Call us on:
01865 792792
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Kicking the Bucket Festival Event Rachael Chadwick “60 Postcards”

    Tuesday, October 25th at 17:00 - 18:00
    As part of the Kicking the Bucket Festival we will be joined by Rachael Chadwick, author of “60 Postcards”, who will be discussing her experiences before and after the 60 Postcard project.

    “60 Postcards” is an uplifting story of how Rachael started a project to scatter 60 postcards in memory of her mother across Paris, asking people who found them to respond by email.

    Rachael’s project has inspired an Oxford version that has been running during the Kicking the Bucket Festival.

    Also during the event, there will be a chance to browse a selection of books chosen for the festival and the chance to discover a surprise commission from Groovy Su of the Cowely Carnival and Art T.

    This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. To find out more information about the Kicking the Bucket Festival and the events taking place across Oxford in October and November, please visit their website. For more information please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • BLACKWELL's OXFORD PRESENTS: Nicky Dee: What's so special about dinosaurs?

    Wednesday, October 26th at 13:00 - 14:00
    Blackwell's is delighted to present a fun-filled half term free event with dinosaur fanatic Nicky Dee!

    ‘What’s so Special about’ is a brand new series of dinosaur books for children – filling the gap on the shelves between dinosaur picture books aimed at very young children and encyclopaedia-style reference titles for older readers.

    Nicky will be offering insights into how dinosaurs really looked, lived, survived and thrived, along with activities and questions.

    To register for this free event, please contact customer services on 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    Wednesday, October 26th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Blackwell’s is delighted to be partnered with Oxford University Press in presenting Duncan Green, the strategic adviser for Oxfam GB, to launch his book “How Change Happens”.

    Drawing on many first-hand examples from the global experience of Oxfam, as well as the Duncan Green’s insights from studying and working on international development, it tests ideas on How Change Happens and offers the latest thinking on what works to achieve progressive change.

    Tickets can be purchased from the Customer Services Desk, or by calling 07865 333623, and will cost £5 including a glass of wine. For further information please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk, or telephone 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Mike Massimino Spaceman

    Thursday, October 27th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Astronaut Mike Massimino will be joining us to discuss his awe-inspiring memoir "Spaceman". Looking back upon his 18 year career working for NASA, "Spaceman" reveals the hard work, camaraderie and sheer guts involved in the life of an astronaut; vividly describing what it is like to strap yourself into the Space Shuttle and blast off into space, or the sensation of walking in space, as he did when he embarked on an emergency repair of the Hubble telescope.

    Join us for what is going to be a really special evening listening to Mike discuss achieving his dreams of going to space, in the intimate setting of the bookshop.

    Tickets cost £5 per person. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit the customer service department in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Story Telling in the Children's Department: Animal Series by Snowflake

    Friday, October 28th at 11:00 TO Saturday, October 29th at 15:00

    Who will win the animal race? Monkey, Mouse and the Five Flower Horse are all in the running. Come and listen to rich and wonderful tales from Chinese mythology, as read by Snowflake Books, who promote Learning through Legends.

    We are doing 2 sessions of story telling per day at 11am and 1pm.

    This is a free event so turn up and enjoy!

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Sir Ivor Roberts: Conversations with Milosevic

    Saturday, October 29th at 19:00 - 20:00

    Blackwell's is delighted to be hosting this event with Sir Ivor Roberts, who will be talking about his new book, 'Conversations with Milosevic'. Ivor Roberts has had a distinguished career as a diplomat and is the President of Trinity College. He will be in conversation with Will Hutton, political economist and former editor-in-chief of The Observer, and the Principal of Hertford College.

    Conversations with Milosevic is a firsthand portrayal of the so-called Butcher of the Balkans, the Serbian president whose ambitions sparked the Bosnian conflict. At its heart the book is a portrait of an autocrat who rode the tiger of nationalism to serve his own ends and to promote those who furthered his agenda.

