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 Bookseller of the Year in 2009 and 2013, 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

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

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

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Jay Ramsay - Reading 2nd November - change of date

Join us at Woodstock Methodist Church at 7pm on Wednesday 2nd November where Jay Ramsay will be reading from Diamond Cutters, an anthology of Visionary Poetry, co-edited with Andrew Harvey, from the early 20th century with Kathleen Raine and David Gascoyne through to contemporary poets in the early 21st century in Britain, America and Australia. Poets include William Stafford, Robert Bly, Jeni Couzyn, Dorothy Walters, Gabriel Bradford Millar and Irina Kuzminsky.

Poetry editor of Caduceus magazine (since 2002), Jay Ramsay's latest individual collection is Monuments (Waterloo Press, 2014). Diamond Cutters is his sixth anthology of contemporary poetry. He is the author of more than 30 books, poetry, non fiction and Chinese classic translation (with Martin Palmer). He is also a UKCP-accredited psychotherapist in private practice.

Tickets £5; book in advance from info@woodstockbookshop.co.uk or 01993 812760

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Bernard O'Donoghue

On Thursday 14 July at 7pm in Woodstock Town Hall Bernard O'Donoghue came to read from his new poetry collection, The Seasons of Cullen Church -

Bernard is one of our finest poets, with ‘a unique gift for honouring the moments other poets overlook’ – Paul Batchelor, Guardian

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Mr Darley's Arabian

Chris McGrath giving a speech this week at the launch celebration in Woodstock Town Hall for Mr Darley's Arabian: High Life, Low Life, Sporting Life - A History of Racing in Twenty-Five Horses.

I didn't think I was interested in horses yet I love this book because it is about so much more than horses - and it is so very well written. It's the story of a bloodline from 1704, the year Thomas Darley sent a colt bought from Bedouin tribesmen near Palmyra by sea back to England. Frankel, the greatest modern racehorse, is descended from this horse as are 95% of all thoroughbreds in the world today.

Mr Darley's Arabian is already gathering glowing reviews - see http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/06/how-racing-finally-became-respectable/

Monday, 23 May 2016

Adam Sisman talk cancelled

We have had to cancel this talk by Adam Sisman about John le Carre which should have taken place on Tuesday 24th May - I am very sorry if you were intending to come along...

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Adam Sisman discusses his life of John le Carre

This month our talk is by Adam Sisman who will discuss his recent biography of John le CarrĂ© in Woodstock Methodist Church on Tuesday 24 May at 7pm. Tickets £5 redeemable against a copy of the book, which means you can get the new paperback for only £5!
Advance booking essential from the bookshop 01993 812760 or info@woodstockbookshop.co.uk
Ultimately it's about love ... this is a very emotional book. John le Carre had an utterly heartbreaking childhood ... This is the best biography of 2015 - a rare achievement that invites rereading -- Edward Wilson, Independent
Here are a selection of the universally amazing reviews for the book which was shortlisted for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography 2016 in the US:
Compendious and compelling...Sisman is excellent at the nuts and bolts of writing and of being published...it must be difficult to write the life of a man who is still very much with us, and in the public eye, no matter how much liberty the biographer has been given to tell the story, warts and all. Sisman - a very fine and astute biographer - has done an excellent, not to say exemplary, job under the circumstances ... it is impossible to imagine this Life being bettered -- William Boyd, New Statesman
This is the way to do it. Why this admirably balanced, patiently detailed biography of John le Carre is not on the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction shortlist beats me ... Sisman does full justice to [the] rawness at the heart of le Carre -- David Sexton, Evening Standard
The spy novelist's life is explored and explained with immaculate care and attention to detail Sunday Times
This book is testament to Sisman's skill and perseverance ... With his excellent grasp of the wider history, Sisman is good at anchoring Cornwell in this shadowy environment, as he guides his readers through the models for various characters ... Sisman brings admirable clarity to what could have been a meander in a wilderness of mirrors -- Andrew Lycett, Spectator
Cornwell has admitted that he can no longer separate many of the facts of his life from his lies and fictions. For Sisman this is like a red rag to a bull and you can feel the thrill of the chase throughout his terrific John le Carre, Independent
Sisman pulls it off: this is a well-written and highly readable book which is neither hagiography nor hatchet job ... Within that world he [John le Carre] conveys some of the truths of human nature, endeavour and fallibility. This is a real and rare achievement and in Adam Sisman he has a biographer worthy of it -- Alan Judd, Times Literary Supplement

Absorbing ... An insightful and highly readable portrait of a writer and a man who has often been classified as elusive and enigmatic as his fictional heroes -- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times