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 Independent's Top 50 UK Bookshops.

Two monthly book groups take place at the bookshop - a poetry group, initially formed to read collections submitted for the annual T S Eliot Prize and now following a slightly wider brief; and a book group focusing more on fiction. Both are open to everyone but occasionally space is limited - please contact us for details.

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 bookshop started and runs Woodstock Poetry Festival, a completely independent festival that has now been running for 7 years.

The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.

Twitter: @WoodstockBooks

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Christmas and New Year opening hours

We will be open as normal throughout the holiday apart from

Christmas Day Day
Boxing Day
New Year's Day

when we will be shut. We will close at 4.30pm on 24th December.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas and 2020.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Patrick Gale & David Constantine

On Saturday 21 September at 7pm Patrick Gale and David Constantine will be reading from and discussing their stories from Refugee Tales III upstairs in Woodstock Town Hall. All profits from the evening will go to Refugee Resource in Oxford. The book is the third in a series from Comma Press sharing the stories of people who have been detained while seeking asylum in Britain. The UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely under immigration rules and the stories give some of those people a voice. Other writers featuring in this volume are Monica Ali, Ian Sansom, Gillian Slovo and Roma Tearne.
Poet and translator David Constantine is also launching his new short story collection, The Dressing-Up Box. His previous collection, Tea at the Midland, won the Frank O'Connor short story award and the title story won the BBC Short Story Award. The film 45 Years was based on his story In Another Country. He has recently translated Brecht's poems.
Patrick Gale's latest novel Take Nothing with You came out last year.
Tickets £8 from The Woodstock Bookshop.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

8th Woodstock Poetry Festival 15-17 November 2019

Friday 15 November
7pm Hugo Williams reads from Lines Off, his first collection since 2014, written following transplant surgery - 'haunting, shining, untidy poems... vivid with emotion and experience' (Fiona Sampson, Spectator); 'Williams has a gift for making poetry read as effortlessly as conversation – a huge accomplishment' (Kate Kellaway, Guardian). £10
(Wine and sandwiches will be served between this and the following reading and a joint ticket for the evening is available at £15)
8.30pm Kei Miller reads from In Nearby Bushes, his highly anticipated new collection that explores his strangest landscape yet - the placeless place. Here is a world in which it is possible both to hide and to heal, a landscape as much marked by magic as it is by murder. His previous collection won the Forward Prize. £10

Saturday 16 November
5.30pm Niall Campbell & Vidyan Ravinthiram, published by Bloodaxe, are shortlisted for this year's Forward Prize. Both collections start from the domestic – Campbell's Noctuary, a diary for late hours, reflects on fatherhood; The Million-petalled Flower of Being Here began as personal sonnets for Ravinthiran's wife. £10

7pm Patrick McGuinness & Giorgia Sensi, poetry in translation. Giorgia Sensi has translated many British poets into Italian, including Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead, Gillian Clarke and Kathleen Jamie. She and Patrick McGuinness discuss 
Déjà-vu, her parallel-text edition of his past and most recent poems. £8

8.30pm Julia Copus & Jane Clarke: Girlhood ('this phenomenal collection', Kate Kellaway, Observer) exposes the shifting power balance between things on the verge of becoming and the forces that threaten to destroy them. Jane Clarke's second collection with Bloodaxe, When the Tree Falls, bears witness to the rhythms of birth and death, celebration and mourning, endurance and regrowth, £10

Sunday 17 November
2pm Laureate's Choice - Faith Lawrence, followed by Open mic. A chance to hear one of the poets selected by Carol Ann Duffy read from her new pamphlet Sleeping Through. Faith Lawrence is a producer on BBC Radio 3's The Verb.
Open mic is introduced by Jenny Lewis of The Poet's House, Oxford. This popular platform for local and unpublished poets is open to all but should be booked in advance. £6

4.30pm Hannah Sullivan & Mary Jean Chan. Mary Jean Chan's first collection Fleche has just been published by Faber: 'Sparkling and vulnerable... the arrival of an essential new voice' – Sarah Howe. Hannah Sullivan was the winner of last year's T.S. Eliot Prize for Three Poems, her first collection: ' A magnificent debut...challenging the parameters of what poetry can do' – Sinead Morrissey. £10

6.30pm Raymond Antrobus reads from The Perseverance, winner of the Ted Hughes award and the Rathbones Folio prize: '...an insightful, frank and intimate rumination on language, identity, heritage, loss and the art of communication. Ranging from tender elegies about his father to frank interrogations of deafness, Antrobus highlights the persistence of memory and our need to connect' - Malika Booker. £10

8.30pm Legendary folk singer and songwriter Peggy Seeger joins poets Bernard O'Donoghue & Tom Paulin with Judith & Nick Hooper (fiddle and guitar) for an evening of music and poetry. Both poets have published many collections with Faber. Tom Paulin is also well known for his appearances on BBC's Newsnight Review, and his readings of the poetry of W.B. Yeats. Bernard O'Donoghue is translating Piers Plowman. This event is held in Woodstock Social Club; drinks are available from the bar. £10

Tickets and information: 01993 812760 or info@woodstockbookshop.co.uk
Festival ticket giving entry to all events - £60, children and students half price
Tea and cakes are included in the price of all afternoon events
Friday's readings are held in St Mary Magdalene Church
Saturday & Sunday readings take place upstairs in Woodstock Town Hall

Monday, 28 January 2019

Family Lexicon

I have reviewed Family Lexicon on Writers' Review, see here.
I love that book!

