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

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

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Jay Ramsay's reading 2nd November has been postponed

Jay Ramsay's reading from Diamond Cutters has been postponed due to ill health. He plans to read here next year. Diamond Cutters is 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