Bullfighting author’s talk called off
9:30am Thursday 9th February 2012
A TALK tonight by Oxford bullfighter Alexander Fiske-Harrison has been cancelled.
Mr Fiske-Harrison mounted a fierce attack on Blackwell’s for cancelling the event, rescheduled to today after the Broad Street bookshop postponed the original talk because of security fears.
Mr Fiske-Harrison, 35, angered animal rights extremists after training to become a bullfighter and killing a bull in a ring in Spain, later describing his experiences in a book. The writer said the original lunchtime meeting two weeks ago was postponed after Blackwell’s informed him that they had received “a credible threat.”
But he has now accused Blackwell’s of overstating the threat, scaring people away from tonight’s rearranged talk.
Tony Cooper, manager of Blackwell’s, said: “After several conversations with Alexander Fiske-Harrison we decided to cancel the event due to the small number of tickets taken up. Despite initial interest in the lunchtime talk this did not carry forward into a full evening talk by the author.
“We are obviously disappointed that this is the case as we never like to cancel an event unless absolutely necessary.”
Mr Fiske-Harrison, 35, spent two years in Spain’s heartland of bullfighting with matadors and breeders, talking with fans and training to fight bulls himself.
Photo: Paloma Gaytán de Ayala (Santa Coloma)