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  • Oxford Group 2012 Presents: A Brief Introduction to Novel Writing

    Monday, February 2nd at 19:00 - 21:00
    Richard Skinner, Director of the Fiction Programme at the Faber Academy and a tutor on its six-month ‘Writing a Novel’ course, will be running a two-hour workshop from 7pm to 9pm on Monday 2nd February at Blackwell’s Bookshop.

    This workshop will involve two long exercises, one on plotting and one on point of view, both of which should shed light on these issues for those who have embarked, or are about to embark, on a long piece of fiction.

    Richard Skinner is the author of three novels, all published by Faber & Faber. The Red Dancer has been translated into seven languages. The Mirror consists of two short novels, The Mirror and The Velvet Gentleman. A translation of The Velvet Gentleman was shortlisted in France for the Prix Livres & Musiques. He has also written a writer’s handbook entitled Fiction Writing. His poems have been published in various magazines including Faber & Faber’s First Pressings, Staple, Brand and Magma. For many years, Richard was an Associate Tutor at Goldsmiths College, London, where he taught on the MA Creative & Life Writing. For more information, please visit Richard’s website: http://richardskinner.weebly.com

    There are 20 places on this workshop, and the cost is £15. Please email oxford@blackwell.co.uk or telephone 01865 333636 if you would like to register.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Harry Potter Book Night

    Thursday, February 5th at 18:30 - 20:30
    On Thursday 5th February from 6:30-8:30pm we are joining 5,000 communities around the world to be part of the official Harry Potter Book Night. We will be hosting an evening of magical games, activities and readings in celebration of the worlds favourite wizard.

    • Enter on Platform 9 3/4
    • Let the sorting hat declare your house
    • Make a balloon owl
    • Hunt the Snitch
    • Visit the potions desk
    • Play Quidditch
    • Let your want pick you

    A perfect evening for Harry Potter fans of all ages, to celebrate one of the worlds most loved stories. This event is free to attend, please sign up by visiting the Children's department desk or by emailing childrens@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Karim Miske in conversation with Tariq Ali

    Monday, February 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be welcoming author Karim Miske to Blackwell's to discuss his debut novel with Tariq Ali. Kosher sushi, kebabs, a second hand bookshop and a bar: the 19th arrondissement in Paris is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood where multicultural citizens live, love and worship alongside one another. This peace is shattered when Ahmed Taroudant's melancholy daydreams are interrupted by the blood dripping from his upstairs neighbour's brutally mutilated corpse. The violent murder of Laura Vignole, and the pork joint placed next to her, set imaginations ablaze across the neighborhood, and Ahmed finds himself the prime suspect. Karim Miske demonstrates a masterful control of setting, as he moves seamlessly between the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of New York to reveal the truth behind a horrifying crime. Tariq Ali is a British Pakistani writer, journalist, and filmmaker.  He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents Moving Pages: Monthly Film Book Club

    Thursday, February 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?

    We are launching a new film book club, where we discuss the good, the bad and the ugly side of book film adaptations. Each month a book will be chosen that has been adapted into a film, members then read the book during the month in the lead up to the session before we watch the film together. Purchase a glass of wine and some popcorn, sit back and watch our film of the month, then join in the after discussion on the film vs. the book.

    This event is free to attend! All you have to do is register in advance by email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or by calling our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623 before the event. We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now!
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Susie Campbell launching The Bitters

    Thursday, February 26th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Susie Campbell has a particular interest in prose poems and collage poems. Her work has appeared in journals such as Smiths Knoll, Shearsman, Envoi and Domestic Cherry. She recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at Oxford University. In 2013, she was awarded the inaugural F. H Pasby prize for the student who receives the highest mark on the course for a collection of poems that went on to form the basis of THE BITTERS. She is currently currently working on my first novel Burntwood which is set in an Edwardian Mental Asylum and takes further the Casebook stories which appear in THE BITTERS. Susie will be reading a selection of poems from THE BITTERS alongside a few of Oxford's best local poets. This a FREE event to attend. Please RSVP by emailing events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or by collecting a free ticket in store.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Teri Terry Book Signing- Mind Games

    Saturday, February 28th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Author of the bestselling teen fiction Slated Trilogy series, Teri Terry, will be signing copies of her new book Mind Games on Saturday 28th February at 2pm. Don't miss out on your chance to meet Teri and purchase a special signed copy of her book.

    Mind Games In a future world, life is tightly controlled by the all-powerful PareCo. Standing out from the crowd is dangerous so misfit Luna hides her secrets carefully, not realising her own power. Unlike her friends and family, Luna has never been able to plug into Realtime, PareCo's virtual world, where almost everyone now lives their lives. So how do PareCo know about Luna, and why do they want her for their elite think tank?
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Pass on a Poem

    Wednesday, March 4th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Do you love reading poetry? Join us for our Pass on a Poem evening, where we invite you to share with the group your favourite published poems, meet others who also have a passion for poetry and hear about poets you may have never listened to before. To sign up for a reading spot during the event please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or visit our Customer Services Department located in the Norrington Room.

    Our Pass on a Poem group meets on the 1st Wednesday every 2 months. Our next meeting after this will be held on Wednesday 6th May.

    Pass on a Poem is  a not-for-profit initiative, existing to provide entertainment and to create enthusiasm for poetry by bringing people together to read out loud poems which have a special personal significance and to explain, briefly, why. For more information please visit their website http://www.passonapoem.com/

    This event is free to attend. For all enquiries please visit our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Matthew Caminer, Martin Percy and Beaumont Stevenson - 'Curacies and how to survive them'

    Tuesday, April 28th at 19:00 - 20:00
    It is common knowledge that many curacies run into difficulties and that this is something people often feel constrained from discussing openly. Curacies and How to Survive Them offers readers the opportunity to listen in on a series of fast-flowing conversations between a psychologist, a theologian and a clergy spouse, which explore frequently occurring dilemmas and challenges.By highlighting issues that are not generally discussed, it will be immensely useful to people who might otherwise feel isolated and helpless. Tickets are FREE and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623. For enquiries please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk