiting their GP have symptoms that are medically unexplained. In most, an emotional root is suspected. We accept our hearts can flutter with excitement and our brows can sweat with nerves, but in the very real world of psychosomatic illness, the author finds the secrets we are all capable of keeping from ourselves.

    Join us to discuss this interesting account of psychosomatic illnesses. There will be drinks and nibbles and hopefully a very animated discussion! For more details about the book group, email Mariana at newcastle.events@blackwells.co.uk or pop into the shop.

     

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Oxford Business Book Club

    Thursday, July 28th at 18:45 - 21:00
    Every month The Business book club meet in the bookshop to discuss books looking at the latest topics in business and economics. In the final session before a summer break, the group will be focusing on chapter 10 of Roger Bootle's 'The Trouble with Europe', looking at the country's options outside of the EU. Which relationship might work best?

    Tickets cost £6.25 and can only be purchased from the Digital Remit.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    An Afternoon with Antiques Expert Judith Miller

    Friday, July 29th at 13:00 - 14:30
    Date: Friday 29th July
    Time: 1pm to 2:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Is that ugly vase you hide at the back of the cupboard worth something? What about that toy from your childhood? That old piece of costume jewellery? Come along and find out!

    Blackwell's Bookshop are excited to be hosting antiques expert Judith Miller to celebrate the publication of the new Miller's Collectables Handbook and Price Guide 2016-2017.

    About the Book

    Miller's Collectables Handbook & Price Guide 2016-2017 is the up-to-date guide to the collectables market no dealer, collector or auctioneer should be without. Featuring more than 4,000 objects in full colour, each with a detailed description and current price range, the book also offers what those in the know look for - how to spot that rare example that may be worth twenty times more than another piece. Meanwhile, in-depth Closer Look features explain what to look for when appraising everything from 20th century glass to costume jewellery.

    Comprehensive sections cover advertising, books, ceramics, glass, metalware, pens and writing equipment, plastics and Bakelite, posters, rock and pop, sporting memorabilia, teddy bears, toys and games and vintage fashion. This year, special sections focus on Goss & Crested china, affordable jewellery, Hornsea ceramics and Szeiler figurines.

    In-depth features explain why one piece is worth more than another, show how to value an item and teach you to be your own expert - this book is the essential eBay companion! Biographies of designers and factories give the background information you need to help date and value objects.

    About the Author
    Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers. Now she appears regularly on TV and radio. She is an expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and has co-hosted the popular BBC series The House Detectives, ITV's Antiques Trail, and Discovery's It's Your Bid.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Ross McCleary

    Friday, July 29th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join us to celebrate the publication of Portrait of the Artist As a Viable Alternative to Death, the new novel by Ross McCleary.

    You meet the artist, and you talk, or at the very least you listen, and these are the things he says...

    Portrait of the Artist As a Viable Alternative to Death, published by Maudlin House, is a book which explores the dark ruminations of The Artist. His work, his motivations, his relationships, and his unswerving commitment to the cause of Art. From the light and flippant, to the truly dark, the book explores “the unlimited possibilities and mysteries around us” (Martin MacInnes, Infinite Ground), is “exhaustingly beautiful” (Ross Sutherland, Emergency Window), and narrated by someone equal parts “superior, stubborn, contrarian, petty, boastful, livid, contradictory, insecure, lonely, yowlingly funny and wrenchingly tragic.” (Rachel McCrum, Do Not Alight Here Again)

    He says his art can save us, or at least that's what he says...

    About the Author
    Ross McCleary is from Edinburgh. He has had stories and poems published widely in print and online. He has had a pamphlet published by Spacecraft Press. He is one of the organisers of spoken word night Inky Fingers. He is the editor of podcast journal Lies, Dreaming.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling are not responsible for this event but, subject to conditions, they have kindly granted us permission to use the Harry Potter trade mark and other materials.

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

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

    Saturday, July 30th at 22:30 - 00:30
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    A Blackwell's Manchester event.

    It’s midnight. It’s Harry Potter’s birthday and he’s slumped over his desk at the Ministry of Magic, stressing over his job, his family and a looming darkness. Do you know what Harry needs? A birthday party!

