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  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND CREATION THEATRE PRESENT: King Lear

    Wednesday, February 10th at 19:00 TO Thursday, March 17th at 21:00
    Set in a basement amongst towering book stacks, We'll follow Shakespeare's aging King and his three daughters in a tale of power, madness and betrayal, as he divides his Kingdom amongst them.

    The first production of our new six year partnership with Creation Theatre, We'll be celebrating 50 years of our Norrington Room and 20 years of Creation Theatre. To top it all off, we'll be joining up with the creative team and director behind the sell-out 2011 Doctor Faustus

    For more information or to book tickets for this wonderful show, please click here.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages Film Book Club- Stardust

    Thursday, February 18th at 18:30 - 21:30
    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? Each month a book will be chosen that has been adapted into a film, members read the book during the month in the lead up to the session before we watch the film together. This month we will be discussing 'Stardust' by Neil Gaiman. The film features Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert de Niro.

    In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

    Rating: PG Time: 2 hours 7 minutes. Film ends at 8:40pm. Discussion ends around 9:10pm.

    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
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Alysa Levene Cake

    Thursday, February 25th at 19:00 - 20:00
    What does cake mean for different people? How have we come to have such a huge variety of cakes? What had to happen historically for them to appear? And what can they tell us about the family, and women's roles in particular?  Alysa Levene, author of Cake: A Slice of History will be discussing the history behind one of our much loved delicious treats. Cake: A Slice of History travels through time from King Alfred to our modern-day love of cupcakes, via Queen Victoria's patriotic sandwich, the Southern States of America, slavery and the spice trade, to the rise of the celebrity chef . . . and so much more.

    Alysa Levene is a social historian at Oxford Brookes University (and enthusiastic amateur baker). She has researched and published articles and books on a variety of topics which connect with this book: the history of childhood, health, the family, and food.

    Tickets for this event include a special cupcake treat and cost £5. To purchase a ticket please visit our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Caroline Alexander on The Iliad For it was not on account of Trojan Warriors I came

    Wednesday, March 2nd at 12:30 - 13:30
    To coincide with the publication of the stunning new translation of Homer's legendary tale of honour, love, loss and revenge, bestselling author Caroline Alexander will give a free talk on how the West's great epic that decries war, was misinterpreted.

    The first woman to translate the famous war epic into English, Caroline Alexander captures the rhythms and energy of Homer's original Greek while making the text as accessible as possible to a modern reader. The result of three thousand years of storytelling, Homer's masterpiece has resonated with every age and every human conflict: This is the Iliad as its most electrifying and vital.

    This is a free lunchtime talk taking place in the Norrington Room. No booking is required. For more details or enquiries, please call 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshopwith Nigel Warburton and Luciano Floridi

    Saturday, March 5th at 11:00 - 12:00
    Each month, Nigel Warburton will be hosting an event with a fellow philosopher in a series entitled 'Philosophy in the Bookshop'. For the month of March, Nigel will be in conversation with Luciano Floridi.

    Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford. He is best known for his work on two areas of philosophical research: The Philosophy of Information and Information Ethics. His books are numerous and have been translated into many languages.

    The 'Philosophy in the Bookshop' talks take place on the first Saturday of each month and are free to attend. They take place in the philosophy department which is located in the Norrington Room. For more information, please call 01865 333620 or email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Dawn Foster Lean Out

    Thursday, March 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Dawn Foster will be joining us to discuss her new book 'Lean Out' a concise, accessible and powerful call for a more inclusive feminism in an age of austerity.

    'Lean Out' argues that feminism has gone mainstream in the 21st century, with the resulting discussions often restricted to issues that are of limited relevance to women struggling to survive under austerity. Surveying business, media, culture and politics 'Lean Out' discusses how 'trickledown' feminism offers little material gain for women collectively and argues instead of learning in, we need to disrupt, to shout back, to lean out.

    Dawn Foster will be in discussion with Selina Todd author of 'The People'. Selina is currently researching a new book, studying feminism and women’s lives since 1945. She is also part of Women in the Humanities, which brings together scholars from across humanities disciplines to develop new approaches to women’s equalities.

