Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • Photography Oxford Festival 2014

    Saturday, September 13th at 00:00 TO Saturday, October 4th at 00:00
    10% off all Photography books for the duration of the festival Photography Oxford's inaugural festival features acclaimed and award-winning photographers in free exhibitions across 'the city of dreaming spires.' Three weeks of exhibitions, panel discussions, talks, and films celebrate the very finest in world photography.
  • Cambridge, Heffers: Douglas Adams Day

    Saturday, September 20th at 09:00
    VogonHaddock1000 FREE EVENT Dress up as a Vogon or Zephod Beeblebrox? Ford Prefect or Trillian?Let your inner Sci-fi run free! Come to Heffers on Saturday 20th September,dressed as your favourite Douglas Adams character, and join in with our celebration of Douglas Adams. Prizes to be won for best costume, competition to win a signed copy of the OFFICIAL biography and two tickets to our event with Jem Roberts and David Haddock talking about Jem's findings about Douglas Adams!
  • Democracy: Even the Best Ideas can Fail

    Monday, September 22nd at 19:00 - 21:00
    Francis Fukuyama and David Runciman will be discussing the current health of democracy worldwide and debating its potential future. This Intelligence Squared event will take place at the Royal Institute and we will be selling books by both authors afterwards, including copies of Francis Fukuyama's book three days before its publication. Please note: Sadly this event is sold out, but click here to visit Intelligence Squared for information on other events or to be added to the waiting list.
  • Wounded by Emily Mayhew

    Tuesday, September 23rd at 19:00 - 20:30
    During this event at the Royal Institution Emily Mayhew and Louis and Marc-Antoine Crocq will be talking about the impact of the Great War on the world of medicine. Emily Mayhew's book Wounded will be for sale after the event. See more about this public talk, and other events at the Royal Institution here.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Steven Pinker - 'The Sense of Style'

    Tuesday, September 23rd at 19:00 - 21:00
    Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care? In 'The Sense of Style', the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first century, Pinker doesn’t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose.

    Join us in the magnificent Sheldonian Theatre to hear from one of the most important public intellectuals.Tickets cost £6 and are available in the shop or by calling 01865 333623
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Douglas Adams (courtesy of Jem Roberts & David Haddock)

    Thursday, September 25th at 18:30
    It would be ridiculous to pretend that Douglas Adams's life and work has gone unexamined since his dismayingly early death at 49 but throughout the decade since the last book to tackle the subject, the universes Adams created have continued to develop, to beguile and expand minds, and will undoubtedly do so for generations to come.   An all-new approach to the most celebrated creation of Douglas Adams is therefore most welcome, and The Frood tells the story of Adams's explosive but agonizingly constructed fictional universe, from his initial inspirations to the posthumous sequel(s) and adaptations, bringing together a thousand tales of life as part of the British Comedy movements of the late 70s and 80s along the way. With the benefit of hindsight and much time passed, friends and colleagues have been interviewed for a fresh take on the man and his works. Jem Roberts72dpi    Jem Roberts was born in Ludlow and studied English, Film & Television at Aberystwyth University. A lifetime in magazines led to the honour of writing his first book, the acclaimed Clue Bible, The Fully Authorised History of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, whereupon a life-long adoration for Blackadder made this follow-up a must. This, his third book is probably the closest to heart. He lives in Bath, where he runs the comedy gang 'The Unrelated Family' and writes strange tales for young readers. David Haddock    David Haddock is an ex-President of ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, the Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Appreciation Society. He has been writing for the club magazine since for over ten years and researching many aspects of Douglas Adams and Hitchhiker's. He was asked to write programme notes for the Live Radio Show Programme in 2012, and leads tours around 'Douglas Adams's Cambridge' that members of the author's family have attended. Not being totally obsessed by Douglas Adams he edits an Iain (M) Banks fanzine, The Banksoniain. Tickets from:
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Ellee Seymour and the Shopgirls

    Tuesday, September 30th at 18:30 - 20:00
    IMG_4307  THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! Ellee Seymour and her special guests welcome you to the world of the Shop Girls: the charming true story of four young women working in a glamorous department store in the 1950s. For Eve, Irene, Betty and Rosemary, working at the exclusive Heyworth's store in Cambridge is a dream come true. Once the girls step inside the elegant building - surrounded by luxurious dresses and beautiful accessories - the hardships of their own lives are temporarily forgotten. Serving a variety of curious customers, from glamorous gypsy queens to genuine royalty and stuffy academics to the city's fashionable elite, the store is a place where these young women can forge successful careers, under the ever-watchful eye of flamboyant owner Mr Heyworth. Set against the backdrop of the closing years of the Second World War, and moving into the 1950s, The Shop Girls perfectly captures the camaraderie and friendship of four ambitious young women working together in a store that offered them an escape from the drudgery of their wartime childhoods.  Tickets from:
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents:The Oxford Photography Festival 2014 Charlie Waite - 'Seeing Landscapes'

