Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND OXFORD GAMES PRESENTS: Ex Libris LIVE!

    Saturday, April 30th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Join us to watch four of the UK's wittiest wordsmiths cross pens as they bluff and counter bluff in Ex Libris LIVE! the entertaining panel show adaptation of Ex Libris, the game of first lines and last words.

    While our panellists, a different group of four authors/entertainers each time, set about writing fake but plausible opening or closing sentences to genuine books, the Ex Libris LIVE! host, broadcaster David Freeman, will interview, in turn, each contender discussing their most recent work.

    Be prepared for a fun night of bluffing, chats and literary sneakiness!

    This event will feature Jerome Fletcher, Jonathan Kingdon, Leigh Russell and Sally Bayley.

    Jerome Fletcher is the Associate Professor of Performance Writing at Falmouth University.

    Jonathan Kindon is a Research Associate in the department for zoology at Oxford University. He is the author of 'The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals', 'Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals' and 'Lowly Origin'.

    Leigh Russell writes the internationally bestselling crime series featuring police detectives Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson. Murder Ring is her latest novel, due for publication in August.

    Sally Bayley is the author of 'The Private Life of the Diary- From Pepys to Tweets: A History of the Diary as an Art Form'. Sally is a Teaching and Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Insititute, University of Oxford and a Lecturer in English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

    Tickets to attend this evening cost just £3 and are available from the customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, May 2nd at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 2nd 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?”

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Election Countdown: Speaking Out for a Better Nation

    Tuesday, May 3rd at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 3rd of May
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Scotland’s political landscape is under radical reconstruction and the winners and losers will be announced in a few days’ time in what some claim will be Scottish Labour’s darkest hour. Not so, says Pauline Bryan, editor of What Would Keir Hardie Say? Inspired by the return to socialist values by young and old, she finds many positives in the changing face of politics in Scotland. With poetry and possibly a song or two from Scotia Nova, this pre-election session is dedicated to the forging of a better nation built on community, co-operation and opportunity – the vision of Keir Hardie.

    This event is part of Tradfest, Edinburgh's annual showcase of traditional arts and culture. For more information and the full line-up of events, please visit the Tradfest website

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

  • Launch of The Arrival of Missives at Blackwell's High Holborn

    Tuesday, May 3rd at 18:30
    Blackwell's favourites Unsung Stories will be joining us in the shop to celebrate the launch of Aliya Whiteley's The Arrival of Missives. Click here to find out what Operations Manager Gary thought of her critically acclaimed The Beauty, and don't forget to follow Unsung Stories on twitter to get involved with some of their infectious enthusiasm for their authors.

    This event is completely free and open to all, just turn up!
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: John Matthews and Caroline Wise The Secret Lore of London

    Tuesday, May 3rd at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join Caroline Wise and John Matthews as they discuss their edited essay collection on the historic and mythical legends of our capital city.

    'The Secret Lore of London' is a guide to the legends, including a discussion of their importance as part of the oral tradition of Britain, combining Prehistoric, Celtic, Arthurian, Roman, Saxon and Norman levels - each of which has contributed to the many-layered life of the city. The book also features a Gazetteer of the sites mentioned which are still in existence, together with various other sites of associated interest, offering the experience of visiting the sites.

    Tickets for this event cost just £3 and can be purchased by visiting our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For more information you may also email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Baileys Prize shadowing group: Ireland

    Wednesday, May 4th at 18:00

    Join us in store for the first of three themed evenings discussing the shortlisted books for this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. This week our theme will be 'Ireland', and we will be looking at The Green Road by Anne Enright, and The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney.

    E-mail newcastle.events@blackwells.co.uk for more information.

  • Heffers Presents: A Stain in the Blood by Joe Moshenska

    Wednesday, May 4th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join us at 6.30pm on the 4th of May for the launch of A Stain in the Blood: the Remarkable Voyage of Sir Kenelm Digby by Joe Moshenska. On the 16th of August 1628, five battle-scarred English ships sailed into the harbour of the Greek island of Milos. Dropping anchor, the 25-year-old captain banqueted with the local lord before sitting down to write an account of his journey. This is the story of an extraordinary life, and of a journey that helped to shape a nation. The launch is free to attend but booking is essential; please RSVP to reserve your place.

    RESERVE YOUR TICKET HERE

  • Asia House Bagri Foundation Literary Festival

    Wednesday, May 4th at 18:45 TO Wednesday, May 18th at 20:30
    Once again Blackwell's are thrilled to be working with Asia House to support their Literature festival this May. Blackwell's will run a pop up bookshop at Asia House to compliment two weeks of fantastic events featuring some of the most interesting writers and thinkers from Asia today.

    For a full listing, and to book tickets, head to the Asia House website.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Emma Smith Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book

    Wednesday, May 4th at 19:00 - 20:00
    This is a biography of a book: the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays printed in 1623 and known as the first folio.

    It begins with the story of its first purchaser in London in December 1623, and goes on to explore the ways people have interacted with this iconic book over the four hundred years of its history. This study offers new ways to understand Shakespeare's reception and the history of the book.

    "This is a beautifully judged book about books, impeccably researched yet wry and affectionate." Jerry Brotton, Financial Times.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room. Alternatively, call 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Wild America with John Muir

    Thursday, May 5th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Thursday 5th of May
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join Scottish-American naturalist John Muir (in the guise of Yosemite Ambassador Lee Stetson) on a journey around the National Parks in the USA, taking in the sights such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite.