    The architect of ethnic cleansing in modern Europe, Slobodan Milosevic created and sponsored two Frankenstein's monsters, Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, who were also indicted for war crimes. Through these personalities, diplomat and political advisor Ivor Roberts analyzes the unfolding of the Kosovo conflict, which directly sowed the seeds of radicalization in Europe today. He contends that this conflict later provided a false template for the Bush/Blair administrations' illegal invasion of Iraq: regime change under the guise of a humanitarian war. He further investigates how international recognition of Kosovo in the years after the conflict in breach of United Nations Security Council resolutions set a disastrous precedent for the Russian annexation of Crimea.

    Tickets for this event cost £5 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room. Alternatively, call 01865 333623

  • BLACKWELL’S OXFORD PRESENT: Hugh Sebag-Montefiore Somme

    Tuesday, November 1st at 19:00 - 20:00
    Blackwell’s is proud to present the historian, journalist, and author Hugh Sebag-Montefiore to discuss his latest book, “Somme: Into the Breach”.

    Published to coincide the battle’s centenary, Sebag-Montefiore’s new book has been praised for its sensitivity and balance. “Somme” is the result of eight years of research, balancing newly discovered archival documents and primary sources with a fresh and extensive historical analysis. This event will be held in the Norrington Room.

    Tickets cost £5, and may be purchased from the Customer Services Desk in the Norrington Room, or by telephoning 01865 333623. For any enquiries, please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S OXFORD PRESENT: Slavoj Žižek in conversation with Nigel Warburton Disparities and Debating

    Wednesday, November 2nd at 18:30 - 19:30
    Blackwell’s is delighted to present Slavoj Žižek, “the most dangerous philosopher in the West” to discuss his new book, Disparities, and the concept of disagreement.

    Disparities explores contemporary negative philosophies, post-humanism and draws a hard line differentiating truth from falsity. Radical difference is at its heart.

    Interviewing Slavoj Žižek is Nigel Warburton, author of A Little History of Philosophy, and who runs the podcast Philosophy Bites.

    This event costs £5, and tickets may be purchased from the Customer Services Desk in the Norrington Room. For more information please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk, or call 01865 333623.

    Thursday, November 3rd at 19:00 - 21:00
    We are overjoyed to announce the panelists for the next Ex Libris LIVE! show:

    Ali Shaw is an award-winning author of The Girl with Glass Feet, his latest novel, The Trees, explores the beautiful and violent relationship between humans and the environment.
    Jenny Colgan is a prolific, renowned, award-winning author, who’s work spans all the way from Sci-Fi (Doctor Who books) to Rom-coms such as the much anticipated; Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery.
    Jamie Morton has the rather dubious accolade of being the host and co-creator of iTunes No.1 podcast; My Dad Wrote a Porno, based on his father’s rather poorly written erotica.
    Charles Foster is a writer, traveller, veterinarian and barrister. His latest book Being a Beast documents his time living like, and learning about, some of the many beasts that roam the UK.

    Come and watch these extraordinary word smiths, 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 panelists 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 recent work.
    Join us for an entertaining evening of bluffing, entertaining chit-chat and outright literary sneakiness!

    Tickets cost £5 and are now on sale. Please call 01865 333623 or visit the bookshop Customer Service Department to purchase your ticket.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop Nigel Warburton and Adrian Moore

    Saturday, November 5th at 11:00 - 12:00

    On Saturday 5th November we will be hosting our next "Philosophy in the Bookshop" event, where Nigel Warburton interviews his fellow author Adrian Moore, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, on a range of thought provoking topics.

    Adrian will be discussing 'The Infinite', the subject of his 10 part Radio 4 series: 'The History of the Infinite'. In this series Moore tells the story of evolving conceptions of the infinite over the past two and a half thousand years.

    The Radio 4 series explains the remarkable turnaround between the time of the early Greeks, when various puzzles and paradoxes associated with the infinite had made it an object of abhorrence and distrust, to the early modern period, by which time it had come to be associated with the divine and had become an object of veneration and awe. The series also covers some of the extraordinary mathematical results concerning the infinite, including the discovery that some infinities are bigger than others. Finally we learn about the cosmos and our place in it.

