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  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Kate Mosse - 'The Taxidermist's Daughter'

    Tuesday, November 25th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us for a wintry evening of gothic delight as Kate Mosse discusses her latest novel, 'The Taxidermist's Daughter'. Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to walk. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway. Standing alone is the taxidermist's daughter. At twenty-two, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it contains all that is left of Gifford's once world-famous museum of taxidermy. The string of events that led to the museum's closure are never spoken of and an accident has robbed Connie of any memory of those days. The bell begins to toll and all eyes are fixed on the church. No one sees the gloved hands holding a garotte. As the last notes fade into the dark, a woman lies dead.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Shami Chakrabarti - 'On Liberty' at Lady Margaret Hall

    Wednesday, November 26th at 19:00 - 20:00
    'On Liberty' is the story of today's threats to our freedoms and a highly personal, impassioned plea in defence of fundamental rights, from Shami Chakrabarti, the director of the advocacy group Liberty. Shami Chakrabarti - who joined Liberty, the UK's leading civil rights organisation, on 10 September 2001 - explores why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable. She shows, too, the unprecedented pressures those rights are under today. Labelled by The Sun as 'The Most Dangerous Woman in Britain', Shami will be presenting her lecture in the stunning surrounds of Lady Margaret Hall and will be exploring why our rights to liberty are paramount in upholding democracy. Shami will be in discussion on the evening with Gaby Hinsliff.

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds - 'Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan'

    Thursday, November 27th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Aneurin - Nye - Bevan was one of the pivotal Labour figures of the post-war era. As Minister for Health in Attlee's government, his role in the foundation of the NHS, the world's largest publically-funded health service and the centre-piece of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, changed the face of British society forever. In this book, acclaimed author Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds provides the first full-life biography of Bevan in over two decades, from his birth in Tredegar in the South Wales Valleys in 1897 to his death from stomach cancer at the age of 62 in 1960.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Matchbook Stories Issue 2

    Wednesday, December 3rd at 19:00 - 20:00
    Matchbook Stories is a literary magazine in matchbox form. Each Issue collects for different tiny stories (each its own matchbook) in prose or poetry form. Matchbook Stories: Issue Two brings together three brilliant new authors creating a new collection of stories and poems. The authors featured in this collection include Erik Boman, Pat Cash and Marc Cinanni. Blackwell's is honoured to be able to launch the second volume of this wonderful new series.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Tom De Freston The Charnel House

    Thursday, December 4th at 19:00 - 20:00
    "Horse-headed victims, a bull-headed protagonist, golems and humunculous caricatures are the cast which populate these mutated mythologies. Domestic interiors, stage sets and storm-filled landscapes are the strange but familiar spaces in which the drama unfolds. Pot plants, kitsch geometric light shades, light bulbs, chess boards, doors and velux windows are the recurring uncanny motifs populating this world. Themes of familial grief, the spectacle of violence, flesh and sex, theatrical performances, crucifixions and apocalyptic visions are recurrent and inescapable." Tom De Freston. Join us for an event with Tom and his incredible new book. 'The Charnel House' is a poetic graphic novel by Tom de Freston in collaboration with 37 leading contemporary poets.

    This is a FREE Event. Please RSVP to james.orton@blackwell.co.uk.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: John Lydon in conversation with David Freeman

    Monday, December 8th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are thrilled to be welcoming John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten to Oxford and for an evening discussion at the prestgious Sheldonian Theatre. John will be discussing his autobiography, 'Anger is an Energy' with David Freeman. This will be the very last time that John appears in public to discuss his book before rejoining PiL for an upcoming tour. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols - the world's most notorious band, who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with singles such as 'Anarchy in the UK' and 'God Save the Queen'. So revolutionary was his influence, he was even discussed in the Houses of Parliament, under the Traitors and Treasons Act, which still carries the death penalty. Via his music and invective he spearheaded a generation of young people across the world who were clamouring for change - and found it in the style and attitude of this most unlikely figurehead. With his next band, Public Image Ltd (PiL) Lydon expressed an equally urgent impulse in his make-up - the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978 he set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive in the 2010s.

