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  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Yuri HerrerawithJames AttleeThe Transmigration of Bodies

    Tuesday, May 31st at 19:00 - 20:00
    Born in Mexico in 1970, Yuri Herrera studied politics in Mexico, Creative writing in El Paso and took his PHD in literature in Berkeley. Yuri's debut novel 'Signs preceding the End of the World' was published last year to wide acclaim selling nearly 250 copies in this store alone. His second novel, 'The Transmigration of Bodies' is eagerly anticipated!

    A Plague has brought death to the city. Two feuding crime families with blood on their hands need our hard-boiled hero, The Redeemer, to broker peace. With echoes of Romeo and Juliet, Yuri Herrera's novel is a response to the violence of contemporary Mexico.

    Chairing the talk will be author James Attlee.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room. Alternatively, call 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD IS PROUD TO PRESENT: Buzz Aldrin at the Sheldonian Theatre No Dream is Too High

    Wednesday, June 1st at 19:00 - 20:30
    THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT

    We are now running a competition for one lucky customer to win A PAIR OF FRONT ROW SEATS! All you need to do is drop into the store, pop your details onto one of our specially designed cards and drop it into the specific box and on MONDAY 30th MAY we'll randomly select a winning card. (The winning person will be notified on the morning of the above date)

    We are proud to be hosting an evening at the Sheldonian Theatre with former Astronaut and the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin.

    Buzz will be discussing his illustrious career in space exploration and the latest book about his life, 'No Dream is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon'. A beautiful memento, a thought-provoking set of ideas, and a new opportunity for Buzz Aldrin to connect with the masses of people who recognize his unique place in human history

    Tickets for this very special evening cost just £6 and are limited.

    Copies of 'No Dream is Too High' will be available to purchase on the evening and have signed by Buzz. Due to the potentially large amount of people wanting a book signed, Buzz will ONLY be signing copies of 'No Dream is Too High' and will be unable to write dedications. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit our Customer Service Department or call 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Daisy Johnson Fen

    Friday, June 3rd at 19:00 - 21:00
    We are proud to be launching the debut collection of short stories by poet and author, Daisy Johnson.

    Daisy Johnson's Fen is a liminal land. Real people live their lives here. They wrestle with familiar instincts, with sex and desire, with everyday routine. But the wild is always close at hand, ready to erupt. This is a place where animals and people commingle and fuse, where curious metamorphoses take place, where myth and dark magic still linger.

    English folklore and a contemporary eye, sexual honesty and combustible invention - in Fen, these elements have come together to create a singular, startling piece of modern fiction.

    Pre-order the book

    "This book marks the emergence of a great, stomping, wall-knocking talent" Kevin Barry

    This is a FREE launch to attend and will take place in the Norrington Room. For more information or enquiries, please contact our customer service department on 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop with Nigel Warburton and Roman Krznaric

    Saturday, June 4th at 11:00 - 12:00
    Each month, Nigel Warburton hosts a talk in a series called 'Philosophy in the Bookshop'. In June, Nigel will be in conversation with thinker and founder of the Empathy Library, Roman Krznaric.

    Roman is the author of books such as 'The Wonderbox', 'Empathy' and 'How to find fulfilling work'. They have been translated into over 20 languages. He's also the founder of the world's first Empathy Museum as well as the digital Empathy Library. His writings on empathy have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs and designers. Roman's latest crowdfunded venture, 'Carpe Diem Reclaimed' explores one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western History, 'Carpe Diem' or 'Seize the Day', a phrase first uttered over two thousand years ago by the Roman poet Horace.

    This talk is FREE to attend and takes place in the Norrington Room. No prior booking is required. For more information, please visit our customer service department or call 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ray Foulk When the World came to the Isle of Wight: The Last Great Event

    Wednesday, June 8th at 20:00
    Join festival supremo Ray Foulk for the launch of his long-awaited new book, 'The Last Great Event'. It's been a long time coming but finally this historical work sets the record straight about Britain's greatest pioneering rock festival.

    We pick up the story as amateur promoters, Ray and Ronnie are struggling to repeat the success of their great Bob Dylan festival of 1969 - and find there are no megastars to compare. The brothers go completely overboard and book a massive raft of stars including Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. They would go on to create the largest event in the World - Bigger than Woodstock, bigger than anything. This most controversial festival takes its course over five days with up to 600,000 attending. The Island MP is so outraged that he secures an act of parliament to prevent any repetition. The festival is the final hurrah of the Sixties, the last great gathering of the tribes.

    Tickets for this event cost just £3 and can be purchased by visiting our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Mick Wall Lemmy: The Definitive Biography

    Thursday, June 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Lemmy once said of Wall, 'Mick Wall is one of the few rock writers in the World who can actually write and seems to know anything about rock music. I can and do talk to him for hours - poor Bastard'.

    This is the story of the only Rock'n'Roller never to sell his soul for silver and gold, while keeping the Devil, as he put it 'very close to my side'. From school days growing up in North Wales, to first finding fame in the mid-sixties with the Rockin' Vicars; from becoming Jimi Hendrix's personal roadie to leading Hawkwind to the top of the charts in 1972 with 'Silver Machine', the going on to forming Motorhead whose iconoclastic album 'No Sleep 'til Hammersmith' entered the UK charts at No.1. Based on Mick's original interviews with Lemmy conducted over numerous years, along with the insights of those who knew him best, this is an eye-opening story of one of Britain's greatest characters who sadly passed away at the end of 2015.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623. Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND CREATION THEATRE PRESENTS: Hamlet First Quarto

    Friday, June 10th at 19:00 - 20:30
    As well as Creation Theatre's Hamlet in the parks, Shakespeare fans are invited to come to a rehearsed reading of the First Quarto.

    The cast of Hamlet will uncover a performing version of this famous revenge tragedy from 1604. With Gertrude cast as Hamlet's accomplice and many other unexplained oddities, you can expect a play that is quite different from the text of today.

    Tickets cost £16 and can be booked via Creation Theatre's website. For enquiries about the performance you can speak with our customer service desk on 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Jacky Collis Harvey in conversation with Nigel Warburton on Red

    Saturday, June 18th at 15:00 - 16:00
    A Captivating history of red hair through the ages, drawing on science, religion, politics, literature and art.

    Red is the first book to explore the history of red hair and red-headedness throughout the world. Jacky Collis Harvey and Nigel Warburton (both redheaded authors and thinkers!) will discuss Jacky's obsessive fascination that is as contagious as it is compelling. More than just a book for redheads, Red is a fascination social and cultural celebration of a rich and mysterious genetic quirk.

    This is a FREE event to attend and will take place in the Norrington Room. For more information, Please visit the customer service department in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: John Webster Shelley’s Golden Years in Italy

    Saturday, June 18th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Local songwriter and Shelley specialist John Webster’s new DVD ‘Shelley’s Golden Years in Italy’ takes Shelley from the printed page and into the flux of contemporary culture. Teaming up with poet, playwright and Shelley admirer Benjamin Zephaniah, who provides context to the Shelley songs performed by John’s group Brindaband, it is an unrivalled guide to the poet, introducing around 20 of his key poems, highlighting important aspects of his thinking and describing his final dramatic years in Italy.

    John will be introducing and playing the 43 minute-long film – expect an evening touching on some of life’s ‘fundamental things’, illuminated by a great poet’s unique perspective, and leaving an afterburn of hope.

    Light refreshments, with an Italian flavour, will be provided.

    We hope you can join us for this very special evening. To confirm your attendance please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Shore to Shore Celebrating Poetry and Community with Carol Ann Duffy and Friends

    Tuesday, June 21st at 12:30 - 13:30
    Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold, original voice and one of Britain’s best-loved poets since the publication of Standing Female Nude in 1985; she has subsequently won every major poetry prize in the UK, published collections that have collectively sold more than one million copies worldwide and was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009.

    Coinciding with and supporting the 10th anniversary of Independent Book Week, Shore to Shore sees the Poet Laureate and her chosen fwllo artists undertaking a major national tour to perform their work and to celebrate communities with independent bookshops at their heart.

    Picador and Blackwell's Oxford are proud to present Carol Ann Duffy performing alongside three of the fellow poets whom she most admires: Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker and Jackie Kay. The afternoon will be accompanied by music from instrumentalist and composer John Sampson plus a special guest poet local to Oxford.

    Shore to Shore: Celebrating Poetry and Community with the Laureate and Friends will bring audiences an unforgettable afternoon featuring some of the finest voices in contemporary British poetry. For more information please visit carolannduffyandfriends.com

    This event will take place at the beautiful St Aldates Church, which is located 40 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP.

    Tickets cost £10 and include a copy of the Shore to Shore commemorative tour programme (distributed on the day). To purchase your ticket please visit https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/shore-to-shore-oxford . For all enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Sarah Knight The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

    Sunday, June 26th at 15:00 - 16:00
    How to stop spending time you don't have with people you don't like doing things you don't want to do.

