Summertime and the living is easy

Despite the recent downpour of rain and cloudy weather, there are still loads of events (many outdoors) which will keep you busy for a while.

We’ve got reading groups, plays, authors, festivals and general publishing events on the radar. If you don’t see your event here, please send me an email so I can add it!

Now here’s something to get you in the summertime mood as you jot these events down in your diary.

14 May – 11 June – Tales from King James, St. Barnabas Church, Creation Theatre

31 May – 2 June – Book Ends (A play about loving books too much…), The Albion Beatnik Bookshop, 8:00-9:00 pm

31 May – Society of Young Publishers Professional Networking Traffic Light Party, Blackwell’s bookshop Norrington Room, 7:00-9:00 pm

1 June – SYP Book Club, All Bar One, Reading The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, 6 pm

1 June – Meet David Chapple, author of Particle Physics, Dark Matter and Dark Energy, Waterstone’s, 7:30 pm

2 June – Meet David Williams, author of Billionaire Boy, Waterstone’s, 4:00 pm

3 June – StructoMagazine Issue 6 Launch, The Albion Beatnik Bookshop, 7:30-10:30 pm

7 June – 28 July – Blackwell’s Walking Tours, Choice of three: Inklings, King James or Literary

8 June – 19 June – Twelfth Night, Blenheim Palace, 7:00 pm

9 June, 16 June, 23 June, 30 June  – From Blank Page to Book Signing Four Part Writers’ Workshop, Blackwell’s Bookshop, £20

10 June – No Reading alone III, Isis Farmhouse, 7:30-10:30 pm

13 June – Greening Publishing, Society of Young Publishers event, Oxford University Press Main Common Room, 6:30-8:30 pm, Open to everyone

13 June – The New Libertines: An Oxfringe Event, The Albion Beatnik Bookshop, 6:00-8:30 pm

14 June – An Evening with John Carey, Oxford Publishing Society, Buckley Building, Oxford Brookes, 6:30 pm

23 June – Blackwell’s Readers’ Corner, Reading Staying On by Paul Scott

24 June – The Globetrotter’s Companion Book Launch, The Albion Beatnik Bookshop, 8:00-9:00 pm

28 June – Antony and Cleopatra Panel Discussion, Blackwell’s Bookshop, 7:00 pm

2 July – 26 August – The Comedy of Errors and The Importance of Being Earnest, Oxford Shakespeare Company, Wadham College

8 July – 3 September – Antony and Cleopatra, Saïd Business School Rooftop Amphitheatre

There are also a number of other reading groups around Oxford, aside from Readers’ Corner and SYP Book club mentioned above. The World Book Capital committee just met with a number of librarians and reading groups to brainstorm ideas for the bid. They were incredibly helpful and I’d like to thank them for taking the time.

Photo by Ashley Rose, used under Creative Commoncs license

Here’s a taster of some reading groups:

Readers Corner

SYP Oxford Book Club

Oxford Book Club Meet-Up

BookBox Oxford

Green Templeton College Book Club

Blackwell’s Teen and Non-fiction Reading Groups (scroll to the bottom of the page)


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