    Wednesday, October 1st at 19:00 - 20:30
    As part of this year's Oxford Photography Festival, we will be joined in the Norrington Room by landscape photographer, Charlie Waite. Born in England, Charlie worked in theatre and television for the first ten years of his professional life before moving to photography. He is noted for his "painterly" approach in using light and shade. He also runs and takes part in a photographic tour company called Light and Land.

    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:
  • Karen Armstron on Religion and the History of Violence

    Wednesday, October 1st at 19:00 - 21:00
    A self-described 'freelance monotheist', Karen Armstrong is a prolific write on religion and spirituality. This Inteligence Squared event at the Royal Institution will focus on if there is a role played by religion in historical violence. Please note: Sadly this event is now sold out, but click here to visit Intelligence Squared for more information on other events or to be added to the waiting list.
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, October 5th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 5th of October
    Time: 2pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

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

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

    We are currently reading Emma Haughton’s Now You See Me.

    Three years ago, Hannah's best friend Danny vanished without trace. Not knowing if he's alive or dead, she struggles to move on with her life, until suddenly, impossibly, Danny is found. But instead of closure, the discovery brings a wave of secrets and suspicion. Is Hannah willing to expose the painful truth? Or is it better to live in the dark?

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

    To join just email your details to:

    The Monthly Book Quiz

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

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

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

    Teams of up to five people can take part.

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

    For a taster of the quiz follow us on twitter @BlackwellEdin and take part in our daily #InvisiBooks quiz.

    For further information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or

  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Pat Barker, in conversation with Anne Whitehead at the Curtis Auditorium

    Tuesday, October 7th at 17:30 - 18:45
    Booker Prizewinning author, Pat Barker, is celebrated for her novels exploring the First World War, among them the critically acclaimed Regeneration Trilogy. Here, she reflects on these novels in conversation with Anne Whitehead, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University. This event has been timed to coincide with the Hatton Gallery’s exhibition ‘Screaming Steel: Art, War and Trauma 1914–1918’. This is a free event, no pre-booking required. Part of Newcastle University's Insights Public Lectures series.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Chen Xiwo - 'The Book of Sins'

    Wednesday, October 8th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us as we warmly welcome controversial author Chen Xiwo to Blackwell's to discuss his latest novel, 'The Book of Sins'. Chen's writing has been banned in his homeland of China due to it's graphic depiction of sex and violence. He is also no stranger to the courtroom and has stood before judges many times throughout his illustrious career to defend his right to a freedom of speech. Chen's most talked about and most controversial story is one called 'I Love my Mum' and which alludes to a sexual relationship between a Mother and her severely disabled Son. Not for the faint of heart, this talk by one of China's bravest authors is sure to raise a few eyebrows.

    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:
  • Book Launch - English Teachers in a Postwar Democracy

    Thursday, October 9th at 18:00
    Blackwell's at the IOE are delighted to announce the launch of a new title from Palgrave, English Teachers in a Postwar Democracy, by Dr John Hardcastle (IOE), Dr Peter Medway (King's College), Dr Georgina Brewis (IOE) and Dr David Crook (Brunel). This new book examines the conflicting conservative and radical impulses in English society after WWII which were played out in microcosm in education. They particularly shaped English teaching, examined in three post-war London schools in a detailed study that uses oral history-interviews with former teachers and students-and documents including mark books and students' work. The launch will take place at the IOE on the evening of Thursday 9th October, 2014. For details about attending, please contact Dr John Hardcastle at Blackwell's at the IOE will be selling English Teachers in a Postwar Democracy at the special launch price of £28 (RRP £55). To see more of the IOE's events schedule, please click here.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: The Sick Rose with Richard Barnett at the Life Science Centre