Monday, 24 December 2018

Christmas and New Year opening

The shop will be shut on

Christmas Day
Boxing Day
New Year's Day

otherwise our opening hours are as usual.

Happy Christmas and very best wishes for 2019!

Friday, 30 November 2018

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Woodstock Poetry Festival 9-11 November 2018

Here it is! The programme for this year's Woodstock Poetry Festival, our seventh. Booking is now open - please note, tickets can be bought for each separate event or, if you plan to attend several events, you can buy a festival ticket for the whole weekend.

Friday 9 November
7pm Wendy Cope reads from her latest collection, Anecdotal Evidence – poems about childhood, friends, love and growing older: 'Wendy Cope is without doubt the wittiest of contemporary English poets, and says a lot of extremely serious things' - Rowan Williams. £10

8.30pm Kayo Chingonyi - Unfortunately Kayo is no longer able to read at this year's festival. 

Saturday 10 November
12pm Niall Munro, director of Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, introduces three poets published by ignitionpress, the poetry pamphlet press established by the Centre in 2017. Mary Jean Chan's A Hurry of English was the Poetry Book Society's Summer Pamphlet Choice; her first full collection is published by Faber next year. Natalie Whittaker's first pamphlet is Shadow Dogs. Belinda Zhawi was a 2015/16 London Laureate and the 2016/17 Institute of Contemporary Arts Associate Poet. Her debut pamphlet is Small Inheritances. £6

2.30 pm Christopher Reid – Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dogs. A 'companion volume' to T S Eliot's Book of Practical Cats, discussed by Eliot and written at the request of the Eliot estate, Old Toffer's Book celebrates a variety of dogs in similar spirit. Christopher Reid is a former poetry editor at Faber and the author of many books of poems. Come and meet Flo the Philosophical Foxhound, Frazzlesprat, who'd rather be a cat, and other consequential dogs. Family event, followed by tea. £5

4pm Liz Berry & Esther Morgan. The Republic of Motherhood, Liz Berry's first collection since Black Country, sings of the rawness and joy of new motherhood. Esther Morgan's fourth book, The Wound Register, explores her family's response to her great grandfather's death at the Somme & her own experience of motherhood. £10

6pm James Harpur & John F. Deane. John F. Deane founded Poetry Ireland and the Dedalus Press. Dear Pilgrims uncovers a map of spiritual pathways, both external and internal. James Harpur's The White Silhouette meditates on the divine, and explores pilgrimage and loss. Both poets are members of Aosdana, established by the Arts Council to honour artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland. £10

7.30pm Treelines: launch of the fourth anthology selected by Janie Hextall & Barbara McNaught, who brought you Washing Lines, Shorelines & Strings of Pearls – this time, poems about trees, woods & orchards; introduced by Esther Morgan. £5

Sunday 11 November
3.30pm Sean O'Brien & Jamie McKendrick address timely and contemporary issues in their new collections. Europa, Sean O'Brien's ninth collection, looks at the shared heritage of European identity; Anomaly, the seventh collection from poet and translator Jamie McKendrick, tackles interconnectedness. £10

5.30pm Isabel Galleymore, Abigail Parry & Imtiaz Dharker. Isabel Galleymore's first full-length collection, Significant Other, is published next year. Jinx is Abigail Parry's first book: 'These are outstanding poems' – Jo Shapcott; Imtiaz Dharker won the Queen Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014 and her latest book is Luck is the Hook: If there were to be a World Laureate, then for me the role could only be filled by Imtiaz Dharker.’ - Carol Ann Duffy. £10

7.30pm Jenny Lewis of The Poets House, Oxford, will introduce open mic, the popular platform for local and unpublished poets, following the launch of Gilgamesh Retold, her re-telling of the world's oldest poem, composed in Mesopotamia four millenia ago. Open mic is open to all but should be booked in advance. £5

Tickets and information: 01993 812760 or info@woodstockbookshop.co.uk
Festival ticket giving entry to all events - £60, children and students half price
Tea and cakes are included in the price of all afternoon events
Friday's readings are held in St Mary Magdalene Church
Saturday and Sunday readings take place upstairs in
Woodstock Town Hall