    We are offering 2 tickets buying options for this event. Option 1 costs £20 and gets you entry to the event and a pre-signed copy of 'Anger is an Energy'. Option 2 costs just £5 and is a general, unallocated seating ticket for the event. This event will NOT be followed by a public signing, pre-signed copies of John's book will be available ONLY at the event on the evening for £20.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: An Evening with Dame Vivienne Westwood at The Divinity School with Lorna Tucker

    Monday, December 15th at 19:00 - 21:00
    We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting an intimate audience with Dame Vivienne Westwood in the incredible setting of the Divinity School at the Bodleian. Dame Vivienne will be discussing her new autobiography with film maker and actress, Lorna Tucker.

    This event has now SOLD OUT. Contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Chris Hadfield Signing copies of 'You Are Here'

    Tuesday, December 16th at 14:30 - 16:30
    We are delighted to announce that we will be joined by astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield to sign copies of his new book, 'You Are Here'. The millions of us who followed Hadfield's news-making Twitter feed from the ISS thought we knew what we were looking at when we first saw his photos. But we may have caught the beauty and missed the full meaning. Now, through photographs - many of which have never been shared - Hadfield unveils a fresh and insightful look at our planet.

    THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE NORRINGTON ROOM. We are sure that this will be an extremely popular event so we advise that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Brian Aldiss - 'Jocasta'

    Wednesday, December 17th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Legendary Science-Fiction author Brian Aldiss will be joining us for the second year running to celebrate the re-release of his mythological novel,  'Jocasta'. In 'Jocasta', Aldiss brings vividly to life the ancient world of dreaming Thebes: a world of sun-drenched landscapes, golden dust, sphynxes, Furies, hermaphroditic philosophers, ghostly apparitions and ambivalent gods. Jocasta is also a strikingly effective contemplation of an older world order where the human mind is still struggling to understand itself and the nature of the world around it.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Boris Johnson signing copies of 'The Churchill Factor'

    Saturday, December 20th at 12:30 - 14:00
    Out of ideas for that very special Christmas present? How about a book signed by Boris Johnson? Just a few days before Christmas and we will be welcoming Boris Johnson into the Norrington Room of Blackwell's to sign copies of his book 'The Churchill Factor'. This is a wonderful opportunity to get up close to the mayor of London and walk away with a very special signed edition of his wonderful book.

    THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE NORRINGTON ROOM. We are sure that this will be an extremely popular event so we advise that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Pass on a Poem

    Wednesday, January 7th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Do you love reading poetry? Join us for our Pass on a Poem evening, where we invite you to share with the group your favourite published poems, meet others who also have a passion for poetry and hear about poets you may have never listened to before. To sign up for a reading spot during the event please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or visit our Customer Services Department located in the Norrington Room. From January 7th 2014 we will be running our Pass on a Poem group on the 1st Wednesday every 2 months. Our next meeting after this will be held on Wednesday 4th March. Pass on a Poem is  a not-for-profit initiative, existing to provide entertainment and to create enthusiasm for poetry by bringing people together to read out loud poems which have a special personal significance and to explain, briefly, why. For more information please visit their website http://www.passonapoem.com/ This event is free to attend. For all enquiries please visit our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Michael Morpurgo, John Tams and Barry Coope - 'War Horse'

    Friday, January 30th at 19:00 - 20:30
    We are delighted to be able to present a musically accompanied reading of 'War Horse' at the prestigious Sheldonian Theatre. Michael Morpurgo tells the powerful and deeply moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. Michael is joined by acclaimed musicians John Tams and Barry Coope, who accompany his reading with the rousing yet haunting songs specially composed by John Tams for the National Theatre's award-winning production of 'War Horse'.

    Tickets cost £15 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Samantha Shannon in conversation with Andy Serkis

    Saturday, January 31st at 15:00 - 16:00
    To celebrate the publication of 'The Mime Order', Samantha Shannon's follow up to 'The Bone Season', We will be hosting a very special afternoon event at the Sheldonian Theatre. Joining Samantha to discuss her books and the wonderful world that she has created will be Andy Serkis, best known for his acting roles as Gollum, King Kong and Caesar from 'Planet of the Apes'. Andy is also the founder of Imaginarium Studios which has purchased the rights to Samatha's 'The Bone Season'.

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Karim Miske in conversation with Tariq Ali

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

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