    Lee Stetson, who regularly performs as John Muir reincarnated, is walking the John Muir Way in April/May and stopping off in Edinburgh to launch this book. He will speak and answer questions in character and in costume, making for a book launch with a difference.

    Wild America brings together David Muench, the eminent wilderness photographer, with Roly Smith, the respected outdoor writer. This book celebrates their personal choice of America’s National Parks and protected areas.

    Its publication marks the centenary of the ‘Organic Act’, the federal law that established the world’s first National Park Service. Share their personal selection, in words and superb photographs, of 21 of America’s stunning wildernesses.

    Lavishly illustrated with 92 colour photographs by David Muench accompanied by Roly Smith's compelling descriptions of his experiences, Wild America traces the origin and development of the national parks.

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

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

  • The QI Quiz at Blackwell's High Holborn

    Thursday, May 5th at 18:30 - 20:30
    Join the QI Elves (the writers of BBC Two's QI) for a FREE fiendish quiz to celebrate the paperback release of their first three fact books - 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off, 1,339 QI Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop and 1,411 QI Facts To Knock You Sideways. Max teams of four, and it's bring your own booze - we can provide cups! First prize is a QI goodie bag and eternal glory with spot prizes on the night. This event is now sold out, but keep an eye on twitter for more tickets!  
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Kiran Millwood Hargrave The Girl of Ink and Stars

    Thursday, May 5th at 19:00 - 21:00
    We're delighted to be launching the long awaited debut novel by poet and author, Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

    Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to lead the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

    Pre-order your copy

    Perfect for fans of the fantasy worlds of J.R.R.Tolkien and Philip Pullman, Kiran's debut novel is this year's must read novel for young adults. The launch will take place in the Norrington Room and is free to attend. For more information, please visit our customer service department or call 01865 333623. Alternatively, email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    An Evening with Alain de Botton

    Thursday, May 5th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Date: Thursday 5th of May
    Time: 7pm (Doors 6:30pm)
    Venue: Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL

    Blackwell's Bookshop are delighted to present an evening with author and philosopher Alain de Botton. He will be talking about his new novel The Course of Love, the long-awaited and beguiling sequel, which charts the complex and intricate course of a long-term relationship.

    We all know the headiness and excitement of love’s early days, but what can be expected over a shared lifetime? We follow our couple – Rabih and Kristen – from the first flush of infatuation through to inevitable disenchantments and then onto the freedom and insights of maturity. The Course of Love is a novel that explores not so much the start of love, as its maintenance over time; the way our ideals bend and reform under the pressures of an average existence, and the magnificent, sometimes frightening, developments we can make as we slowly realise that love is in essence a skill we need to learn rather than an enthusiasm we simply experience.

    Playful, wise, and profoundly moving, The Course of Love is an unparalleled meditation on modern relationships —and a delightful return to the novel for Alain, more than 20 years after Essays in Love.

    About the Author…
    Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries.

    Tickets for this event are £3. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here but a booking fee may apply.

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

  • Hollie McNish & Jo Bell, 6 May 2016

    Friday, May 6th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Bad Language, Blackwell’s Bookshop and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation are delighted to bring together two of the most celebrated performers on the live literature scene, Hollie McNish and Jo Bell, for a very special event.

    This is the Manchester launch of Hollie’s new memoir NOBODY TOLD ME, a collection of poems and stories taken from her diaries. Hollie is UK Slam Poetry champion and has been featured on BBC radio and television. Hollie will be joined by JO BELL, former director of National Poetry Day, Canal Laureate and head of online poetry community 52.

    This takes place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Tickets are £8 advance: we strongly advise pre-booking - click here. The Facebook event page is here.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop with Nigel Warburton interviewing Raymond Tallis

    Saturday, May 7th at 11:00 - 12:00
    Each month, Philosopher Nigel Warburton interviews a fellow thinking for a series of events entitled 'Philosophy in the Bookshop'. In May, Nigel will be in conversation with Raymond Tallis.

    Professor Raymond Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic and was until recently a physician and clinical scientist. His latest book 'The Black Mirror' is a deeply moving and startlingly original celebration of everyday life by one of our leading thinkers and writers, who has been described as 'One of Britain's greatest intellectual all-rounders... Someone who comes closer than most ever will to knowing everything' (Independent). 'The Black Mirror' invites readers to look back on their lives from a unique standpoint: one's own future corpse. From this perspective, he shows, the world now vacated can be seen most clearly in all its richness and complexity.

    Nigel and Raymond will be discussing his books and thoughts in this free talk, which will be taking place in the Philosophy Department in the Norrington Room.

    The 'Philosophy in the Bookshop' events are free to attend and take place on the first Saturday of each month. For more information or enquiries, please call 01865 333620 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Teresa Heapy Very Little Sleeping Beauty Launch Event

    Saturday, May 7th at 14:00 - 15:00
    We are delighted to be hosting an afternoon launch event in the bookshop in celebration of the publication of 'Very Little Sleeping Beauty'. Perfect for little ones, 'Very Little Sleeping Beauty' is the third in a series of Very Little tales, following on from 'Very Little Red Riding Hood' and 'Very Little Cinderella'. Author Teresa Heapy will be reading her story and offering the opportunity to purchase a special signed copy.

