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  • OXFORD Hugh Warwick/ 'Hedgehog'

    Tuesday, July 22nd at 19:00 - 20:00
    The hedgehog has long had a close connection with people. It has been an animal of fascination, endearment and cultural significance since the ancient Egyptians. The Romans regarded it as a weather prophet, and modern gardeners depend on the creature to keep their gardens free of pests. This book explores how this and other characteristics of the small creature have propelled it to the top of a number of polls of people's favorite animals. Join us for what is sure to be an enlightening evening. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • OXFORD The Oxford Publishing Society Presents: An Evening with Deborah Levy

    Wednesday, July 23rd at 19:30 - 20:30
    The Oxford Publishing Society's annual author event brings Deborah Levy to speak in conversation with publisher Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories). Under discussion will be the relationship between authors and publishers as well as Deborah and Stefan's own shared journey to publishing 'Swimming Home'.

    Deborah's novel, Swimming Home was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards (UK Author of the Year) and 2013 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, while the title story of her most recent work of fiction, Black Vodka: ten stories, was shortlisted for the 2012 BBC International Short Story Award. In 2013 Notting Hill Editions published Things I Don’t Want to Know – Deborah’s non-fiction book on George Orwell’s Why I Write. In October 2014 her book-length poem An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell is published in a handsome hardback edition by And Other Stories.

    And Other Stories is a social enterprise literary publishing house: andotherstories.org

    Oxford Publishing Society: opusnet.co.uk

    Tickets cost £5 (free to Oxford Publishing Society Members) and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD Egypt Afternoon at Blackwell's Bookshop

    Saturday, July 26th at 14:00 - 17:00
    Join us on Saturday 26th July as The Ashmolean comes to Blackwell's to celebrate it's "Discovering Tutankhamun" exhibition. This will be an enjoyable afternoon full of enjoyable activities. There'll be Ancient Egyptian board games, a chance to make your own Tutankhamun mask, a treasure hunt, storytelling, and much more! It's all free and everyone is welcome!

    At 4pm, we will be joined by Liam McNarmara, co- curator of the Ashmolean's exhibition Discovering Tutankhamun, as he explores a selection of objects from Tutankhamun’s tomb and discusses what they reveal about the king’s reign.
  • OXFORD James Winn/ Queen Anne

    Wednesday, July 30th at 19:00 - 20:00
    As the last Stuart monarch, Queen Anne (1665-1714) received the education thought proper for a princess, reading plays and poetry in English and French while learning dancing, singing, acting, drawing, and instrumental music. As an adult, she played the guitar and the harpsichord, danced regularly, and took a connoisseur's interest in all the arts.

    In this comprehensive interdisciplinary biography, James Winn tells the story of Anne's life in new breadth and detail, and in unprecedented cultural context. Winn shows how poets, painters, and musicians used the works they made for Anne to send overt and covert political messages to the queen, the court, the church, and Parliament. Their works also illustrates the pathos of Anne's personal life: the loss of her mother when she was six, her troubled relations with her father and her sister, James II and Mary II, and her own doomed efforts to produce an heir.

    Richly illustrated with visual and musical examples, Queen Anne draws on works by a wide array of artists - among them composer George Frideric Handel, the poet Alexander Pope, the painter Godfrey Kneller, and the architect Christopher Wren - to shed new light on Anne's life and reign. This is the definitive biography of Queen Anne.

    James Anderson Winn will be discussing his book and signing copies.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • OXFORD Paul Collins/ Discovering Tutankhamun

    Thursday, July 31st at 19:00 - 20:00
    Dr Paul Collins is one of the curators of the Ashmolean's exhibition "Discovering Tutankhamun".

    This exhibition tells the story of one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. It explains the hunt for the tomb and the thrill of its discovery using Howard Carter’s original records, drawings and photographs, many of which have never been seen in public. Paul Collins will talk about the exhibition and how Tutankhamun continues to be a revolutionary figure three thousand years after he was born.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD Poet's Corner Open Mic Night

    Tuesday, August 5th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Join us on the first Tuesday of every month for our 'Poets Corner' open mic poetry night. We invite you to stand up and read your work or to come along and enjoy being part of the audience listening. If you feel brave and would like to be speaker on the night please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Services Department on 01865 333623 to put your name on the list. Places are normally booked in advance so please get in touch to avoid disappointment. This event is free to attend.
  • OXFORD World Humanist Congress Free Norrington Room Talks

    Friday, August 8th at 12:00 - 16:00
    The World Humanist Congress is taking place from Friday 8th August until Sunday 10th August in Oxford. Held every three years in different locations around the world, this years theme of the meeting is 'Freedom of Thought and Expression'. We are pleased to announce during the conference period, 10 world-class speakers will be visiting the bookshop for a series of free 20 minute talks taking place in the Norrington Room. You do not need tickets to attend any of the talks below but seating is limited, so please arrive early to get a ensure your place.
    • 12pm- Richard Dawkins: “The Greatest Show on Earth”
      • 2pm- AC Grayling: “How Does Humanism Relate to Ethics?”
      • 3pm- Jim Al-Khalili: “A Rationalist’s View of the Greatest Paradoxes in Science”
    • 4pm- Peter Atkins: “The Limits of Science”
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  • OXFORD World Humanist Congress Free Norrington Talks

    Saturday, August 9th at 12:00 - 16:00
    The World Humanist Congress is taking place from Friday 8th August until Sunday 10th August in Oxford. Held every three years in different locations around the world, this years theme of the meeting is 'Freedom of Thought and Expression'. We are pleased to announce during the conference period, 10 world-class speakers will be visiting the bookshop for a series of free 20 minute talks taking place in the Norrington Room. You do not need tickets to attend any of the talks below but seating is limited, so please arrive early to get a ensure your place.
    • 12pm- Peter Tatchell: “Organised Religion is the Greatest Global Threat to Human Rights”
    • 2pm- Nick Cohen
    • 3pm- Simon Singh: “Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial”
    • 4pm- Martin Rowson: “Laughing with Disbelief”
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  • OXFORD Humanist Congress Free Norrington Room Talks

    Sunday, August 10th at 14:00 - 15:00
    The World Humanist Congress is taking place from Friday 8th August until Sunday 10th August in Oxford. Held every three years in different locations around the world, this years theme of the meeting is 'Freedom of Thought and Expression'. We are pleased to announce during the conference period, 10 world-class speakers will be visiting the bookshop for a series of free 20 minute talks taking place in the Norrington Room. You do not need tickets to attend any of the talks below but seating is limited, so please arrive early to get a ensure your place.
    • 2pm- Kenan Malik
    • 3pm Stephen Law: “Why I’m An Atheist”
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  • OXFORD Monique Roffey 'House of Ashes'

    Wednesday, August 13th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Monique Roffey was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and educated in the UK. She is the author of five books, four novels and a memoir. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (2009) was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2010 and the Encore Award in 2011. House of Ashes, published in 2014, is a novel drawn from historical events and tells the story of a gunman, a hostage and a child soldier caught up in a botched coup d’etat. Monique will be in conversation to discuss her past work and her fabulous new book, House of Ashes. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • OXFORD John Healy/ 'The Grass Arena'

    Friday, August 15th at 14:00 - 15:00
    We are honoured to be joined by author John Healy to read from his classic memoir 'The Grass Arena'. John was born in London to Irish Immigrant parents. He left school at the age of 14, enlisted into the army and took up boxing. After being dishonourably discharged for drunkeness, Healy ended up on a downward spiral that forced him into theft and crime to feed his alcohol addiction on the streets of London. After spells in and out of prisons across the country, including a few months in Oxford's prison, he became interested in chess, found a new calling and never touched drink again. His book has been an inspiration to authors such as Irvine Welsh and has been described as the most authentic biography of addiction since William Burroughs 'Junky'. This is an incredible opportunity to have an audience with John and to get copies of his book signed. John is currently promoting a new documentary made about him called 'Barbaric Genius'. THIS IS FREE TO ATTEND AND WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE NORRINGTON ROOM.
  • OXFORD All Quiet on the Western Front/ A Musically Accompanied Reading

    Thursday, August 21st at 19:30 - 21:00
    Commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, musicians Black Fox are presenting All Quiet on the Western Front. Passages of text from Erich Maria Remarque's anti-war classic will be read by members of the Thame Youth Theatre, interwoven with narrative extracts from Mick Jones' play 'The Soldiers Have Taken our Horses Away', first performed in Oxford in 1984. The readings will be interspersed with songs, including original musical settings to poems written by Philip Larkin, Siegfried Sassoon and Cicely Fox-Smith.

    Join us for what is sure to be an incredible evening of music, poetry and reflection. This event contains a full band and will take place in the Norrington room.

    Tickets cost £6 / £3 concession and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’sBookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • OXFORD Sarah Waters/ 'The Paying Guests' at the Divinity School

    Tuesday, September 2nd at 19:00 - 21:00
    We are delighted to announce an evening event with Sarah Waters at the Divinity School. Sarah will be discussing her new book 'The Paying Guests' and will be signing copies of the book afterwards. Tickets cost £20 which includes entry to the talk and a copy of 'The Paying Guests' for you to get signed by Sarah afterwards if you so wish. We will also have copies of Sarah's extensive backlist for sale on the evening. There are only 120 places to this very exclusive event so please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD David Mitchell/ 'The Bone Clocks' at the Sheldonian Theatre

    Wednesday, September 10th at 19:00 - 21:00
    We are extremely excited and pleased to be able to present to you an event with David Mitchell for the release of his new novel 'The Bone Clocks'. One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking ...The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly's life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland's Atlantic coast as Europe's oil supply dries up - a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality.Tickets cost £6 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad St, Oxford. Alternatively contact us on (01865) 333623 or for events enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD Steven Pinker 'The Sense of Style'

    Tuesday, September 23rd at 19:00 - 21:00
    Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care? In 'The Sense of Style', the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first century, Pinker doesn’t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose. Join us in the magnificent Sheldonian Theatre to hear from one of the most important public intellectuals. Tickets cost £6 and are available in the shop or by calling 01865 333623
  • OXFORD Chen Xiwo/ The Book of Sins

    Wednesday, October 8th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us as we warmly welcome controversial author Chen Xiwo to Blackwell's to discuss about his latest novel, 'The Book of Sins'. Chen's writing has been banned in his homeland of China due to it's graphic depiction of sex and violence. He is also no stranger to the courtroom and has stood before judges many times throughout his illustrious career to defend his right to a freedom of speech. Chen's most talked about and most controversial story is one called 'I Love my Mum' and which alludes to a sexual relationship between a Mother and her severely disabled Son. Not for the faint of heart, this talk by one of China's bravest authors is sure to raise a few eyebrows. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel: 01865 333623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD Peter F. Hamilton/ The Abyss Beyond Dreams

    Friday, October 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Science Fiction writer Peter F. Hamilton will be joining us to discuss his new book “The Abyss Beyond Dreams”. Set in the Commonwealth Universe, “The Abyss Beyond Dreams” is set chronologically between The Commonwealth saga and The Void trilogy, two of his popular series.

    When images of a lost civilization are ‘dreamed’ by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void – a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities. With it being the greatest threat to the known universe, Nigel is committed to finding out what really lies within the Void and if there’s any truth to the visions they’ve received. Does human life really exist inside its boundary?

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD Alexander Larman/ 'Blazing Star'

    Tuesday, October 14th at 19:00 - 20:00
    'Blazing Star' tells of the life and times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Described as a dashing Restoration Dandy, a scabrous satirist and a Pornographic poet, John Wilmot was an alcoholic by the age of 14, in prison by 18 and dead of syphilis by the age of 33. This is the first comprehensive biography of a remarkable and extremely complex man. Johnny Depp even donned a wig to play the Earl in the 2004 movie, 'The Libertine'. Join us for a discussion around John Wilmot's incredible life. Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel: 01865 333623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • OXFORD Michael Morpurgo, John Tams and Barry Coope/ War Horse

    Friday, January 30th at 19:00 - 20:30
    We are delighted to be able to present a musically accompanied reading of 'War Horse' at the prestigious Sheldonian Theatre. Michael Morpurgo tells the powerful and deeply moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. Michael is joined by acclaimed musicians John Tams and Barry Coope, who accompany his reading with the rousing yet haunting songs specially composed by John Tams for the National Theatre's award-winning production of 'War Horse'. Tickets cost £15 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel:01865 333 623 or for event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk