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  • 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: The Oxford Business Book Club

    Monday, September 7th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Join us for the next Oxford Business Book Club meeting, where the group will be discussing 'Reframing the Leadership Landscape' by Dr Roger Hayes. Roger will be joining the group to discuss his book, which explains the importance of trust in business and how firms, large and small, need to consider all their stakeholders.

    Members of the group receive a £5 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: 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: Open Doors 2015- Angus Phillips 'Turning the Page - The Evolution of the Book’

    Thursday, September 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    As part of Open Doors 'Oxford Open Doors 2015- Books Libraries and Printing' Angus Phillips will be joining us for a free talk on the subject of his latest book, 'Turning the Page: Evolution of the Book'.

    This is an exciting period for the book, a time of innovation, experimentation, and change. It is also a time of considerable fear within the book industry as it adjusts to changes in how books are created and consumed. The movement to digital has been taking place for some time, but with consumer books experiencing the transition, the effects of digitization can be clearly seen to everybody. In Turning the Page Angus Phillips analyses the fundamental drivers of the book publishing industry - authorship, readership, and copyright - and examines the effects of digital and other developments on the book itself.

    Angus Philips is the Direcor of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing at Oxford Brookes Univeristy. He is the co-author of the publishing bestseller Inside Book Publishing, The Future of the Academic Journal and The Future of the Book in the Digital Age. With invaulable experience of the industry from different perspectives as well as being a published author, Angus has many years experience of working within the publishing industry, works as a publishing industry consultant and is the current Editor-in-Chief for the publishing journal Logos.

    This insightful talk on the evolution of the book is one not to be missed! Places are limited for this talk, please contact us in advance to guarentee your place at this event. You can do so by visiting our Customer Service Department Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ calling 01865 333623 or emailing us on events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    For more information on Oxford Open Doors 2015 please visit their website, where all the free events taking place from the Thursday 10th September- Sunday 13th September are listed. Booking is advised for all events where possible due to high demand and limited spaces.
  • 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: Book Launch Celebration- Destiny's Rebel by Philip S Davies

    Saturday, September 12th at 16:00 - 19:00
    We are delighted to be hosting the book launch for 'Destiny's Rebel' by Philip S Davies on Saturday 12th September in the bookshop.

    Join us on the ground floor near the Children's department where we will be celebrating the publication of 'Destiny's Rebel', the debut novel in this exciting new fantasy young adult fiction series. You will have the opportunity to meet Philip and to purchase a special signed copy of the book.

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    This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome! For any enquiries please call 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    Destiny's Rebel Ten days until she comes of age and Kat feels suffocated. Bullied by her guardians and oppressed by expectation, Kat dreads the Coronation Day that will end her dreams of freedom and adventure. She refuses to surrender to her fate and runs away – straight into a different kind of trap. Captured by slave traders, she realises too late where her true destiny lies.

    Will Kat get back to Anestra in time to save her country from their enemies’ schemes? Can she accept the fate from which she flees? Can she, on this last quest, restore the lost and broken Crown of Anestra with its sacred powers as a relic of the Divine?

    Kat’s adventure becomes something far greater, as she weaves through treachery and intrigue to discover the truth about herself, her friends and her place in history.
  • 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 AND THE STORY MUSEUM PRESENTS: An Evening with Patrick Ness

    Wednesday, September 16th at 18:30 - 20:30
    Double Carnegie Medal-winning author Patrick Ness introduces his newest novel The Rest of Us Just Live Here which asks, what if you weren't the chosen one? What if all you want to do is graduate and go to prom before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

    In conversation with Daniel Hahn, Patrick will discuss the inspirations, passions and experiences behind writing some of his acclaimed novels for young adult readers, including A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy.

    The event will be followed by a book signing.

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    The event is suitable for ages 12+ and YA readers.

    Tickets cost £6 / £5 concessions and can be purchased from the Children's department at Blackwell's or by visiting the Oxford Playhouse page here.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages - The Handmaid's Tale

    Thursday, September 17th at 19:00 - 21:30
    Please note this event has changed time and will start at 7pm.

    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:Chris Riddell Book Signing

    Saturday, September 19th at 13:00 - 14:30
    On 19th September, Oxford is launching the 2015 Big Draw Festival 'Every Drawing Tells a Story', which will run from 1st - 31st October. As part of this very special event, we are delighted to announce we will be hosting a signing in the Norrington Room with the newly awarded Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell. A range of his beautifully illustrated books will be available to purchase on the day, including Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright, available five days before the official publication date.

    This event is free to attend and all are welcome!