    Very Little Sleeping Beauty is little. Very little. Tomorrow she is having a birthday party, but now it's bedtime and she's not very tired ... Join her on a very BIG bedtime adventure.

    This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. For more information or enquiries, please contact our customer service department on 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Smart Sceptic’s Guide to Social Media in Organisations with Yekemi Otaru

    Monday, May 9th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Monday 9th of May
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Twitter? Facebook? Instagram? Pinterest? Snapchat? Tumblr? Flickr? The Social Media landscape keeps growing and changing, and no company can avoid it!

    Yekemi will be sharing her thoughts and answering your questions on how social media can help your organisations and its employees share a more engaging brand story, with wider reach. She will specifically discuss personal branding and why it is a crucial element of the success of employee advocacy.

    Having benefited a great deal from online interactions, Yekemi Otaru is a huge fan of employee advocacy and the digital world. Her online interactions enabled her publish her first book, The Smart Sceptic’s Guide to Social Media in Organisations (Rethink Press, 2016), based on interviews with 11 change agents in companies such as IBM, SAS and GE.

    In over 11 years of experience in engineering and marketing roles with companies like Schlumberger and General Electric, Yekemi found her passion in combining her technical background and her love of the digital world to help B2B organisations who employ knowledge workers (e.g. engineers, scientists and researchers) to find comfortable ways of sharing knowledge online through employee advocacy. She is an avid writer and blogger. She also speaks on personal branding and networking at Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) workshops. Some of her writing has been published on openfor.business and on the Strathclyde Business School blog where she is a part-time doctorate student in the Department of Marketing.

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

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Jewel by Catherine Czerkawska

    Tuesday, May 10th at 18:30
    Date: Tuesday 10th of May
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    A luscious historical novel about Robert Burns' wife, Jean Armour, The Jewel is set largely during the dramatic years of their courtship in Mauchline, their married life at Ellisland and in Dumfries, and Robert's early death, all against a background simmering with political intrigue and turmoil.

    Jean - a beautiful young woman with the voice of a nightingale - has been inexplicably neglected by biographers and historians. At first, her stonemason father tried to protect the young Jean from the advances of the mercurial ploughman-poet, whose roving eye and even delusions of grandeur were notorious. Nevertheless, she fell for him and accepted his proposal. Their extraordinary marriage was passionate, tempestuous, and enduring against all odds, and its rocky course reveals Jean's indomitable strength and character. How she lived with, and frequently without, Scotland's most famous son tells us much about the life and times of Burns himself, and is a compelling story in itself.

    About the Author…
    Catherine Czerkawska is a multi-award-winning novelist and playwright based in Scotland. She has written plays for the stage, ITV and BBC Radio 4, and has published numerous short stories. Her eight novels include The Curiosity Cabinet, shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and serialised on BBC radio, and The Physic Garden.

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

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

  • Heffers Presents: Cambridge by Tim Rawle

    Tuesday, May 10th at 18:30 - 20:00
    On 10th May at 6.30pm, join Tim Rawle at Heffers bookshop for the launch of the updated edition of his much-lauded book, Cambridge. Please note, the launch is free to attend but booking is essential; please reserve your ticket in advance.

    RESERVE YOUR TICKET HERE

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Laura Bates Girl Up at The Sheldonian Theatre

    Tuesday, May 10th at 19:00 - 21:00
    After Laura Bates' extremely popular 'Everyday Sexism' talk at the Oxford Union last year, We'll now be welcoming Laura back to speak about her follow up book, 'Girl Up' at the prestigious Sheldonian Theatre.

    They told you you need to be thin and beautiful. They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups - never except drinks from a stranger and wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels. They told you to wear just enough make-up to look presentable but not enough to be a slut; They warned you about being strong. Of course it's fine for the boys but you should know your place. Well I'm here to tell you something different!

    Part manifesto, part girl guide - this book explores vital points about sex, body image, pornography, relationships, social media, feminism and more.

    Buy the book

    The talk will take place at the Sheldonian theatre on Broad Street. Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased by visiting our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For more information or enquiries, please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Human Rights and Poetry: Carolyn Forché in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti at The Curtis Auditorium

    Wednesday, May 11th at 17:30

    Carolyn Forché is Visiting Professor at NCLA. Her poetry collections include Blue Hour and The Angel of History. In 1993 she compiled and edited Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness.

    Shami Chakrabarti has been Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) since 2003, having first joined as In-House Counsel in 2001. She published On Liberty in 2014.

    This event is free but ticketed; for more information see the NCLA website.

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    CHILDREN’S BOOKGROUP

    Wednesday, May 11th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Wednesday 11th 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, from both classic and contemporary Scottish writing to your own choice of favourite book. Come and discover more books to treasure!

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

    We are currently reading Foxcraft: The Taken by Inbali Iserles

    What is the book about?
    Isla is young fox whose world is shattered when her family suddenly vanishes. She must track them down, a search which will lead her to the Elders, a society of shape-shifting foxes, and to her own legacy as one of the world's most tormented creatures. Isla must outwit these perils with her flair for foxcraft: skills of cunning known only to foxes.

