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  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Dave Goulson - A Buzz in the Meadow

    Friday, April 24th at 19:00 - 20:00
    This event is now SOLD OUT. Dave Goulson is an award-winning professor of biological sciences at the University of Sussex. In 2006 he founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. His work on bumblebee ecology and conservation has led to him becoming one of the UK’s most high profile scientists.

    His books A Sting in the Tale (a Times and Guardian bestseller) and A Buzz in the Meadow, are the results of Goulson’s determination to ensure that his work is published in the ‘real world’ as well as scientific journals. Both books celebrate the beauty and wonder of the natural world. They also leave readers in no doubt that they reach the heart some of the most important issues of our times, namely farming, food production and the economy.

    We may see ourselves as predominantly an urban society but over 70% of the UK is farmland so the way in which land is managed has a major impact on us all.

    Goulson’s research results showing the damage caused to the environment and food chains by a group of systemic insecticides has put him at odds with Governments and some of the world’s largest corporations.

    Pale Blue Dot is an art-science organisation collaborating with Dave Goulson to encourage debate between scientists, the food and farming industry and the public, to explore these issues and ask whether such independent research is too inconvenient for today’s business-backed policy makers.

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD & IRREGULAR FOLK PRESENT: An Evening of Music in the Norrington Room

    Friday, April 24th at 20:00 - 23:00
    In conjunction with Irregular Folk, we proudly present a night of music in the Norrington Room.

    Laura Moody is an astonishing musician and singer songwriter who played Irregular Folk's "Ode to the Cello" evening two years ago and floored everyone with a quite frankly mind bending performance. Her debut album was released late last year to great acclaim.

    Alabaster De Plume hails from Manchester and this will be his first ever Oxford gig. He soothes, amuses, jars and inspires all in one baffling bundle.

    Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening and will be supplied by Loose Cannon. Tickets are available to purchase from this link.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Matthew Caminer- Curacies & 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.

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    Tickets are free Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD & SHORT STORIES ALOUD PRESENTS: Tim Clare & Daisy Johnson

    Tuesday, April 28th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Described by The Huffington Post as 'unlike any other literary event'. In three years this monthly event has become one of the most-loved and best attended literary evenings in Oxford.

    Having outgrown its previous home at the Old Fire Station we are thrilled to be taking over as the host.

    The evening consists of professional actors reading short stories followed by a Q & A with the authors.

    April's show features poet, short story writer and now novelist Tim Clare and Daisy Johnson, formerly a bookseller in this very shop and now signed to a two book deal with Jonathan Cape.

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    Tickets £5 OR FREE IF YOU BRING CAKE Available on the door
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

    Thursday, April 30th at 19:00 - 20:30
    David Freeman will be hosting an evening in the Norrington Room playing his own 8 track copy of Pink Floyd's seminal album in quadraphonic sound! We'll be directing 4 speakers on each of the balconies into the lowest part of the room for an optimal and very special listening experience. So take a step back in time to 1973 and an evening experiencing one of the bestselling albums of all time as it was meant to be heard.

    Drinks and the newly remastered cd of 'Dark Side of the Moon' will be available to purchase on the evening.

    Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Steven Berkoff- Sod the Bitches

    Monday, May 4th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be welcoming award winning actor and playwright, Steven Berkoff into Blackwell's to launch his debut novel 'Sod the Bitches'.

    In this dark and complex novel, challenging themes that haunt the Berkoff canon are ever present in this book about dislocation and the abandonment of love in a thankless and unforgiving world. This is a powerful, divisive and honest novel that will provoke, enrage and inspire. You have been warned...

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Pass On A Poem

    Wednesday, May 6th at 18:30 - 20:00
    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 1st July.

    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. Enquiries Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Nikolaus Wachsmann- The Camps : A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps

    Wednesday, May 13th at 18:00 - 19:00
    In March of 1933, a disused factory surrounded by barbed wire held 223 prisoners in the town of Dachau. By the end of 1945, the SS concentration camp system had become an overwhelming landscape of terror. Twenty-two large camps and over one thousand satellite camps throughout Germany and Europe were at the heart of the Nazi campaign of repression and intimidation. Dr Nikolaus Wachsmann is the first historian to write a complete history of the camps. It will remain an essential read for years to come.

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    This is a free event

    Ticket Reservations Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: James Attlee- Station to Station

    Thursday, May 14th at 19:00 - 21:00
    We had huge success with James' utterly fascinating look at life and lives on the Cowley Road, Isolarion. His new book digs into the stories along the Great Western Railway line from London to Bristol.

    Expect a conversation between James and David Freeman that will delight and surprise.

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD & OXFORD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY PRESENT: Beth Shapiro - How to Clone a Mammoth

    Tuesday, May 19th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Beth Shapiro, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will be talking about her research and her book How To Clone A Mammoth at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History This will be a particularly interesting talk as Beth carried out DNA research on the museum's famous Dodo, as part of her very first DNA project.

    Beth's groundbreaking work has appeared in numerous publications including Nature and Science and she was a 2009 recipient of the MacArthur Award.

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    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained here or by visiting the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on Parks Road, Oxford Tel: 01865 272950
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages - The Fault in our Stars

    Thursday, May 21st at 18:30
    Fancy 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. 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 month we will be reading the much loved 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green. The film took £3.4million in its opening weekend in the UK and the book sold 633,919 copies in the UK alone last year. Don't miss out on watching this beautiful film, bring a packet of tissues with you, it is a necessity!

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    This event is free to attend!

    We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now!

    Ticket Reservations Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • MARKS OF GENIUS AT BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ros Barber on Christopher Marlowe

    Thursday, May 28th at 19:00 - 20:00
    To coincide with the anniversary of the death of Christopher Marlowe on May 30th, we'll be hosting a talk from Marlowe expert and author of the fabulous, 'The Marlowe Papers', Ros Barber. Christopher Marlowe was a playwright, poet and translator. He was also a huge influence and precursor to William Shakespeare. He was stabbed to death at the age of 29 on 30th May 1593.

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    This is a free event and takes part in a series of events to celebrate the Marks of Genius exhibition at the Weston Library
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: A Celebration of Sixty Years of CITY LIGHTS PUBLISHING

    Wednesday, June 3rd at 19:00 - 21:00
    To celebrate 60 years of 'City Lights' bookstore and publishers, we'll be hosting an evening of readings from selected authors published by City Lights including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Angel-headed Hipsters and Mohammedan Angels Welcome!

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Writing Barcelona - Javier Cercas and Peter Bush discuss translated fiction

    Wednesday, June 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be hosting an evening's discussion on Spanish fiction in translation with author Javier Cercas and translator Peter Bush.

    Javier is a writer and professor of Spanish literature at the University of Girona in Spain. His novel's include 2004's 'Soldiers of Salamis' and 2012's 'Outlaws' that was published in English translation last year.

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    Peter Bush is a literary translator and has translated works in Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese to English. His latest translation is of 'An Uncertain Glory' by Joan Sales. Buy the book here

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • MARKS OF GENIUS at BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Stephen Church on Magna Carta

    Monday, June 15th at 19:00 - 20:00
    To commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, We will be joined by Stephen Church, author of King John: England, Magna Carta and the making of a Tyrant to discuss this very special occasion. Stephen Church is a professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia and widely acclaimed as an expert on twelth and thirteenth century kingship, especially the reign of King John.

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    This is a FREE event and takes place as part of our series of events to celebrate the Marks of Genius exhibition at the Weston Library.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages- To Kill a Mockingbird

    Thursday, June 18th at 18:30
    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. 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.

    July 14th sees the publication of the most anticipated novel of the year: Harper Lee's 'lost' first novel, 'Go Set A Watchman'. Before reading about what happened to Scout and Atticus in their later life revisit ine of the most loved films of all time with us.

    Buy To Kill A Mockingbird

    Pre-order Go Set A Watchman (published 14th July)

    This event is free to attend!

    We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now!

    Ticket Reservations Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk