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  • 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 AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENT Jim Baggott Origins: the Scientific Story of Creation

    Thursday, June 30th at 19:00 - 20:00
    As part of this year’s Oxfordshire Science Festival, we are delighted to host Jim Baggott to discuss his ninth book, ‘Origins’.

    In just one hour, Jim Baggott will take us from the Big Bang to the emergence of humans 13.8 billion years later. Origins provides a unique and up-to-date summary of the state of scientific thinking about the origins of space, time, matter, life, humans, and consciousness.

    Tickets for this event are £6, and may be purchased on the Oxfordshire Science Festival website, or by clicking here. The event will be held in the Norrington Room.
  • BLACKWELL’S OXFORD AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENT Fred Taylor Exploring the Planets

    Friday, July 1st at 17:30 - 18:30
    As part of this year’s Oxfordshire Science Festival, we are proud to host Fred Taylor to discuss his latest book, ‘Exploring the Planets’.

    The astronomer Fred Taylor offers personal insights into the evolution of the space programme, and how political and scientific motivation can merge to increase funding and push us further into space. From Cape Canaveral to Downing Street, the book uses Taylor’s individual experiences to build a fascinating narrative of the past and present of space exploration.

    Tickets for this event are £6, and may be purchased on the Oxfordshire Science Festival website, or by clicking here. The event will be held in the Norrington Room.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Tales from the Farm

    Saturday, July 2nd at 10:00 TO Sunday, July 3rd at 16:00

    Blackwell's First Children's Book Festival 'Tales from the Farm'

    A two day book festival opens it's marquee doors on the 2nd & 3rd of July. With activities, workshops, crafts, story telling, author appearances and of course a book shop this weekend is not to be missed! Neither of the two days will be the same so why not join us for both? A jam packed weekend for all the family to enjoy, we hope that you can get in to the spirit of the festival and make it your own.

    Saturday 2nd July

    Programme

    Storytimes

    10.00-10.30, 12.00-12.30, 14.00-14.30

    10:00-11:00 – Journey Stick

    Use a journey stick to retell the story of a journey. Along the way, bits and pieces will get tied to the stick to represent events, feelings and milestones.

    11:00-12:00 – Clive Goddard (author of 'Fintan Fedora the World's Worst Explorer)

    Come and meet some real-life authors and find out about their books.

    12:00-13:00 Phoenix Comics Workshop

    Join artist Neill Cameron, from Oxford's very own Phoenix Comic, to create your own comic. Perfect for young budding comic book creators.

    13:00-14:00 Jo Cotterill (author of 'Electrigirl')

    Come and meet some real-life authors and find out about their books.

    14:00-15:00 – Ciara Flood (author of 'Those Pesky Rabbits and Perfect Picnic')

    Come and meet some real-life authors and find out about their books.

    15:00-16:00 – Shakespeare can be Fun

    To read or not to read the great bard, love him or hate him, Shakespeare can be fun! Join us for a great hour of Shakespeare fuelled fun.

    Sunday 3rd July

    Storytimes

    10:00-10:30, 12:00-12:30, 14:00-14:30

    10:00-11:00 – Pop Up Club

    Everyone loves a great pop up book, so why not join us for an hour of pop up based craft activities and learn how to make your own pop up!

    11:00-12:00 – Caroline Baxter (author of 'Bear Club Bakers')

    Come and meet some real-life authors and find out about their books.

    12:00-13:00 – Teddy Bear Picnic Storytime

    Who doesn't love taking their favourite teddy to storytime? Even if you've not brought one with you, you can borrow one of ours.

    13:00-14:00 – Sally Nicholls (author of 'Billy Button')

    Come and meet some real-life authors and find out about their books.

    14:00-15:00 – Cas Lester (author of 'Nixie the Bad Bad Fairy')

    Come and meet some real-life authors and find out about their books.

    15:00-16:00 – Happy Birthday Mr. Dahl

    What better way to celebrate the birthday of the world's greatest storyteller than with a fun packed activity session exploring the world of Roald Dahl.

    We will also have drop-in activities running throughout the weekend. Pop in and join the fun!

