Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • World Book Night - Community Book Swap

    Tuesday, April 1st at 09:00 TO Wednesday, April 30th at 17:30
    Blackwell’s Bookshop proudly presents World Book Night, 23rd April 2014.   Community book swap We’re looking for as many people as possible to volunteer to give at least one book to someone who doesn’t regularly read in their community. Stickers and bookplates available here so your book can be officially branded as part of World Book Night. Alternatively leave your book – whether a new one or an old favourite – in our donations box, or pick one from the box to give to someone you think will like it. This year for the first time there's a new way to take part in World Book Night, as a Community Book Giver. As a Community Book Giver you choose - and provide - the book you give. You can choose to give any book you want - one you already own, or one you buy specially, new or second-hand. You can also choose whoever you want to give the book to – a friend, a member of your community, a complete stranger. What we ask is that you give your book with the aim of helping someone develop the same love of reading that you have. And if you want to give more than one book, that’s amazing.   Blackwell’s Bookshop 21 Blenheim Terrace Leeds LS2 9HJ Tel 01132 432446
  • OXFORD Art installation: Grenoble University: Between the city and the mountains

    Wednesday, April 2nd at 10:00 TO Wednesday, April 30th at 18:00
    This installation will be free to view in Caffe Nero on the first floor of the shop As part of the 25 year anniversary celebrations of the twinning of Oxford with Grenoble these photographs feature aspects of the Grenoble University campus . This is the absolute opposite to Oxford as the campus is on a spacious area on the edge of the city, contains some remarkable examples of late-20th century architecture and is uniquely surrounded by the Alps. Paul Medley will give a brief talk about the exhibition on April 28th (before Richard Coles\\\'s talk). Paul Medley is a professional photographer who has lived and worked in Oxford for the past 25 years. Solo exhibitions included Beneath the Waterline (Art Jericho. 2013) and Something I care about (John Radcliffe Hospital. 2009). Paul is also part of Magdalen Road Studios where he has a studio and exhibits regularly. As a designer he has produced books for Oxface Publications some of which are for sale in Blackwell, Oxford.
  • OXFORD Ilan Pappe/ The Idea of Israel

    Friday, April 25th at 19:00 - 20:00
    The Idea of Israel is a powerful and urgent intervention in the war of ideas concerning the past, and the future, of the Palestinian–Israeli conflict. Join us as Ilan will be discussing the book and signing copies. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwells Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, call 01865 333 623
  • OXFORD: Magic Dodo Event

    Saturday, April 26th at 13:00 - 15:00
    Local author Mirjam Chappell will be joining us in-store to read and sign her book The Magic Dodo. So please come along to meet Mirjam and find out more about Toby's Adventure in Oxford.
  • THE BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH BOOK GROUP

    Monday, April 28th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: 28th April
    Time: 6pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

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

    Our current book: Günther Grass’ The Tin Drum.

    What is the book about?

    On his third birthday Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures is post-war Germany.

    On May 19th we are reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    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

  • OXFORD Richard Cole/ Portrait of a French Village by an English Artist

    Monday, April 28th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Over 50 years, Richard Cole has compiled a delightful record of the comings and goings of the village where he made a home and studio in a 16th century forge. Richards artwork will be on display and his beautiful book for sale on the evening.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwells Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, call 01865 333623
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Roger Scruton

    Tuesday, April 29th at 18:30
    Roger Scruton academic cover Double interest! Roger Scruton is launching two books this evening fresh from his appearance at the Oxford Literary Festival. Roger Scruton is a writer and renowned philosopher and the author of more than forty books, including The Aesthetics of Architecture (Princeton), The Aesthetics of Music, The Face of God, and Green Philosophy. He is a visiting professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. In The Soul of the World,  Roger Scruton defends the experience of the sacred against today's fashionable forms of atheism. He argues that our personal relationships, moral intuitions, and aesthetic judgments hint at a transcendent dimension that cannot be understood through the lens of science alone. To be fully alive--and to understand what we are--is to acknowledge the reality of sacred things. Rather than an argument for the existence of God, or a defense of the truth of religion, the book is an extended reflection on why a sense of the sacred is essential to human life--and what the final loss of the sacred would mean. In short, the book addresses the most important question of modernity: what is left of our aspirations after science has delivered its verdict about what we are? Roger Scruton novel cover His debut novel 'Notes from Underground' has garnered many accolades - here's one: "Grippingly, movingly, and unforgettably, Roger Scruton's Notes from Underground transports the reader back to Cold War Prague in the bleak years after 1968, when the memory of freedom was kept alive by samizdat publishers, dissident intellectuals, and subversive priests. Those who experienced Central Europe under the tyranny of Moscow's puppets will be startled by the clarity of Scruton's recollection. Those to whom Prague is now just another tourist destination should be required to read Notes from Underground before they go." ~Niall Ferguson, Historian, and Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University Set in the twilight years of the Czechoslovak communist regime, recalled from the suburbs of Washington, Notes from Underground (Beaufort Books, March 2014) by Roger Scruton describes a doomed love affair between two young people trapped by the system. Roger Scruton evokes a world in which every word and gesture bears a double meaning, as people seek to find truth amid the lies and love in the midst of betrayal. Tickets from: https://roger-scruton.eventbrite.co.uk    
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    LEO DU FEU:
    Landscapes and Birds of Scotland

    Tuesday, April 29th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 29th of April
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell’s is delighted to be hosting an event with artist Leo Du Feu for his beautiful book Landscapes and Birds of Scotland: An Artists View

    Born in Edinburgh in 1984, Leo has lived most of his life in nearby Linlithgow. Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006, Leo has painted full time, helped initially by a PSYBT business start-up grant. Leo’s inspiration is the natural world. He takes every opportunity to explore the landscapes of Scotland and the rest of Britain, walking, cycling, sketching and taking photos, using material gathered to complete paintings in the studio. Leo has a keen interest in natural history and environment and is supported by Scotrail in his ongoing project to explore Scotland’s rail-accessible landscapes which will culminate in publication of Landscapes and Birds of Scotland.

    Landscapes and Birds of Scotland: An Artist’s View is a journey through Scotland’s lowlands, highlands and islands. Leo’s three passions – birds, art and the outdoors – are demonstrated in the pages of this wonderful book, from peregrine falcons in flight over Slains Castle to the majestic lighthouse on Rattray Beach and the beauty of Orkney.

    Some of Leo’s railway work is on show at The Line Gallery in Linlithgow 19th April - 13th May, and at Bon Papillon on Edinburgh’s Howe Street throughout May.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like to order a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • OXFORD AUTHOR SERIES SAMANTHA SHANNON in conversation with SAM THOMPSON

    Wednesday, April 30th at 17:15 - 18:15
    CONVOCATION HOUSE, BODLEIAN LIBRARY The Bone Season is a riveting debut novel set in 2059 and is the first volume of a projected seven book series. It was published in August 2013 and by November the book had been translated into 27 languages and the film rights secured by a London-based production company. Dr Sam Thompson is Lecturer in English Language and Literature at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. His novel Communion Town, published by Fourth Estate, was longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. Following the interview, wine will be served in the Divinity School where the paperback edition of The Bone Season will be available for purchase (pre-publication). This event is free but places are limited (100) so please complete the booking form to reserve tickets in advance. However, if places are still available on the day, early arrival might secure you a place.
  • TRAD FEST &
    BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...

    ALEXANDER MOFFAT & ALAN RIACH:
    Arts of Independence

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

    Alexander Moffat and Alan Riach take a hard look at a crucial aspect of the argument for Scotland’s distinctive national identity: the arts – the fuel and fire that makes imagination possible. They take the argument out of the hands of politicians and economists and way beyond party politics. Prepare for the contentious.

    There is only one argument for Scottish independence: the cultural argument. It was there long before North Sea oil was discovered, and it will be here long after the oil has run out...We believe, as teachers, artists, a painter and a poet, both of us travellers in other lands, both of us residents in Scotland, that Scotland should be an independent nation.

    Arts of Independence takes a hard look at the most neglected aspect of the argument for Scotland's distinctive national identity: the arts. The proposition is that music, painting, architecture, and, pre-eminently, literature are the fuel and fire of political change. Following the success of Arts of Resistance, this new work by the same authors takes the argument over Scottish independence out of the hands of politicians and economists and beyond the petty squabbles of party politics.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like to order a signed copy please contact
    Roanna Branigan on 0131 622 8220 or stationery.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • OXFORD Richard Skinner/ The Mirror

    Wednesday, April 30th at 19:00 - 20:00
    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLEDRichard Skinner will be joining us to discuss his new book The Mirror. Told in two short novels, The Mirror and The Velvet Gentlemen, it tells a story of art, devotion, religion and creative fervour.

    In The Mirror Olivia is about to take the veil and become a bride of Christ. Suddenly her world is shaken and everything she knows is questioned. When artist Signor Avílo asks her to pose for a painting she accepts. With him he brings a diabolical object: a mirror. And reflections can be dangerous.

    In The Velvet Gentlemen Erik Satie- a composer, dandy, eccentric- is dead. Told he must select a single memory to take with him into the afterlife. How will he choose his own legacy, before silent witness descends!

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwells Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, call 01865 333 623
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with James Russell and Eric Ravilious

    Thursday, May 1st at 18:30
    James Russell James Russell "Eric Ravilious: A Life in Pictures" An illustrated talk James Russell studied History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, but was galvanized into writing about art by a lengthy stint selling contemporary paintings and sculpture in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  A passionate advocate of 20th century British painting and design, James writes and lectures widely. His books include the popular four-volume series Ravilious in Pictures, about British water-colourist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-42), which was described by Country Life as ‘a vivid portrait of the artist’, and Paul Nash in Pictures: Landscape and Dream. In June 2014 his monograph on landscape painter Edward Seago will be published by Lund Humphries, while the Antique Collectors Club will publish his book on artist and designer Peggy Angus. As a lecturer James has entertained audiences at venues including The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Maritime Museum, Pallant House Gallery, Towner, The Fry Art Gallery and The Royal Watercolour Society. ERIC RAVILIOUS: A LIFE IN PICTURES Eric Ravilious was only 39 when he died on active service as a war artist in 1942, yet he had already achieved amazing things. A brilliant wood engraver and designer, he is best known today for his haunting watercolours, in which lighthouses, white horses, empty rooms and downland paths become marvels. In his popular series Ravilious in Pictures, author James Russell has explored many of these paintings in depth, teasing out stories and characters hidden in the wings. This entertaining illustrated talk illuminates the life and work of this playful, enigmatic artist, showing not only his watercolours but also wood engravings and lithographs. Tickets from: https://eric-ravilious.eventbrite.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    PATRICK RICHARDSON: In Search of Landfall

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

    Patrick Richardson joins us for the launch of his new book In Search of Landfall.

    Using memoir as a vehicle, In Search of Landfall is about one man's search for answers to some of the most important questions we are all faced with: who are we, what are we doing here, and where are we going?