    Thursday, October 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    An exploration of medical images and how they represent ideas about life, death and disease. Between the French Revolution and the First World War, Europe and America witnessed a golden age of medical image-making. The first generation of mass-market anatomical and pathological textbooks and atlases offered crisp, detailed colour illustrations of the human body in health and sickness, but they also embodied a revolution in ideas about life, disease and death. Richard Barnett, author of The Sick Rose, explores the tales and people behind this remarkable corpus of art. Richard Barnett studied medicine in London before becoming a historian. He has taught the history of science, medicine and evolutionary theory at the universities of Cambridge and London, and in 2011 received one of the first Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships. His latest book – The Sick Rose, on art and anatomy in an age of revolution – is published by Thames & Hudson in the UK. Seahouses, his first collection of poetry, will be published by Valley Press in spring 2015. Tickets are £15 and booking is essential - visit for further information.
  • Blackwell's Oxford and Against Breast Cancer Present: Yvette Cowles - 'Belly Dancing and Beating the Odds'

    Thursday, October 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Yvette Cowles is a JWAAD Tutor and teacher of many years’ experience, who specializes in Egyptian, ArabicFusion and Bollywood Dance. Based in Stroud and London, she teaches workshops across the UK and France and is a regular teacher at Fantasia and the JWAAD Summer School.When she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, it was belly dancing that helped her through. Yvette will be joining us to discuss her memoir 'Belly Dancing and Beating the Odds'.

    Tickets cost £5. All proceeds from this event go to supporting the Oxford based charity, Against Breast Cancer
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: An Evening With Martina Cole at Thornaby Central Library

    Thursday, October 9th at 19:15
    Join us in conversation with the No.1 bestselling author Martina Cole at Thornaby Library.   Martina will be talking about her life and work and discussing her new novel The Good Life. This will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.   Tickets are priced at £4. £3 of the ticket price can be redeemed against the price of a book at the event.   To book contact the Rediscover Stockton shop: (01642) 528130 or call in at any library in Stockton borough to buy a ticket. Booking essential.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Peter F. Hamilton - 'The Abyss Beyond Dreams'

    Friday, October 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Science Fiction writer Peter F. Hamilton will be joining us to discuss his new book “The Abyss Beyond Dreams”. Set in the Commonwealth Universe, “The Abyss Beyond Dreams” is set chronologically between The Commonwealth saga and The Void trilogy, two of his popular series.When images of a lost civilization are ‘dreamed’ by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void – a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities. With it being the greatest threat to the known universe, Nigel is committed to finding out what really lies within the Void and if there’s any truth to the visions they’ve received. Does human life really exist inside its boundary?

    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:
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Rebecca Newberger Goldstein - 'Plato at the Googleplex'

    Monday, October 13th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Imagine that Plato came to life in the twenty-first century and embarked on a multi-city speaking tour. How would he mediate a debate between a Freudian psychoanalyst and a 'tiger mum' on how to raise the perfect child? How would he handle the host of a right-wing news program who denies there can be morality without religion? What would Plato make of Google, and of the idea that knowledge can be crowdsourced rather than reasoned out by experts? Rebecca Newberger Goldstein attempts to answer these questions and more...

    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:
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Harry Bucknall

    Tuesday, October 14th at 18:30
    In 2012 Harry Bucknall set off from the steps of St Pauls Cathedral to walk 1,400 miles through England, France, Switzerland and Italy to Rome.  He was following in the footsteps of pilgrims down the centuries on an ancient route known as the Via Francigena.  Saint Wilfred of Hexham was the first named English pilgrim to make the journey from Canterbury in the 7th century, both Alfred the Great and King Canute did so and by 1450 it was estimated that 40,000 pilgrims a day were flocking to St Peter’s Basilica. Harry Bucknall tells of his journey in LIKE A TRAMP, LIKE A PILGRIM, weaving a historical tapestry liberally coloured with tales of angels and saints, emperors and kings and war and revolution. He uncovers a little known route that leads him through vineyards and villages, towns and cities and over rivers and mountains to the heart of the Eternal City, Saint Peter’s Basilica.   LIKE A TRAMP, LIKE A PILGRIM is a joyous journey of Elizabethan proportion filled with anecdote, adventure and mishap as Harry encounters the changing faces of a landscape suffused with history; yet his journey is perhaps most enriched by the extraordinary stories of those he meets - fellow pilgrims and locals alike- along the way. After twelve years service in the Coldstream Guards, including operational tours in Northern Ireland and Bosnia, Harry Bucknall, 48, worked in the oil and harry bucknallmining industry and as a consultant in the Middle East. He has also produced theatre on the London Fringe, sat on the Olivier Awards Panel and acted as reviewer for Arts Council, London and a number of West End publications. Tickets from:
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Alexander Larman - 'Blazing Star: The Life and Times of the Earl of Rochester'

    Tuesday, October 14th at 19:00 - 20:00
    'Blazing Star' tells of the life and times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Described as a dashing Restoration Dandy, a scabrous satirist and a Pornographic poet, John Wilmot was an alcoholic by the age of 14, in prison by 18 and dead of syphilis by the age of 33. This is the first comprehensive biography of a remarkable and extremely complex man. Johnny Depp even donned a wig to play the Earl in the 2004 movie, 'The Libertine'. Join us for a discussion around John Wilmot's incredible life.