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

  • Blackwell's Bradford Present An Evening With Kerry Brown

    Wednesday, May 11th at 18:30 - 20:30

    Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies at King's College London, reveals the hidden story of the rise of the man dubbed the ‘Chinese Godfather’, the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao.

    The author is one of the few western academics who has met and worked with the leadership in China, and he speaks and reads fluent Mandarin. Join us for Meet the Authors to hear him speak about his new book and answer your questions. China has become the powerhouse of the world economy, its incredible boom overseen by the elite members of the secretive and all-powerful communist party. But since the election of Xi Jinping as General Secretary, life at the top in China has changed. Under the guise of a corruption crackdown, which has seen his rivals imprisoned, Xi Jinping has been quietly building one of the most powerful leaderships modern China has ever seen. In CEO China, the noted China expert Kerry Brown reveals the hidden story of the rise of the man dubbed the ‘Chinese Godfather’. Brown investigates his relationship with his revolutionary father, who was expelled by Mao during the Cultural Revolution, his business dealings and allegiances in China’s regional power struggles and his role in the internal battle raging  between the old men of the Deng era and the new super-rich ‘princelings’. Xi Jinping’s China is powerful, aggressive and single-minded and this book will become a must-read for the Western world. Event held in The University of Bradford, Richmond Building, Lecture Room C7 Tickets are free but need to be booked on Eventbrite  
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: James Macdonald Lockhart Raptor

    Thursday, May 12th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Joining us for a discussion based around our May book of the month is James Macdonald Lockhart and his fabulous new book, 'Raptor'.

    A stunning debut in the tradition of Robert Macfarlane and Helen Macdonald.

    Of all the birds of the British Isles, the raptor reigns supreme, sparking the imagination like no other. In this magnificent hymn to these beautiful animals, James Macdonald Lockhart explores all fifteen breeding birds of prey on these shores. This is a book that will change how we think about our own skies.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and are available to purchase from the customer service desk in the Norrington Room. For more information please call 01865 333623.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Helen Simpson in conversation with Jackie Kay at The Percy Building

    Thursday, May 12th at 19:15

    Helen Simpson will be reading from her latest short story collection Cockfosters. Her first collection, Four Bare Legs in a Bed and Other Stories, won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award while her book Hey Yeah Right Get A Life, a series of interlinked stories, won the Hawthornden Prize. In 1993 she was selected as one of Granta’s 20 Best Young British Novelists, and was awarded the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2002. She is currently a writer-in-residence for the charity First Story.

    Tickets for this event cost £2/£4/£6. For further information see the NCLA website.

  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Carnegie Shadowing Group session 2

    Friday, May 13th at 18:00

    Join us in store as we read through and discuss the 2016 Carnegie Medal shortlist. This week we will be talking about One by Sarah Crossan and Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley.

    E-mail newcastle.events@blackwells.co.uk for more information.

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, May 15th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 15th 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 second Sunday of each month, and read anything from classics to contemporary, dystopian to historical – in short, anything you fancy!

    We are currently reading Rain Rowell's Carry On

    What is the book about?
    Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he'll be safe. Simon can't even enjoy the fact that his room-mate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can't stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you're the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savour anything. Based on the characters Simon and Baz who featured in Rainbow Rowell's bestselling Fangirl, Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters. Membership of the book group gives you 10% off every book we read!

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH BOOK GROUP

    Monday, May 16th at 18:00 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 16th of May
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

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

    Our current book is Icelandic crime thriller Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson.

    What is the book about?
    Siglufjorour: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors - accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thor Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik - with a past that he's unable to leave behind. When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life. An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass, and the 24-hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge, as curtains begin to twitch, and his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness - blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose. Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from an extraordinary new talent, taking Nordic Noir to soaring new heights.

    Future meetings...
    In June we are reading a classic of Australian literature, My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin and in July we are reading one of the most influential Science Fiction novels of the 20th century - Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon.

    We offer 10% discount on the current book to Book Group members.

    So join today! Just email your name and address details to events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • Blackwell's RBS Presents: JAMES MORTON - Brew: The Foolproof Guide to Making Your Own Beer at Home

    Wednesday, May 18th at 12:00 - 13:30

    We are delighted that British Bake Off contestant, food and drink writer AND junior doctor, James Morton will be visiting Gogarburn to sign copies of his new book Brew: The Foolproof Guide to Making Your Own Beer at Home.

    Shifting gears from bread and baking, about which he has written two books, James' new book will guide an absolute beginner into the world of beer and brewing, so that you can produce the finest ales and lagers in the very smallest of microbrewies - your own home. It is surprisingly cheap and straightforward and incredibly satisfying.

    We are living in a beer revolution at the moment and so what better way to submerge yourself in it, than to roll up your sleeves and start brewing yourself?

    Brew contains really practical information, including step-by-step photo, a troubleshooting section and tried and tested beer recipes.

    We are so pleased that James has found the time out of his hectic junior doctor schedule to come and visit us here at Gogarburn for this signing, especially before the book is generally published - so you can be among the first to get hold of a copy. We'll drink to that!

    Please contact the bookshop, if you would like a signed and dedicated copy but you are unable to attend the signing on the day. James' baking books will be for sale too, Brilliant Bread and How Baking Works.

    Please note that this event is only open to RBS staff and contractors with access to Gogarburn.

  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Baileys Prize shadowing group: Trauma

    Wednesday, May 18th at 18:00

    Join us in store for the second of three themed evenings discussing the shortlisted books for this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. This week our theme will be 'Trauma', and we will be looking at A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, and Ruby by Cynthia Bond.

    E-mail newcastle.events@blackwells.co.uk for more information.

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages Film Book Club- A Thousand Acres

    Thursday, May 19th at 18:30 - 21:00
    Love seeing your favourite books brought to life on the big screen? Dislike the way a director has changed the film to the book and want to talk about it? This month will be the second event in our mini season of Shakespeare, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. We will be watching and discussing the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling novel from one of America's greatest contemporary writers, 'A Thousand Acres' by Jane Smiley. In 'A Thousand Acres', Jane Smiley transposes the King Lear story to the modern day, and in so doing at once illuminates Shakespeare's original and subtly transforms it. The film came out in 1997 and stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange.

    Length of film: 1 hr 45 mins- Film due to finish by 8:15pm. Discussion finishes at approx 8:45pm. Rating: 15

    This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Heffers Presents: Running on Sand by Linda Atterton

    Thursday, May 19th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join us at 6.30pm on 19th May for the launch of Running on Sand; the debut novel by Linda Atterton. He runs faster than me. I run in his footprints, we only leave one set. He makes me faster, pacing me. He teaches me, I learn much more than he suspects. The day my father died I found out how to run on tears, that when you think the ground is solid it returns to sand. The launch is free to attend but booking is essential; please register to reserve your place.

    RESERVE YOUR TICKET HERE

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Maggie O'Farrell This Must Be The Place

    Thursday, May 19th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be welcoming the wonderful Maggie O'Farrell to Blackwell's for a discussion based around her new book 'This Must be the Place'. Chairing the talk will be Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Brookes University, Sarah Franklin.

    A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, He has children he never sees in California, A father he loathes in Brooklyn and a wife who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up her driveway. He is also about to find out something about a woman he lost touch with twenty years ago, and this discovery will send him off-course, far away from wife and home. Will his love for his wife be enough to bring him back.

    Tickets for this event cost just £3 and can be purchased by visiting our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For more information you may also email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Stuart Franklin in Conversation with Nigel Warburton

    Saturday, May 21st at 15:00 - 16:00
    Joining us for an afternoon talk and a slideshow of some of his most will known pictures will be photographer Stuart Franklin.

    Stuart began his photography career in the early eighties, photographing the civil war in Lebanon, the unemployment problem in Britain and famine in Sudan. He joined Magnum photos in 1985, becoming a fully fledged member in 1989, the same year that he photographed the uprising in Tiananmen Square and shot one of the famous 'Tank Man' photographs published in Time magazine. He also went on to document the uprising in Beijing which went on to earn him a World Press Photo Award. He'll be discussing his illustrious career and most recent book 'The Documentary Impulse' with philosopher Nigel Warburton.

    This is a FREE event to attend and will take place in the Norrington Room. For more information or enquiries, please call 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND OXFORD GAMES PRESENTS: Ex Libris LIVE!

    Saturday, May 21st at 19:00 - 21:00
    Join us to watch four of the UK's wittiest wordsmiths cross pens as they bluff and counter bluff in Ex Libris LIVE! the entertaining panel show adaptation of Ex Libris, the game of first lines and last words.

    While our panellists, a different group of four authors/entertainers each time, set about writing fake but plausible opening or closing sentences to genuine books, the Ex Libris LIVE! host, broadcaster David Freeman, will interview, in turn, each contender discussing their most recent work.

    Be prepared for a fun night of bluffing, chats and literary sneakiness!

    This event will feature Will Gompertz, Leila Segal, Jemma Wayne and Helen Zaltman.

    Will Gompertz is the BBC Arts Editor and author of bestselling titles What are You Looking At? and Think Like an Artist.

    Leila Segal is a short stories writer, her book Breathe is a collection of stories that explores the heart of Fidel Castro- era Cuba.

    Jemma Wayne is a writer and journalist. Her novel Chains of Sands, which is published in June, is a novel about identity, family and clashes of culture.

    Helen Zaltzman is the co-creator of podcast 'Answer me this' and journalist writer for national radio, television and newspapers. For more information about her podcasts please visit her website.

    Tickets to attend this evening cost just £3 and are available from the customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Danny Dorling A Better Politics

    Monday, May 23rd at 19:00 - 20:00
    The aim of this book is to inspire a better politics: One that will enable future generations to be happier.

    Greater well being and better health should be the goals - rather than wealth maximization. We need to value health care rather than hedge funds, caring above careers, relationships more than real-estate. The book is about what makes most of us happier, but it is also about the collective good. We cannot be truly happy if those around us are not happy. Individualist attemps at self-improvement - or only looking after yourself and your family - do not work in the long run.

    Professor Danny Dorling will be discussing this new book and answering your own questions about what the government can do for us.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623.
  • Heffers Presents: Pevsner's Guide to Churches: A Guided Walk with Simon Bradley

    Tuesday, May 24th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Nikolaus Pevsner’s world-famous Buildings of England series is unparalleled by any other architectural guides. On 24th May, join the joint editor of the updated series, Simon Bradley, for a guided walk taking in three Cambridge churches, which he will talk about with reference to Pevsner’s guide to these magnificent buildings. The walk will begin and end at Heffers bookshop, where you will have the opportunity to buy copies of the Buildings of England series plus the other updated Pevsner guides. Your ticket will entitle you to £2 off the Churches edition. Places for this event are limited; we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

    PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Helen Dunmore Exposure

    Wednesday, May 25th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Forbidden love, intimate betrayal and the devastating power of exposure drive award winning novelist Helen Dunmore's remarkable new novel 'Exposure'.

    'Exposure' is set in London 1960, during the Cold War at its height. When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets, and arrested. His wife, Lily, suspects that his imprisonment is part of a cover-up, and that more powerful men than Simon will do anything to prevent their own downfall. Reviewed by author Sadie Jones as "Gripping, subtle and emotional" this special evening is one not to miss.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased from our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries about this event, please email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Carnegie Shadowing Group session 3

    Thursday, May 26th at 18:00

    Join us in store as we read through and discuss the 2016 Carnegie Medal shortlist. This week we will be talking about There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake and Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine.

    E-mail newcastle.events@blackwells.co.uk for more information.

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    GAMES NIGHT

    Monday, May 30th at 18:00 - 21:00
    Date: Monday 30th May 2016
    Time: 6:00pm to 9pm
    Venue:Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-63 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Come and play some of our bestselling games. From popular board games like Settlers of Catan to new miniature games like Star Wars X-Wing and classics like Backgammon, we have something for everyone.

    Take this opportunity to try out new games, as our team of seasoned gamers will be on hand to explain all the games to you.

    How does it work?
    Every game gets allocated a one hour slot, which can be booked in advance. Once your hour is up, you can move on to a new game, or play again, unless someone else has already booked the game.
    When you book your free ticket for the evening, please chose which game you would like to play first. Please just book one ticket for you and your group. When you arrive on the night, you will then be able to book your next game or games. Alternatively you can have a look around first.
    On your own? No problem! Just come along and we'll do our best to match you up.

    Everyone attending will receive a voucher that can be redeemed against any of our games on the night.

    Games available to play on the night are
    The Settlers of Catan plus expansion (for 3 to 6 players)
    Pandemic (for 2 to 4 player)
    Star Trek Catan plus expansion (for 3 to 4 players)
    Ticket to Ride Europe (for 2 to 5 players)
    Hey, That's my Fish (for 2 to 4 players)
    Carcassonne (for 2 to 5 players)
    Ubongo (for 3 to 4 players) Commands & Colors Ancients (for 2 players)
    Puerto Rico (for 3 to 5 players)
    Stramash The Scottish Board Game (for 2 to 6 players)
    Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game (for 2 to 4 players)
    Cards against Humanity (for 4 players plus)
    Dead of Winter (for 2 to 5 players)

    Please book your tickets on Eventbrite

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Yuri Herrera Transmigration of Bodies

    Tuesday, May 31st at 19:00 - 20:00
    Born in Mexico in 1970, Yuri Herrera studied politics in Mexico, Creative writing in El Paso and took his PHD in literature in Berkeley. Yuri's debut novel 'Signs preceding the End of the World' was published last year to wide acclaim selling nearly 250 copies in this store alone. His second novel, 'Transmigration of Bodies' is eagerly anticipated!

    A Plague has brought death to the city. Two feuding crime families with blood on their hands need our hard-boiled hero, The Redeemer, to broker peace. With echoes of Romeo and Juliet, Yuri Herrera's novel is a response to the violence of contemporary Mexico.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room. Alternatively, call 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Baileys Prize shadowing group: Love

    Wednesday, June 1st at 18:00

    Join us in store for the third of three themed evenings discussing the shortlisted books for this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. This week our theme will be 'Love', and we will be looking at The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, and The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie.

    E-mail newcastle.events@blackwells.co.uk for more information.

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Daisy Johnson Fen

    Friday, June 3rd at 19:00 - 21:00
    We are proud to be launching the debut collection of short stories by poet and author, Daisy Johnson.

    Daisy Johnson's Fen is a liminal land. Real people live their lives here. They wrestle with familiar instincts, with sex and desire, with everyday routine. But the wild is always close at hand, ready to erupt. This is a place where animals and people commingle and fuse, where curious metamorphoses take place, where myth and dark magic still linger.

    English folklore and a contemporary eye, sexual honesty and combustible invention - in Fen, these elements have come together to create a singular, startling piece of modern fiction.

    Pre-order the book

    "This book marks the emergence of a great, stomping, wall-knocking talent" Kevin Barry

    This is a FREE launch to attend and will take place in the Norrington Room. For more information or enquiries, please contact our customer service department on 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • Heffers Presents: Timed Out by Barbara Lorna Hudson

    Tuesday, June 7th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join us at 6.30pm on 7th June for the launch of Timed Out by Barbara Lorna Hudson. Jane Lambert thinks she may have made a mistake putting her work ahead of love and family for so long. She’s left wondering what to do with her life now that she has retired. Taking note of the sentiment from one of her retirement cards⎯ Retirement is NOT the end. It’s a NEW BEGINNING⎯ she decides it’s about time she looked for love again, and places a lonely hearts advertisement. Jane embarks on her new life, suffering disappointments and learning hard truths about herself, while never losing her gift for self mockery or her eye for the absurd. Timed Out is a contemporary “coming-of-age” novel about different kinds of love and the search for a meaningful life. Barbara Lorna Hudson studied at Newnham College, Cambridge. She started out as a psychiatric social worker before becoming an Oxford tutor. She is an Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford. This event is free to attend but booking is essential: to reserve your place please register.