    It is also a fascinating portrait of two very different worlds: the author's childhood in 1950s Edinburgh and his time there at university as a radical student in the late 1960s, and his life in the exhilarating counterculture of Amsterdam during the 1970s and 1980s. As he travels through life and the remotest parts of the globe, he describes both his inner and outer journeys and the extraordinary characters he encounters along the way, inlcuding Norman McCaig, Indira Gandhi, Robin Cook, Rudi Dutschke and Jorge Luis Borges.

    Loosely structured on Homer's Odyssey, this book is an almost mythical meditation on childhood, the loss of innocence, love and the passing of time.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like to order a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • OXFORD Kate Fox/ Watching The English

    Thursday, May 1st at 19:00 - 20:00
    Kate Fox is the author of the extraordinarily successful 'Watching the English' - a book about the foibles, quirks and habits of the English people. Join as we celebrate the expanded and updated second edition of this fascinating book. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwells Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, call 01865 333 623
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Scottish Launch for
    CHARLIE FLETCHER’S: The Oversight

    Friday, May 2nd at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Friday 2nd May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Charlie Fletcher joins us for an Exclusive Scottish Launch of his new adult gothic fantasy novel The Oversight. The first in a highly anticipated series. Ideal for fans of Neil Gaiman!

    Once the Oversight, the secret society that polices the lines between the mundane and the magic, counted hundreds of brave souls among its members. Now their number can be tallied on a single hand.

    As the borders between the natural and the supernatural begin to break down, brutal murders erupt across the city, the Oversight are torn viciously apart, and their enemies close in for the final blow.

    This dark Dickensian fantasy spins a tale of witch-hunters, magicians, mirror-walkers and the unlikeliest of heroes drawn from the depths of British folklore. Meet the Oversight, and remember: when they fall, so do we all.

    About that author... Charlie Fletcher is a screenwriter and children’s author living in Edinburgh. His Stoneheart trilogy has been translated into a dozen languages and the film rights have been sold to Paramount. The first volume, Stoneheart, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase award and longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. His standalone novel for children, Far Rockaway, was published last year to great critical acclaim and has been longlisted for the Carnegie prize. He can be found on twitter at @CharlieFletch_r

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like to order a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • OXFORD Tom Moorhouse: The River Singers Book Signing

    Saturday, May 3rd at 13:00 - 15:00
    Tom Moorhouse, author of The River Singers will be with us in-store to sign his brilliant book and help us celebrate our 'Wildlife Week' by speaking to us about his passion for nature and ecology. So come and join us for what promises to be an insightful and interesting event
  • OXFORD: Wild City Book Launch

    Monday, May 5th at 13:00 - 15:00
    We are excited to welcome back the authors of the amazing 'Stick Book' who will be in-store sharing with us their new 'Wild City Book'. So please come and join us for a fun-filled afternoon of wild activities.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, May 5th at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 5th of May
    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?”

    It's our 5th Birthday Quiz in May so come along for a fun packed quiz featuring Joker Cards, Cake and some fab quizzing.

    For further information please contact James Anderson on 0131 622 8242 or james.anderson@blackwell.co.uk

  • TRADFEST &
    BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...

    DAVID TORRANCE: A New Union
    Scotland in a Federal UK

    Tuesday, May 6th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Tuesday 6th of May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Why Scotland should be independent, what policies might be pursued by an independent Scotland, and so on. But as an academic might say, there is a gap in the literature: what about the case for Scotland remaining part of the UK?

    A New Union argues for a whole scale transformation of the famously uncodified British constitution. It advocates what proponents have dubbed a 'New Union', a UK federation in which Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England become sovereign states on a more equal footing. The author looks at the Scottish economy (why is higher tax considered anathema by all parties?), education (the mythology of Scotland having 'the best education system in the world' has outlived its usefulness), welfare (discourse in this area is, ironically, deeply conservative), the future of the media (the industry needs to get real about 'free' news), and a host of other important areas. It sets out to provoke a much-needed debate on what can be done - with or without independence - to make a Scotland a more equal, successful and prosperous country.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • OXFORD Michael Scmidt/ The Novel

    Tuesday, May 6th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Michael Schmidt will be in conversation with Professor Lucy Newlyn about his new book 'The Novel: A Biography'. This epic tome explores the 700 year history of one of our greatest pleasures, taking in contributions from sources all over the world. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwells Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, call 01865 333 623
  • TRADFEST &
    BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...

    GERRY HASSAN: Caledonian Dreaming:
    The Quest For a Different Scotland

    Wednesday, May 7th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Wednesday 7th of May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    In Caledonian Dreaming Author Gerry Hassan examines the state of contemporary Scotland, the independence referendum, and its wider consequences.

    Caledonian Dreaming examines the state of contemporary Scotland, the independence referendum, and its wider consequences. In this short, accessible book, Hassan challenges the myths that define modern Scotland and its place in the United Kingdom. He forensically examines the shortcomings of Scottish society - from the 'missing Scotland' of voters disconnected from public life to the collusion of Labour and SNP on most issues bar independence. He argues that Scotland has the potential to become a modern, progressive, democratic country - aided by the creative energies and passions unleashed by the independence question.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • OXFORD Archie Brown/ The Myth of the Strong Leader

    Wednesday, May 7th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us as Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford, Archie Brown launches his new book 'The Myth of the Strong Leader' An essential read for those interested in either history or politics, the premise of the book is that the fixation on a dominant leader being the most effective is erroneous and damaging. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwells Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, call 01865 333 623
  • Blackwell's presents Elizabeth Hopkinson, author of Silver Hands

    Thursday, May 8th at 14:00 - 16:00

    In-store Event on Thursday 8th May, 2pm:

    Blackwell's presents Elizabeth Hopkinson, author of Silver Hands

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    Former Leeds University student and local author Elizabeth Hopkinson will  be speaking about her new historical fantasy novel  Silver Hands.  In particular she will be telling us about the experience of writing the book, and how to go about getting published as a first-time author.

