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  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Children's Summer Events

    Tuesday, July 21st at 09:00 TO Monday, August 31st at 19:00
    Join us this summer holiday in our Children's Department as we run our free programme of fun book activities for all the family.

    EVERY MONDAY & FRIDAY 11AM & 4PM
    • Our bookseller storyteller extraordinaire will be reading from a selection of our favourite books. Pop along, take a seat and listen to a new adventure.

    EVERY TUESDAY 12pm & 4pm
    • Take part in our ongoing never ending story where the Story Cubes decide your fate...

    EVERY WEDNESDAY
    • Love Harry Potter? Play our very own mini quidditch game.

    EVERY THURSDAY
    • Is a themed day! Join us for fun crafts and activities, with each week focusing on a new topic.
    • 23rd July- Gruffalo Skittles
    • 6th August- Monkey Day
    • 13th August- Superhero day
    • 20th August- Dinosaur Day
    • 27th August- Where's Wally

    If you would like to know more information please get in touch with our Children's department on 01865 333694 or childrens@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Summer Folk Evening with Kelly Oliver and Daria Kulesh

    Wednesday, August 5th at 19:00 - 21:00
    For one night only, Blackwell's Oxford will be inviting folk musicians Kelly Oliver and Daria Kulesh into the shop for an evening of summer folk music.

    Kelly was awarded the Folkwords best album award 2014 for 'This Land'. She has toured extensively throughout the UK including an appearance at the 2015 Folk Weekend Oxford. Kelly also recorded for the Whispering Bob Harris Broadcasting Company and was interviewed by Bob for his 'Under the Apple Tree Sessions'.

    Daria Kulesh is a Russian born folk singer who performs solo or with her band KARA. She has recently released her debut album 'Eternal Child' which reflects the multicultural influences that she has experienced throughout her life. Daria also appeared at this year's Folk Weekend Oxford.

    We are delighted to have both of these incredible folk musicians in to play a 45 minute set each. In the interval, you will have the opportunity to browse the shop out of hours and we will be offering a 10% discount on eveything for the evening. Refreshing cold drinks will also be on sale.

    This promises to be a relaxing and wonderful long summer night!

    Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS:The Oxford Business Book Club Meeting

    Thursday, August 6th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Join us for the next Oxford Business Book Club meeting, where the group will be discussing "Ignorant Maestro: How Great Leaders Inspire Unpredictable Brilliance" by Itay Talgam.

    Members of the group receive a £4 discount on the book. When purchasing your copy please inform staff you are attending to receive your discount.

    For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit the groups website.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages - What Dreams May Come

    Thursday, August 20th 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 and watching What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson. Starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr, the film won many awards for it's visual graphics including an Oscar in 1999.

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    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: Mick Wall in conversation with Dave Everley

    Saturday, August 22nd at 17:00 - 18:00
    We are thrilled to be welcoming music journalist and biographer Mick Wall back to Blackwell's to discuss his latest book, 'Getcha Rocks Off'

    The book details Mick's adventurous years touring with some of the biggest heavy metal bands on the planet. Mick spent a large amount of the 1980's sprawled in the back of limos and five-star hotels with the likes of Black Sabbath, Guns and Roses, Led Zeppelin and many others. He became the cover star writer for Kerrang! magazine and presented a weekly show on SkyTV called 'Monsters of Rock'

    Mick will be discussing his hedonistic years of excess with deputy editor of 'Classic Rock', Dave Everley.

    This is a FREE talk to attend and will take place in the philosophy department in the Norrington Room. No booking is required. For more information or enquiries, please call 01865 333623 or email: events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Chris Impey - Beyond: Our Future in Space

    Monday, August 24th at 19:00 - 20:00
    “Beyond” is for everyone who longs to see the sun from across an interstellar gulf, “like a buttercup set on velvet,” a book for readers who wish to reach out their hands amid the stars.- New York Times.

    Join us as astronomy expert Chris Impey discusses his fascinating new book 'Beyond'. Beyond dares to imagine a fantastic future for humans in space-and then reminds us that we’re already there.

    Human exploration has been an unceasing engine of technological progress, from the first homo sapiens to leave our African cradle to a future in which mankind promises to settle another world. Beyond tells the epic story of humanity leaving home-and how humans will soon thrive in the vast universe beyond the earth.

    Chris Impey is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona. Beyond is his tenth book on astronomy, with past publications including "How it Began" and "How it Ends".

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD Group 2012 PRESENTS: An evening with Rebecca Wait

    Wednesday, August 26th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Group 2012 is a writing group based in Oxford which meets monthly, on the last Wednesday of each month. Meetings include talks by authors, agents, publishers and booksellers, discussions on all aspect of writing and publishing writing workshops and writing critique sessions.