    RESERVE YOUR TICKET HERE

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ray Foulk When the World came to the Isle of Wight: The Last Great Event

    Wednesday, June 8th at 20:00
    Join festival supremo Ray Foulk for the launch of his long-awaited new book, 'The Last Great Event'. It's been a long time coming but finally this historical work sets the record straight about Britain's greatest pioneering rock festival.

    We pick up the story as amateur promoters, Ray and Ronnie are struggling to repeat the success of their great Bob Dylan festival of 1969 - and find there are no megastars to compare. The brothers go completely overboard and book a massive raft of stars including Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. They would go on to create the largest event in the World - Bigger than Woodstock, bigger than anything. This most controversial festival takes its course over five days with up to 600,000 attending. The Island MP is so outraged that he secures an act of parliament to prevent any repetition. The festival is the final hurrah of the Sixties, the last great gathering of the tribes.

    Tickets for this event cost just £3 and can be purchased by visiting our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Carnegie Shadowing Group session 4

    Thursday, June 9th at 18:00

    Join us in store as we read through and discuss the 2016 Carnegie Medal shortlist. This week we will be talking about The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick and The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

    E-mail newcastle.events@blackwells.co.uk for more information.

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Mick Wall Lemmy: The Definitive Biography

    Thursday, June 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Lemmy once said of Wall, 'Mick Wall is one of the few rock writers in the World who can actually write and seems to know anything about rock music. I can and do talk to him for hours - poor Bastard'.

    This is the story of the only Rock'n'Roller never to sell his soul for silver and gold, while keeping the Devil, as he put it 'very close to my side'. From school days growing up in North Wales, to first finding fame in the mid-sixties with the Rockin' Vicars; from becoming Jimi Hendrix's personal roadie to leading Hawkwind to the top of the charts in 1972 with 'Silver Machine', the going on to forming Motorhead whose iconoclastic album 'No Sleep 'til Hammersmith' entered the UK charts at No.1. Based on Mick's original interviews with Lemmy conducted over numerous years, along with the insights of those who knew him best, this is an eye-opening story of one of Britain's greatest characters who sadly passed away at the end of 2015.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623. Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Jacky Collis Harvey in conversation with Nigel Warburton on Red

    Saturday, June 18th at 15:00 - 16:00
    A Captivating history of red hair through the ages, drawing on science, religion, politics, literature and art.

    Red is the first book to explore the history of red hair and red-headedness throughout the world. Jacky Collis Harvey and Nigel Warburton (both redheaded authors and thinkers!) will discuss Jacky's obsessive fascination that is as contagious as it is compelling. More than just a book for redheads, Red is a fascination social and cultural celebration of a rich and mysterious genetic quirk.

    This is a FREE event to attend and will take place in the Norrington Room. For more information, Please visit the customer service department in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: John Webster Shelley’s Golden Years in Italy

    Saturday, June 18th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Local songwriter and Shelley specialist John Webster’s new DVD ‘Shelley’s Golden Years in Italy’ takes Shelley from the printed page and into the flux of contemporary culture. Teaming up with poet, playwright and Shelley admirer Benjamin Zephaniah, who provides context to the Shelley songs performed by John’s group Brindaband, it is an unrivalled guide to the poet, introducing around 20 of his key poems, highlighting important aspects of his thinking and describing his final dramatic years in Italy.

    John will be introducing and playing the 43 minute-long film – expect an evening touching on some of life’s ‘fundamental things’, illuminated by a great poet’s unique perspective, and leaving an afterburn of hope.

    Light refreshments, with an Italian flavour, will be provided.

    We hope you can join us for this very special evening. To confirm your attendance please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND PICADOR PRESENT: Shore to Shore Celebrating Poetry and Community with the Laureate and Friends

    Tuesday, June 21st at 12:30 - 13:30
    Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold, original voice and one of Britain’s best-loved poets since the publication of Standing Female Nude in 1985; she has subsequently won every major poetry prize in the UK, published collections that have collectively sold more than one million copies worldwide and was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009.

    Coinciding with and supporting the 10th anniversary of Independent Book Week, Shore to Shore sees the Poet Laureate and her chosen fwllo artists undertaking a major national tour to perform their work and to celebrate communities with independent bookshops at their heart.

    Picador and Blackwell's Oxford are proud to present Carol Ann Duffy performing alongside three of the fellow poets whom she most admires: Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker and Jackie Kay. The afternoon will be accompanied by music from instrumentalist and composer John Sampson plus a special guest poet local to Oxford.

    Shore to Shore: Celebrating Poetry and Community with the Laureate and Friends will bring audiences an unforgettable afternoon featuring some of the finest voices in contemporary British poetry. For more information please visit carolannduffyandfriends.com

    This event will take place at the beautiful St Aldates Church, which is located 40 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP.

    Tickets cost £10 and include a copy of the Shore to Shore commemorative tour programme (distributed on the day). To purchase your ticket please visit https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/shore-to-shore-oxford . For all enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Sarah Knight The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

    Sunday, June 26th at 15:00 - 16:00
    How to stop spending time you don't have with people you don't like doing things you don't want to do.