    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:
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Juliet Barker - 'England, Arise'

    Wednesday, October 15th at 19:00 - 20:00
    The dramatic and shocking events of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 are to be the backdrop to Juliet Barker's latest book: a snapshot of what everyday life was like for ordinary people living in the middle ages.This book not only provides an important reassessment of the revolt itself but is also be an illuminating and original study of English medieval life at the time.

    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:
  • Book Launch - Bernarr Rainbow Trust

    Thursday, October 16th at 18:00
    Blackwell's at the IOE will be hosting the launch event of September's new titles from the Bernarr Rainbow Trust, published by Boydell  and Brewer. The event will celebrate the publication of nine titles of Rainbow’s Classic Texts in print and a study, Music in Independent Schools, edited by Andrew Morris. The Bernarr Rainbow Trust was set up in 1997, as a charity supporting music education projects on established pattern - for teachers in schools, young musicians, choirs, orchestras, productions and books throughout the UK. For more information and details about attendance, please contact Josephine Borradaille, at   To see more of the IOE's events schedule, please click here.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Will Bookshops Exist in 100 Years' Time?

    Thursday, October 16th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Will Bookshops Exist in 100 Years' Time?This is the question we are asking in our panel discussion taking place here at Blackwell's Bookshop on Thursday 16th October at 7pm.The death of the book has been prophesised since the days of monks diligently making copies of books for a wider readership. In more recent times, the Internet, e-readers and supposedly shorter attention spans have all been cited as factors which predicate the certain demise of books and reading and therefore bookshops themselves.Join our fabulous and illustrious panelists as they discuss whether the book-lovers of 2114 will be able to walk into a bookshop (or indeed, whether there will even be book-lovers in a century's time).Our line-up of participants include: Jen Campbell, author and bookseller, whose new book, 'The Bookshop Book', looks at over two hundred wonderful bookshops across six continents. Mark Forsyth, the author of 'Horlogicon' and 'Etymologicon', whose latest work, 'The Unknown, Unknown' explores why it's only in a bookshop that you'll find something you never knew you wanted to read. Ulric van den Bogaerde, the Manager of the world-famous Norrington Room, the vast academic basement of Blackwell's Bookshop in Oxford which has served generations of students and scholars. Angus Phillips, Director, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and the author of Turning the Page: The evolution of the book'. Juliet Mabey, co-founder and Director of Oneworld Books, Monty Kimball-Evans, Higher Education Sales Executive at Taylor and Francis & former Blackwell's bookseller, and Andy Miller, author of The Year of Reading Dangerously.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad St, Oxford. Alternatively, Please call 01865 333623 or for event enquiries please email: Main Switchboard Tel: 01865 792792 email:  
  • Blackwell's Oxford and OPUS Present: Deborah Levy in conversation with Stefan Tobler

    Friday, October 17th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Joining us to discuss her novels with Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories) will be award winning author, Deborah Levy. Deborah will be discussing the relationship between authors and publishers as well as Deborah and Stefan's own shared journey to publishing 'Swimming Home'. Deborah's new book 'An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell' is published by And Other Stories in October.

    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:
  • Cambridge, Heffers:John Cleese book signing

    Sunday, October 19th at 16:00 - 17:00
      FREE ticketed event: John Cleese is visiting Heffers to sign copies of his latest book ‘So, Anyway…’ Queue from 3 pm. Signing: 4pm – 5pm only. Please Note: John will only be signing copies of his new book, with a name. He WILL NOT sign any other items or pose for photos. Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a comedy giant. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-wracking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of 8 and 5/6ths; his endlessly peripatetic home life with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work as a teacher who knew next to nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman. And so on to his dizzying ascent via script-writing for Peter Sellers, David Frost, Marty Feldman and others to the heights of Monty Python. Punctuated from time to time with John Cleese's thoughts on topics as diverse as the nature of comedy, the relative merits of cricket and water-skiing, and the importance of knowing the dates of all the kings and queens of England, this is a masterly performance by a master performer. John Cleese Headshot cr72dpi John Marwood Cleese was born in Weston-super-Mare in 1939 and educated at Clifton College and at Cambridge. He achieved his first big success in the West End and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. He went on to co-found the legendary Monty Python comedy troupe, writing and performing in the first three TV series and in Monty Python films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian. In the mid-1970s, John Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote and starred in the now-classic sitcom, Fawlty Towers. Later, he wrote and co-starred in A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures. He has appeared in many other films, from James Bond to Harry Potter to Shrek, and has guest-starred in TV shows that have included 3rd Rock from the Sun, Will & Grace and Entourage. He lives in London. FREE Ticketed event:
    Children’s Book Group