    Join us at Blackwell’s Manchester for our launch party for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, the spellbinding eighth story – and play – in the Potter series. We will shake the cobwebs from your brain with our Harry quiz. We’ll have more surprises than Zonko’s Joke Shop – tasty treats, booky fun and maybe your very own wand.

    Do come in fancy dress – we’re preparing our costumes right now! We’ll magic up a prize for the best-dressed attendee.

    EVENT DETAILS:
    STARTS: 10.30PM SATURDAY 30 JULY 2016
    ENDS: Shortly after midnight
    WHERE: Blackwell’s bookshop, next to the Arthur Lewis building, Bridgeford Street, Manchester
    Join our Facebook event here – but remember, you also need a proper ticket
    TICKETS: Tickets are free but you MUST have a ticket to attend – REGISTER FOR A TICKET NOW.

    You can also pre-order Harry Potter And The Cursed Child for a special event attendees price of £15. Just pay on the night: as long as pay us before 11.30pm at our launch party, a copy of the book will be yours.

    Please note that Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is being kept under lock and key in a filing cabinet in the Ministry of Magic. We’re not allowed to open the cabinet until midnight, so be prepared to stick around for the grand midnight book reveal.

    Important: ONLY those with prebooked tickets will be able to attend. There are LIMITED spaces in our ‘pottercabin’ bookshop so register now. Children under 16 – cursed or otherwise – must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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

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

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

    Teams of up to five people can take part.

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

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    V.E. Schwab: This Savage Song

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

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

    About the Book

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

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

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

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • Blackwell's High Holborn Book Quiz - Now with added Beer Trivia!

    Tuesday, August 2nd at 18:30 - 20:30
    Are you ready friends? It's that time again! We're quizzing at Blackwell's High Holborn and though I'm sure you all know them by now I'll lay out our groundrules...
    * Bring your own bottle but we're on-hand with cups and bottle openers
    * Four team members per team and please make sure you reserve a ticket for every quizzer.
    * Spot prizes of books throughout the night, and grand prize of £10 Blackwell's vouchers per team member, plus the glory and bragging rights etc etc.

    Plus an extra special twist this time around, to celebrate the publication of CAMRA's Beer Anthology by the wonderful CAMRA books, we will have a round themed around beer in literature!

    Book Now!
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Paul Morley The Age Of Bowie

    Tuesday, August 2nd at 19:00 - 20:00
    "A Handsome Six-Footer with a warm and engaging personality, Davie Jones has all it takes to get to the show business heights including...talent" David Bowie in May 1964 writing his own biography.

    Music journalist, band manager and one time member of Art of Noise,Paul Morley will be with us to discuss his new biography of the late David Bowie. In The Age Of Bowie , Morley constructs the definitive story of Bowie that explores how he worked, played, aged, structured his ideas, invented the future and entered history as someone who could and would never be forgotten. Morley captures the greatest moments of his career, from the recording studio with the likes of Brian Eno and Tony Visconti to the iconic live performances of the 70's, 80's and 90's. He also discusses the much heralded and critically acclaimed comeback with the release of Blackstar just days before his untimely death.

    Buy the book

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For event enquiries, please email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: The Bookshop Band

    Wednesday, August 3rd at 19:00 - 20:30
    We are delighted to be welcoming back to the bookshop the incredibly talented The Bookshop Band. The Bookshop Band write songs inspired by books and play them in bookshops and at book festivals all around the country. Their beautiful lyrics and music are not to be missed, so book your tickets now to join us for this very special evening.

    For more information about The Bookshop Band please check out their website.

    Tickets cost £6 and can be purchased from our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries about this event, please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    WRITERS AT THE FRINGE

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

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

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

    Our 2016 line-up

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Blackwell's Portsmouth: Robyn Young 'Sons of the Blood' - author talk and signing.

