Blackwell’s Events in May

The pace quickens with our events programme in May – a bit of something for everyone and some stellar names:

Marilynne Robinson

Tuesday 15th May at 7pm 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ
Tickets: £5

We are thrilled to announce that Marilynne Robinson, one of our greatest living writers, will be in the shop at 7pm on Tuesday 15th May to talk about her new book, When I Was a Child I Read Books, a book of essays about the big themes that permeate her writings – politics, religion, literature, human frailty. This is a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from the author of “Houskeeping”, “Gilead” and Absence of Mind”. Be sure to secure your ticket soon, tickets are selling very quickly.

Group 2012

Wednesday 16th May at 7pm 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ
This is a new writers group which started in January this year. In brief, the group exists as a forum for new writers to meet each other, gain advice, exchange views, and enjoy the solidarity of a group of people who may share similar experiences, questions and challenges. Each month there is a different theme and special guests – authors, publishers, agents and other people in the book trade – are brought in to lend their expertise and wisdom.

The May meeting will take place on Wednesday 16th May, 7pm-9pm at Blackwell’s and the theme will be Non-Fiction Publishing. Guests will include Phil Henderson, Senior Marketing Manager for Trade Books at Oxford University Press; and Juliet Mabey, founder of Oneworld Publications, an independent publishing firm which specialises in non-fiction for both general and academic markets; plus others to be announced.

There will be a panel discussion focusing on Non-Fiction Publishing. It will explore such questions as what are publishers interested in? What are the trends in Non-Fiction? What is likely to ensure that a work of Non-fiction is published, and what counts against publication? How commercial does Non-Fiction have to be? The discussion will be followed by some more specific advice for would-be published writers of Non-Fiction.

There is a membership charge of £20 per year to cover our costs. Membership allows you to come to all meetings for free. If you are not a member you are still very welcome to attend the meetings but there is an entry charge of £3. Please” for further information.

Diego Marani

Thursday 17th May at 7pm 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ
Tickets: £2

Diego Marani is a man of many talents – a senior translator in the EU, a weekly columnist for a Swiss paper and creator of Europanto, a mock language. He also happens to be the author of this shop’s favourite novel of 2011 “New Finnish Grammar” – recently shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction ,The Best Translated Book & the Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize. He will be talking about his two newly translated novels “The Last of the Vostyachs” and “Las Adventures des Inspector Cabillot” a novel written in Europanto

Blackwell’s Festival of Illustration

Saturday 19th May – all day
48-51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ

Join us in celebrating Children’s Book Illustration on Saturday 19th May, 10:30am – 5pm. Have the chance to meet talented illustrators throughout the day, take part in illustration workshops or get creative with a range of drawing activities – all taking place in our wonderful Children’s Department. Blackwell’s Festival of Illustration events are free and suitable for all the family, this is not one to be missed! Visit our website regularly for further updates or follow the Children’s department on twitter @kidsblackwell. This event is part of Oxfordshire Artweeks 2012:

‘Such Place, such Men, such Language & such Ware?: The Theatre of London’s Fairs

Wednesday 23rd May at 7pm
48-51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ
Tickets: £2

It is often said that fairs presented cheap, secondary and ‘unliterary’ entertainment. Theatre, on the other hand, is said to be, though disliked by certain protestant factions, respectable, its high class literature ‘allowed’ by monarch and privy council.

This talk will question both notions, reassessing fairground entertainments and showing how much they influenced drama – and vice versa. Looking at performing animals, puppets and magic tricks, it will show the role of popular culture in the works of Shakespeare and other playwrights.

We are hosting this event in association with OxBardFest 2012, the Oxford Shakespeare Festival, organised by the Oxford University Drama Society, which runs from 21st May-2nd June.

Terry Eagleton: Why Marx was Right

Wednesday 22nd May at 7pm
48-51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ
Tickets: £4

Is Marxism dead? Should it finally be buried? In Why Marx Was Right, controversial critic Terry Eagleton argues that Marx’s imperfect yet serious critique of capitalism is newly relevant in this global post-crash moment.

Since the publication of Marxism and Literary Criticism (1976) and Literary Theory (1982), Terry Eagleton has been recognised for producing highly informed, accessible works which explore the relationship between literature, history, and society. He has also been praised for his humour, wit and graceful style.

Liz Pichon: Tom Gates

Saturday 26th May at 10.30am
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
Tickets: £4
Family ticket (max 4): £15

Liz Pichon is the author of The Brilliant World of Tom GatesTom Gates’ Excellent Excuses andEverything’s Amazing (sort of) and this special event is guaranteed to have you laughing. Liz Pichon will be talking about her award winning series and how she created such a wonderful character.

Liz Pichon has won the National Parent Book award in the USA, the Smarties Book Prize Silver Award, and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011.

An Evening of Shakespearean Female Monologues

Tuesday 29th May at 7pm
48-51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ
Tickets: £4

Four actresses voice Shakespeare’s women and the responses they have provoked in this one-off performance. Travelling from Juliet to George Eliot, from Gertrude to Sandra Gubar; the cast will explore the critical and political battleground of Shakespeare’s women. Set in our impressive Norrington Room, this fast paced, energetic performance piece will focus on how Shakespeare wrote women and how these women have been read, voiced and answered.

London in Verse

Wednesday 30th May at 7pm
48-51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ
Tickets: £2

London: A History in Verse is the first anthology about London to offer a cultural history of the city through poetry, from its beginnings to present day. Poet Mark Ford has assembled the most capacious and wide-ranging anthology of poems about London to date, from Chaucer to Wordsworth to the present day. This evening will feature readings from some of the more contemporary contributors John Fuller, Jamie McKendrick, Heather Phillipson, and, of course, Mark Ford himself.

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