    Monday, October 20th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Monday 20th of October
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Are you eight to eleven years old, with a love of books and biscuits? Become a member of our book group to enjoy a friendly hour of fiction and chat!

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

    We are currently reading Micheal Ende's Never-Ending Story.

    What is the book about?

    Small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Through the pages of an old book he discovers a mysterious world of enchantment - but a world that is falling into decay. The great task of making things well again falls on Bastian and so begins a dazzling, magical adventure.

    To join just email your details to

  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening withWendy Pollard

    Tuesday, October 21st at 18:30
    This first biography of Pamela Hansford Johnson (1912-1981) has been written with the full co-operation of her three children, who allowed Wendy Pollard access to previously unexamined diaries, letters and much other material, illuminating their mother’s eventful and often entertaining life. Pamela Hansford Johnson’s achievements were all the more remarkable because of her lack of formal education after the age of 16. With no literary contacts to ease her path, she nevertheless quickly established herself first as a poet, then as a prolific short story writer, and, after the publication of her first novel, she was able to support herself and her mother on her income from writing and reviewing. In addition to their aesthetic worth, her novels are remarkable for the portraits they paint of almost forgotten, yet comparatively recent, worlds. Her 1930s novels are not set in the privileged surroundings featured in the novels of the majority of her contemporaries, but in the down-to-earth milieu of lower middle-class Londoners. Her novels of the 1940s and 1950s graphically portray the period of social adjustment during, and immediately after, the Second World War. Later, several of her novels focused on moral dilemmas, and she also varied her range with a group of well-received satirical novels. Her private life was full of incident, the earliest being her youthful romance with Dylan Thomas. Her first marriage was to an Australian journalist, and she subsequently married the novelist and scientist, C.P. (later Lord) Snow. The Snows formed a celebrated literary partnership, travelling widely, and being fêted in academic circles in the USA and the USSR as well as in the UK. The biography also recounts the many intrigues in literary circles in the post-war years when the Snows later became targets for the emerging satire movement. After a number of administrative jobs, Wendy Pollard worked for five years as editorial assistant on the Newsdesk of Independent Television News. While her family was growing up, she studied with the Open University, gaining a first-class honours degree. She was awarded a PhD in 2000 by the English Faculty of the University of Cambridge, for a dissertation on the literary reception of the works of Rosamond Lehmann, which was later published as Rosamond Lehmann and Her Critics: The Vagaries of Literary Reception (Ashgate, 2004).  Tickets from:
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Henry Marsh - 'Do No Harm'

    Tuesday, October 21st at 19:00 - 20:00
    What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially life-saving operation when it all goes wrong? In neurosurgery, more than in any other branch of medicine, the doctor's oath to 'do no harm' holds a bitter irony. Operations on the brain carry grave risks...

    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:
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Richard Barnett - 'The Sick Rose'

    Wednesday, October 22nd at 19:00 - 20:00
    The Sick Rose is a beautifully gruesome and strangely fascinating visual tour through disease in an age before colour photography. This stunning volume, combining detailed illustrations of afflicted patients from some of the worlds rarest medical books, forms an unforgettable and profoundly human reminder of mankinds struggle with disease. Incorporating historic maps, pioneering charts and contemporary case notes, Richard Barnetts evocative overview reveals the fears and obsessions of an era gripped by epidemics. Richard will be accompanying his talk with a slide show presentation of the books illustrations in all their glory - not for the squeamish!

