Welcome to The Woodstock Bookshop

The shop opened in May 2008 and is on the main road in Woodstock, just next to the bus stop. We can supply most books to order by the next day and have several thousand books in stock: to order books ring or email the shop. We have a large selection of children's books and are happy to advise and recommend. We can also supply second-hand and out-of-print titles. We offer discounts for school orders and for book clubs and have a free local delivery service.

We were on the regional shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2009, 2013 and 2017, and listed in the recent Independent's Top 50 UK Bookshops.

We hold a series of informal talks and readings throughout the year. If you buy any book at the talk the cost of the ticket will be deducted. Please ring or email to book a place - early booking advisable.

The Woodstock Literature Society and Wootton Village Hall also hold excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their websites for further details.

Twitter: @WoodstockBooks

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Shortlisted for Independent Bookshop of the Year!

The Woodstock Bookshop has been shortlisted for the third time for this award - such an honour to be on the list. It seems there are only 894 independent bookshops left in the country. No wonder so many people come in and say, 'Ah, a bookshop!' as if they were encountering a snuff shop or something equally antiquated.

There is nothing antiquated about us or any of the other shops on the shortlist - for the full account of the prize and the shortlisted shops see here. It is an honour to be in such company. I have been to many of the shops on the list and they are so good - the LRB bookshop is a particular favourite of mine, I go every time I am in London and envy their space and eat their cakes. My best sort of holiday would be a bookshop crawl.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Upcoming tour by leading Danish poet Pia Tafdrup

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre (http://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/) is delighted and honoured to coordinate a short tour by internationally-acclaimed Danish poet Pia Tafdrup. The tour, entitled Walking over the Water, is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, and also by the University of Reading and Roehampton Poetry Centre. Pia will visit Reading, Ledbury, and Oxford during her tour, and at each stop will read or be in discussion with a celebrated British poet: Peter Robinson in Reading, Fiona Sampson in Ledbury, and T.S. Eliot Prize-winning Philip Gross in Oxford.

Pia Tafdrup, one of Scandinavia's best-known poets, was born in Copenhagen in 1952. She is a member of the Danish Academy, and has published 17 collections of poetry, two novels, and two plays. Pia received the Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 1999 and the Nordic Prize in 2006 from The Swedish Academy. Her most recent poetry collections translated into English are Queen's Gate (Bloodaxe, 2001), Tarkovsky's Horses & Other Poems (Bloodaxe, 2010) and Salamander Sun & Other Poems (Bloodaxe, 2015). Her latest books published in Denmark are entitled The Taste of Steel and The Smell of Snow.

Pia was the subject of a 2003 documentary film about her work, Thousandborn, directed by Cæcilia Holbek Trier, and she has read from her work in more than 40 countries. She represented Denmark at Poetry Parnassus, the festival of readings, performance and debate that took place during the London 2012 Festival.

Full schedule and ticket details

Wednesday 15 February, Pia Tafdrup reads with Peter Robinson
University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, HumSS 127
from 6pm; free
More details: peterrobinso@gmail.com

Thursday 16 February, Pia Tafdrup in conversation with Fiona Sampson
The Panelled Room, The Master’s House, Ledbury, HR8 1EA
7-9pm, £5 (on the door)
More details:  http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk

Friday 17 February, Pia Tafdrup reads with Philip Gross
Large Senior Common Room, Oriel College, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4EW
7-8.15pm, £5
To book a ticket, please visit the Brookes Shop: http://shop.brookes.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-humanities-social-sciences/events/pia-tafdrup-and-philip-gross-poetry-reading

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Happy New Year!

January is getting off to an excellent start. We have some dedicated customers - and Alice Oswald has just won the Costa Poetry Prize!

A very happy new year to you all - thank you for buying your books here and keeping The Woodstock Bookshop alive and well into its ninth year

Saturday, 26 November 2016

The Albion Beatnik Bookshop, Jericho

Woodstock Poetry Festival is over but the Albion Beatnik Bookshop in Walton Street, Jericho, has a year-round programme of poetry readings, jazz and other events. If you haven't already discovered it, have a look  here. How he has the energy to put it all together I don't know - we are feeling pretty wiped out after our three days and he has events year-round!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Woodstock Poetry Festival - looking back

This year's festival has come and gone - so many moments to remember:

Liz Lochhead opening the festival with ebullience and tenderness -

Alice Oswald standing in the darkened church and, in spite of the cold and the hornet in the microphone, delivering her poems steadily and bringing us all together;

Alice Oswald signing books in the church

The session with Vahni Capildeo, Gregory Leadbetter and Yousif Qasmiyeh gave a new outing to See How I Land

Jane Draycott's new book arrived BEFORE publication date and is wonderful -

She read with Penny Boxall (below) and Carrie Etter.

and Lemn Sissay performed poems from Gold from the Stone to an enthusiastic audience in a very chilly church -

Many thanks to everyone - poets and audience - who supported the festival. On to next year!