    A mysterious pendant. A sinister suitor. And an epic chase to the Edge of the Map... 1706. The rival Dutch and English East India Companies sail the world's oceans, bringing back exotic treasures and tales of fantastical lands. In coastal Hollyport, Margaret faces a terrible choice: to abandon herself to a marriage that could erase her very soul, or to risk all aboard a ship bound for dangerous waters. The event is free  and all are welcome to attend! Exclusive Blackwell’s Offer Price:  £9.99 Blackwell’s Bookshop 21 Blenheim Terrace Leeds LS2 9HJ Tel 01132 432446
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Christel Lane

    Thursday, May 8th at 18:30
    christel_lane-web Join Christel as she launches her new book at Heffers. After many decades, if not centuries, of neglect of fine food and high-level restaurants in Britain, we are seeing a massive explosion of interest in food, cooking, and dining out. Christel Lane's book charts the process of this transformation and examines top contemporary restaurants and their chefs. The Cultivation of Taste presents a comparative study of Michelin-starred restaurants in Britain and Germany, focusing on two countries without an indigenous haute cuisine but which nevertheless have developed internationally reputed fine-dining sectors. It compares their development to the fine-dining culture in France, as well as offering contrasts with that of the US, Spain, and the Nordic Countries. Written from a sociological perspective, chefs are portrayed as part of a complex network, in their relationships with their employees, their customers, gastronomic critics, suppliers of food, and even their financiers. It will appeal to academics in the areas of economic and cultural sociology, and those with an interest in small entrepreneurial firms and their work relations, but also to all those who have an interest in fine-dining restaurants and the chef patrons at the centre of them. The book draws on a large number of interviews with renowned chefs, diners, and Michelin inspectors to provide an unprecedented insight into what goes on in Michelin-starred restaurants—what makes their chefs tick, intrigues their critics, and beguiles or annoys their customers. Restaurants are viewed not simply as businesses but as cultural enterprises that shape our taste in food, ambience, and sociality.   Tickets from: https://christel-lane.eventbrite.co.uk
  • TRADFEST & BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    DILYS ROSE: Pelmanism

    Thursday, May 8th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Thursday 8th of May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us in welcoming debut author Jane MacKenzie to Blackwell’s South Bridge.

    Pelmanism [noun] - a system of memory training - a card game in which matching pairs must be selected from memory from cards laid face down.

    A young woman steps reluctantly from the train platform, arriving to visit the estranged father she has been running from for over two years. What follows are fragments of family life, Gala's memories of her father from childhood through to young adulthood. These disparate strands coalesce to reveal the complex bitterness and love shared between one young girl and her father, leading to what could be a heart-breaking and explosive reunion. Pelmanism is a razor-sharp portrait of mental illness and its impact on those around you.

    About the author…Dilys Rose is a Scottish poet and fiction writer. Born in 1954 in Glasgow, Rose studied at Edinburgh University, where she has been teaching Creative Writing since 2001. She is currently Director of the MSc in Creative Writing by Online Learning.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • Women in Sci Fi Panel

    Thursday, May 8th at 18:30 - 19:30
    In partnership with Quercus Books, Blackwell’s Charing Cross Road will host six authors discussing the debate surrounding the representation of female authors in genre fiction, why there is a lack of it, and the solutions that could be implemented to ensure equality in the future.

    Includes authors Stephanie Saulter, Karen Lord, Naomi Foyle, Jaine Fenn and Janet Edwards, moderated by Edward James, and features the launch of an exciting display of books promoting female authors in SFF.

    Karen Lord was born in Barbados and published her multi-award-winning debut novel Redemption in Indigo in 2011, originally in America, but also here through Jo Fletcher Books. Her second novel The Best of All Possible Worlds will be released in paperback in May and her third, The Galaxy Game, a sequel to The Best of All Possible Worlds will be coming soon. Her writing has been described as ‘Refined, meditative and life-affirming’ by the Financial Times and highly acclaimed both here and internationally.

    Naomi Foyle lives in Brighton, and published her debut novel Seoul Survivors with Jo Fletcher Books in 2013. Her second novel – and the first in a new trilogy – Astra, was published in February. Seoul Survivors is an end-of-the-world fast-paced thriller set in Seoul; Astra is a quieter coming-of-age set in a world destroyed by man and just beginning to heal.

    Stephanie Saulter hails from Jamaica and now lives in London and is the author of Gemsigns and its sequel Binary, which was published last month. They are social science fiction with a thriller edge that really makes you think.  She is also the brains behind the Scriptopus app, which helps writers to write every day.

    Janet Edwards is an English author of science fiction books for both adults and young adults. Her debut novel, Earth Girl, was published in the UK and Commonwealth in 2012 by Harper Voyager, and in the USA in 2013 by Pyr. It was chosen by both Amazon and Kobo as one of their best Young Adult books of 2012, awarded a starred review for exceptional merit by Kirkus, and a starred review for being outstanding in its genre by Booklist. The sequel, Earth Star, is also available now, and the final book in the trilogy, Earth Flight, will be published in the UK and Commonwealth this August

    Jaine Fenn studied Linguistics and Astronomy before going on to a career in IT, which left her with ambivalent feelings about technology that some may consider unusual in a science fiction writer. After various short story publications, her first novel, Principles of Angels, was published by Gollancz in 2008 to critical acclaim. Her most recent book, Queen of Nowhere, is part of the same sequence of far future intrigue-heavy SF stories, the Hidden Empire series.