    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:
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: The Fall of the Berlin Wall - Dr Hester Vaizey at the Curtis Auditorium

    Thursday, October 23rd at 17:30 - 18:45
    When the Berlin Wall fell, and German reunification followed, a whole country was wiped out as East Germany was effectively taken over by West Germany. Dr Hester Vaizey, Lecturer in Modern German History at Clare College, Cambridge, will discuss how life changed for East Germans once the Wall fell: the world they left behind, and how they coped with the transition from communism to a Western consumer society. This is a free event, no pre-booking required. Part of Newcastle University's Insights Public Lectures series.
  • The Serpent's Promise: the Bible retold as science

    Thursday, October 23rd at 18:30 - 19:30
    A Blackwell's talk for Manchester Science Festival. Are we all descended from a single couple, a real-life Adam and Eve? Was the Bible's great flood really a memory of the end of the Ice Age? Will we ever get back to Methuselah given that British life expectancy is still rising by six hours a day, every day? The Bible was the first scientific textbook of all - and it got some things right (and plenty more wrong). Geneticist Steve Jones has rewritten the Bible in the light of modern science. An erudite, accessible, witty and thoughtful account of the answers offered by science. Hosted by Blackwell’s bookshop. FREE. No need to book.
  • Cambridge, Heffers:Roy Calne: The Ratchet of Science

    Thursday, October 23rd at 18:30
    RYC4 Join Roy Calne launching his latest book, THE RATCHET OF SCIENCE – Curiosity Killed the Cat Science, like the universe, is expanding and accelerating.  This book outlines the many gifts that science has bestowed upon our quality of life ranging from health, travel, and communication, but it also raises concerns about the sometimes awful consequences of science.  These may be accidental and unanticipated, or deliberate, as with the development of new weapons that carry dreadful potential.  After the Second World War, a chasm separated the regimes of the East and West, and the possibility that the world was heading towards a catastrophic atomic conflict was a serious worry.  Science has a responsibility for its consequences, even if these are not anticipated.  In view of the history of science and our current relationship with scientific advances, it would be prudent to attempt a continuing peaceful dialogue to avoid future confrontation.  For the writing of this book the author studied correspondence, held at the Churchill College Archives in Cambridge, between scientists and philosophers, including most notably, Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell. Sir Roy Calne is a pioneer in the field of transplant surgery, having performed the first liver transplant operation in Europe (1968) and the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant (1987).  He was Harkness Fellow at Harvard Medical School from 1960-61 and Professor of Surgery at Cambridge University from 1965 to 1998.  His research has focussed on prevention of organ graft rejection, developing new drugs that have prolonged the lives of thousands of liver transplant recipients.  In 1974 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and was knighted in 1986.  Sir Roy was awarded, together with Dr Thomas Starzl, the prestigious 2012 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. He is Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University of Cambridge, JK & Visiting Professor National University of Singapore.   Tickets from:
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Kicking the Bucket Festival 2014. Kate Mayfield - 'The Undertaker's Daughter

    Thursday, October 23rd at 19:00 - 20:00
    As part of this year's Kicking the Bucket Festival, we will be joined by author Kate Mayfield to discuss her memoir, 'The Undertaker's Daughter'. Kate grew up in 1960's Kentucky in a funeral home. A place synonymous with death and where the victims of family feuds, accidents and suicide lay in preparation for burial. This fascinating story of life in the god-fearing south shows how sharing a house with the dead can prepare a person to face life with the living. Described as a mixture between Six Feet Under and Mary Roach's Stiff, this incredible story mixes in macabre humour to describe a very different childhood that many people would struggle to imagine.

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

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

    Saturday, October 25th at 19:00 - 20:00
    October 25th 2014 would have been Marina Keegan's 25th Birthday. Marina was killed in a car accident just days after graduating from Yale and writing her inspirational essay, The Opposite of Loneliness. We will be joined by Jason Cowley, editor of the New Statesman and Suzanne Baboneau, managing director of Simon and Schuster UK to celebrate Marina's legacy and the innocence and beauty of this wonderful book. We'll also be having selected readings from The Opposite of Loneliness, giving people the chance to reflect and celebrate a life that was tragically cut short but which has now become an inspiration to many people. We will also be joined on the evening by Marina's parents, Kevin and Tracy Keegan.