    The festival is completely free. You can book your place for the above sessions on the day inside the marquee.

    Visit www.milletsfarmcentre.com for details on how to find us! We do hope this festival is the first of many!

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop with Nigel Warburton and Sir 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 Sir Roger Scruton.

    Sir 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: Alice's Day 2016

    Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00 - 16:00
    Join us on Saturday 2nd July as we celebrate Oxford's city-wide event, Alice's day. From 11am-4pm there will be drop-in craft activities taking place in the Norrington Room, where you can make your own Alice animal ears and take home a decorated movable caterpillar. At timed slots during the day we will be having animal storytime with the White Rabbit and our magical bookseller will be creating an animal hand shadow puppet show. All of our activities are free to attend and everyone is welcome.

    White Rabbit Storytime will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, catch him before he runs away!

    Hand Shadow Puppet Show will take place at 12pm and 2pm.

    For the full listing of all of the activities taking place in venues across Oxford, please visit The Story Museum's website.
  • 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 OXFORD WRITERS' CIRCLE PRESENTS: In Conversation with Sally Nicholls An Island of Our Own

    Wednesday, July 6th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join the Oxford Writers' Circle for an evening with prize-winning children's book author Sally Nicholls, one of the brightest talents in children's fiction. Sally has written seven novels; her latest, 2015’s An Island of Our Own, was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

    Sally will be interviewed by The Oxford Writers Circle organiser, Peter Meinertzhagen, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

    Tickets cost £3 and can only be purchased on the evening. For more information or to find out more about The Oxford Writers' Circle please visit their website.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Blackwell's Teen Fiction Reading Group 'When We Collided'

    Friday, July 8th 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 beautiful 'When We Collided' by Emery Lord. 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 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: Lucie Whitehouse and Lucy Atkins

    Wednesday, July 13th at 20:00
    Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, comes a thrilling new novel from acclaimed author Lucie Whitehouse.

    They said it was a tragic accident. She knows better...The brilliant young painter Marianne Glass is found dead in her snow-covered garden. Rowan Winter, once her closest friend, knows it wasn't an accident. Marianne had vertigo, paralysing vertigo. She never would have gone that close to the edge.

    Lucie will be discussing this fantastic new novel with fellow crime writer, Lucy Atkins.

    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 AND OXFORD GAMES PRESENTS: Ex Libris LIVE

    Tuesday, July 19th at 19:00 - 21:00
    We are very excited to announce the panellists for the next Ex Libris LIVE! show:

    John Lloyd devised radio shows The News Quiz and To the Manor Born, television shows Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and is the founder of the much-loved TV programme QI. John is the author of many titles including the classic 'The Meaning of Liff', Afterliff and the QI book series.

    Tom Whipple is the Science Editor at The Times and author of the book 'How to Win Games and Beat People: Defeat and demolish your family and friends!'.

    Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and author of 'The Story of Alice'.

    Barbara Machin is creator and writer of the Emmy Award winning BBC series 'Waking the Dead'.

    Be prepared for a good deal of bluffing, entertaining chit-chat and outright literary sneakiness as our panel battle it out to win Ex Libris LIVE!

    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: Philip Pullman's 'The Ruby in the Smoke'

    Wednesday, July 20th at 19:30 TO Thursday, July 21st at 21:00
    Working in collaboration with Philip Pullman (creator of His Dark Materials), the bestselling novel comes to life on stage for the first time in the fantastic and unique venue of Blackwell's Bookshop. After her father's mysterious death, Sally Lockhart is thrown into the heart of Victorian London, battling unseen forces to uncover the secrets he left behind. Strap yourselves in for a tale of breathtaking intrigue, unforgettable characters, and, behind everything, a legendary ruby waiting to be found…

    See the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of The Ruby in the Smoke before it embarks on its national tour – inside one of the world's most iconic bookshops. Sit amongst the shelves and watch as the thrilling play unfolds!

    The Ruby in the Smoke will be on the 20th and 21st July at 19:30. Tickets cost £12 (£10 concessions).

    Tickets are available direct from the theatre company ReprintProductions here.
  • 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 crime fiction novel '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: 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.

    Buy the book

    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 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.