    Edward James is a retired professor of medieval history, currently living in London. He has published a number of books on science fiction and fantasy, including A Short History of Fantasy (with Farah Mendlesohn) (2009). With Mendlesohn he has also edited The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (which won a Hugo Award in 2005) and The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (2012). He edited the academic journal Foundation: The International Journal of Science Fiction for a number of years, and is now Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation.

    This promises to be a really enlightening event and should not be missed!

    You can book your free place here.  If you book a ticket and can no longer make it, please cancel your reservation here so that someone else can take your place. Thanks.
  • Cambridge: Heffers and Linton Children's Literary Festival

    Saturday, May 10th at 10:00 TO Sunday, May 11th at 17:30
    Book Festival Brings History Alive for Young and Old “Windows on the Past” is the theme of this May’s Linton Children’s Book Festival, in its 5th biennial event, and now in partnership with Children’s at Heffers bookshop in Cambridge. The Festival, a true community event, was awarded the South Cambridgeshire Arts Award for “Outstanding Festival” in 2010, and in 2012 attracted more than 2,000 people. Thanks to funding from the Parish Council, grant-awarding bodies, sponsors and donations, the Festival will remain completely free. Saturday sessions include: Caroline Lawrence, author of the Roman Mysteries, which was recently a CBBC series; Hilary Robinson’s Mixed-up Fairy Tales; Julia Golding and the Young Knights of the Round Table; and headlining is Helen Moss, whose bestselling Adventure Island series keeps thousands of youngsters enthralled. Paul Jackson will be telling world folk tales from the past in his colourful garden yurt. Watch out for Dave the Minion strolling around the Festival all weekend! Sunday’s programme includes sessions ranging from Pippa Goodhart (You Choose!) and Maudie Smith (Opal Moonbaby) to Lucy Hawking (co-author with her father, Stephen Hawking, of the George’s Marvellous Universe books) and John McCambridge (back by popular demand for his dragon-drawing workshops), with the grand finale of Joseph Delaney bringing to life his Wardstone Chronicles, soon to be a major motion picture under the title, The Spook’s Apprentice. Visit : www.lintonbookfest.org for the latest information about authors, programmes, booking information and other news.
  • OXFORD: Owl Day

    Saturday, May 10th at 12:00 - 17:00
    Join us for a day of owl activities, stories and the chance to see some real owls up close, as local charity 'Chrissie's Owls' will be here with us in-store!
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Children’s Book Group

    Monday, May 12th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Monday 12th of May
    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 Cornelia Funke’s The Thief Lord .

    What is the book about?

    Winter has come early to Venice. Two orphaned children are on the run, hiding among the crumbling canals and misty alleyways of the city. Befriended by a gang of street children and their mysterious leader, the Thief Lord, they shelter in an old, disused cinema. On their trail is a bungling detective, obsessed with disguises and the health of his pet tortoises. But a greater threat to the boys' new-found freedom is something from a forgotten past - a beautiful magical treasure with the power to spin time itself.

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

  • OXFORD Ewa Lipska/ Sefer

    Monday, May 12th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Ewa Lipska is a polish poet and novelist. Her works have been translated into English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, German and Hungarian. Jan Sefer, is a psychotherapist living in Vienna. His story explores the legacy of the Holocaust for the postwar generation, a generation for whom a devastating history has grown distant, both temporally and emotionally. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, call 01865 333 623
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    MARK ELLEN: Rock Stars Stole My Life!

    Tuesday, May 13th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 13th of May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    If you are into your music then this event is for you. Come and meet Mark Ellen where he will be interviewed by Bruce Findlay and you will have an opportunity to ask Mark questions and get a book signed.

    Rock Stars Stole My Life!...

    This funny and touching personal memoir maps out his extraordinary journey. It tells stories and settles scores. It charts the peaks and disappointments. It puts a chaotic world to rights and pours petrol on the embers of a glorious industry now in spiralling decline. It will appeal to anyone of any age for whom music never lost its magic.

    About the author... Award-winning writer and broadcaster Mark Ellen was born at the wrong time. Five years older and he would have seen The Beatles and The Byrds; five years younger and he’d have been plunged into punk rock. He spent his teenage years sitting at the feet of bands like Hookfoot, Wishbone Ash and Brewers Droop – the half-baked rearguard of underground rock – and he knew no better than to admire them.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like to order a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8239 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Sheila Mann

    Tuesday, May 13th at 18:30
    05/09/13 Sheila Mann Sheila Mann explores Aelfrida Tillyard’s mediumistic experiences during the Great War and her correspondence with recently-dead Rupert Brooke. Aelfrida Tillyard (1883-1959), a forgotten 20th century author, was Cambridge born and bred. Eustace, one of her two surviving brothers, later became Master of Jesus College, a 'gown' connection his sister was happy to exploit. On 1 May 1915 Aelfrida Tillyard recorded in her diary that 'of all the wanton destruction wrought by the war, none seems more wanton than the death of a poet'. The poet was Rupert Brooke with whose poetry she was already familiar (she had included four of his poems, including The Old Vicarage, Granchester, in her recent anthology Cambridge Poets 1900-1913), but whom she had never met. She was, however, about to do so, in spirit if not in person. Brooke's spirit visit was the first of a series during which he described his life after death, criticised her poetry and dictated messages to be passed on to living members of his family. He made his final appearance on 30 June 1915. This brief but intense paranormal interaction between two Cambridge poets seems to have opened Aelfrida's mind to further paranormal visitations during and after the Great War, some of which are described in later volumes of her diary. She eventually bequeathed her diaries and her published and unpublished works to Girton Collge but embargoed access until sufficient time had elapsed to be inoffensive to surviving members of her family. Sheila Mann holds a Master's degree in the History and Theory of Architecture from Essex University. While researching a commissioned history of the Evelyn Hospital in 1993, she came across Aelfrida Tillyard, an extraordinary woman whose life seemed worthy of further exploration. The resulting biography, Hints of a Perfect Splendour, was published in 2013 after 10 years' intensive research.   Tickets from: https://sheila-mann.eventbrite.co.uk
  • OXFORD Tim Butcher/ The Trigger