    Saturday, August 6th at 14:00 - 15:30
    We are delighted to welcome Robyn Young to introduce the first book of her new 'New World Rising' trilogy -  'Sons of the Blood' Robyn's previous novels include the best-selling debut of 2007 'Brethren' and she has explored the life of Robert the Bruce in the 'Insurrection' Trilogy. For the New World Rising series, Robyn turns her attention to the late 15th Century and the cut and thrust of Renaissance Europe. "In the dying days of The Wars of the Roses a secret war is born. The battle for the crown is about to become a fight for the world, both old and new. Politics, Royalty and a renaissance of knowledge. A revolution that would affect peasant, merchant, noble and monarch alike. They were all, great and small, on the verge of a New World rising." Noted for her brilliant characterization and formidable storytelling we are delighted to welcome Robyn to talk about her work, her experience as a historical novelist, the research involved and the particular difficulties of writing about historical figures in a fictional context. This is a free event and all are welcome to what will certainly be a fascinating afternoon. Please register your interest via Eventbrite as this is likely to be popular! Any donations will go towards funding future events and will be gratefully received.
  • An Evening of Fantasy with Edward Cox, James Barclay, and Jon Wallace

    Tuesday, August 9th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Blackwell's High Holborn are thrilled to be hosting an evening of endings and beginnings as Edward Cox concludes his series with The Watcher of Dead Time, while James Barclay starts anew with Heart of Granite. Both featuring the battleground and fantastic military fantasy, they will be joined by Jon Wallace whose newest book Rig concludes his own stunning trilogy.

    Join us for a discussion of these exciting new titles, followed by a Q&A with all three authors. Don't miss out on a packed evening of Sci-Fi and Fantasy from Gollancz.

    Tickets are free, but booking is essential - reserve your ticket now.
  • Blackwell's RBS presents: The Edinburgh Derby Book Signing - Hibs vs Hearts

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

    Blackwell's Second Annual Edinburgh Derby Book Signing

    Hibernian vs. Heart of Midlothian

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Isobel Dixon

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

    Join us to celebrate the publication of Isobel Dixon's new poetry pamphlet The Leonids, published by the award-winning Mariscat Press.

    The Leonids is a short pamphlet of poems about being a daughter and a sister, about illness and recovery, old age and love - eighteen poems centred around that force of nature, Ann Rosemary Murton Dixon née Chinn, who died in May 2015.

    These beautiful poems, their imaginative energy, crystalline natural imagery and purity of line evoking the past and invoking a sense of personal and sororial loss, are in turn celebratory and revelatory. Recalling her parents with insight and tenderness – startlingly elegising her father and in conjuring up her mother's presence and strength, unselfconsciously mirroring her own – Isobel Dixon instils both heartbreak and exhilaration. And in extending her poetic frontiers she ever more vibrantly consolidates her roots. ' - Stewart Conn, poet and playwright

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Andrew Marshall Photographing Wildlife in the UK

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

    This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. Please register your attendance by visiting our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room, calling 01865 333623 or emailing events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, August 14th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 14th of August
    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 Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe

    What is the book about?
    In a future London, Concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Soon every troubled teen is on it. It makes sense, doesn't it? Keep the undesirable elements in line. Keep people like us safe from people like them. What's good for society is good for everyone. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They're not exactly a gang, but Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet, watchful sidekick - the only one Blaze really trusts. They're not looking for trouble, but one hot summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it. What makes five kids pick a man seemingly at random - a nobody, he works in the housing department, doesn't even have a good phone - hold a knife to his side, take him to a warehouse and chain him to a radiator? They've got a hostage, but don't really know what they want, or why they've done it. And across the course of five tense days, with a journalist, a floppy-haired mayor, a police negotiator, and the sinister face of the pharmaceutical industry, they - and we - begin to understand why ...

    For our meeting on Sunday 11th September we are reading The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH BOOK GROUP

    Monday, August 15th at 18:00 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 180th of July
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Edinburgh International Book Festival, Cahrlotte Square

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

    we are reading the thriller Whispering Shadows by Jan-Philipp Sendker

    What is the book about?
    Paul Leibovitz was once an ambitious advisor, dedicated father, and loving husband. But after living for nearly thirty years in Hong Kong, personal tragedy strikes and Paul's marriage unravels in the fallout. When he makes a fleeting connection with Elizabeth, a distressed American woman on the verge of collapse, his life is thrown into turmoil. Less than twenty-four hours later, Elizabeth's son is found dead in Shenzhen, and Paul, invigorated by a newfound purpose, sets out to investigate the murder on his own. As Paul, Elizabeth, and a detective friend descend deeper into the Shenzhen underworld they discover dark secrets hidden beneath China's booming new wealth. In a country where rich businessmen with expensive degrees can corrupt the judicial system, the potential for evil abounds.