Friday, 21 October 2016

TS Eliot Prize shortlist

Three of the poets shortlisted for this year's TS Eliot Prize are appearing at Woodstock Poetry Festival - Vahni Capildeo, Alice Oswald and Bernard O'Donoghue.

TS Eliot Shortlist:
Void Studies by Rachael Boast (Picador)
*Measures of Expatriation by Vahni Capildeo (Carcanet)
The Blind Road-Maker by Ian Duhig (Picador)
Interference Pattern by JO Morgan (Cape Poetry)
*The Seasons of Cullen Church by Bernard O’Donoghue (Faber)
*Falling Awake by Alice Oswald (Cape Poetry)
Jackself by Jacob Polley (Picador)
Say Something Back by Denise Riley (Picador)
Every Little Sound by Ruby Robinson (Liverpool University Press)
The Remedies by Katharine Towers (Picador)

Full details of the shortlisted poets here

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Woodstock Poetry Festival 2016 - 11-13 November - programme

Here's the programme for this year's festival!

Friday to Sunday 11 - 13 November 2016

Friday 11 November
*6.30pm Liz Lochhead, former Makar of Scotland, reads from Fugitive Colours. £10

*8.30pm Alice Oswald reads from Falling Awake and recent work. £10
(wine and sandwiches served between these readings)

Saturday 12 November
11am – Free children’s event: John Foster ‘The Dinosaur Rap’, reading & activities with puppets in Woodstock Library for children aged 3-11. Tickets from the library.
1pm Oxford Stanza 2 – welcome return of this group of local poets. £5
2.30pm Jenny Lewis leads an open mic session. £5
4pm See How I Land. Anthology edited by Carole Angier seven years ago, bringing together Oxford poets and exiled writers. Several contributors join us today, including Yousif Qasmiyeh, Palestinian poet and translator; Gregory Leadbetter (whose first full collection The Fetch has just been published by Nine Arches Press); Nigerian poet Afam Akeh, founding editor of African Writing, and Vahni Capildeo, whose Measures of Expatriation won this year’s Forward Prize. £8, includes a copy of See How I Land.

Vahni Capildeo

6pm Gillian Clarke, formerly National Poet of Wales, reads from her recently published Selected Poems and from her forthcoming book, Zoology. £8

*8.30pm Lemn Sissay, Chancellor of Manchester University and official poet of the 2012 Olympics, reading from his recent collection, Gold from the Stone. £10

Sunday 13 November
2.30pm Deryn Rees-Jones & Jamie McKendrick have both recently published their Selected Poems. Jamie McKendrick is a distinguished poet and translator from the Italian and ‘among the most interesting, surprising and distinctive poets of his generation’ (Sean O’Brien). 

Deryn’s previous work Burying the Wren was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and she is Professor of Poetry at the University of Liverpool. £8

4pm Oxford Stanza – readings by members of this long-established Oxford-based group including Simon Altmann, Caroline Ashley, John Elinger, Paulette Mae, David Olsen and Andrew Smardon. £5
6pm Carrie Etter, Penny Boxall & Jane Draycott. Penny Boxall recently won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award for her first collection, Ship of the Line; For a recent interview with Penny see here.

Carrie Etter, an American poet living in England, is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and has published three collections of poetry, most recently Imagined Sons

Jane Draycott’s previous collection, Over, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. She teaches at Oxford and Lancaster and last appeared at the festival with her remarkable translation of Pearl. She will read from her latest book, The Occupant. £8

8.30pm Bernard O’Donoghue & Tom Paulin, with singer Mick Henry and guitarist Nick Hooper. Traditional Irish singing and music, with poems by Bernard O’Donoghue, including recent ones from The Seasons of Cullen Church, and readings of Yeats and his own work by Tom Paulin. Woodstock Social Club - drinks available at the bar. £8

Tickets and information: 01993 812760
Festival ticket giving entry to all events - £60
Children & students half price
Tea and cakes are included in the price of all afternoon events
Most readings are held upstairs in Woodstock Town Hall
Events marked * are held in St Mary Magdalene Church