    Before the signing at 11am, Philip Pullman and Chris Riddell will be launching the international drawing festival, The Big Draw 2015 'Every Drawing Tells a Story', at a free public event being held at the Weston Library. For more information on how to attend this event please visit the Bodleian Libraries website.
  • 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 PRESENT: The Face of Britain: An Evening withSimon 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 or from the customer service desk at Blackwell's.. Buy a Ticket.Alternatively, for enquiries or to buy a ticket over the phone, 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. The session this meeting will only last for 30 minutes, before members are invited to join the Howl event starting at 7pm in the Norrington Room. 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: Books Are My Bag Event- Andy Miller and Paul Ewen in Conversation

    Thursday, October 8th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Books are my Bag is one of our favourite celebrations of the year and to mark this occasion we will be hosting an exciting event with authors Andy Miller and Paul Ewen. They will be discussing all things “book-ish” including their love to books, bookshops and their bestselling books 'The Year of Reading Dangerously' and 'Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author'.

    Andy Miller had a job he quite liked, a family he loved and no time at all for reading. He then decided to change this,'The Year of Reading Dangerously' is Andy's inspirational and very funny account of his expedition through literature: classic, cult and everything in-between.

    Paul Ewen's 'Francis Plug-How To Be A Public Author' is a novel all about the Man Booker, using the prize as a springboard to explore what it means to be an author - and a human being - in the 21st century.

    To join us for this book fun event tickets cost £3. On the night we will be selling the official 2015 Books Are My Bag designed bags, produced by Grayson Perry and Lauren Child. With your ticket, we will redeem £3 off the price of purchasing one of these special bags.

    BOOKS ARE MY BAG is a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops. For more information visit their website.

    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: Nigel Warburton - A Little History of Philosophy

    Monday, October 19th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Philosopher Nigel Warburton will be discussing some of the thinkers and ideas that feature in his bestselling introductory book, A Little History of Philosophy.

    We have recently sold our 1000th copy of the book in this shop alone, making it one of our biggest selling philosophy titles. The book has been translated into many different languages and has sold over 50,000 copies worldwide since its publication in 2012. Exploring the thinkers and ideas of the past and present in chronological order, Warburton not only makes philosophy extremely accessible but also offers inspiration to think, question and argue in the tradition of Socrates.

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    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service desk in the Norrington Room, or by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries about this event, email: 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: Josiah Ober- The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece

    Wednesday, October 21st at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to welcome Josiah Ober to the bookshop for a fascinating talk on his book 'The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece'.

    In 'The Rise and Fall of Classic Greece' Josiah Ober offers a major new history of classical Greece and an unprecedented account of its rise and fall. Why did Greece reach such heights in the classical period- and why only then? And how, after “the Greek miracle” had endured for centuries, did the Macedonians defeat the Greeks, seemingly bringing an end to their glory?

    Josiah Ober is the Mitsotakis Professor of Political Science and Classics at Stanford University. His books include Democracy and Knowledge, Political Dissent in Democratic Athens, The Athenian Revolution, and Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens.

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    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service desk in the Norrington Room, or by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries about this event, email:events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • 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
    THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.

    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 ethologist, evolutionary biologist and writer. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford and was the Charles Simonyi Professor for the public understanding of Science 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 AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENTS: The Philosophy Festival

    Monday, November 2nd at 13:00 TO Saturday, November 7th at 17:00
    Come and celebrate the power and freedom of philosophical thought with the help of Oxford University Press. With events ranging from a philosophical balloon debate, lunchtime 'Philosophy Bites Back' interviews, and a full day of panel discussions, debates and talks from a host of prominent and well-known philosophers. Guests include Nigel Warburton, Julian Baggini, Marianne Talbot and 'History of Philosophy without any gaps' presenter, Peter Adamson, plus many more.

    Monday 2nd - Friday 6th November 1pm - 1:45pm

    Philosophy Lunchbites

    Nigel Warbuton, presenter of the hugely popular 'Philosophy Bites' podcasts brings you a series of lunchtime interviews with a diverse range of philosophers. Bring your lunch and listen!

    Wednesday 4th November 6:30pm - 8pm

    Philosophy Balloon Debate

    Some of philosophy's most important historical figures are at risk! Which of them will you save for posterity? In this debate, a range of editors and authors from OUP's Oxford World's Classics and Very Short Introduction series defend philosophers from destruction. They will fight it out to keep their favourite in the balloon but ultimately, the decision is up to you! Participants include: Kathryn Sutherland (Adam Smith), Roger Crisp (Aristotle), Chris Janaway (Nietzsche), Peter Milican (Hume), Andrew Bowie (Heidegger), Christopher Taylor (Socrates)

    Friday 6th November 7pm - 9pm

    The History of Philosophy without any gaps

    Philosophy now hosts an event in celebration of Peter Adamson's marvellous podcasts and the associated OUP book series. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public. For your chance to attend this event, email your name, location and contact details to withoutanygaps@oup.com

    Saturday 7th November

    10am - 10:45am

    VSI Global Philosophy Forum

    In association with OUP's Very Short Introduction series, we bring you a selection of short soapbox talks on a variety of global philosophical traditions, followed by a discussion on the topic of 'Philosophy: A Global Language?' and a chance to ask questions.