    Tuesday, May 13th at 19:00 - 20:00
    On a summer morning in Sarajevo a hundred years ago, a teenage assassin fired not just the opening shots of the First World War but the starting gun for modern history. By killing Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Gavrilo Princip set in motion a chain of events that would change the world. Part whodunnit, part travelogue, this book gives us the full story including never seen before papers and research. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwells Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, call 01865 333 623
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Sally Cline

    Thursday, May 15th at 18:30
    Heffers-Correct-Photo-Sally-Cline-for-web (2) Sally Cline celebrates the launch of her latest book ‘One of Us is Lying’. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, former Advisory Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund  and a Hawthornden Fellow,  Sally Cline is an award winning biographer and short fiction writer who has just published her 1st book of linked short stories: One of Us is Lying (Golden Books.) The stories, concerned with love, loss, longing and betrayal reveal the darkness beneath polished surfaces and glittering conversations. A. L. Kennedy finds the melancholy stories “darkly funny”. Salley Vickers says they are “slyly funny and acute.” Jane Rogers thinks “Characters and relationships form and reform here like patterns in a kaleidoscope”. While Romesh Gunesekera says: “Be careful as you turn the page: it can be unexpectedly dark on the other side.” This, Sally Cline’s 13th book, follows the recently published biography Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery (Arcade USA 2014)  and previous biographies on Zelda Fitzgerald and Radclyffe Hall. She  was a 2013 Judge for the HW Fisher Prize for First Published Biographies, is co-Series Editor for Bloomsbury’s 9 volume Writer’ and Artists’ Companions about writing. She co-authored two volumes on Life Writing and Literary Non-Fiction. Formerly Director of the Writers’ Pool Mentoring scheme, and mentor for the Arts Council’s Escalator programme, she now mentors for the prestigious Gold Dust scheme. Holding degrees and Masters from Durham and Lancaster Universities and awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters for international writing, she has taught at Cambridge University and was Writer in Residence at Anglia Ruskin University. Tickets from: https://sally-cline.eventbrite.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    JANE MACKENZIE: Daughter of Catalonia

    Thursday, May 15th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Thursday 15th of May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us in welcoming debut author Jane MacKenzie to Blackwell’s South Bridge.

    Daughter of Catalonia

    1935. Luis, a charismatic Spaniard, elopes with Elise and they move to a small village in Catalonia. But little do they know that war will soon rip them apart. Some twenty years later, stifled by her life in England, their daughter Madeleine sets off to learn the truth about her father's death in the French Resistance - returning to the village she once called home. Under the heat of the Catalan sun, she soon finds herself confronting her past, facing the shocking secrets of war, and opening her heart to her own love story.

    About the author... Jane has lived and worked in many far flung corners of the world, including the Gambia and Switzerland. Having built her own business and enjoyed a spell working at CERN in Geneva, Jane realised her dream of writing. She splits her time between the Scottish Highlands and Roussillon in the South of France, the region which inspired Daughter of Catalonia.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • OXFORD Robin Stevens/ A Murder Most Unladylike

    Saturday, May 17th at 19:00 - 20:00
    A former bookseller in this shop, Robin returns to celebrate the publication of her first novel.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, May 18th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 18th of May
    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 Sally Green’s Half Bad

    Half Bad is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy's struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches. You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch. You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one. You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday. Easy.

    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 PRESENTS...
    ANGUS KONSTAM: Bannockburn

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

    Bannockburn: Scotland’s Great Battle for Independence

    The Battle of Bannockburn on the 23 June 1314 is arguably the most seminal event in Scottish history, and one of the least understood. Bannockburn is a battle that helped define the Britain we know today. Seven centuries later, debates on national identity and independence are heavily influenced by the events of 1314. This book, published to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the battle, will draw on the latest scholarship and archaeological evidence to provide a fast-paced, highly readable and clear narrative of this important story. It will also explore the modern legacy of the battle, as politicians delve into the past in order to support their vision of the future.

    About the author... Angus was raised on the Orkney Islands, and now resides in Edinburgh. He has written more than 60 books on maritime history, naval history, historical atlases, and other historical non-fiction.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • OXFORD Roger Scruton/ The Soul of the World

    Tuesday, May 20th at 19:00 - 20:00
    In The Soul of the World, renowned philosopher Roger Scruton defends the experience of the sacred against today's fashionable forms of atheism. He argues that our personal relationships, moral intuitions, and aesthetic judgments hint at a transcendent dimension that cannot be understood through the lens of science alone. Join us for what is sure to be a fascinating, thought provoking evening with one of our most high profile philosophers. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained from our Customer Service Department in the shop. Alternatively contact us on 01865 333623 or events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    CHRISTOPHER A. WHATLEY:
    The Scots and the Union - Then and Now

    Wednesday, May 21st at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 21st of May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    The cornerstone text on the Union between Scotland and England, brought up-to-date in the face of debates on present-day independence.

    The Scots and the Union traces the background to the Treaty of Union of 1707, explains why it happened and assesses its impact on Scottish society, including the bitter struggle with the Jacobites for acceptance of the union in the two decades that followed its inauguration. The first edition was radical in reinterpreting the causes of union, rejecting the widely held notion that the Scots were bought and sold for English gold and instead placing emphasis on the international, dynastic and religious contexts of the union negotiations.