    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 OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages Film Book Club- 1984

    Thursday, March 17th at 18:30 - 21:30
    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?

    Each month a book will be chosen that has been adapted into a film, members read the book during the month in the lead up to the session before we watch the film together. This month we will be watching and discussing Goerge Orwell's 1984. The film was released in 1984 and stars John Hurt, Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton.

    George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

    Film Rating: 15 Length: 1hr53 est film finish 8:30. Event finish 9pm

    This event is free to attend. To confirm your attendance please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk to register.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop with Nigel Warburton and Sarah Bakewell

    Saturday, March 19th at 11:00 - 12:00
    Philosopher Nigel Warburton hosts a series of talks with fellow thinkers in a programme of events called 'Philosophy in the Bookshop'.

    For the month of March we have added an extra date with the author of How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer, and At the Existentialist Cafe Sarah Bakewell.

    Paris 1933, Three young friends meet over cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz baron the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone De Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. This book tells the story of modern existentialism as one of passionate encounters between people, minds and ideas.

    The talk is free to attend and lasts approximately 30 minutes followed by the opportunity of questions from the audience and the chance to get your book signed. For more details or information, please call 01865 333620 or email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Richard Walters in concert

    Wednesday, March 23rd at 19:00 - 23:00
    Singer/Songwriter Richard Walters will be joining us for a homecoming gig in the Norrington Room as part of his Spring 2016 UK tour. The support act will come from Cooper (ex Spring Offensive).

    Ahead of an upcoming new album release, Richard will be playing songs from this and his extensive back catalogue in a special one off concert in the Norrington Room. Walters has been performing since the formation of his first signed band, Theremin in 2001. Since then he has gone on to work with artists such as Bernard Butler (Suede) and Noel Hogan (The Cranberries). He was signed up as a solo artist by Radiohead's Courtyard Management in 2003.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets and cost £6 (plus a booking fee)Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Kelly Oliver Bedlam

    Saturday, March 26th at 19:00 - 21:00
    We're thrilled to be welcoming singer/songwriter Kelly Oliver back to Blackwell's to perform in the Norrington Room as part of her 2016 Spring tour.

    Kelly will be performing songs from her second album 'Bedlam' as well as from 2014's stunning debut 'This Land'. Alongside acoustic guitar melodies and notes of Irish storytelling, Kelly includes harmonica, self-taught, which has led to sponsorship from leading brand Hohner. Kelly recently supported Thea Gilmore on her winter tour and has been described by 'Whispering' Bob Harris as "an emerging voice in British Folk Music'.

    Visit Kelly's official site

    "An artist who blends traditional values, with hints of a bold, indie-pop sensibility" The Times

    "A fantastic new talent" Chris Hawkins BBC 6 Music

    Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from the customer service department or by calling 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop with Nigel Warburton interviewing Emma and Peter Worley

    Saturday, April 2nd at 11:00 - 12:00
    Philosopher Nigel Warburton hosts a series of talks with fellow thinkers in a programme of events called 'Philosophy in the Bookshop'. This month, Nigel will be in conversation with Peter and Emma Worley. They will be focusing on discussing philosophy with children.

    Emma and Peter founded The Philosophy Foundation, which works in schools, home education groups, business and communities running regular, or one-off, philosophy sessions and workshops. Peter is a multi-award winning author, his books include 40 Lessons to Get Children Thinking: Philosophical Thought Adventures Across the Curriculum The If Machine and Once Upon an If ….

    The 'Philosophy in the Bookshop' talks take place on the first Saturday of each month and are free to attend. They take place in the philosophy department which is located in the Norrington Room. For more information, please call 01865 333620 or email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages Film Book Club- Romeo and Juliet

    Thursday, April 21st 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 first event in our mini season of Shakespeare, to celebrate the 400th anniversay of Shakespeare's death. To start off the season we will be reading one of the most cherished romances in literature, the much-loved Romeo and Juliet and watching together Baz Luhrmann's stunning adaptation. Join us as we watch the film and discuss the differences, similarities and beauty of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays.

    Film length: 2 hours. Film due to finish by 8:30pm. Discussion finishes at 9pm.

    Rating: 12

    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
  • 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
  • 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
    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