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  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Tom McCulloch A Private Haunting Book Launch

    Tuesday, July 26th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us in celebrating the launch of 'A Private Haunting', the second novel by local author Tom McCulloch.

    In 'A Private Haunting', Jonas, a freewheeling Norwegian, has been living in a quiet English village for years, an eccentric everyone has an opinion about. Then the real owner of his house turns up. Fletcher, a traumatised veteran of the Afghan War, has come to claim his inheritance. The two men live side by side in an increasingly bizarre standoff, until a teenage girl goes missing and suspicion falls on Jonas. As the hunt intensifies, it’s clear both men are concealing past lives that won’t stay hidden much longer.

    This event is free to attend, to register your place to attend please visit the Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room, call 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Oxford Business Book Club

    Thursday, July 28th at 18:45 - 21:00
    Every month The Business book club meet in the bookshop to discuss books looking at the latest topics in business and economics. In the final session before a summer break, the group will be focusing on chapter 10 of Roger Bootle's 'The Trouble with Europe', looking at the country's options outside of the EU. Which relationship might work best?

    Tickets cost £6.25 and can only be purchased from the Digital Remit.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Paul Morley The Age Of Bowie

    Tuesday, August 2nd at 19:00 - 20:00
    "A Handsome Six-Footer with a warm and engaging personality, Davie Jones has all it takes to get to the show business heights including...talent" David Bowie in May 1964 writing his own biography.

    Music journalist, band manager and one time member of Art of Noise,Paul Morley will be with us to discuss his new biography of the late David Bowie. In The Age Of Bowie , Morley constructs the definitive story of Bowie that explores how he worked, played, aged, structured his ideas, invented the future and entered history as someone who could and would never be forgotten. Morley captures the greatest moments of his career, from the recording studio with the likes of Brian Eno and Tony Visconti to the iconic live performances of the 70's, 80's and 90's. He also discusses the much heralded and critically acclaimed comeback with the release of Blackstar just days before his untimely death.

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    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For event enquiries, please email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: The Bookshop Band

    Wednesday, August 3rd at 19:00 - 20:30
    We are delighted to be welcoming back to the bookshop the incredibly talented The Bookshop Band. The Bookshop Band write songs inspired by books and play them in bookshops and at book festivals all around the country. Their beautiful lyrics and music are not to be missed, so book your tickets now to join us for this very special evening.

    For more information about The Bookshop Band please check out their website.

    Tickets cost £6 and can be purchased from our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries about this event, please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Andrew Marshall Photographing Wildlife in the UK

    Saturday, August 13th at 15:00 - 16:00
    Andrew Marshall, a wildlife photographer and author of the book "Photographing Wildlife in the UK" talks about how he came to be a wildlife photographer. Andrew will be letting you in on some of the wildlife photography tips he has learned, the kit he has used and how he started out taking wildlife images. He will also be sharing some of his adventures on the journey to creating the book and will be describing just what it took to get some of the images.

    This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. Please register your attendance by visiting our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room, calling 01865 333623 or emailing events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Blackwell's Teen Fiction Reading Group 'The Leaving'

    Friday, August 19th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Like to read Teen Fiction? Want to discuss books with others who love reading? We are always looking to welcome new members to our Teen Fiction Reading Group, which meets on the second Friday of every month at 6:30pm.

    Our Teen Fiction Reading Group has been running for over five years in the bookshop and during that time we had read a great selection of teen fiction. This month we will be discussing the haunting 'The Leaving' by Tara Altebrando. For full information on the group and our past reads, please visit our website. If you would like to join the group, get in touch and let us know by emailing events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND Oxford University Press PRESENTS: The OUP Philosophy Festival

    Monday, November 7th at 12:00 TO Saturday, November 12th at 18:00
    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 hoping to answer the vital question: What's Philosophy got to do with… Anything? Finishing off with a full day of debates and discussions with some of the most prominent and well-known philosophers of our time, including David Edmonds, Marianne Talbot, Janet Radcliffe Richards, Stephen Law and many others, make sure you don’t miss out on this diverse and fascinating festival.

    Details of events and speakers below (with more to come!)

    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:
    Rachel Paine on What's philosophy got to do with… the Human Mind?
    David Edmonds on What's philosophy got to do with… Prime Time TV?
    Cecile Fabre and Helen Frowe on What's Philosophy got to do with… War and Peace?
    Stephen Law on What's philosophy got to do with… Education?
    Tina Beatie on What's Philosophy got to do with… Understanding Religion?

    Tuesday 8th November 18:30-20:00 Philosopher's 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? The Practical Ethics Blog from the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford 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 judgments we make on a daily basis and the ways in which we choose to conduct our lives.

    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 Conciseness? 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 meet with leading experts, hear their thoughts and ask them the questions you’ve always wanted answers to. So, where’s the gap in your knowledge?
    Stephen Law (Humanism)
    Chris Janaway (Nietzsche)
    Susan Blackmore (Conciseness)
    Catherine Wilson (Epicureanism)
    Andrew Bowie (Heidegger)
    Catherine Belsey (Poststructuralism)

    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?

    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? An artist and a literary critic join our philosophers 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 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.

    To register your place to attend any of the free events featuring in the Philosophy Festival, events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or visit our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room 01865 333623.
  • 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: 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.