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  • OXFORD Autumn Half-Term Events

    Tuesday, October 28th at 11:00 TO Saturday, November 1st at 11:00
    If you are at a loose end this half-term holiday, then come and join us in our Children's Department where we have on offer a week full of fun activities. Goth Girl Day - Tues, 10am - 5pm Join us throughout the day for a Goth Girl fete with activities and a 'design your own spooky cake' competition. Paddington Day - Wed, 10am - 5pm Join us for a wonderful day of Paddington related activities and stories with appearances from Paddington throughout the day. Storytime - Thurs, 1pm - 2pm Join us for our regular weekly storytime with songs and activities. Halloween Party -  Fri, 10am - 5pm Join us for spooky goings on with Halloween crafts, activities and stories. Why not come in fancy dress and a prize will be given to the best costume. Loom Band Day - Sat, 1pm - 3pm Join us for a day of Loom Band madness, with workshops and fun ideas for all your Loom Band needs!  
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Darryl Jones Hallowe'en Classic Ghost Story reading

    Friday, October 31st at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us for an intimate gathering to hear Darryl Jones read some classic ghost stories. Darryl will be reading from his new collection 'Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffman to Hodgson'. This anthology brings together 29 of the greatest horror stories from the British, Irish, American, and European traditions through the long 19th century. It ranges widely across diverse sub-genres including the supernatural, psychological and tales of the uncanny, and features established classics as well as little-known works. These are stories guaranteed to freeze the blood, revolt the senses, and keep you awake at night: prepare to be terrified! Come in your scariest garb as Darryl will be judging the best fancy dress, the winner of which will receive a signed copy of 'Horror Stories' as a prize!

    This Event has now SOLD OUT Contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Katherine Rundell in conversation with Richard Smith

    Thursday, November 6th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Katherine Rundell was born in 1987 and grew up in Africa and Europe. In 2008 she was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her first book, The Girl Savage, was born of her love of Zimbabwe and her own childhood there; her second, Rooftoppers, was inspired by summers working in Paris and by night-time trespassing on the rooftops of All Souls. Katherine will be in conversation with author of 'The Man with his head in the clouds', Richard Smith.

    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: Bishop John Pritchard and Sally Welch

    Friday, November 7th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Blackwell's, in association with SPCK and Canterbury Press, cordially invite you to the launch of two wonderful new books. 'The Journey' is the latest book by Bishop John Pritchard and offers daily readings for Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Easter and Sally Welch's new title, 'A Labyrinth Prayer Handbook', an imaginative resource for all who use the labyrinth in their worship and spiritual practice. Refreshments will be provided and copies of both books will be available to purchase and have signed.

    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: An evening with Jung Chang

    Monday, November 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    The Oxford University History Society presents an evening with Jung Chang, beselling author of Wild Swans and Mao, who will discussing her new book Empress Dowager Cixi.

    In this ground-breaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Empress Dowager Cixi fought against monumental obstacles to change China. Under her the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, telegraph, and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry. It was she who abolished gruesome punishments like ‘death by a thousand cuts’ and put an end to foot-binding. She inaugurated women’s liberation, and embarked on the path to introduce parliamentary elections to China. Jung Chang comprehensively overturns the conventional view of Cixi as a die-hard conservative and cruel despot.

    This event has been organised by the Oxford University History Society and their members, however we would like to invite twenty lucky customers to join us for this special evening. Purchase your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

    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 enquiries: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford and The Poetry Society Presents: Next Generation Poets 2014

    Tuesday, November 11th at 19:00 - 20:00
    The Poetry Book Society presents Luke Kennard and Jane Yeh, two poets from Next Generation Poets 2014, a major promotion of the 20 most exciting new poets who have published their first collection in the last decade, reading with Rachel Piercey, a young newcomer. For more information about the Next Generation Poets 2014 list, please visit www.nextgenerationpoets.com Luke Kennard is a poet and writer of fiction. He won an Eric Gregory award in 2005 for his first collection of prose poems, The Solex Brothers (Stride Books), and his second collection of poetry, The Harbour Beyond the Movie (Salt, 2007), made him the youngest poet ever to be nominated for the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection. Jane Yeh was born in America and educated at Harvard University. Her chapbook, Teen Spies, was published in 2003 by Metre Editions. Her first full-length collection, Marabou, was published by Carcanet in 2005 and shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh Festival poetry prizes. Her second collection, The Ninjas, was published by Carcanet in 2012.Rachel Piercey read English at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she won the 2008 Newdigate Prize. She has two pamphlets with The Emma Press, The Flower and the Plough and Rivers Wanted .

    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: Marilynne Robinson - 'Lila' at the Sheldonian Theatre

    Wednesday, November 12th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and widower, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood of itinerant work. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand-to-mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a lucky knife to protect them. But despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life is laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to harmonize the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves.

    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: Mick Wall in conversation with Scott Rowley - 'Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre: A Biography of The Doors' including special guests Soul Kitchen

    Thursday, November 13th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Think you know the story of Jim Morrison and The Doors? Think again. Jim Morrison died in Paris in 1971 - but not in a bathtub.Along with evoking the cultural milieu of Los Angeles in the Sixties, in Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre writer Mick Wall captures the true spirit of that tarnished age with a brilliantly penetrating and contemporary investigation into the real story of The Doors.We'll be celebrating the legacy of The Doors with beer and our very own instrumental Doors tribute act, Soul Kitchen.

    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: James Ellroy in Conversation with Edward Docx

    Monday, November 17th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are extremely pleased to be able to bring to you an evening with the Demon Dog of Crime writing, James Ellroy, in the relative safety of our very own Norrington Room. James will be with us to discuss his new novel, 'Perfidia'. This is an event that is not too be missed and is strictly limited to 100 places for a more intimate style talk. Ellroy is best known for the incredible hard-boiled L.A.Quartet which includes, 'L.A.Confidential' and describes himself as "the author of 16 books, masterpieces all... These books will leave you reamed, steamed and drycleaned, tie-dyed, swept to the side, true-blued, tattooed and bah fongooed" Don't miss this amazing opportunity to witness one of the greatest living writers at the top of his game!

    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: Matilda Tristram - 'Probably Nothing : A Diary of not-your-average nine months'

    Tuesday, November 18th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Matilda Tristram was 17 weeks pregnant and looking forward to having her first baby when she discovered she had cancer. This touching graphic memoir, never morose or self-pitying, starts when Matilda was diagnosed and ends when her chemotherapy finished. Recording the awkward conversations, the highs and lows of treatment, and the reality of still having to queue too long for croissants, Matilda captures her experiences with style and warmth. Along the way she cherishes the small details of life, and learns not to sweat the big things. Her beautiful and boisterous son James was born without complications.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Oggy Boytchev - 'Simpson & I : Between Two Worlds'

    Thursday, November 20th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Simpson & I: Between Two Worlds documents some of the most memorable stories ever to appear on the Ten O'Clock News. In a career spanning thirty years, Oggy Boytchev has written a factual thriller about the highly competitive world of international journalism. With astonishing revelations of how stories are discovered and reported, he shares with us the often nail-biting, sometimes touch-and-go moments behind the camera - as well as the skill and courage it takes to break the news we all watch while safely tucked up at home.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • 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. 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: 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: An Evening with Dame Vivienne Westwood at The Divinity School

    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.

    Tickets are strictly limited, cost £12 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: 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: 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: 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