    This is a FREE event to attend. For a ticket please collect from our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel: 01865 333 623 or for enquiries please email
  • Why we ignore climate change

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

    Tuesday, October 28th at 18:30 - 19:30
    A Blackwell's talk for Manchester Science Festival. Taking place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Alex Bellos, bestselling author of Alex Through the Looking-Glass and Alex's Adventures in Numberland, dives into fractals, cones and curves to navigate a sea of numbers. Expect stories of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world as we learn how numbers have become our friends – and how they’ve changed the world. Calculus, rollercoasters, negative numbers and a shed in Illinois: it’s all here. He has even sifted through 30,000 survey submissions to reveal the world's favourite number. By this talk’s end, Alex will have you hooked on maths. Ten out of ten. BOOKING ADVISED. Buy your ticket here.
  • Cambridge, Heffers: Mandy Morton and The No.2 Feline Detective Agency

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

    Tuesday, October 28th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Popular science books, selling in their thousands - even millions - help us appreciate breakthroughs in understanding the natural world, while highlighting the cultural importance of scientific knowledge. Textbooks bring these same advances to students; the scientists of tomorrow. But how do these books come about? And why are some of them so spectacularly successful? This is the first ever insider's account of science publishing, written by an editor intimately involved in the publication of some of the most famous bestsellers in the field. Michael Rodgers reveals the stories behind these extraordinary books, providing a behind-the-scenes view of the world of books, authors and ideas.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email:
  • Sex on earth

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

    Thursday, October 30th at 18:30
    Lars Iyer’s latest novel Wittgenstein Jr (Melville House UK) concerns the academic career of a group of Cambridge philosophy students, deeply under the influence of their supervisor, whom they nickname Wittgenstein Jr. Wittgenstein Jr’s austere, exacting philosophy provides a tragicomic counterpoint to the chemical excesses of a student life that takes place in Cambridge locations that will having Cambridge inhabitants laughing out loud in recognition: the college backs, the Maypole, the Copper Kettle, the weekend tourists on King's Parade…With the wit and linguistic playfulness of Evelyn Waugh and the experimentation of Beckett, the novel moves towards an unexpectedly hopeful and touching conclusion. The event will be of great interest to fans of philosophy and contemporary fiction. Iyer will be reading from his work, and taking questions from the audience. Tickets from:
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Darryl Jones Hallowe'en Classic Ghost Story reading

    Friday, October 31st at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us for an intimate gathering to hear Darryl Jones read some classic ghost stories. Darryl will be reading from his new collection 'Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffman to Hodgson'. This anthology brings together 29 of the greatest horror stories from the British, Irish, American, and European traditions through the long 19th century. It ranges widely across diverse sub-genres including the supernatural, psychological and tales of the uncanny, and features established classics as well as little-known works. These are stories guaranteed to freeze the blood, revolt the senses, and keep you awake at night: prepare to be terrified! Come in your scariest garb as Darryl will be judging the best fancy dress, the winner of which will receive a signed copy of 'Horror Stories' as a prize!

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  • Cambridge, Heffers: Classics Forum 2014

    Saturday, November 1st at 09:30 - 18:00
    The third Heffers Classics Forum is in partnership with Cambridge Festival of Ideas. For full programme details visit: Heffers Classics Forum returns to Cambridge: Saturday 1st November 2014. Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site 9.30am - 6pm We are delighted to be holding the annual Heffers Classics Forum once again, in association with Cambridge Festival of Ideas, featuring a host of celebrities from the world of Classics. The Forum will be taking place at the Faculty of Law on the Sidgwick site in Cambridge. Tickets on sale from: The full programme can be seen here:   This dynamic day long Forum celebrates the Classical World. The programme is a diverse celebration of all that the Classical world has to offer. See you there ...
  • Smashing Physics: inside the world’s biggest experiment

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

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

    Tuesday, November 4th at 18:30
    The Sick Rose is a strangely fascinating, often gruesome visual tour through disease in an age before colour photography. The illustrations produced for 19th century medical books were created through a sophisticated collaboration between doctors, artists, craftsmen and publishers, and chronicle a major attempt to record, understand and treat the symptoms of disease at every stage. The 19th century experienced an explosion of epidemics such as cholera and diphtheria, driven by industrialization, urbanization and poor hygiene. But the age also saw enormous scientific progress, including the acceptance of vaccination and germ theory.   Richard Barnett, a highly regarded medical historian, focuses on ten diseases prevalent in this period, and illustrates his social history with over 350 images from some of the world’s rarest medical books, historic maps, pioneering charts and contemporary case notes. His evocative overview of ailments, ranging from those that are largely forgotten to epidemics that shaped our modern age, are a reminder of the transience of the body and the frailty of the flesh.   Richard Barnett is a writer, teacher and broadcaster on the cultural history of science and medicine. His first book, Medical London: City of Diseases, City of Cures, came out in 2008, and was a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4, and The Sick Rose was described by Will Self in the Guardian as ‘superbly erudite and lucid’. He has taught the history of science, medicine and evolutionary theory at the universities of Cambridge and London, and in 2011 received one of the first Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships. He is online at, and on Twitter @doctorbarnett.     Tickets from:
  • Cambridge, Heffers: East Anglian Poets