    This new edition brings the historical debate up to a vigorous present, in which we are once again discussing such issues and opinions, lending historical weight to arguments for and against union.

    Praise for the first edition...

    An important and finely argued book. … Everyone who seriously wants to understand how and why modern Scotland came into being should read it.
    T. C. Smout, Historiographer Royal in Scotland

    Marks an important historiographical development for a mature understanding and appreciation of the events and issues relating to the 1707 union. It can now be regarded as the leading work on 1707... Should be compulsory reading for all MSPs and media commentators, irrespective of their own political party allegiances and viewpoints, and for anyone who has an interest in Scottish history.
    John R. Young, Scottish Review of Books

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    RICHARD CLUBLEY: Scotland’s Islands
    A Special Kind of Freedom

    Tuesday, May 27th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Tuesday 27th of May
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Scotland's Islands: A Special Kind of Freedom

    This is not a guide to the islands of Scotland.
    This is not a tour to be followed, nor is it travel advice.

    Richard Clubley shares the sense of freedom he finds in the Scottish islands as he discovers their individual character, beauty and diversity.
    He meets locals and learns a few realities of island life. He almost perished on Ailsa Craig, before finding fresh water dripping from the roof of a cave, but spends two idyllic nights alone on Mingulay, with a fabulous coal fire in a bothy. His passion for Scottish islands shines through every chapter.

    So… Curl up by the fire, pull the blanket close and sip on your dram. You’re about to escape to the islands. Prepare for addiction.

    About the author… Richard lives in Sheffield which is not a good place to stay if you love Scottish islands. Even so, he makes the journey north several times a year and it is always a thrill. He has visited 65 of the islands and never tires of them. They are all different, beautiful and endlessly fascinating. He has led school parties to Staffa; camped on Mingulay and argued with the Laird on Eigg. He has seen rare birds on Fair Isle, otters on Mull and kayaked to Pladda. Richard has visited Britain’s smallest secondary school on Out Skerries, found archaeological treasure in Orkney and discussed wind turbines in Shetland. He almost perished on Ailsa Craig and was blown off his feet on Tiree. He met a Bronze Age queen on Bute and enjoyed Lady Monica’s bed in Rum (a story not included here). He hasn’t made it to Shiant – yet – but saw pink dolphins off St Kilda.

    Praise for Scotland’s Islands…
    ’A book for islomanes to savour in sips. Night caps are suggested; that way the addiction can be controlled.’
    Mairi Hedderwick

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • OXFORD Neel Burton 'Blind Tasting'

    Tuesday, May 27th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us for an evening with philosopher and wine-lover Neel Burton. He will be introducing us to the exciting new pleasures of blind tasting, using our sense of taste alone to distinguish which type of wine we are enjoying. Available to purchase, at a special discounted price, will be Burton's new book 'The Concise guide to wine and blind tasting' and of course there will be plenty of wine to appreciate! Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwells Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, call 01865 333 623
  • OXFORD Robert Seidman/ Moments Captured

    Wednesday, May 28th at 19:00 - 20:00
    "Moments Captured" is the epic new novel about pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Robert J. Seidman is a novelist and screenwriter. He's written three novels, "One Smart Indian" "Bucks County Idyll" and this, his latest, "Moments Captured". Join us to hear Robert discuss his latest book and to get a copy of this wonderful new novel signed. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwells Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, call 01865 333 623
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Philip Hardie

    Thursday, May 29th at 18:30
    Philip Hardie Philip Hardie is launching his latest book ‘The Last Trojan Hero’ with us. In his major and much anticipated new book Philip Hardie explores the many remarkable afterlives - ancient, medieval and modern - of the Aeneid in literature, music, politics, the visual arts and film. The Last Trojan Hero, by one of Virgil’s leading interpreters, puts continually fresh and surprising perspectives on one of the outstanding works of civilization. Placing the Aeneid on a broad artistic and historical canvas, it shows with elegance, originality and creative insight how and in what ways this remarkably durable text continues so powerfully to capture the cultural imagination, and why it still speaks to us over a gulf of centuries.   Philip Hardie is senior research fellow at Trinity College Cambridge and Honorary Professor of Latin at the University of Cambridge. His many books include Virgil’s Aeneid: Cosmos and Imperium, The Epic Successors of Virgil, Ovid’s Poetic of Illusion, The Cambridge Companion to Ovid and, edited with S. Gillespie, The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius   Tickets from: https://philip-hardie.eventbrite.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    CHRIS BAMBERY: A People’s History of Scotland

    Wednesday, June 4th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Wednesday 4th of June
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    A People’s History of Scotland looks beyond the kings and queens, the battles and bloody defeats of the past. It captures the history that matters today, stories of freedom fighters, suffragettes, the workers of Red Clydeside, and the hardship and protest of the treacherous Thatcher era.