    Are you stressed out, overbooked and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? Then it's time to stop giving a f**k.

    This irreverent and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame and guilt-and give your f**ks instead to people and things that make you happy. Sarah's simple 'NotSorry Method' for mental decluttering will help you unleash the power of not giving a f**k and will free you to spend your time, energy and money on things that really matter. This wise and humorous guide to modern living is a must read. Sarah is visiting from America and will be discussing the ideas and fantastic flow-charts in an evening talk and signing.

    Buy the book

    This is a FREE event and will take place in the philosophy department in the Norrington Room. For more information or to register, please visit the customer service department or call 01865 333623. Alternatively, for enquiries please email: events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Simon Tolkien No Man's Land

    Wednesday, June 29th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are proud to be welcoming Simon Tolkien to Blackwell's, Grandson of J.R.R.Tolkien to discuss his new novel, 'No Man's Land'.

    Inspired by his grandfather's experiences in the battlefields of the Somme, 'No Man's Land' is a powerful and moving picture of early 20th-Century England torn apart by the First World War.

    From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coalmine to the exposed terrors of the trenches, Adam Raine's journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world.

    We are pleased to be presenting this event alongside seAp Military Advocacy. A service that provides help and support to veterans of all ages. For more information, please visit www.seap.org.uk

    Tickets for this event cost £5 with proceeds going to seAp, they can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623. Availability is strictly limited so call now to avoid disappointment. This will be Simon's only UK event to promote his book.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop with Nigel Warburton and Roger Scruton

    Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00 - 12:00
    Each month, Philosopher Nigel Warburton interviews a fellow thinking for a series of events entitled 'Philosophy in the Bookshop'. In July, Nigel will be in conversation with Roger Scruton.

    Roger Scruton is an English Philosopher specialising in aesthetics. He has written over 30 books, several novels and a number of general textbooks on philosophy and culture. He has also composed two operas. Outside his career as a philosopher and writer, Scruton was involved in the establishment of underground universities and academic networks in soviet-controlled Central Europe during the Cold War and has received a number of awards for his work in this area.

    The 'Philosophy in the Bookshop' events are free to attend and take place on the first Saturday of each month. They take place in the Philosophy Department which is located in the Norrington Room. For more information or enquiries, please call 01865 333620 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars The Final Concert Anniversary

    Sunday, July 3rd at 18:00 - 20:00
    Seating tickets have now SOLD OUT. We have a limited amount of balcony standing tickets at £2.50 each, please call 01865 333623 for more information or to purchase a ticket.

    To celebrate the incredible life and career of David Bowie, we'll be screening the remastered film by D.A.Pennebaker which chronicles the very last live appearance of Ziggy Stardust.

    The film was shot at Hammersmith Odeon on July 3rd 1973 and was where Bowie announced before the final song that not only was this the last date of their tour but the last live gig that they would play together as 'Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'.

    David Bowie died on January 10 this year, just 2 days after celebrating his 69th birthday and releasing his incredible final album, 'Blackstar'. All proceeds from the screening will go to Cancer Research.

    Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries about this event, please email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Sarah Moss The Tidal Zone

    Tuesday, July 12th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Sarah Moss will be visiting Oxford to talk about her latest novel, 'The Tidal Zone'. Chairing the talk will be Senior Lecturer in Publishing, Sarah Franklin.

    Adam is a stay-at-home dad who is also working on a history of the bombing and restoration of Coventry Cathedral. He is a good man and he is happy. But one day, he receives a call from his daughter's school to inform him that, for no apparent reason, fifteen year old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. In that moment, he is plunged into a world of waiting, agonising, not knowing. The story of his life and the lives of his family are rewritten and re-told around this shocking central event, around a body that has inexplicably failed.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room, or by calling 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: The Bookshop Band

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

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

    Tickets cost £6 and can be purchased from our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries about this event, please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Heffers Presents: The Heffers Classics Forum 2016

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

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

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

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

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

    Oxford University Press and the Department of Continuing Education present a series of lunchtime interviews on the importance of the relationship between philosophy and other subjects. Bring your lunch and your thinking caps! Featuring Marianne Talbot alongside:

    Rachel Paine on What's philosophy got to do with… the Human Mind?
    David Edmonds on What's philosophy got to do with… Prime Time TV?
    Cecile Fabre and Helen Frowe on What's Philosophy got to do with… War and Peace?
    Stephen Law on What's philosophy got to do with… Education?
    Tina Beatie on What's Philosophy got to do with… Understanding Religion?

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

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

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

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

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

    Confused by Conciseness? Perplexed by Poststructuralism? Come and pick the brains of our authors who can help you get to grips with topics as diverse as Humanism and Heidegger. In small groups you’ll get the chance to meet with leading experts, hear their thoughts and ask them the questions you’ve always wanted answers to. So, where’s the gap in your knowledge?

    Stephen Law (Humanism)
    Chris Janaway (Nietzsche)
    Susan Blackmore (Conciseness)
    Catherine Wilson (Epicureanism)
    Andrew Bowie (Heidegger)
    Catherine Belsey (Poststructuralism)

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

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

    Saturday 7th November 11:45-12:45
    What's Philosophy got to do with… Creating a Masterpiece

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Love by The Beatles in Quadrophonic Sound

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

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

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

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