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

    Thursday, November 6th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Katherine Rundell was born in 1987 and grew up in Africa and Europe. In 2008 she was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her first book, The Girl Savage, was born of her love of Zimbabwe and her own childhood there; her second, Rooftoppers, was inspired by summers working in Paris and by night-time trespassing on the rooftops of All Souls. Katherine will be in conversation with author of 'The Man with his head in the clouds', Richard Smith.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email:
  • Cambridge, Heffers: James Ellroy and Perfidia

    Tuesday, November 11th at 18:30

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    It’s a long time since James Ellroy graced us with his considerable presence! Come and hear the renowned author of the L.A Quartet. Perfidia is an epic-length novel that will transpire within only 24 days – from December 6, 1941 through to New Year’s Eve. A crime novel, a war novel and a historic romance, it will unfold in real time as two police officers, a Japanese-American forensic chemist and a young woman coerced into a cabal of Hollywood leftists work around the clock, while Los Angeles comports under night-time blackouts, war fever and escalating racial tension spawned by the Pearl Harbor bombings. Characters from Ellroy’s previous seven novels – including arch villain Dudley Smith, anti-hero of The Big Nowhere, White Jazz and L.A. Confidential – will be joined by new characters, both real-life and fictional, in this grand drama of Los Angeles during the first month of America’s entry into the war. James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the acclaimed ‘L.A. Quartet’: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz. His most recent novel, Blood's a Rover, completes the magisterial 'Underworld USA Trilogy' – the first two volumes of which (American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand) were both Sunday Times bestsellers. Please note: This event will be held at St Andrew's Baptist Church, St Andrew's Street Cambridge Tickets from:
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Marilynne Robinson - 'Lila' at the Sheldonian Theatre

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

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email:
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Mick Wall in conversation with Scott Rowley - 'Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre: A Biography of The Doors' including special guests Soul Kitchen

    Thursday, November 13th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Think you know the story of Jim Morrison and The Doors? Think again. Jim Morrison died in Paris in 1971 - but not in a bathtub.Along with evoking the cultural milieu of Los Angeles in the Sixties, in Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre writer Mick Wall captures the true spirit of that tarnished age with a brilliantly penetrating and contemporary investigation into the real story of The Doors.We'll be celebrating the legacy of The Doors with beer and our very own instrumental Doors tribute act, Soul Kitchen.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email:
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Matilda Tristram - 'Probably Nothing : A Diary of not-your-average nine months'

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

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

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

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email:
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds - 'Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan'

    Thursday, November 27th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Aneurin - Nye - Bevan was one of the pivotal Labour figures of the post-war era. As Minister for Health in Attlee's government, his role in the foundation of the NHS, the world's largest publically-funded health service and the centre-piece of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, changed the face of British society forever. In this book, acclaimed author Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds provides the first full-life biography of Bevan in over two decades, from his birth in Tredegar in the South Wales Valleys in 1897 to his death from stomach cancer at the age of 62 in 1960.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email:
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Jonathan Steffen

    Thursday, December 4th at 18:30
    EXPOSURE_dust_jacket.indd Exposure by Jonathan Steffen Exposure brings together forty love-poems written by Jonathan Steffen over a period of thirty years. It also matches these compositions with photographs by photographers from around the world. Each poem has been paired with the work of a contemporary photographer that provides a powerful commentary on the verse. The poems and photographs are presented on individually coloured double-page spreads that create a unique kaleidoscope of longing, celebration and loss.   Jonathan Steffen was born in London in 1958 and read English at King’s College, Cambridge. His work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines, and has been featured on BBC radio. 2011 saw the launch of his poetry pamphlet The Colour of Love, which followed the poetry CD St Francis in the Slaughter-House (2006) and the song album The Road in Our Feet (2005). Tickets from:
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Chris Hadfield Signing copies of 'You Are Here'

    Tuesday, December 16th at 14:30 - 16:30
    We are delighted to announce that we will be joined by astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield to sign copies of his new book, 'You Are Here'. The millions of us who followed Hadfield's news-making Twitter feed from the ISS thought we knew what we were looking at when we first saw his photos. But we may have caught the beauty and missed the full meaning. Now, through photographs - many of which have never been shared - Hadfield unveils a fresh and insightful look at our planet.

    THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE NORRINGTON ROOM. We are sure that this will be an extremely popular event so we advise that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: 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:

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