    The guest speaker for this session is Rebecca Wait, author of the novels The Followers and The View on the Way Down. She’ll be talking through her experiences as a novelist, the creative process, how to (try to) make a living from being a writer, the author’s relationship with their editor and agent, and other aspects of being a published writer.

    Entry to this event is £3 or membership for a year costs £20. Membership allows attendance to all meetings for free. For more information about Group2012, please visit their website. If you have any questions or need further information email info@theoxfordeditors.com
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD, THE BODLEIAN LIBRARIES AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENT: Stanley Wells on 'The Genius of Shakespeare' : A Marks of Genius event

    Thursday, September 3rd at 18:15 - 20:15
    Blackwell's Bookshop and the Bodleian Library are delighted to welcome Stanley Wells to Oxford to talk about William Shakespeare.

    This is one of a series of talks being held to celebrate the wonderful Marks of Genius exhibition at the Weston Library.

    Stanley Wells is one of the world's most respected Shakespeare scholars. In his own words: "Shakespeare is a source of aesthetic pleasure and intellectual stimulus to millions. There is no holding him back. He is in the water supply, and is likely to remain there until the pipes run dry." In this lecture, Stanley Wells will address the aspects of William Shakespeare which make him the most celebrated and influential literary colossus in history. In particular, Stanley Wells will explore the pleasure of Shakespeare's use of language, his sense of theatre, his awareness of the needs of actors and the enduring relevance of his exploration of the human condition.

    Tickets for this talk, costing £12, include a Private View of the Marks of Genius exhibition as well as a glass of wine. Private View from 6.15pm, talk 7pm to 8.15pm. Tickets are available from the Customer Services Department at Blackwell's Bookshop. Alternatively please telephone 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    Photograph courtesy of Christoph Mueller.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ian Brennan - Sister Maple Syrup Eyes

    Saturday, September 5th at 15:00 - 16:00
    Grammy award winning music producer, Ian Brennan will be joining us to read from and sign copies of his new book, 'Sister Maple Syrup Eyes'.

    This is one of the first books to look at the historically under-reported perspective on rape: from the oft-forgotten 'other victim', the individual's partner. This novella explores the anguish of trying to repair a relationship that has been shattered by a violent act.

    This is a FREE event to attend and will take place in the philosophy department of the shop.

    For information and more details, please contact the customer service department on 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Iain Pears - Arcadia

    Wednesday, September 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be welcoming art historian, journalist and author Iain Pears to Blackwell's to discuss his new novel 'Arcadia'.

    Iain is the author of the critically acclaimed 'An Instance of the Fingerpost' which went on to be translated into several other languages. 'Arcadia' tells the story of fifteen year old Rosie who goes in search of her missing cat and ends up in a different world.

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    This is Iain's first novel since 2009's 'Stones Fall'.

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Licensed to Thrill : Novelists Lucy Atkins, Clare Mackintosh and Renee Knight discuss writing psychological suspense

    Friday, September 11th at 19:30 - 20:30
    Joining us for a discussion based around the psychological thriller genre will be authors Lucy Atkins, Clare Mackintosh and Renee Knight.

    Lucy is an award winning journalist and author. Her latest novel 'The Other Child' follows 2014's 'The Missing One'.

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    Clare is an author, feature writer and columnist. Her debut novel 'I let you go' was published by Little, Brown this year. She is currently writing her second book.

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    Renee is the author of last year's brilliant, 'Disclaimer'.

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    The evenings talk will be chaired by award winning radio presenter and thriller writer, David Prever.

    Tickets cost £3 and wine will be available to purchase on the evening. Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Sarah Alderson - Can We Live Here?

    Saturday, September 12th at 12:00 - 13:00
    Author Sarah Alderson will be joining us on Saturday 12th September to discuss her new biography 'Can We Live Here?'.

    'Can We Live Here' shares Sarah's adventure looking for a new home with her family. In 2009, Sarah and John Alderson quit their full-time jobs in London and headed off, with Alula, their three-year-old daughter, on a global adventure to find a new home. For eight months, they travelled through Australia, the US and Asia – navigating India with a toddler in a tutu, battling black magic curses in Indonesia and encountering bears in North America – asking themselves one defining question: ‘Can We Live Here?’

    Inspirational, hilarious and fascinating – this is an unforgettable travel memoir and a unique guide to quitting your job, following your dreams and finding your home in a far–flung paradise.