    Praise for A People’s History of Scotland

    ‘Readable, committed and making excellent use of poetry and song to illustrate the fight for social justice across the centuries, Bambery’s book is as concerned with Scotland’s future as with its past. It should be welcomed by everyone involved today in building on the historical struggles for freedom he discusses so vividly.’
    Neil Davidson, author of the Deutscher Prize–winning Discovering the Scottish Revolution 1692–1946

    ‘Not only an excellent update on Scottish history, bringing the reader from 9,000 BC to modern day, but also an important contribution to the current independence debate... This book shows the importance of documenting “people’s history” and provides the historical context for this year’s independence referendum.’
    Sarah Collins, UNISON and STUC

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like to order a signed copy please contact Roanna Branigan on 0131 622 8220 or stationery.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Jerry Toner

    Thursday, June 5th at 18:30
    Jerry Toner 003 Jerry Toner is joining us to launch his latest book How to Manage Your Slaves. How to Manage Your Slaves offers practical answers to every question you're likely to have and guidance on every problem you're likely to encounter. Part-parody and part-history, How to Manage your Slaves gives the contemporary reader the Roman perspective on slavery through the voice of a Roman nobleman, Marcus Sidnonius Falx along with chapter-by-chapter commentary from Cambridge classicist Jerry Toner. Marcus Sidonius Falx shows where and how to buy the slaves for the purposes you have in mind and how to get the best out of them once you've got them. He explains how to tell a good slave from a bad, offers guidance on the punishment of miscreants, and reveals the secrets of command and authority. He covers the delicate subjects of when you should let your slaves have sex with each other and whether to engage in sex with them yourself - and considers when to set them free. Armed with this guide you will be master in your own home: your household will be a comfort to your family and its running the envy of your neighbours. Up to now ancient slavery may have been difficult to fathom: this Roman's-eye view takes us to the heart of the matter and, based on a wealth of original sources, lets us understand just why slaves meant so much to the Romans. Jerry’s research looks at Roman social and cultural history, with a focus on trying to look at history 'from below'. He’s also interested in sensory history, disasters, and the use of Classics to create various imagery and stereotypes relating to subordinate groups. After completing his PhD in Classics at Cambridge, he spent 10 years as a Fund Manager in the City of London, where he managed USD15bln in global bond, currency and asset allocation funds. Tickets from: https://jerry-toner.eventbrite.co.uk
  • OXFORD Mary Beard at The Sheldonian Theatre

    Tuesday, June 10th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Join us for a very special evening in the Sheldonian Theatre with acclaimed Classicist Mary Beard. Mary is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Newnham College and Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Ancient Literature. Outside of her academic work she has a hugely successful blog "A Don's Life" and has presented a number of television programmes including 'Meet the Romans with Mary Beard' Her warmth and humour guarantee an enjoyable and interesting evening for all who attend Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad St, Oxford. Alternatively contact us on (01865) 333623 or events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with Mary Beard

    Wednesday, June 11th at 18:30
    Mary-Beard-for-web Mary Beard is coming to Heffers to launch her latest book: Laughter in Ancient Rome What made the Romans laugh? Was ancient Rome a carnival, filled with practical jokes and hearty chuckles? Or was it a carefully regulated culture in which the uncontrollable excess of laughter was a force to fear—a world of wit, irony, and knowing smiles? How did Romans make sense of laughter? What role did it play in the world of the law courts, the imperial palace, or the spectacles of the arena? Laughter in Ancient Rome explores one of the most intriguing, but also trickiest, of historical subjects. Drawing on a wide range of Roman writing—from essays on rhetoric to a surviving Roman joke book—Mary Beard tracks down the giggles, smirks, and guffaws of the ancient Romans themselves. From ancient “monkey business” to the role of a chuckle in a culture of tyranny, she explores Roman humour from the hilarious, to the momentous, to the surprising. But she also reflects on even bigger historical questions. What kind of history of laughter can we possibly tell? Can we ever really “get” the Romans’ jokes? Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at Cambridge University. Her many books include The Roman Triumph and The Fires of Vesuvius. Tickets from: http://mary-beard.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Bradford University Presents - An Audience With Gervase Phinn

    Monday, June 23rd at 19:30 - 22:00
    We are delighted to announce that the legendary Gervase Phinn will be our very first guest author here at Blackwell's  Bradford University. Gervase Phinn – comedian, author, poet, broadcaster, lecturer, educational guru, after-dinner speaker and 'born raconteur' (The Guardian) - is perhaps best known for his best-selling series of five Dales books for Penguin. Affectionately dubbed 'the James Herriot of Schools', Gervase has written a wide range of academic books, children's poetry and fiction and is a columnist on the Yorkshire Post and The Countryman. 'Gervase Phinn is one of the most accomplished public speakers of any kind. A natural storyteller, he combines the timing of the professional comedian with palpable warmth and the ability to deliver a message that is more than just a series of jokes.' (The Times). Join us for what will be a highly entertaining and memorable evening. Gervase will also be available to sign copies of his latest hilarious novel 'A School Inspector Calls' after the event. Tickets are at the special price of just £2. Parking is free on the University campus. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 01274 905149. For more information or if you would like to order a signed copy please contact Martin Kelly on 01274 905149  or email bradford@blackwell.co.uk with your details and we'll get right back to you.
  • Cambridge, Heffers: An Evening with James Runcie

    Thursday, June 26th at 18:30
    james runcie James Runcie is at Heffers to celebrate the third part of his Grantchester series: Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil, published in May 2014. It is the 1960s and Canon Sidney Chambers is enjoying his first year of married life with his German bride Hildegard. But life in Grantchester rarely stays quiet for long. Our favourite clerical detective soon attempts to stop a serial killer who has a grievance against the clergy; investigates the disappearance of a famous painting after a distracting display of nudity by a French girl in an art gallery; uncovers the fact that an 'accidental' drowning on a film shoot may not have been so accidental after all; and discovers the reasons behind the theft of a baby from a hospital in the run-up to Christmas, 1963. In the meantime, Sidney wrestles with the problem of evil, attempts to fulfil the demands of Dickens, his faithful Labrador, and contemplates, as always, the nature of love. Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death is being adapted for television and will run as Grantchester, a six part series in the autumn of 2014. The production company is Lovely Day, the writer is Daisy Coulam and filming will take place in Grantchester and London in April/May 2014. Tickets from: https://james-runcie.eventbrite.co.uk

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