    Are you stressed out, overbooked and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? Then it's time to stop giving a f**k.

    This irreverent and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame and guilt-and give your f**ks instead to people and things that make you happy. Sarah's simple 'NotSorry Method' for mental decluttering will help you unleash the power of not giving a f**k and will free you to spend your time, energy and money on things that really matter. This wise and humorous guide to modern living is a must read. Sarah is visiting from America and will be discussing the ideas and fantastic flow-charts in an evening talk and signing.

    Buy the book

    This is a FREE event and will take place in the philosophy department in the Norrington Room. For more information or to register, please visit the customer service department or call 01865 333623. Alternatively, for enquiries please email: events.oxford@Blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENTS: Oxford Science Week

    Monday, June 27th at 12:30 TO Friday, July 1st at 13:15
    As part of this year's Oxford Science Festival, and in association with Oxford University Press, we will be hosting a week of free 'Very Short Introduction' talks in the Norrington from beginning at 12:30pm and ending at 1:15pm.

    The programme for the talks is as follows:

    Monday 27 June: Tom Burns on 'Serious Adult Mental Health'

    28 June: Peter Smith and Belinda Lennox on 'Adolescent Mental Health

    29 June: Les Iversen on 'Medication and Patient Safety'

    30 June: David Clark on 'Mental Health Services'

    1 July: Russel Foster on 'Sleep'

    For more information about these talks, please visit our customer service department or call: 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Simon Tolkien No Man's Land

    Wednesday, June 29th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are proud to be welcoming Simon Tolkien to Blackwell's, Grandson of J.R.R.Tolkien to discuss his new novel, 'No Man's Land'.

    Inspired by his grandfather's experiences in the battlefields of the Somme, 'No Man's Land' is a powerful and moving picture of early 20th-Century England torn apart by the First World War.

    From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coalmine to the exposed terrors of the trenches, Adam Raine's journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world.

    We are pleased to be presenting this event alongside seAp Military Advocacy. A service that provides help and support to veterans of all ages. For more information, please visit www.seap.org.uk

    Tickets for this event cost £5 with proceeds going to seAp, they can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623. Availability is strictly limited so call now to avoid disappointment. This will be Simon's only UK event to promote his book.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop with Nigel Warburton and Roger Scruton

    Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00 - 12:00
    Each month, Philosopher Nigel Warburton interviews a fellow thinking for a series of events entitled 'Philosophy in the Bookshop'. In July, Nigel will be in conversation with Roger Scruton.

    Roger Scruton is an English Philosopher specialising in aesthetics. He has written over 30 books, several novels and a number of general textbooks on philosophy and culture. He has also composed two operas. Outside his career as a philosopher and writer, Scruton was involved in the establishment of underground universities and academic networks in soviet-controlled Central Europe during the Cold War and has received a number of awards for his work in this area.

    The 'Philosophy in the Bookshop' events are free to attend and take place on the first Saturday of each month. They take place in the Philosophy Department which is located in the Norrington Room. For more information or enquiries, please call 01865 333620 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars The Final Concert Anniversary

    Sunday, July 3rd at 18:00 - 20:00
    Tickets for this event have now SOLD OUT

    To celebrate the incredible life and career of David Bowie, we'll be screening the remastered film by D.A.Pennebaker which chronicles the very last live appearance of Ziggy Stardust.

    The film was shot at Hammersmith Odeon on July 3rd 1973 and was where Bowie announced before the final song that not only was this the last date of their tour but the last live gig that they would play together as 'Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'.

    David Bowie died on January 10 this year, just 2 days after celebrating his 69th birthday and releasing his incredible final album, 'Blackstar'. All proceeds from the screening will go to Cancer Research.

    Tickets cost £5 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: Sarah Moss The Tidal Zone

    Tuesday, July 12th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Sarah Moss will be visiting Oxford to talk about her latest novel, 'The Tidal Zone'. Chairing the talk will be Senior Lecturer in Publishing, Sarah Franklin.

    Adam is a stay-at-home dad who is also working on a history of the bombing and restoration of Coventry Cathedral. He is a good man and he is happy. But one day, he receives a call from his daughter's school to inform him that, for no apparent reason, fifteen year old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. In that moment, he is plunged into a world of waiting, agonising, not knowing. The story of his life and the lives of his family are rewritten and re-told around this shocking central event, around a body that has inexplicably failed.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room, or by calling 01865 333623.
  • 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 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 7th 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.

  • 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.