    Future meetings...
    Monday 12th September at 6pm to discuss The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life by William Brandt
    Monday 17th October at 6pm to discuss The Bridge over the Drina by Ivo Andric

    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

  • Book Signing - Aberdeen in 100 Dates

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

    'Aberdeen in 100 Dates'.

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

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

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Blackwell's Teen Fiction Reading Group 'The Leaving'

    Friday, August 19th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Like to read Teen Fiction? Want to discuss books with others who love reading? We are always looking to welcome new members to our Teen Fiction Reading Group, which meets on the second Friday of every month at 6:30pm.

    Our Teen Fiction Reading Group has been running for over five years in the bookshop and during that time we had read a great selection of teen fiction. This month we will be discussing the haunting 'The Leaving' by Tara Altebrando. For full information on the group and our past reads, please visit our website. If you would like to join the group, get in touch and let us know by emailing events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Fiction Book Club at Blackwell's High Holborn

    Tuesday, August 30th at 18:30
    Join us for the second meeting of our fiction bookclub where we’ll be talking about Anthony Doerr’s fantastic All The Light We Cannot See – it’s completely free (bring your own bottle) and we’re always thrilled to meet new members.

    So if chilled book chat is your thing, this is the book group for you! Plus, we’ll give you a discount off the book for the next month’s group.

    Let us know you’re coming…
  • Workstorming at Blackwell's High Holborn with Rob Kendall - The Conversation Expert

    Thursday, September 8th at 18:30
    A huge portion of our working day is devoted to conversation, whether person to person, over the phone, or via email. Despite this, much of the talking we do can leave us feeling unheard, bogged down in trivial disputes, or as if we are going in circles. In his new book Workstorming, Rob Kendall roots out the typical warning signs that indicate a conversation is about to go wrong, and explains how to change the way you speak and listen to achieve positive outcomes at work.

    Blackwell's are excited to be joined by Rob in the shop to celebrate this latest publication, for a talk and Q&A session all about the importance of conversations. Rob has worked with over 70 organisations across 5 continents. He is also a Non-Executive Director of BAFTA and EMMY winning visual effects company Jellyfish Pictures.

    Tickets are £3 and can be booked here.
  • Blackwell's RBS Book Signing: GILL MELLER Gather

    Tuesday, September 27th at 00:00

    Gill Meller will be signing copies of his book Gather at lunchtime on 27th September.

    Gill is Group Head Chef at River Cottage, where he has worked closely with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for 11 years. He wrote the 14th River Cottage Handbook Pigs and Pork and contributed to many more River Cottage books. He is also a regular on the Channel 4 series.

    Gather will be a celebration of seasonal British food, with each chapter focusing on ingredients from different environments, from moorland to garden, farm, field, seashore and orchard. 120 original recipes, focussing on simple cooking inspired by the changing landscapes.

    "Gather is a collection of simple and simple delicious, seasonal recipes which I feel reflect the incredibly diverse output of the productive and beautiful landscapes that surround me through a culinary year" - Gill Meller.

    You can watch Gill's Top Tips for Scrambled Eggs in this video.

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

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

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

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

    PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

  • Heffers Presents: Ancient Worlds - An Evening with Michael Scott

    Thursday, October 6th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join us at Heffers on Thursday 6th October for an evening with Michael Scott, who will be talking about his latest book Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West. Acclaimed historian and TV presenter Michael Scott guides us through an epic story spanning ten centuries to create a bold new reading of the classical era for our globalised world. Scott challenges our traditionally western-focused perception of the past, connecting Greco-Roman civilisation to the great rulers and empires that swept across Central Asia to India and China - resulting in a truly global vision of ancient history. With stunning range and richness Ancient Worlds illustrates how the great powers and characters of antiquity shared ambitions and crises, ways of thinking and forms of governing: connections that only grew stronger over the centuries as political systems evolved, mighty armies clashed, universal religions were born and our modern world was foreshadowed. Michael's talk will be followed by a book signing. Tickets for the talk are priced at £5.

    PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

  • An Evening with Margaret Atwood

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

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

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

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

    Running time: Approx. 70 minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Heffers Presents: All About Agatha - An Evening Devoted to Agatha Christie

    Tuesday, October 11th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Everything you ever wanted to know about Agatha Christie but were afraid to ask! At 6.30pm on 11th October, join three authorities on the life and works of Agatha Christie for our evening: All About Agatha.. Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Hercule Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than fifteen countries. In September 2016, her second Poirot novel, Closed Casket, will be published. Dr John Curran acted as consultant to the National Trust during the renovation of Agatha Christie's former home, Greenway House. His Edgar-nominated Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks (2009) won the 2011 Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards and he published Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Making, also nominated for the same awards, in September 2011. He completed his PhD, on The Golden Age of Detection, at Trinity College, Dublin where he lives. His most recent publication, Tom Adams Uncovered: The Art of Agatha Christie, was co-authored with the artist Tom Adams who painted over a hundred Christie book covers. Julius Green is the founder of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2015. In 2001 he produced the twelve-week Agatha Christie Theatre Festival, presenting a repertoire of the complete stage works of Agatha Christie, as then known. Julius' latest book is Curtain Up: Agatha Christie – A Life in Theatre, which was published in 2015 as part of the Agatha Christie 125th anniversary celebrations. Tickets for the event are priced at £7.50. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
  • Heffers Presents: The Pursuit of Power with Richard J Evans

    Wednesday, October 12th at 18:30 - 20:00
    At 6.30pm on 12th October, join Richard J Evans at Heffers as he talks about his new book, The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914. 'The Pursuit of Power' draws on a lifetime of thinking about nineteenth-century Europe to create an extraordinarily rich, surprising and entertaining panorama of a continent undergoing drastic change. The aim of the book is to reignite the sense of wonder that permeated this remarkable era, as rulers and ruled navigated overwhelming cultural, political and technological changes. It was a time where what was seen as modern with amazing speed appeared old-fashioned, where huge cities sprang up in a generation, new European countries were created and where, for the first time, humans could communicate almost instantly over thousands of miles. Richard Evans gives full coverage to the revolutions, empire-building and wars that marked the nineteenth century, but the book is about so much more, whether it is illness, serfdom, religion or philosophy. 'The Pursuit of Power' is a book by a historian at the height of his powers and an essential book for anyone trying to understand Europe, then or now. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
  • Heffers Presents: All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation with Diarmaid MacCulloch

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

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

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

    PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

  • Heffers Presents: The Heffers Classics Forum 2016

    Saturday, October 29th at 10:00
    We are delighted to announce the much-anticipated return of the Heffers’ Classics Forum! Join us on 29th October 2016 as we hear from a host of fascinating speakers from the world of Classics, including Paul Cartledge, Daisy Dunn, Adrian Goldsworthy, Edith Hall, Natalie Haynes, Tom Holland, Bettany Hughes, Harry Sidebottom, David Stuttard and others to be confirmed. There will also be a balloon debate where you can vote to save your favourite figure from the Classical world! We will be running a bookshop at this event, and authors will be signing books after their talks.  Please note that due to the structure of the building, credit/debit card machines may not work at all times, so bringing some cash along is advisable.  Tickets for this day-long event are priced at £25 including VAT and booking fee.  Please note tickets are transferable but non-refundable. Talks are suitable for persons aged 14+. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND Oxford University Press PRESENTS: The OUP Philosophy Festival

    Monday, November 7th at 12:00 TO Saturday, November 12th at 18:00
    Blackwell’s Oxford and Oxford University Press present the OUP Philosophy Festival, in partnership with the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education

    Back after a hugely successful first year, the OUP Philosophy Festival returns for a second celebration of the power and freedom of ideas. This time we bring you Philosophy “Speed Dating”, an evening of musical enlightenment and a series of events hoping to answer the vital question: What's Philosophy got to do with… Anything? Finishing off with a full day of debates and discussions with some of the most prominent and well-known philosophers of our time, including David Edmonds, Marianne Talbot, Janet Radcliffe Richards, Stephen Law and many others, make sure you don’t miss out on this diverse and fascinating festival.

    Details of events and speakers below (with more to come!)

    Monday 7th – Friday 11th November 12:30-13:15 What's Philosophy got to do with… Anything?

    Oxford University Press and the Department of Continuing Education present a series of lunchtime interviews on the importance of the relationship between philosophy and other subjects. Bring your lunch and your thinking caps! Featuring Marianne Talbot alongside:
    Rachel Paine on What's philosophy got to do with… the Human Mind?
    David Edmonds on What's philosophy got to do with… Prime Time TV?
    Cecile Fabre and Helen Frowe on What's Philosophy got to do with… War and Peace?
    Stephen Law on What's philosophy got to do with… Education?
    Tina Beatie on What's Philosophy got to do with… Understanding Religion?

    Tuesday 8th November 18:30-20:00 Philosopher's Take on the World

    Should men be allowed to discuss abortion? Are pets property? Is it ethical to use data from Nazi medical experiments? Would you hand over a decision to machines? Can you be gay by choice? Do we own our bodies? The Practical Ethics Blog from the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford has shown that philosophers have much to contribute to questions such as these. This fast-paced presentation of opinion will make you think again about the judgments we make on a daily basis and the ways in which we choose to conduct our lives.

    Wednesday 9th November 19:30-21:00 What's Philosophy got to do with… Making Music

    Philosopher and Saxophonist Andrew Bowie presents an evening of music and enlightenment. In partnership with fourbythree magazine.

    Thursday 10th November 18:30-20:00 Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

    Confused by Conciseness? Perplexed by Poststructuralism? Come and pick the brains of our authors who can help you get to grips with topics as diverse as Humanism and Heidegger. In small groups you’ll get the chance to meet with leading experts, hear their thoughts and ask them the questions you’ve always wanted answers to. So, where’s the gap in your knowledge?
    Stephen Law (Humanism)
    Chris Janaway (Nietzsche)
    Susan Blackmore (Conciseness)
    Catherine Wilson (Epicureanism)
    Andrew Bowie (Heidegger)
    Catherine Belsey (Poststructuralism)

    Saturday 12th November 10:30-11:30 What's Philosophy got to do with… Equality

    47,571 ‘racist incidents’ were recorded by British police in 2014; 70% of people in national minimum wage jobs are women; and unlike the rest of the population the poorest tenth have not seen their average incomes rise in a decade. Inequality is a reality, but what, is anything, can philosophy do to help make it a thing of the past?

    Saturday 12th November 11:45-12:45 What's Philosophy got to do with… Creating a Masterpiece

    What’s philosophy got to do with a Rembrandt, a Man Booker Prize Winner or a Stanley Kubrick film? Does good philosophy help or hinder creative brilliance? An artist and a literary critic join our philosophers for this discussion.

    Saturday 12th November 13:30-14:45 What's Philosophy got to do with… Being Good

    Can humans be ‘good’? If so, what’s the secret to ‘good’ living? This is THE question at the basis of all ethics, yet it is one that both philosophers and ethicists often avoid facing straight on. Stephen Law, John Harris and James Garvey debate the ways in which philosophy can show us ‘how to be good’ (or perhaps, more accurately, how to try to be good) – as well as showing the ways in which it is pointless or self-defeating to try.

    Saturday 12th November 15:00-16:00 What's Philosophy got to do with… Science

    “How does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality? Where did all this come from? Did the universe need a creator? Most of us do not spend most of our time worrying about these questions, but almost all of us worry about them some of the time. Traditionally these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead.”– Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design

    Sparks and smarts fly as our philosophers are confronted with the claim that science has rendered philosophy obsolete.

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

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

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

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

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

    To purchase your tickets visit our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623. For event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Love by The Beatles in Quadrophonic Sound

    Thursday, November 17th at 19:00 - 21:00
    To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of 'Love' by The Beatles, we'll be playing the entire album in full quadrophonic sound in the Norrington Room.

    'Love' is an album of remixed and re-mastered music performed by The Beatles. It was produced by George Martin (1926 - 2016) and his son Giles Martin who said "What people will be hearing on the album is a new experience, a new way of re-living the whole Beatles musical lifespan in a very condensed period".

    The evening will be hosted by DJ David Freeman and will involve an uninterrupted playback of the album in a quadrophonic surround sound setting. Refreshments will be available to purchase and enjoy whilst listening to the music.

    Tickets for this special anniversary evening are strictly limited and cost £5. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit the customer service department in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.