    11am - 12pm

    The Great War Debate

    During this WWI centenary year we will approach the much broader topics of war, conflict, justice and killing. Nigel Biggar, Michael Banner, Jeff McMahan and Sibylle Scheipers look back at both historical and current conflicts to shed fresh light on some of philosophy's oldest questions: Is was ever just? Is pacifism the way forward? Is killing in war and different from murder?

    12pm - 1pm

    Philosophy Drop-in Clinic

    Drop in to our philosophy clinic to meet some of you favourite living philosophers and ask them your questions! Many of our festival guests will spend their lunch break hanging out in the Norrington Room and are looking forward to the chance to chat with you and sign books.

    1pm - 2:15pm

    The Gender Gap

    What can philosophy do to narrow the gender gap? Veronique Mottier, Janet Radcliffe Richards and David Papineau cover a diverse range of topics relating to gender and inequality.

    2:30pm - 3:45pm

    Ethics for Everyday Life

    Ethics is the area of philosophy which we seek most often to guide our behaviour and inform our decisions. Yet we face ethical problems every day, whether we're making a difficult call at work or logging in to an online forum. The audience will decide which ethical dilemmas are the most important to them and our panellists will explore some of the places we can look for answers. Guests include Roger Crisp, Julian Savulescu, Kim Brownlee and Michael Banner.

    4pm - 5pm

    Front Facing Philosophy

    For the final event in our festival, some of the best known authors explore whether philosophy can be make accessible to a wider public - and whether it matters. Featuring Marianne Talbot, Nigel Warburton, Tim Williamson and Julian Baggini, we finish our week of events by asking why philosophy is indeed something to be celebrated and how we can go about this.

    All of these talks of FREE to attend but registration must be made at the Customer Service Desk in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623. Alternatively, you can email to confirm your attendance by emailing events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD'S ACADEMIC BOOK WEEK EVENTS: Frank Furedi Why is Reading Always In A Crisis?

    Monday, November 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    As part of 'Academic Book Week 2015', we will be hosting a series of talks in the Norrington Room that highlight different aspects of the academic world.

    Frank Furedi is the author of books such as The Authority, Paranoid Parenting and now The Power of Reading. The book is an eclectic and entirely original history of reading. The very act of reading and the choice of reading material endow individuals with an identity that possesses great symbolic significance. In the 19th Century accomplished readers were praised as 'men of letters' while their moral opposites were described as 'unlettered'. Today distinctions are made between cultural and instrumental readers and scorn is communicated towards the infamous 'tabloid reader'. The purpose of the book is to explore the changing meanings attributed to the act of reading.

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    Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department at Blackwell's or by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD'S ACADEMIC BOOK WEEK EVENTS: Owen Jones in conversation with Danny DorlingThe Establishment

    Tuesday, November 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    As part of Academic Book Week 2015, We will be hosting a series of talks in the Norrington Room that highlight different aspects of the academic world.

    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.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD'S ACADEMIC BOOK WEEK EVENTS: Mick Hume, Nigel Warburton and Peter Hitchens on Free Speech

    Thursday, November 12th at 19:00 - 20:00
    As part of Academic Book Week 2015, We will be hosting a series of talks that highlight different aspects of the academic world.

    We will be hosting a panel discussion based around Mick Hume's new book Trigger Warning on whether the fear of being offensive is killing free speech. Joining Mick on the panel will be Philosopher and author of the Very Short Introduction to Free Speech, Nigel Warburton and Peter Hitchens, journalist and author of books including The War we Never Fought, The Rage Against God and The Abolition of Britain.

    In Trigger Warning, veteran journalist Mick Hume presents an uncompromising defence of freedom of expression, which he argues is threatened in the west, not by jackbooted censorship but by a creeping culture of conformism.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service desk or by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries or more information, please email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD'S ACADEMIC BOOK WEEK EVENTS: Sudhir Hazareesingh on How the French Think

    Friday, November 13th at 15:00 - 16:00
    As part of Academic Book Week 2015, we will be hosting a series of talks that highlight different aspects of the academic world.

    Sudhir Hazareesingh has written a wonderful new portrait of the French. A book that describes their fetishes, their fondness for general notions, their current fixations with the nation and collective memory, their messianic instincts and their devotion to universalism. Drawing on a colourful range of sources and written with warmth and humour, it will appeal to all lovers of France and of French culture.

    This is a free ticketed event. Please collect a ticket prior to the talk from the customer service desk or reserve one by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries and more information, please email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk