Blackwell’s is proud to be supporting Oxford’s first Kicking the Bucket festival, which will be taking place in and around the city centre from the 15th October to 2nd November.
This festival of living and dying deals with the nature of life, death and loss. These topics will affect all of us at some point in our lives, and the festival aims to provide the space in which to explore these issues, as well as clearing up some of the mystery that surrounds death. Director of the festival, Liz Rothschild, describes the varied programme of events as, ‘Fun, thought provoking, informative and moving’, and hopes that they will speak to a wide range of interests and needs.
Kicking the Bucket supports many local and national charities, and aims to reach out to those communities, such as the homeless, which are often excluded from the conversations and rituals connected with death. An extremely worthwhile cause, the festival promises to be a thought-provoking, informative and even entertaining programme of events.
Blackwell’s will be taking part with a Life and Death Panel Discussion on Thursday 25th October at 7pm. Three thinkers and writers, including Nigel Warburton, Roman Krznaric and Neel Burton, will be discussing the question, ‘What is a good life and how should we live it?’ And how does the knowledge of our own mortality affect the answers to this question? French Enlightenment philosopher La Rochefoucauld said, ‘On neither the sun, nor death, can a man look fixedly.’ This event aims to at least make fleeting eye contact with this difficult subject.
As well as our panel discussion, we will be stocking The Natural Death Handbook for the first time. This comprehensive guide to death, dying and funerals, is packed with practical help and advice. The three-part boxed set covers everything from care of the dying, to funeral costs and DIY funerals. It includes a directory of natural burial ground and ‘progressive’ funeral directors, as well as a collection of essays on death by a group of eminent writers and academics.
Published by charity The Natural Death Centre, in partnership with Strange Attractor Press, the handbook aims to provide ordinary people with the information they need in order to prepare for the death of a loved one – or indeed themselves.
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