    Covering all aspects of the topic: philosophical, mathematical, scientific and theological, Adrian will consider questions about the age and size of the universe, about death and immortality, and about our basic urge to seek meaning for our lives in something infinitely greater than us.

    This event is free to attend and registration is not needed. The talk will be taking place in the Philosophy Department located in the Norrington Room. For all enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: The OUP Philosophy Festival

    Monday, November 7th at 12:30 TO Saturday, November 12th at 16:00

    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 to answer the vital question: What's Philosophy got to do with… Anything? Finishing off with a full day of debates and discussions featuring some of the most active and exciting philosophical minds of our time, make sure you don’t miss out on this diverse and fascinating festival.

    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:

    Monday 7th November: Rachel Paine on What's philosophy got to do with… the Human Mind?

    Tuesday 8th November: David Edmonds on What's philosophy got to do with… Prime Time TV?

    Wednesday 9th November: Cecile Fabre and Peter Wilson on What's Philosophy got to do with… War and Peace?

    Thursday 10th November: Stephen Law on What's philosophy got to do with… Education?

    Friday 11th November: Tina Beattie on What's Philosophy got to do with… Understanding Religion?

    Tuesday 8th November 18:30-20:00

    Philosophers 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? Philosophers Take on the World, based on the Practical Ethics Blog from the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, 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 ways in which we choose to conduct our lives. This is an open launch event with complimentary refreshments, and an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed.

    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 Consciousness? 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 hear leading experts speak on their chosen subjects and ask them the questions you’ve always wanted answers to. So, where’s the gap in your knowledge? Refreshments provided.

    Stephen Law (Humanism)

    Chris Janaway (Nietzsche)

    Susan Blackmore (Consciousness)

    Andrew Bowie (Heidegger)

    Catherine Belsey (Poststructuralism)

    Friday 11th November 18:00-19:00

    Philosophy and the Future of Warfare

    Rewley House

    Oxford OX1 2JA

    Can there be such a thing as a ‘necessary’ war, or a ‘moral’ one? Can it ever be right to kill innocent people, even in self-defense? How do autonomous weapons, remote control weapons and drones change the landscape of warfare, and our thinking about it? Helen Frowe, Alex Leveringhaus and James Pattison discuss one of the most contentious issues of our time. This event will be chaired by Marianne Talbot and will take place in the Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House, a short walk from Blackwell’s. To book, please RSVP to events@conted.ox.ac.uk.

    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? Janet Radcliffe Richards, Kimberley Brownlee, Douglas Bamford and Daniel Trilling discuss.

    Saturday 12th 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? Artist Roger Wagner and a literary critic Rachel Bowlby join fourbythree editor Christine Jakobson 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, Fiona Woollard 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.

    For more information, or to register for any of the events, please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Margaret Atwood Hag-Seed

    Wednesday, November 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Come and spend an evening with the bestselling novelist Margaret Atwood this autumn as she discusses her new novel, 'Hag-Seed', a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Margaret’s novel take on this tale of enchantment, revenge and second chances is filled with new surprises and wonders of its own. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the world’s most renowned writers, and be one of the first to get your hands on a signed copy of 'Hag-Seed'.

    Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, including 'The Handmaid’s Tale', the Booker-winning 'The Blind Assassin', the 'MaddAddam' trilogy, and 'The Heart Goes Last'. Her work has received many awards around the world and she has consistently named Shakespeare as one of the most important influences on her own work. 'Hag-Seed' is published as part of the VINTAGE Hogarth Shakespeare series, described by the Guardian as ‘the great rewriting project of the 21st century’.

    Chairing the talk will be Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Oxford, Dr Emma Smith.

    This event will be taking place at the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street. Tickets cost £18 which includes entry and a signed copy of the book, £20 for a copy of the book and entry for two or £7 for entry only. Margaret Atwood will not be signing after the event, to guarantee owning a special signed copy of 'Hag-Seed', please purchase a book and entry ticket.