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    During their travels Sarah started writing a blog www.canwelivehere.com, sharing stories along the way.'Can We Live Here' book tells their whole story. Sarah Alderson is the author of ten teen fiction titles including Hunting Lila, The Sound and her newest release, Conspiracy Girl. She also writes under the pseudonym Mila Grey, with novel 'This is One Moment' published in September. Buy the book This event is free to attend and no booking is required. For enquires, please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Voice Vocal Trio in the Norrington Room

    Sunday, September 13th at 14:00 - 14:30
    To celebrate the release of their new album Pattern of Love a capella trio Voice will be staging a number of short performances across Oxford.

    Expect to hear everything from sung Shakespeare sonnets to evocative poetry set by contemporary British composers.

    Voice will perform across venues ancient and modern, hear them hear in our Norrington Room, the Ashmolean Museum, and Vault's café to name a few.

    For further information about performances and times, click here

    This event is part of Oxford Open Doors.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Tim Richardson - Oxford College Gardens

    Tuesday, September 15th at 15:00 - 16:00
    Join us as Tim Richardson offers a glimpse into the beautiful gardens of Oxford Colleges.

    Hear stories about each college gardens own distinct styles, from the ancient mound in New College to the stunning side garden at Corpus Christi. Using photographs taken by Royal Horticultural Gold Medal Photographer Andrew Lawson, Tim Richardson will be taking us through each garden with their surprises and hidden corners. You will even be given an insight into the colleges most private gardens, normally closed to the public.

    Tim Richardson was the garden editor for Country Life, going on to be the founding editor of Country Life Gardens magazine and the award winning New Eden. He has written a range of garden books, including 'The New English Garden', 'Arcadian Friends' and 'The Garden Book'.

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    This event is free to attend and no booking is required. For any enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages - The Handmaid's Tale

    Thursday, September 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 discussing and watching The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. First published in 1985, the novel was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. The film was released in 1990, based on the screenplay by Harold Pinter. It stars Natasha Richardson as Offred and Robert Duvall as The Commander.

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    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: Peter Hainsworth and David Robey discuss DANTE: 1265 - 2015 A Marks of Genius event

    Monday, September 21st at 16:00 - 17:00
    In 'Dante: A Very Short Introduction', Peter Hainsworth and David Robey take a different approach to Dante, by examining the main themes and issues that run through all of his work, ranging from autobiography, to understanding God and the order of the universe. In doing so, they highlight what has made Dante a vital point of reference for modern writers and readers, both inside and outside Italy.

    The talk will last for approximately 40 mins followed by an audience Q&A.

    Peter Hainsworth and David Robey are also the authors of 'Italian Literature: A Very Short Introduction' and 'The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature'.

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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. For enquires, please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: The Face of Britain: An Evening with Simon Schama

    Thursday, September 24th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Join us at the Sheldonian Theatre for an evening with Simon Schama.

    Simon will be discussing his new book The Face of Britain: A History of the Nation through its portraits. The book accompanies a five-part BBC TV series and will coincide with special displays at the National Portrait Gallery. Simon will be presenting a thrilling evening discussing a surprising array of portraits from the Tudors to the present day that tell the story of the British people.

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    Simon Schama CBE is an English historian specialising in art history, Dutch history and French History. He is a University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, New York. He is best known for writing and hosting the 15 part BBC documentary series A History of Britain broadcast between 2000 and 2002.

    Tickets for this very special event are available to purchase online only. Buy a Ticket.For enquiries or more information, please call 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: An Evening with Samuel Shem

    Tuesday, September 29th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are thrilled to be presenting an evening with cult writer, Samuel Shem, author of the classic 'The House of God' and 'Mount Misery', both fictional but close-to-real first-hand descriptions of the training of doctors in the United States.

    Shem was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College in 1966 , He is now the Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Shem's latest book, written with wife Janet Surrey, is called The Buddha's Wife and tells the story of Princess Yasodhara, the wife Buddha left behind and her alternative route to spiritual enlightenment.

    This very special event will include dramatic readings of some of Shem's works.

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

    Wednesday, October 7th 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 2nd December.

    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 

    This event is free to attend. Enquiries Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND CITY LIGHTS PRESENTS: 'Howl' at 60

    Wednesday, October 7th at 19:00 - 21:00
    On 7th October 1955, an event took place in San Francisco that changed the face of poetry forever and thrust an unsuspecting Allen Ginsberg into the courts and national media.

    Exactly sixty years on, we'll be recreating the Six Gallery Poetry evening where 'Howl' was performed on stage by Ginsberg for the very first time. Also being read will be the same poems that Gary Snyder, Philip Lamantia, Michael McClure and Philip Whelan read as accompanying pieces.