    To purchase your tickets visit our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623. For event enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Blackwell's Teen Fiction Reading Group

    Friday, November 11th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Do you love to read teen fiction? We run a free to attend monthly teen fiction reading group, open to anyone who loves reading teen fiction. Every month we choose an exciting book to read and discuss the following month together. This month we will be discussing David Almond's bestselling book 'Skellig'.

    To attend the session or for any enquiries, please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • 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.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Susan Fletcher Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew

    Saturday, November 19th at 19:00 - 20:00
    On Saturday 19th November we will be joined by Fiction writer Susan Fletcher, who will be discussing her new novel 'Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew'.

    'Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew' is a tender and savage novel narrated by the wife of the doctor who tended van Gogh in his last, madly frenetic painting years.

    The hospital of Saint-Paul-de Mausole is home to the mentally ill. An old monastery, it sits at the foot of Les Alpilles mountains amongst wheat fields, herbs and olive groves. For years, the fragile have come here and lived quietly, found rest behind the shutters and high, sun-baked walls. Tales of the new arrival - his savagery, his paintings, his copper-red hair - are quick to find the warden's wife. From her small white cottage, Jeanne Trabuc watches him - how he sets his easel amongst the trees, the irises and the fields of wheat, and paints in the heat of the day. Jeanne knows the rules; she knows not to approach the patients at Saint-Paul. But this man - paint-smelling, dirty, troubled and intense - is, she thinks, worth talking to. So ignoring her husband's wishes, the dangers and despite the word mad, Jeanne climbs over the hospital wall. She will find that the painter will change all their lives.

    Tickets for this event cost £5 and can be purchased from our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL’S OXFORD PRESENT: Sir Tony Robinson No Cunning Plan

    Tuesday, November 22nd at 19:30
    Blackwell’s is proud to present Sir Tony Robinson, author, presenter, and national legend, to discuss his autobiography, No Cunning Plan.

    From Blackadder to Time Team to The Worst Jobs in History, Sir Tony’s career has been varied and brought delight to many people, young and old. To many he will always be Baldrick, turnip-fancier and as cunning as a fox who's just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University, but his comic talents belie his serious commitment to charity work Packed full of incident and insight, No Cunning Plan is a funny, self-deprecating and always entertaining read.

    This event is held at the Sheldonian Theatre, and tickets are £8 for entry and £25 for entry and a copy of the book included. To get tickets, either visit our Customer Services Desk on 48-51 Broad Street, or telephone 01865 333623. For any enquiries, please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENT Undead Shakespeare: The Writer Who Can't be Killed

    Wednesday, November 23rd at 17:30 - 18:30
    We are delighted to host the launch of Oxford University Press' flagship publication this year, The New Oxford Shakespeare.

    This event will consist of a panel discussion with the general editors of The New Oxford Shakespeare, chaired by Sir Stanley Wells, Honorary President of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The editors are Gary Taylor, Terri Bourus, Gabriel Egan, and John Jowett.

    From 1592 (‘upstart crow’) to 2014 (‘Shakespeare sucks’), many influential writers and critics have attacked Shakespeare’s work, from many different perspectives. Why has Shakespeare survived all these criticisms? But perhaps that is the wrong question. Is it possible that Shakespeare’s unique status depends on criticism? And that the instabilities of text, authorship and interpretation secure the stability of his reputation?

    This event will be held in the Oxford Martin School. Tickets for this event cost £5. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit the customer service department in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.

    Wednesday, November 23rd at 19:00 - 20:30
    Should inner beauty be taken more seriously within modern discourses of beauty?

    Join us for the next free discussion in the Oxford Brookes Philosophy Public Lecture Series, where we will be welcoming Richard Pettigrew, who will be exploring 'Taking “Inner Beauty” Seriously'.

    Focusing on the idea that certain persons are beautiful because their bodily comportment effectively expresses their virtues – moral qualities or excellences of character, like compassion, kindness, and humility, Richard Pettigrew will be looking at why inner beauty should considered as beauty and exploring the objections against it.

    This event is free to attend and all are welcome. For more information about the talks please visit the Oxford Brookes Philosophy Public Lecture Series Facebook page.