    This is your chance to take a trip back to that wonderful era and the burgeoning beat scene and get a taste of what it would have been like to have been sat next to a whooping Kerouac and a wine guzzling Cassady and hear one of the greatest ever poems read aloud.

    If you'd like to take part in the event and read one of the poems that were recited on that night, please email james.orton@blackwell.co.uk

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Dr Janina Ramirez - The Private Lives of the Saints

    Friday, October 9th at 15:00 - 16:00
    British Art Historian and TV Presenter, Dr Janina Ramirez will be talking about her new book 'Private Lives of the Saints'

    The word 'saint' conjures a variety of associations in our modern minds. Some might connect it with suffering, charity and devotion to Christian values; others with miracles, martyrdom and heavenly gifts such as the stigmata. Drawing on a wide range of evidence, from art and literature to archaeology, theology and historical data, Dr Ramirez examines the real lives of over a dozen seminal individuals, from the infamous to the obscure whose effect can still be felt today.

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    This is a FREE talk to attend. It will take place in the Norrington Room. For enquiries or more information, please contact our customer service department on 01865 333623 or email: events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Graham Hancock - Magicians of the Gods

    Tuesday, October 13th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Graham Hancock is the author of multi-million bestseller, Fingerprints of the Gods, a book that remains an astonishing, deeply controversial, wide ranging investigation into the mysteries of our past and the evidence for earth's lost civilisation.

    Now, Twenty years on, Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new, scientific and archaeological evidence which has only recently come to light.

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    We are delighted to be given this very special opportunity to host Graham in an event that is not too be missed.

    Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623 For event enquiries, please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages - Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Thursday, October 15th 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 and watching Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. The much loved classic stars the award winning star actress Audrey Hepburn as the tragicomic cultural icon Holly Golightly.

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    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: Laura Bates - Everyday Sexism

    Tuesday, October 20th at 17:00 - 18:00
    As part of our Back to University celebration and to welcome new students to Oxford, we will be hosting a free talk in the philosophy department of the Norrington Room with Laura Bates, author of Everyday Sexism.

    Laura is a feminist writer, whose work appears in the Guardian, the Independent, TIME, The New Statesman, The Finanacial Times and Red magazine among others. She won the Georgina Henry Women in Journalism award at the 2015 press awards. Everyday Sexism is her first book.

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    This event is free to attend and no booking is required

    For enquires, please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Professor Richard Dawkins - Brief Candle in the Dark : My Life in Science in conversation with Professor Peter Atkins

    Thursday, October 22nd at 19:00 - 21:00
    Blackwell's is delighted to be hosting Professor Richard Dawkins at the Sheldonian Theatre to talk about the lastest volume in his autobiography, Brief Candle in the Dark. This highly anticipated event will be chaired by Professor Peter Atkins.

    Professor Dawkins is an ethnologist, evolutionary biologist and writer. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford and was the University of Oxford's Professor for public understanding from 1995 until 2008.

    Brief Candle in the Dark explores Dawkins coming to prominence following the publication of the ground breaking The Selfish Gene in 1976 and begins where his first volume, An Appetite for Wonder finished.

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    Tickets for this event cost £5 and can be purchased from the customer service desk in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND DAVID FREEMAN PRESENTS: Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells in 5.1 Surround Sound

    Saturday, October 31st at 19:00 - 21:00
    As a very special Hallowe'en treat and to continue our series of 'David Freeman Presents', we'll be playing Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells', the piece that William Friedkin chose to accompany his chilling movie 'The Exorcist'.

    Oldfield was just 19 years old when he recorded this, his debut album which was followed by three sequels.

    We'll be celebrating Hallowe'en with projected images to accompany the music. Fancy dress is actively encouraged and anybody in a costume will get their beers for half price all night!

    The proceeds from this events go to Maggies. Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Owen Jones in conversation with Danny Dorling

    Tuesday, November 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be welcoming Owen Jones to the shop to discuss his book, 'The Establishment', voted at this year's conference as 'Blackwell's Book of the Year'.

    Owen will be discussing his bestselling book with Professor Danny Dorling.

    In 'The Establishment', Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet street and the City. Exposing the revolving doors that link these worlds, and the vested interests that bind them together, Jones shows how, by claiming to work on our behalf, the people at the top are doing just the opposite. In fact, they represent the biggest threat to our democracy today - and it is time they were challenged.

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    The discussion will end with Jones being presented with the Blackwell's Book of the Year award. Tickets to this very special event are strictly limited and cost £5 which includes complimentary wine on arrival. To purchase tickets, please call 01865 333623.